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School Governors



The Governing Body actively supports the Headteacher and school staff in achieving the school’s aims and objectives whilst constantly seeking to improve standards across the curriculum.

Each Governor has a particular responsibility and are frequent visitors to the school.

The Chair of Governors (Mr Dave Rowley), can be contacted via the school.

The current Governing Body are:-


Dave Rowley Governor

Mr Dave Rowley - LEA Representative (Chair of Governors)

I retired from the North Wales Police in 1996 and have been a full time “volunteer” ever since. I was the Chair of Governors of Ysgol John Bright until I retired in 2012 after nearly 20 years as a Governor.

I am a member of the Llandudno Development Partnership and Chair of the Llandudno Christmas Fayre Management Committee (a Sub-committee). I have been involved as the “Refurbishment Project Manager” and then “Administrator” of Llanrhos Old School, a flourishing Community Centre.I am also the Independent Chairman of the Diocesan Grants Committee of St Asaph - administering all Grants available in the Diocese.

I became the Appointed LEA Governor for Ysgol y Gogarth in January 2009 and was elected as Chair at that time.


Trish Holland

Ms Trish Holland - Community Governor (Vice Chair)

I have more than 30 years extensive experience of working in the voluntary sector. My areas of expertise are grant management and assessment, charitable fundraising, project and event management, youth work, ChildLine Counsellor, recruitment and management of staff, preparing and working to agreed budgets. For 15 years I worked in the Charitable fundraising sector working for various national charities in senior management roles. I also worked as Director of a small children’s charity in Wales for children with special needs. For the past 11 years I have been self-employed working as a Consultant to the voluntary and public sector.


Barbara Wells

Mrs Barbara Wells – Community Governor

I was born in Kingston upon Hull in 1935 and moved to Manchester in the mid-fifties. My daughter Lorraine was born with Spina Bifida and when she was 3 1/2 years old I went to work at the Royal School for the Deaf at Handforth, Cheshire. I stayed there for 2 years as a Residential Child Care Officer with the responsibility for 40 deaf teenage girls.

When Lorraine was old enough to be a resident at Bethesda Special School in Cheadle, Cheshire, I went to work there, again as a Residential Child Care Officer. I stayed there until Lorraine was old enough to cope on her own, and then went back into business. My background is Advertising/Finance. I retired in 1985 and came to live in Llandudno. In 2005 I was asked to be a Community Governor of Ysgol y Gogarth, and have been a governor to this day. I enjoy it very much, and hope that my personal input is of some use to this very remarkable school.


Cllr Frank Bradfield

Cllr Frank Bradfield – LEA Councillor Governor

I am a Town and County Councillor who campaigns for the rights of children. I have been involved in re-organising the charity “FNF-Both Parents Matter in North Wales” assisting many parents denied access to their children. I am also a founder member of “Grandparents Apart Wales” and a Volunteer Adviser with the Citizens Advice Bureau. I am currently a School Governor of Ysgol y Gogarth and Ysgol Craig-y-Don, a member of the North Wales Community Health Council and a Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

In addition to the above, I am the Hon. Chair of Amalfi Court Management Ltd and Hon. Treasurer of the Friends of Queens Park and the present Mayor of Llandudno.


Jim Hoey

Mr Jim Hoey - Community Governor

I am originally from Wallasey and moved to Deganwy in 1995. I am a widower now with two grown up daughters who live in London. I also have two lovely little grandsons who light up my life.

In 2014 I retired as the North Wales Local Director for Lloyds Bank after 40 years service. I was also a governor at Ysgol John Bright from 2002-2008.

I am very passionate about young people, fairness & giving opportunities to all.




Ian Jones

Mr Ian Jones – Community Governor

I have lived in Llandudno since 1983 and have been a school governor for approximately sixteen years. Firstly in the primary sector and then at Ysgol John Bright. It is now my pleasure to serve on the board of Ysgol y Gogarth, a truly special place. My wife and I have three daughters, an Astrophysicist, an ICU nurse and a student. My leisure interests include mountain climbing and walking, rugby and karate. I am proud to be a member or Llandudno Coastguard Search and Rescue team as a Cliff Rescue Technician.


Mike Pearce

Cllr Mike Pearce – Community Governor

I spent 14 years in the RAF. I then moved to Scotland and joined Leisure Services. I have been a Governor at Ysgol y Gogarth for 9 years and also at Ysgol John Bright. I have been a Town Councillor for over 20 years and was Mayor of Llandudno Town in 2002. I also volunteer at Venue Cymru, on the Victorian Extravaganza Committee and the Rotary.


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Miss Tania Williams – Teacher Governor

I have been a teacher at the school for over 7 years working within the foundation phase with pupils ranging from 3-7 years old. The majority of children have a diagnosis of autism and I enjoy working closely alongside the ABA team to encourage positive and appropriate behaviours and outcomes. Outside school, I enjoy walking and sampling various local restaurants.


Mike Ruane

Mr Mike Ruane – Teacher Governor

I have been a teacher at the school for over 17 years. I was originally at Ysgol y Graig and following the amalgamation I moved with everybody else to the Gogarth site. During that time I have worked in most classes ranging from the foundation phase to 16 plus. I have worked with countless wonderful young people and have always tried to make a positive impact with them. I have a particular interest in autism and in 2010 I completed a Masters degree in autism. Outside school I enjoy running and take part in half marathons from time to time.


To be confirmed – Staff Governor

Information to follow.



Adrian Dowling

Mr Adrian Dowling – Parent Governor

I am a Hearing Aid Audiologist by profession. I have been a school parent governor for over 9 years. I am a keen cyclist and a member of Rhos on Sea Cycling Club. I am very happy to be a governor at Ysgol y Gogarth and support the school with a special interest in autism.


Edward Bateman

Mr Edward Charles Bateman – Parent Governor

I became parent governor at Ysgol Y Gogarth in 2016. I am a Welsh speaker and was born in Bodelwyddan and my family and I live in Kinmel Bay My son Benjamin has been a pupil at the school for five years. Myself and my wife are the founders of the Creatasmile charity, of which I am the Chairman and we are honoured to have formed close working relationship with the school and staff.
I work for the emergency services and served in 2016/2017 as Mayor of Towyn & Kinmel Bay Towyn Council.


Gwen Ryan

Mrs Gwen Ryan – Parent Governor

I have had the privilege of being a Parent Governor at Ysgol y Gogarth for 4 years. My daughter Anna is 14 years old and started at Ysgol y Gogarth in 2009. She has a diagnosis of autism as well as having severe learning difficulties and severe language delay. I have been involved in several charities including Afasic Cymru and am currently chairman of the school's PSFA.

In my role as Parent Governor, I feel I am there to represent the parents of children with all disabilities and to support the school in any way I can. I am a qualified nurse and midwife having previously worked at the University Hospital in Cardiff and I am now working at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.


Nathan Buxton

Mr Nathan Buxton – Parent Governor

My son George started at Ysgol Gogarth last September and he loves it. I have been a Parent Governor for the last 4 years at Ysgol John Bright and feel privileged to become a Parent Governor for ysgol Gogarth. I have lived in llandudno since 1983 and I am happily married with 4 children. I currently work as a Project Manager for ‘Creatasmile’ this involves a wide variety of activities with children and their families. I have worked in Retail, Banking and Insurance for a number of different companies previously all over North Wales.


Roy Darby

Mr Roy Darby – Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in October 2014, a position I find enlightening and rewarding. I am also on various subcommittees including health and safety and the Llys Gogarth Management Board. Our 12 year old son Alastair has attended Ysgol y Gogarth since 4 years of age. Alastair has cerebral palsy quadriplegia, status epilepticus and requires full time care which is provided by my wife Pauline and myself as his full time carers. Having dealt with cerebral palsy and disability issues for 30 years I have an empathy with non-ambulant and profound and multiple disabilities and will always try my best to champion their cause.

I believe you only get out of life what you put into it and look upon life as a ‘learning curve’ (we are never too old to learn!) … and there’s no better place to carry out that philosophy than at Ysgol y Gogarth. I enjoy gardening (well ... cutting the grass), theatre and music from ’Mozart to the Sex Pistols’....with a lot of...‘Soul ‘...in between, plus my heritage of Liverpool FC and the Beatles.