Mr Tim Harris

Committee: All Committees

I am the Headteacher at Colyton Grammar School and I am committed to ensuring that every student receives an inspirational education. I have been a teacher for 27 years. Prior to taking up the post at Colyton I was Deputy Headteacher at Reading Grammar School, in charge of the Sixth Form, Admissions and quality assurance.

I grew up in South Wales and attended a local comprehensive school before going on to read Ancient History at university. Growing up in Wales I have a passion for sport and rugby in particular and I recognise the value of a fully rounded education. At Colyton Grammar School my vision is that the school becomes truly world class - that students value the acquisition of knowledge and the quest for excellence through intellectual curiosity, creativity and growth. Moreover, that there is a focus on doing the right thing, respect for oneself, others and the environment, thereby enabling informed decisions and the quest for truth and freedom.

Mr Barry Sindall
Chair of Trustees

Committees: Education; Resources

I have lived in the Colyton area since 1976 and in January 2017 I was appointed under Article 50 as a trustee of Colyton Grammar School.

My professional involvement in education embraces 50 years, including 18 years as a grammar school headteacher. From 2007-2016 I was the Chief Executive of the Grammar School Heads Association. In that period I served on a range of ministerial working parties and I was also a member of the National Advisory Committee on School Admissions. I have also represented grammar schools on a wide range of national educational bodies.

Other experience includes working as the regional co-ordinator of the National Gaining Ground programme. I am currently a consultant to the Leading Edge Programme which is a national network for promoting high quality teaching and learning. I am the School Improvement Partner for a number of grammar schools and for five years I was a governor of a local primary.

Lt Col TJ Dyer MBE
Vice Chair of Resources

Committees: Education; Resources

A parent trustee since 2014, I am the Link Trustee for Information Technology and Computing. My elder children attended the school and I currently have a daughter in Year 11. I have been a governor at two previous schools and have professional qualifications in leadership, HR, finance and project management within 37 years of Army and Defence Staff experience. Given my local Colyton and Seaton contacts and interests in the environment and agriculture I seek to promote CGS’s place in the community. As a trustee, I am particularly interested in communication between students, parents and the school. I have an MSc in the Design of Information Systems; I hope my cyber and forensic computing qualifications will not be too relevant to the school, but I do have concerns on how the digital age impacts our children and their education.

Miss Misty Nickells
Chair of Resources

Committee: Resources

I was appointed a Trustee of Colyton Grammar School in July 2016, under Article 50. I am a chartered accountant and have a particular specialism in academy schools. In my professional life, I have worked with a large variety of academy trusts, helping them manage their finances. My key role at Colyton Grammar School is as the Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. The academy sector as a whole is facing significant funding challenges and my main focus within the board is to help ensure the school’s financial stability, to ensure it can continue to provide a outstanding and broad educational experience for its students. I have a son who is currently a pupil at the school.

Mr Martin Goscomb

Committee: Resources

I have been an appointed Trustee since September 2015, currently serving on the Staffing and Finance & Resources Committees. My professional background includes more than 30 years in local government and police administration at a senior leadership level including as Financial Services Manager for Dorset Police and as the Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer of Dorset Police Authority.

I appreciate the importance of sound governance in public service and can see close parallels between the work of a Police Authority within policing and the work of Governors within schooling and education. Ultimately, school governors are helping to ensure the best possible education for our children and I am pleased to have the opportunity now to give some time and my substantial experience to this important voluntary role.

Mr Andrew Gould

Committee: Resources

I attended Colyton Grammar School from 1976 to 1983 and was appointed a Trustee in 2017. After undergraduate studies in the UK and US I worked alternately in journalism and PR in London and Hong Kong, before returning to Devon in the early 1990s. Since then I have worked as a freelance communications professional specialising in health and science, working for trusts, universities and other research institutions around the UK. I am also a Patron of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, a graduate of Common Purpose and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the advancement of Arts, Science and Technology. At Colyton I am the Link Trustee for Science, with an enthusiasm for the School and the desire to ‘give back’ to the organisation which gave me such a good foundation for academic and professional life.


Mr Ian Griffin
Vice Chair of Education

Committee: Education

My wife and I moved from London to East Devon in 2016 and I was delighted to become a Trustee of the school last year. Most of my life has been spent building businesses in the Media and Technology sectors.

I have two adult children and am soon to be a grandfather. I believe that the key role of a school is to encourage pupils and teachers to fulfil their potential and to enjoy doing so.

I have been very impressed with the quality of governance, leadership and ambition in all aspects of the school and I look forward to assisting in any way I can to ensure that CGS remains at the forefront of the provision of superb education for pupils from all walks of life.

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