About the Governors

Here is a little background information about each of our governors.

CHAIR: MICHAEL LLOYD

I am a Local Authority Governor and have been a member of the Governing Body since January 2011. I was elected Chair in February 2012 and serve on both the Curriculum and Staffing and the Finance and Resources Committees. I have served on other Governing Bodies in both S Gloucestershire and Bristol and was previously a Chair for 6 years.

I have been in education all my working life, having gone from college to teaching in schools. After a lengthy period in a variety of schools I worked in the former County of Avon within the advisory support service as Senior Assessment Coordinator. On the demise of Avon I established my own education consultancy. I am currently semi-retired. I am particularly interested in curriculum matters, assessment for learning and staff performance and development.

I joined the Governing Body as I felt that my knowledge and expertise could be of benefit to the whole school community.

ROB CLARKE

I have been a Governor at Coniston since September 11, and Chair the Finance and Premises Committee. I was a Founding Governor at Bradley Stoke Community School and served there for six years.

I work as a Chartered Insurance Practitioner, specialising in personal financial advice. My job prepares people for the future and to protect their family. This is similar to Coniston Primary School, which has professional and dedicated teachers who support their pupils and their families to look to a brighter future.

I ride a motorbike and support Sheffield United & Arsenal

DAWN WILKINS

I am a new governor to Coniston Primary School and have a child who is in the current reception year.

I run two businesses; I work as a bookkeeper and as a freelance portrait and event photographer. I do both of these whilst also looking after my youngest child who is currently a preschooler.

For the past 5 years I’ve been doing voluntary work for Barnardo’s Breastfeeding Support Service in South Gloucestershire.

I have lived in Patchway for 15 years and enjoy being involved in the local community.  Since my daughter started Coniston Primary I found myself getting involved in school events and helping behind the scenes so being a governor allows me to be more hands on. I want to contribute to ensure every child who attends is safe, happy, and enabled to develop their full potential. 

 

CATH STABB

I am a Staff Governor on both the Finance & Premises and Staffing & Curriculum Committees since becoming a member of the Governing Body in 2010.

I have worked in education since 2002 employed in various roles within primary and secondary schools whilst working on extended schools projects.

My interest and enthusiasm for education have given me the opportunity to use my skills to support our school and pupils.

Being a Governor gives the Governing Body and I the opportunity to demonstrate accountability for the decisions and actions that we take which always put the interests of our pupils and the community as the first priority.

SARAH TRUSSELL

I have worked at St Chad’s Pre School for the past 17 years, and have been the manager since 2008. Prior to working at the pre school I was a registered childminder. Working in the pre school has given me a very good understanding of the needs of our youngest children and how best to support them during this time of rapid physical and mental development. I have also worked as a volunteer with primary school children during the time my own children were at primary school. I love sewing, reading and walking my dog when I have the time!!! I have a grandson who is in his first year of primary school and it is interesting to see through him how different this experience is now to when my own children were that age. Becoming a governor seems like the natural progression for me at this time.

AARON JEFFERIES

While I do not have large amounts of professional experience, only being in the workforce for 4 years, I have recently completed my BEng Mechanical Engineering degree and so have a very strong STEM background.

I am very passionate about advancing technology and improving our relationship with the environment and so I take close interest in certain world projects such as the ITER fusion project.

I want to ignite this same passion in the future generation and I hope to learn as much as I can give from my experience as a governor. I hope my work with the governing body can repay the educational system that has given me so much.

ELISA VINDEL

I joined Coniston Primary School in 2012 and currently work as the Learning Mentor, working with children across the school as well as with families and the wider community.

Although I was born in England, I spent a lot of my childhood in Spain and Australia and came back to England to study Psychology.  I am a busy mum of three children that attend local Primary, Secondary and Post16  schools, our calendar can be very busy!

I have a very strong sense of commitment to inclusion and equal opportunities, therefore I am delighted to be a Governor, serving on the Curriculum and Staffing Committee, as I strongly believe that Coniston Primary has much to offer it’s pupils, families, staff and community.

GLEN MILLS

I joined the governing body at Coniston School as a parent governor in October 2019 when my son started in EYFS. I sit on the Curriculum and Staffing committee.

My background is as a secondary school teacher with a specialism in Music and 6th form education, I have a strong belief that the pastoral side of education is as important as the academic. Having seen countless children make the transition from primary education to secondary over the years, I know how important the primary stage is in building successful independent learners, allowing children to achieve their full potential.

I am a parent to two young children, an Explorer Scout leader, an archer for which I hold a coaching qualification and love the great outdoors.

Sukhjeevan Kandola

SUKHJEEVAN KANDOLA

I am joining Coniston Primary School as a governor during an unprecedently challenging time (due to the COVID19 Pandemic), which directly impacts children, families and communities. I feel it is even more important to support and enable the development of our children today. Professionally, I am self-employed as a businessman in the hospitality and property sector. But, my passion is in voluntary work. I serve as a senior advisor for the Sikh Council UK and was formerly the official spokesperson of the organisation . As part of my role, I frequently have to liaise with schools, parents and teaching staff to promote diversity, equality and inclusion in school environments. I have a keen interest in the Religious and Spiritual Education in schools. I am also the lead trustee and educator in a local charity, in which we teach the Punjabi language to approximately 100 children weekly. This interaction with children and their families has left me with a sound understanding of BAME children’s experience in school-life. This drives me to contribute my time to creating a better experience for all children in our multi-ethnic, diverse world.

DEBORAH NEWMAN

I have been Clerk to the Governing Body at Coniston Primary School since September 2012.

My background has been in senior Personal Assistant/Office Manager positions in both the Healthcare, Retail and Manufacturing Industries.

I have served as a Local Parish Councillor and am secretary to two pedigree cat clubs. I am also Clerk to the Governing Body at St Stephen’s Infant School.