The Crypt School Governing Board
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 15 years and also Chair of Hopelands Preparatory School in Stonehouse for 7 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 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, who is currently in Year 13 at a local grammar school.
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.
Birgit Whitman works for the University of Bristol as Head of Research Governance and is responsible for the quality assurance and risk management programme. Before joining the University, 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. Birgit is currently a member of the Board for the Bristol Clinical Research and Imaging Centre, chairs the UK Universities Research Ethics Forum and is an advisor for the UK Research Integrity Office.
David Preece was originally from Bristol and completed a BVSc at Liverpool University. After 7 years in general practice he co-founded Tyndale Vets, one of the UK’s first farm animal only Veterinary Practices. The 12 Vets provide specialised advice and services to farmers across SE Wales and Gloucestershire. He is married with 3 children, the eldest at The Crypt School. David is a councillor at Randwick Parish Council, having been a serving member for 8 years. David is now a finance director of XL Farmcare Wessex, a company providing cattle TB testing across SW England under contract to DEFRA.
Alison Borley is the safeguarding Governor.
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.
David Hall works for University Hospitals Bristol NHSFT as Head of Nuclear Medicine Physics, and at Cobalt Health in Cheltenham as a Consultant Research Physicist. David is currently secretary of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine Nuclear Medicine Special Interest Group, and works as a voluntary youth leader with Cheltenham Woodcraft Folk. David has a BA in Physics from Oxford University, a PhD in Theoretical Solid-State physics from Durham University, a Certificate in Moral Philosophy from Newcastle University, and has studied History of Art at the Open University.
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.
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.