The School Governing Board plays a crucial role in setting the strategic direction of the school.


The Crypt School Governing Board

Governor Role Description

Associate Governor Role Description

Criteria for being a Governor

Imporant Information about Governance can be found here

Terms of reference and other Important information about Governance

Minutes of the meetings from the Board of Governors

The Governors SharePoint Portal

RSP SharePoint Portal

PWC SharePoint Portal


Richard James (Chair of Governors)  was CEO or equivalent for 25 years in the National Health Service.  He spent three years as Company Secretary and Treasurer of a group of Independent Schools.  He has been Chair of The Crypt School Governing Body for 19 years and also Chair of Hopelands Preparatory School in Stonehouse for 11 years.  Two of his sons were students at The Crypt School and one son returned to undertake his teacher training at the school.  Richard lives near Stonehouse.

Glenn Webster (Vice-Chair)  Glenn left school to join City of London Police Force and spent his service as a constable specialising in Vice and Sexual Offences until he was injured on duty.  Glenn then joined Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society where he spent time as a Branch Manager, a Fraud Investigations Manager and latterly as a Senior Manager in Charge Of Collections, Recoveries, and Mortgage Risk.  He left C&G after 20 years to set up his own business and now runs three businesses, including a Flying School at Staverton.

Nicholas Dyer (Headmaster) was educated in Bristol and at Nottingham University, where he studied History.  He completed his Masters in 1998 and his NPQH in 2003. He joined The Crypt School in 2009 as Deputy Headmaster, moving from a boys’ selective school in Wiltshire, where he had been Director of VI Form Studies.  In April 2015, Nicholas became the 48th Headmaster of The Crypt School, following the previous Headmaster’s move to an independent day and boarding school on the south coast. Nicholas is married with one daughter. 

Joanne Hitchings (Company Secretary) Joanne joined The Crypt in 2010 as Finance Manager and became Company Secretary when the school converted to an Academy in 2011.  A CIMA accountant Joanne graduated from Cambridge University with a BA hons in history before spending 5 years in the banking sector.  Since then she has held a variety of financial positions both in large blue chip companies and smaller family run businesses.  In January 2015 she was promoted to School Bursar.  Outside of school Joanne is married with 3 sons. 

Nicola Donlon (Clerk to the Governors) has worked in policy and management at the House of Commons, the Natural History Museum and the Welsh Government. She has also served as trustee of several charities, including the McDougall Trust and her local community centre. She has a BA in Biology from Oxford University and a Masters in Public Administration from Warwick University.  The Clerk to the Governors may be contacted at or 01452 530291

Birgit Whitman works for the University of Birmingham as Head of Research Governance and Integrity.  Before moving to the university sector, Birgit gained 20 years of experience working in the NHS, where she completed her PhD in the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at Glasgow University. Prior to her PhD Birgit worked for the Leonard Cheshire Foundation and has completed a degree in History and Women's studies. As a German national she has taught German to business clients and on degree courses.

Alison Borley  after Alison attended Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls in Kent, she joined Barclays Bank and was recruited onto their Management programme. Her career in Barclays led her into being a Manager in their Central Training Department. From there she moved to Maritz Ltd and then out on her own as a consultant in Training & Development. Alison is married with 3 children, her eldest son is a pupil at the Crypt, second son is at Sir Thomas Rich’s and her daughter is at High School for Girls. Alison enjoys keeping fit and has a number of pets to keep her busy as well as the family. She is also Chair of Governors at Eldersfield Lawn C of E Primary School.

Dylan Green is an Old Cryptian and has a son at the school currently.  After a successful career as a retail banker Dylan undertook a 3 year assignment as a full time union official in the financial services sector before moving into Human Resources as a senior manager with Lloyds Banking Group.  In 2010 Dylan took the opportunity to set up his own consultancy and has worked with complex industries in both the private and public sector including Financial Services, Telecoms, Professional Services, Policing and the Energy Industry. Dylan has experience of working with business leaders to enhance, improve and optimise performance, engagement and productivity of the people in the organisation through robust strategic development supported by operational HR excellence and change.

Jason Smith is currently Chief Executive of Marketing Gloucester, the city’s placemaking organisation.  He attended the Crypt school, as did his Grandfather and went on to a career in corporate finance which included floating a number of companies on the stock market.  He has travelled widely during his career and speaks fluent Italian.

Rachael Jones left Cardiff University with an LLB (Hons) in Law after attending a comprehensive school in Stafford. Since then she has travelled a little, qualified as a Solicitor, got married and had two children (her son has been a Crypt pupil since 2016 whilst her older daughter is at school in Malvern). Rachael held positions in recruitment, private practice in Evesham and IT sales before ultimately settling into a part-time finance role in the private sector in 2010. When not working Rachael enjoys getting outside with her lurcher, Pilates, running and spending time with friends.

Emma Boobyer, Since graduating from the University of Reading with a degree in Landscape Management, Emma has worked for a number for not-for-profit organisations including the Sensory Trust (set up to promote opportunities for people with disabilities), the Countryside Recreation Network (a network of government agencies), and UCAS (the admissions service to higher education).
Emma is currently the Finance Manager at the University of Gloucestershire Students' Union, a role that supports the SU's objectives to help students get the best they can out of their time at university. Emma is involved in the NUS Women in Leadership programme and is keen to promote leadership potential of women involved in education.
Away from work Emma is married with two sons, the eldest of which is at Crypt. She is a keen gardener, swimmer and cyclist. 

Ciaran Hollywood is a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon in the NHS. His son and grandsone both attend The Crypt. He has a strong interest in teaching and is a clinical tutor for the East Midlands, Severn School of Surgery, and a member of the postgraduate medical faculty at The University of East Anglia.  Prior to medicine he graduated from The University of Reading with a degree in Zoology and Psychology with a strong interest in mammalian reintroduction. He has spent a number of years travelling, teaching sailing and skiing, and being involved in voluntary work for The Jersey Overseas Aid committee. 

Jonathan Handley (Parent Governor) left Sheffield University in 1983 to take up employment in the outdoor education sector. He went on to work with Ski Tourism in the French Alps. In 1999, Jonathan came back to the UK to set up BDT, an industrial training company that he still runs. 

Virginia Crellin (Parent Governor) Following a BSc Hons in Business Computer Systems and IT from the University of Gloucester, Virginia has had several roles, including an estate agent, office manager and working in hotels. In 2004 she started working for Gloucestershire County Council and worked in the Early Years department (responsible for training) and the School Census team (responsible for analysing and collating the census data from schools). She started working in primary schools in 2014 and found School Business Management, a job she loves for its diversity. She undertook the Certificate in School Business Management in 2017 and now works for two primary schools in Worcestershire as part of a Multi-Academy Trust.


Associate Governors

Gordon Taylor (Support Staff Governor) was educated in Nottinghamshire and atteneded Nottingham Trent University to study Computer Science, and then on to Nottingham University.  He worked initially with a private computer network company before becoming self-employed running a company that distributed Wireless broadband in a village.  Since moving to Gloucester, Gordon has worked at the Crypt School and is currently the Network Manager.  Gordon is also a City Councillor for Gloucester City Council.

Karren Reynolds (Teaching Staff Governor) worked for many years as a nurse in the NHS and then had a career break when she had her four children. She went on to complete a BA (Hons) at Winchester in Religious Studies in 2003 and then a year later qualified as a teacher with QTS. She began working at the Crypt in 2007 and has had numerous roles including Head of Religious Studies, introducing Philosophy and Ethics to the school as a popular and successful subject, Head of Personal Education and Careers. Her role from September 2017 has been that of Training Manager with responsibility for Initial Teacher Training and Newly Qualified Teachers and to facilitate induction for new staff.



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