Board of Governors

  • Mr Andrew Yates

    Governor

    Andrew Yates has been involved with Colston’s Girls’ School since 2006 and is a Director of the CGS Trust. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is Chairman of Quay Marinas. He is also a former Trustee of St Christophers School (Bristol). Andrew lives in Clifton in Bristol and is married with 3 children. He is a keen sportsman and enjoys tennis, sailing, cycling and running.

  • Mr Richard Wynn-Jones

    Governor

    Mr Richard Wynn-Jones,BA(Oxon); Solicitor. Originally in private legal practice first in London, then in Bristol he retired in 2006.Richard is a Governor at Norton Radstock Further Education College and a part time Law Lecturer at the University of the West of England .Business Advisor, Young Enterprise. Richard is married with three children.

  • Miss Kirsteen Craig

    Headteacher/Governor

    Since becoming Headteacher of The Kingfisher School in October I have really enjoyed getting to know the staff, governors, children and families that make our school so well respected within the community.

    Working together we will ensure that the values on which the school is founded drive our development forward so that The Kingfisher School offers children the strongest foundation for learning.

  • Mrs Jennifer Benn

    Governor

    I started my teaching career as an English teacher, but after a long (ish) gap at home, bringing up five children, I decided to retrain as a dyslexia specialist. For the last fifteen years, I have been working in the Learning Support Department at Bristol Grammar School. I am originally from London but have lived in Bristol for more than thirty years. However, I now spend time in each of the two cities, moving frequently backwards and forwards between them. I feel fortunate to live in two culturally-exciting, 'buzzy', beautiful cities.

  • Mrs Jane Lee

    Governor

    I have recently taken early retirement after a lifetime of working in both social work and educational settings. I have a degree in Social Policy & Administration and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with a specialism in Advanced Early Years Education & Development.
    My working life can be divided into two separate halves. In my early career, as a social worker, I worked with adults and with children who had a learning disability, and with their families. I worked within community and within residential care services.
    Whilst making and supporting a young family of my own I trained to become a home based child minder – a job which I adored. It was being with very young children and babies which prompted me, (at the age of 40!) to retrain to teach young children. Some of my particular areas of interest are Early Literacy skills, Outdoor Learning, Discalculia and the Documentation of Children’s Learning. My most recent job was as Head of EYFS & KS1 at an independent school in Bristol.
    I am married with 3 adult children and one little grand-daughter. To relax I love gardening, walking, swimming, improving on my piano playing, knitting , spending time with family and friends and visiting places near and far.

  • Miss Kara Bernard

    Governor

  • Mr Ray Preston

    Parent Governor

    I joined as a parent governor in September 2016 with a son at the school and a daughter starting soon. I live and work locally and I enjoy looking at the engineering marvels of Bristol and the steam trains that regularly pass through.
    I helped form the club Model Ballooning UK in 2008 and I make and fly model hot air balloons for fun for a local city farm and for Kingfisher School. I also enjoy going for walks in the local woods with the family.

    I want children to come to Kingfisher School and be inspired by the variety of things to learn about the outside world and different jobs and activities they can become involved in. As a parent governor I am trying to provide the school with a parents view and will do my best to represent the parents.

  • Mrs Nagla Elamin

    Parent Governor

  • Ms Mary Greenacre

    Governor

    Born in New Orleans, I am a naturalised British citizen and I have lived in Bristol for 47 years. My four grandchildren are either of nursery or primary school age. I have worked almost all my life in museums as a conservator, in the National Trust as an advisor and for the last six years teaching at degree/university level in London. During my only break in employment I volunteered at my daughter’s primary school one day a week for five years. It was one of the most interesting and happiest periods of my life and the children I knew then still, 30 years later, say hello when we meet.

  • Mrs Melinda Baker

    Governor

    Melinda Baker is married with two adult children and has a passion for the foundation and education of young children. She was a governor for ten years at a Somerset primary school and for the past five years has been a volunteer at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Melinda is actively involved in the rural community where she lives and works. She has a keen interest in art and history, enjoys playing tennis and keeps a flock of sheep.

The Local Governing Body welcomes your comments and queries.

You can make contact either by email via the clerk:

gcowen@cgstrust.com or by letter at the school office.

 If you would like to speak to a governor, please email the clerk and it may be arranged.

Governors attend many events throughout the school year and would love to meet parents, carers and other members of the school community.  Feel free to introduce yourself to them at events!