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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 (Trish Holland), can be contacted via the school.

The current Governing Body are:-

Trish Holland

Ms Trish Holland - Community Governor (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.

Dave Rowley Governor

Mr Dave Rowley - LEA Representative (Vice Chair 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.

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.

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.

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

I taught A level Law for over 20 years in 6th Form colleges in Warrington and Altrincham. My role as Curriculum Manager provided me with a good insight into the ever-changing education system. I was an active member of Trafford Parent Forum and was elected parent representative for the Trafford ECHP pathway. In this capacity I attended meetings and liaised with other parents and professionals to help ensure the parents' voice was heard. My daughters Millie and Lottie joined Ysgol y Gogarth in September 2019. From day one we felt part of the Ysgol y Gogarth community and I hope my work and parental experience will enable me to give something back to the school; its parents and the wonderful children who attend.

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 – Teacher 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. Since having children I knew I wanted to work in education, so I did a Teaching Assistant Qualification and came to work at Ysgol Y Gogarth as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant. I have since qualified as a Teacher and am very proud of my role as a Teacher Governor.

My family and I enjoy Mountain Walking and Running.

Mrs Carys Owens – Staff Governor

Hello My name is Carys Owens and I am the non teaching staff governor and represent Teaching Assistants, Child care officers, cooks, cleaners and any other member of Gogarth staff who is not a teacher on the board of Governors. I was born and bred locally in Rhos on Sea. My first language is Welsh and all my education was through the medium of Welsh. I have two grown up daughters. I have worked in special education since 1984 firstly at Ysgol y Graig then when we amalgamated at Ysgol y Gogarth, since 2009 I had worked as HLTA. In June of last year I decided to change paths and was lucky enough to secure a post on the residential side at Llys Gogarth where I work mainly with the girls on the schools rolling programme developing life skills and promoting independence.

Mandy Hawkins - LEA Representative

Further information to follow.

Mr Greg Robbins – Community Governor

Further information to follow.

Mrs Loren Saville – Community Governor

I am a Llandudno town councillor appointed as a community governor. I am a Trainee accountant working for a local firm and studying towards my chartered accountancy qualification following completion of a BA(Hon) Accounting & Finance degree at Bangor University. I grew up in the hills above Llansannan and moved to Llandudno during the summer of 2020 where I currently live with my husband Harry and our cheeky cat, Rupert. I worked in a after school club and holiday play scheme between the ages of 16 and 20 alongside my A-levels and degree. At the age of 18 I couldn't decide between a career in accounting or teaching and I actually started a primary education degree before deciding on a career in accountancy. As I still have a passion for equality and accessibility in education I was thrilled to be asked to join as a community governor.

Mrs Debbie Brennan – Parent Governor

I was raised in Manchester and moved to North Wales in 2009.
I have become a Parent Governor in Ysgol y Gogarth as I feel I can represent many of our parents as I have a daughter who  attends the school and another daughter who is currently a Teaching Assistant. 

I have been an active member of the PSFA for many years and I know how daunting it is to be a new parent to the school  and would like to say I am here to offer support to anyone who needs it, in anyway I can.