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


The Crypt School Governing Board

Governor Job Description

Criteria for being a governor


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.  Richard is the safeguarding Governor

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.

Nick 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, Nicolas 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 11 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. 

Clare Chad-Daniels (Teacher Governor) 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.

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. 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

Dylan Green

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.

James Price holds a Master's of Science degree from the UCL Graduate School of Public Policy and a BA from the University of Oxford. He now runs a non-partisan political educational charity, based in London. He is also an Old Cryptian, having attended the school from 2002-2009, where he was an abysmal rugby player.

Robert Blade


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