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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.

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.




Mr Tomos Jones – LEA Governor

I have a varied background but the majority of my experience lies in supporting others. Supporting, encouraging and empowering people has always been very important to me and became the main focus of my working life. Amongst my many roles I have been a Youth Worker (delivering several challenging and engaging programmes for older young people), have managed a Mobile Youth Information Service, been a Freelance Art Facilitator, been a support worker with social services, run a youth project in partnership with The Tate Galleries, manager of a Charity and community Resource Centre and most recently a County Councillor. It is my role as a Councillor which has provided the opportunity to become a member of the governing body here at Ysgol Y Gogarth.

When I’m not working I’m usually outside. The outdoors has always played a huge part in my life and I try to get out as often as I can, either getting muddy on my mountain bike, running, climbing, walking or snowboarding.



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.


Mrs Susan Jones – Community Governor

I moved to North Wales in 1977 from Failsworth near Manchester. I have two children and three grandchildren, one of whom attends Ysgol Gogarth. In 1991 I attended Bangor University and obtained an Honours Degree in Botany. I then went on to Bangor Normal to complete a P.G.C.E to become a classroom teacher. For four years I taught in many schools in the area, including Ysgol Y Graig and Ysgol Gogarth and then in 1999 I started at a school in Rhyl and stayed there until I retired in 2017. I now own the cafe on the A55 in LLandulas where I work with my grandson.

I have been involved in the voluntary sector in the Girl Guides all my life, from being a Brownie myself, then a Guide and Ranger Guide. When my daughter was two I went back into the movement as a Brownie Guider and Guide Guider. I have held appointments as Outdoor Adviser, Pack Holiday Adviser, District, Division and Caernarfonshire County Commissioner in the county, as well as the Pack Holiday Adviser for Wales. I feel all my previous experiences in Guiding, teaching and presently with Creatasmile will enhance and my role as a Community Governor in this truly wonderful school.



Mrs Non Lederle - Parent Governor

My name is Non, I am originally from South Wales, but spent many a happy holiday staying with my Nain on the Llyn Peninsula so have spent all my life travelling from North to South in school holidays! I live with my husband Carl, and we have three gorgeous boys, Josef, Luc, Osian and Millie our cockapoo. Two of my boys attend mainstream schools and Luc is in Gogarth.

My career started with creating holiday tours and writing brochure copy. As it became evident Luc required more support I became a childminder to remain at home with the children. Following on from here I retrained again and completed a PGCE to qualify as a travel and tourism lecturer then started to train up childminders. I contracted sepsis just before completing the PGCE year but managed to obtain the qualification. This caused another change of direction, this time to Conwy Connect where I began as their Moving on Solutions (activity officer), this adapted into activities and events and I became the Deputy Chief Officer there in November 2019. Within my work role I assist with the Makaton choir and am currently re doing all Makaton levels and hoping to become a Makaton tutor.

I am so pleased that we live here as Gogarth is truly the best school my son could attend. It is a pleasure to be accepted as a Parent Governor for Gogarth and I am happy to help and support the school and staff however needed.


Nathan Buxton

Mr Nathan Buxton – Parent Governor

My son George attends Ysgol y Gogarth and he absolutely loves it. I have been a Parent Governor previously for Ysgol John Bright and feel priviledged for being a Parent Governor for Ysgol y Gogarth. I was born in Coventry and lived around the Midlands when I was a young child. I have lived in Llandudno since 1983 and I am happily married with 4 children and 1 dog. I have worked in Retail, Banking and Insurance for a number of different companies previously all over North Wales. I would like to help and support the local community and I feel this is some way towards this.


Mrs Helen Kenyon – Parent Governor


Hi my name is Helen Kenyon, I live in Deganwy with my husband Paul and my 2 boys Jack and Lewis. Both of my boys have autism but are really different which is a challenge but also a joy to see how they grow.
I have worked for social services in day services for adults with learning disabilities for the last 16 years which I have hugely enjoyed, but decided to have a change and now work for Conwy Connect, a charity that works with adults with learning disabilities as a Rural Navigator. My son Lewis attends Ysgol y Gogarth, the school has changed his and our family’s life. The school have amazing staff and support students and families, which is why I wanted to become a governor. I am so proud to say that I am on the governors at this wonderful school and hope to help in anyway I can.

Mrs Manon Tudur – Parent Governor

My son Ifan started full time in September 2019 at Ysgol Gogarth and has settled well and enjoying various activities. I have been a parent governor for two years now and live in Betws-y-Coed. I have been a teacher at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph, for 25 years teaching pupils with learning needs. In my role as a governor, I hope to bring my education and parenting experiences to the meetings and be active.



Mrs Caroline Dawson – Parent Governor





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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.


Mr David Hartley – Teacher Governor

I have been a teacher at Gogarth for 3 years where I started as cover supply. During my time here, I have worked in every class and have a very good understanding of the school's needs across many different areas. I currently teach secondary aged pupils preparing them with the skills they will need when they move on from Gogarth. This has included many opportunities to develop their life skills and spending time out of school in the community. I am a great outdoor enthusiast and as such have taken my class on regular trips in the North Wales countryside. My hobbies include scuba diving and hiking and as such I am a big advocate of outdoor learning. I believe that this combined with a school based curriculum can vastly enhance the pupils of Ysgol Gogarth’s learning experience.



Mrs Rachel Sian Owen – Staff Governor

I was born and bred in North Wales. I went to Staffordshire University to Study Business and financial Economics and worked in Finance Roles for 10 years. I have two children now aged 10 and 8. Since having children I knew I wanted to work in education, so I did a Teaching Assistant Qualification. I worked in an infant’s school for 2 years. Following this, I came to work at Ysgol Y Gogarth and have been a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant for 3 years. I am very proud of my role as a Staff Governor. I represent the wonderful team of staff we have at Ysgol Y Gogarth and help and support the school.

My family and I enjoy Mountain Walking and Running. We walked all the mountains and lakes that the classes of Ysgol Y Gogarth are named after raising £380 for the school. I recently ran the Conwy Half Marathon, a great personal achievement.