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 12 years and also Chair of Hopelands Preparatory School in Stonehouse. 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.
Jonathan Standen (Headmaster) was educated at The Judd School and then went on to read Ancient History and History at the University of Nottingham. He has been Headmaster of The Crypt School since September 2007, having previously been deputy headmaster in two different schools, a boys’ grammar school and a comprehensive school both in Wiltshire. His eldest son is currently a student at the school. Outside of school and family life, he enjoys playing golf.
Clare Chad-Daniels (Teacher Governor) attended the Wolverhampton Girls' High School between 1980-87, then graduated from Worcester College with a BEd (Hons) degree in Home Economics in 1991. After 11 years spent in 3 comprehensive schools in Gloucestershire and Swindon, she took time to complete an MBA degree at the University of Gloucestershire and start a family. Immediately after this, she joined OPAL Consulting as a Learning and Development consultant, but eventually decided to return to her true vocation and worked part-time in a further three (selective and grammar) Gloucestershire schools up to July 2010. After that, she became the operations manager of a Cotswolds-based cookery school, then covered a maternity post in a local comprehensive school. Clare joined The Crypt School's DT department in November 2011 on a maternity cover, and became the permanent Head of Food Technology in September 2012.
Jeremy Bird was originally from Bristol and completed a BEng at Coventry University sponsored by Strachan&Henshaw. He moved to Gloucester to work for DOWTY then worked for Airbus as Landing Gear System Chief Engineer for the Airbus A380. He is now Global Director of Engineering at TE Connectivity. Jermey enjoyed playing rugby until injuries stopped him and now plays squash and enjoys coaching his son's football team.
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.
John Horsey was born in Lancashire and educated in Stockport, Greater Manchester and Liverpool. He moved to Nottingham in 1978 and then on to Gloucestershire in 1980 to take up a senior post in waste management with a local authority. He is currently Head of Service with the same Council. John chaired the Crypt School Association and became a School Governor in 2002. He has served on a number of committees and is currently a member of the Gloucestershire Permanent Exclusion Panel. He and his wife have one son, a product of the Crypt School, who is currently training to be a lawyer in Cardiff.
Pat Burdett is a local ex-grammar school student who retired in 2009, having spent her working life in and around Gloucestershire, initially training and working as a registered mental health nurse, prior to training as a teacher in further and higher education. She then spent the next 30 years working mainly within the education sector of the National Health Service, as a teacher of student nurses and qualified health professionals as well as a manager of teachers.
Grant Stevens is married with 2 Children and is currently MD of FSA regulated Financial Services e-Commerce business, and was previously Operations Director of an online Software company with wide experience of corporate governance including; Sales, Budgeting, Legal & HR. Grant is also a Civilian Committee member at 181 Sqdn (city of Gloucester) ATC, a member of the Cheltenham Festivals and a keen supporter of Gloucester Rugby club.
Michael Evans is an Engineer working for Rolls-Royce at Filton, Bristol. He has over twenty years of experience working as an Electronics and Systems Engineer for many large companies, including Jaguar, Land Rover, GE, Hitachi, Sony, Caterpillar & MG Rover, and has run his own Engineering Consultancy. Mike lives near Stonehouse, and is a keen classic car enthusiast, home mechanic, motorcyclist and Scuba Diver (instructor).
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, looking at breast cancer treatment and patient narratives. Prior to her PhD Birgit worked for the Leonard Cheshire Foundation (an international Foundation that has the aim of changing attitudes towards disability) and has completed a degree in History and Women's studies. As a German national Birgit has taught German to business clients and on degree courses as well as providing translation and analysis services for the automobile industry and medical market research.
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 10 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 current chair of Randwick Parish Council, having been a serving member for 6 years.