Student and Community

Helen Kerr – School Adviser

Jo Trigg (Chair)
Debbie Youngs (Vice Chair)
Pete Gear
Sally Andrews
Jackie Preston
Catherine Szabo

Resources & Audit

Paul Skipp – Headteacher
Ellie Green – School Adviser
Matt Doughty – School Adviser
Nigel Reeves – School Adviser


Liz Summerson
David Whewell
Pete Gear
Andy Williams (Chair)
Jo Trigg
Glyn Coy (Vice Chair)
Sarah Bergg

Curriculum, Learning & Educational Standards

Ben Rhodes – School Adviser

Liz Summerson
Kevin Eames (Chair)
Sarah Bergg
Andrew Hawkins (Vice Chair)
Helen Thorne
David Whewell
Chair of Governors – David Whewell
Vice Chairs of Governors – Sarah Bergg & Andrew Hawkins
Health and Safety Governor – Sarah Bergg
Equality Governor – Sarah Bergg
Student Leadership Link Governor – Jo Trigg
Safeguarding & Child Protection Governor – Debbie Youngs
SEN Governor – Helen Thorne
Clerk to the Governors – Eleanor Shergold

Pen Portraits of Governors

Sally Andrews

I am a proud mum of 2, my son is in year 10 and my daughter has recently completed her degree and is now in full time employment. As any parent, I want them to be happy, confident and inspired and believe John of Gaunt provides an excellent foundation for our children to achieve their full potential.

I’ve enjoyed a varied and interesting career, specialising in data and information.

I remain impressed by the encouragement for all round development of every child John of Gaunt provides and am delighted that I can be a part of its continuous progression to help achieve the best possible schooling experience for our children.

I am the link governor for Safeguarding and Humanities.

Sarah Bergg – Co Vice Chair of Governors

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I started as a governor at the John of Gaunt School when my son was in year 7. He is now at university in Southampton! I work for Microsoft as a people manager; and although I am based in Reading, I spend most of my time working from home, which gives me the opportunity to drop into school on a semi-regular basis. I am proud to be a governor of this school, for many reasons, which is why I have stayed despite both of my children having left.

I am the link governor to the school’s Business and Computing dept, as well as being the governors’ Health and Safety link.

Glyn Coy

I work for DXC Technology as Competitive Business Solutions leader for Southern Europe, which covers France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain and Italy. I am able to do a lot of my work from my home office and use technology to stay connected to the business. I have a background in law and accountancy, and am a qualified Barrister and Chartered Accountant. I have 3 sons, one of whom attended John of Gaunt and is now at University and another has just started year 7. I am now entering my second year as a governor having previously served from 2014-2016. In my spare time I have an avid interest in photography and travel around Wiltshire taking photos for my blog, and I have a long standing interest in learning the Italian language which is still very much work in progress.

I am the link governor for Finance, Policies, HR and Staff Wellbeing.

Dr Kevin Eames

Both my children attended John of Gaunt, and I have, as a result, always had a great interest in and respect for this school. My professional life has been devoted to education and I have taught at all levels from primary to Masters, having worked in schools, university and the local authority’s advisory service. I have also worked at national level as a consultant on assessment in English, as well as writing and editing textbooks and carrying out classroom-based research in this country and abroad. I’m particularly interested in teachers’ professional development, and in helping to improve students’ learning.

I am at present chair of the governors’ Curriculum, Learning and Educational Standards sub-committee and the link governor for English, Literacy and Individual Learning.

Kevin Eames

Peter Gear

I am married with a son who is currently at The John of Gaunt School where I began as a Governor in September 2017. Prior to this I was a Governor at Newtown Community Primary School for 7 years.

Before retiring I worked with both young people and adults who had substance misuse problems, this varied work was both hard and extremely rewarding.

In my spare time I am involved in a local stationary engine club and spend a lot of time rebuilding, restoring and showing many of these engines at steam rallies all over the country.

I am the link governor for PE, behaviour and attendance and also the “Whistleblowing” governor.

Gear Pete

Andrew Hawkins – Co Vice Chair of Governors

I work for Wiltshire College in the Estates and Facilities team. Previously, I taught English in China for nine years. I started my career as an apprentice maintenance engineer and later progressed through university to a research based MSc. in Engineering. My children have attended John of Gaunt since 2010. I also attended the school, starting in the schools’ second year as a comprehensive. I have been a governor for 8 years.

Currently I am link governor for numeracy, maths and science.

Andrew Hawkins

Jackie Preston

I am a busy married mum of one daughter who is starting year 8 at The John of Gaunt School. I work for Churchill Contract Services Housekeeping Team at Wiltshire College in Trowbridge during term time. I have been working there for 6 years now and although I have just stepped down from the early morning Supervisor role, I still work as the afternoon Housekeeper, sorting out problems that arise.

Previously I’ve worked in reception and administration positions at Wessex Water, Hallmark Cards and the RUH, and since moving to Wiltshire and settling into family life my work has changed to fit around school and family commitments. As a Level 1 Gymnastic coach, I spent a year at the local gymnastics club, coaching the younger children until my daughter gave up the sport to join a dance school. I love sport and have been involved in many sports clubs as a teenager myself.

Ben Rhodes – Deputy Headteacher – Adviser to the Governors

I have proudly served the community of Trowbridge in my capacity as a member of The John of Gaunt senior leadership team for 5 years. My main responsibilities are based around the quality of curriculum, the effectiveness of our distributed leadership, the progress of disadvantaged students and attendance.

I have experience of working in 6 different schools with responsibilities in pastoral, pedagogical and curriculum roles. I have had senior leadership roles in 4 of these schools and am a Specialist Leader of Education supporting the development of middle-leadership.

I am passionate about my profession and I am driven to ensure I can help provide our students with the best life-chances possible. I feel privileged to work within such a child-centred school.

Outside of teaching I coach the Under 12 Bath Junior Rugby squad and enjoy either hosting or visiting Trowbridge Rugby Football Club and competing against a few familiar faces!

Paul Skipp – Headteacher

The John of Gaunt School is both vibrant and highly successful, it has a strong reputation for both academic and pastoral excellence and I feel very honoured to be the Headteacher. I am an experienced leader who has a strong track record in rapidly improving schools. Over almost 20 years I have worked as a senior leader in inner city Bristol and as a Headteacher in South Gloucestershire, I am also a Facilitator on the NPQH course that trains prospective Headteachers. I am a leader with drive and integrity who mixes both traditional and pioneering strategies, all centered on supporting students meet their potential.

As Headteacher I am also an ex-officio governor.

Liz Summerson

Now mostly retired, I worked in education for 23 years, of which 20 were as a manager/senior manager in the Wiltshire Careers Service. Besides general management responsibilities, I ran information & publishing services, trained careers teachers and inspected careers work in schools. I am a published author of non-fiction & fiction and an enthusiastic life-long learner with degrees in history and French plus a Master’s in creative writing. I teach French to adults and chair Trowbridge’s French Twinning Association. I have been a governor at JOG since 1996 and my 3 sons attended the school between 1990 and 2007.

I am link governor for Modern Foreign Languages and Careers information and Guidance

Liz Summerson

Catherine Szabo

I hale from Lancashire but have lived here in Trowbridge for over 25 years. I have been a member of this community all of that time and understand the particular strengths and challenges the pupils in our county town face.

I have worked in the education sector for over 30 years, with 18 years of that serving as a senior leader in Wiltshire. My experience to date will, I am sure, support the work of the Governors and SLT at John of Gaunt. At the John of Gaunt school I am an Academic Mentor for the sixth form students which is an amazing role and one which I absolutely love doing.

Outside of education I am a keen gardener and have an allotment which takes up lots of time, especially in the summer! As an ex PE teacher I have an interest in all sports and keeping fit and love to teach youngsters the value of getting and remaining fit. However as I get older myself, I realise that being fit and healthy is an absolute must for all ages.

Helen Thorne

I am a tutor at Poplar College in Chippenham – the Post 16 provision attached to St Nicholas Special School. My role in the 6th Form means that I get to teach young adults life skills ready for when they leave college and move into adulthood – a job I love.

I was previously a governor at Bellefield Primary School where I was the chair of the Finance and Premises committee.

I enjoy running regularly with Avon Valley Runners and spend much of my time ferrying my children to scouts, music lessons and training sessions. I have a daughter in Year 12 at John of Gaunt, a son at Lackham in year 13, and my eldest is going to Swansea University to study sports Science.

I am the link governor for SEN.

Helen Thorne

Jo Trigg

My career has mainly been based in the Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain disciplines within the education supplies market. As a result I have visited hundreds of schools across the UK and am always humbled by the inspiring and supportive environments that great schools create. It’s a real privilege therefore, as a governor at John of Gaunt to be part of just such an environment; particularly having previously been a student here.

I am currently link governor for the Sixth Form. I sit on the Student & Community and Resources & Audit committees.


David Whewell – Chair of Governors

I am semi-retired, previously occupying the role of Head of Young People’s Services with Wiltshire Council. I was a Governor of the John of Gaunt School in the years that my son attended the school. I am a Trustee and the Treasurer of the Federation for Detached Youth Work, a national charity. I have substantial experience of finance, personnel and strategic management and was previously an Ofsted Inspector of Connexions and Youth Services. I am a strong believer in the need to develop and sustain social capital and ensure that communities are supported and engaged in the delivery of learning.

David Whewell

Andy Williams

I spent 4 years as a Parent Governor and I am now a co-opted governor. I am currently chair of the Resources & Audit Committee and link governor for Design and Technology.

I am very proud to be a Governor of such a great community school, recognised by Ofsted as a ‘Good’ school, with a dedicated and hard-working Leadership team, teaching and support staff and a diverse group of students from all walks of life.

The Governor role is very interesting and rewarding one, which provides personal development, enhanced skills training and provides an in-depth insight into the running and management of a successful learning institution and an understanding of the Education System.

I am excited be a small part of the future of The John of Gaunt School, whatever that may bring!

Andy Williams

Debbie Youngs

I have been a governor at John of Gaunt since 2014, where I sit on the Student and Community committee. Currently I am a link governor for parental engagement. My children both attended John of Gaunt, although both have now left. I work for a nearby council as a housing adviser. Prior to that I was a parent support adviser in a number of primary schools, and a welfare rights officer. I attend a local church where I enjoy leading the hospitality team.

Debbie Youngs




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