Anyone wishing to contact the Governing Body can do so by contacting Helen Filbee, Bursar: HAFilbee@rydalpenrhos.com

Paul Burgess

Jane Cooper

Matthew Gilman

David Humphreys

Nick Jewsbury

Debra Keogh

Deborah McKinnel (Chair)

Brian Park

Jeremy Salisbury (Vice-Chair)

Anne Watson (Vice-Chair)

Stephen Wigley

Clive Wolfendale

DEBORAH MCKINNEL - CHAIR

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Ms Deborah McKinnel JP has been a Governor since 2018 and is a Presiding Justice in both the Family Court and the Adult Criminal Court, having worked within the judicial system for 15 years.

She is also an appraiser, mentor and recruiter of Magistrates throughout Wales, and has previously served as a Regional Manager for Britannia (now Tui) Airlines.

As the school’s Safeguarding governor her expertise in the Family Court has been invaluable in assisting school staff in securing the highest standards within the school, as reflected in recent inspections.

She has also been heavily involved in the Board’s support and challenge for all personnel matters during the conversion to a day school.

In addition to this contribution, Ms McKinnel has also seen through the adoption of the highest professional standards for Governors (in line with the Nolan Report on public life) which can be read in the ‘Code of Conduct’ and ‘Job Descriptions’ for Governors at the bottom of this page.

Anne Watson - Vice Chair, Chair of Learning and Personnel Committee

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Anne was appointed Governor of Rydal School in 1989 and of Rydal Penrhos in 1995. She is a Trustee of the Rydal Penrhos Charitable Trust and of the Rydal Penrhos Endowment Fund.

Anne attended Howells School in Denbigh from 1962 before moving to Rydal School in 1966. She achieved a Certificate in Education from Westminster College, Oxford in 1971 (English and History) and later a Certificate in Further Professional Studies in Dyslexia from Bangor University in 1996.

Anne retired from teaching in 2009 having worked for over 30 years in both the private and public sectors, fifteen of which were as Special Needs Co-ordinator.

She was President of The Old Rydalian Club in 1995 and is Chair of the Trustees of the Abbeyfield, Colwyn Bay Society.

 

JEREMY SALISBURY - Vice Chair, Chair of Resources Committee

 

Jeremy was born and grew up in North Wales. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991 and attained an MBA in Financial Management in 1996.

As Owner & Director of Salisbury & Company, Chartered Accountants, Jeremy specialises in management issues and taxation strategies for clients of the firm as well as overseeing an active portfolio of his own.

Jeremy is a member of the CBI Wales Council and former Chair of the North Wales Committee. He is the current Chair of the North Wales Business Club and former Chair of ICAEW Wales Regional Strategy Board. Jeremy is the Chair of Gallery Council for Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno and a former recipient of the Arts & Business Wales Business Advisor Award.

Both of Jeremy’s children attended Rydal Penrhos, where his son was Head Boy. He continues to live locally with his wife Lowri. Jeremy enjoys business, watching football, skiing and good food.

Rev'd Dr Stephen Wigley

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Rev’d Dr Wigley attended Kingswood, a Methodist School in Bath, before reading Modern History at Oxford, securing an MA (Oxon). Following ministerial training at the Queen’s College, Birmingham, he undertook further research leading to an MPhil and PhD (Birmingham).

Rev’d Dr Wigley currently serves as Chair of the Wales Synod of the Methodist Church, having previously ministered in a number of circuits across Wales in Swansea, Ceredigion and Cardiff. He is a Trustee of the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham and the Amelia Trust Farm, and until recently also of Cytûn (Churches Together in Wales). Before entering the ministry, he worked for Citibank in London.

He has two grown-up children with his wife, Jenny. He is a published author and regular contributor to BBC Radio Wales and Radio 4’s ‘Prayer for the Day’. Rev’d Dr Wigley’s interests include sport (primarily rugby and golf) and jazz music.

Paul Burgess

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Paul has been a Governor of Rydal Penrhos since 1988. He attended Rydal School between 1970 and 1975, becoming Head Boy and captain of the rugby and cricket teams.

After securing a law degree and following onto Law College, Paul qualified at a solicitor. He still practices to this day, although 23 years ago he also moved into industry, working in the property development and investment field.

He is now the Main Board Director at Emerson Developments (Holdings) Limited, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned property companies, based in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

Paul’s interests are predominantly in the sporting field as well as education and charity work in Cheshire.

 

 

David Humphreys

David’s personal educational background saw him graduate from the University of Southampton with a BA Hons First Class in Geography in 1982, gaining a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of London in 1983.

Since September 2015, David has been the General Secretary of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST).

Previous posts include being a Headmaster of an HMC School 1996-2015, a Deputy Head 1991-1996, Head of Geography 1986-1991 and a Geography Teacher 1983-1986.

David has also had educational experience from being on various schools’ Governing Bodies and a Member of the Methodist Schools’ Committee. David was the Chairman of HMC (NE Division) between 2007 and 2009, serving on the national committee over the same period and the HMC Finance Committee between 2010 and 2015.

David has also previously been a GCSE Examiner and A Level Moderator. Between 1994 and 2004, David was an Independent Schools Inspector. Appointed as Governor in September 2017.

BRIAN PARK

Brian started his full-time employment at NatWest Bank in 1972, serving in thirteen branches, largely in the North West of England, before resigning from full-time employment in 2002. Following this he continued on Fixed Term Contracts with NatWest before joining their On Call Team, finishing his employment in 2010. From May 2011 to July 2015, Brian was a part-time Financial Administrator for the Jonas Christian Holiday Centre in Wensleydale.

Having been appointed a Parent Governor of Archbishop Hutton’s Primary School in Lancashire in September 2003, Brian became the school’s Chair of Governors the following year, remaining in post until 2010. Following this he served as a Foundation Governor at Richmond Methodist Primary School in North Yorkshire from September 2015 to July 2019.

Brian is a member of the Methodist Church and has held volunteer roles including District Treasurer for Darlington District. He moved to the Conwy area in 2019 when his wife became Superintendent Minister of the Conwy and Prestatyn Circuit.

MATTHEW GILMAN

Having spent twenty-two years in the Investment Management Industry, Matthew currently works for Dragon Investment Managers, based in St Asaph, where he is responsible for the UK Equity research team. His years of Investment Management experience are complemented by the fact that he previously spent seven years as a Management Accountant after he graduated with a degree in Accounting and Management Control from Sheffield Hallam University.

Matthew’s association with Rydal Penrhos began in 2006 when his eldest daughter started attending the Prep, where his other two children were enrolled shortly after.

In addition to his role as Governor at Rydal Penrhos, Matthew is on the board of trustees at Action International Ministries, currently based out of Wallasey.

In his spare time Matthew is a keen swimmer and runner and has recently dusted off his cricket whites to play for Mochdre CC.

JANE COOPER

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Jane attended St John Plessington Catholic College, Wirral, from 1982 to 1988 and then went to the University of Salford where she studied Accountancy and Modern Languages.

She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in French and Spanish at the University of Liverpool and is now Deputy Principal of St Edward’s College in Liverpool.

She also serves on the governing board of St John Plessington, an outstanding catholic college in Wirral which is part of a large Multi Academy Trust.

CLIVE WOLFENDALE

 

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Clive spent 34 years as a Police Officer with Greater Manchester and North Wales Police, culminating as the Acting Chief Constable, based in Colwyn Bay.

He also served as Chief Executive of CAIS Ltd – a registered charity and leading voluntary sector provider of personal support services in Wales and is now the Chair of Trustees of Adferiad Recovery Ltd, which was created by the merger of CAIS with three other healthcare charities in Wales.

He has an MBA from Manchester Business School and a Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Cambridge.

Clive is also a Vice President of the prestigious Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the Musical Director of the popular Llandudno Swing Band.

He also serves as a Trustee of several charities including the National Welsh Language Centre at Nant Gwrtheyrn in addition to being the Chair of the Standards Committee of Conwy Borough Council.

Debra Keogh

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Debra is a Primary specialist with 25 years of experience teaching in mainstream, independent and international schools.

She is currently the Early Years leader in a large state school. She has been in senior leadership for over 20 years specialising in Literacy and Early Years.

Debra has also joined the Board’s Learning Committee and brings up-to-date knowledge and current practice which is so valuable in assisting the Board in holding the school leadership to account as well as contributing to the strategic direction of the school.

Governors' Job Description/Code of Conduct