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Bryn CelynPrimary School

Dream. Believe. Achieve.


Meet The Governors!


Chair of Governors - Steven Finch

I am a retired Finance and Computing Business Analyst who has worked with a number of organisations in the Public and Private sectors. Born in England but have lived in Wales since 1979. Married with three grandchildren in secondary school and one at University.

I was asked to become a Community Governor in 2016 as a member of the Cardiff Breakfast Rotary who have been helping at the school over the past six years. Our members assist with reading and developing the school garden into a more attractive area. We have also donated the garden bench and erected the Eco flag pole. I have read regularly with Year 6 over the past six years and am keen to help move the school forward, working with the talented, dedicated and enthusiastic staff and children that I have met during my involvement here. I was delighted to be asked to become Chair of Governors last year and am looking forward to carry on working with Mrs Keys, her staff and the other governors to continue the schools progress.


Vice Chair of Governors - Mark Perrins

I am Cardiff born and bred, went to school in the area and have a degree in Psychology.

I am married to Della Perrins (a teacher at Bryn Celyn) and have a grown up daughter.

Worked in retail, several civil service departments and for the last 30 years as a local church minister.

I volunteered to become a governor to help serve the local community and support a local school. Was a local community governor for 4 yrs and now an L.E.A governor and Vice-Chair at Bryn Celyn.

I have followed the current year 6 through the school, listening to them read weekly and attended school trips. I will be quite sad to see them go, but look forward to getting to know a new class in Autumn 2018.

During my time as governor I’ve watched the school improve dramatically and I have great respect for the hard working staff. I’m passionate about helping the school to continue to give every child that attends a great range of skills for life


Teacher Governor Laura Gray-Thomas

My name is Laura Gray-Thomas. I have been a Teacher Governor at Bryn Celyn for 8 years. I am responsible for Additional Learning Needs in my role as Governor and I am also a part of the Finance and Curriculum sub committees. I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and am passionate about high quality education and each and every child reaching their full potential


Parent Governor Lydia Thomas

I am a parent Governor. I am 33 years old and I’m a mum to 3 boys Aiden 14, Ethan 8 and Tyler 5. I had Aiden while I was living in Ireland, I lived in Youghal Co Cork for about 8 years.

I moved back to Wales in 2005. Like most people family is the most important thing to me. I love having family time, doing fun little projects with the boys like making Oobleck or going on family walks. One of my favourite walks is to the waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

I am a very caring, considerate and sensitive person and like to think of myself as hard working and organised. My favourite quote is “I would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it”.


Parent Governor Nicola Fergusson

I own my own local garage with my husband, I am the Chairperson of the Friends of Bryn Celyn. I attended Bryn Celyn as a child. I also have a child that attends Bryn Celyn. I am a parent Governor because I want to contribute and ensure the success of Bryn Celyn School. I want all our children to Dream, Believe, Achieve!

In my spare time, I enjoy making cakes and cake decorating, spending time with my family.


Parent Governor Andy Gulley

My name is Andrew Gulley, I am a 52 year old father of 7 children all of whom have been pupils of Bryn Celyn Primary School, 3 of whom went on to go to University.

I am a school governor because I am very proud of our school and the high standards and levels of education that are currently being achieved.

I am very pleased to be able to take a role where I am able to have an input on making the school better,not only for my children but other pupils at the school and safe guarding the future of the school.


Community Governor Catrin Evans

I am a community governor and have a close connection with Bryn Celyn Primary. I have been a primary school teacher for 9 years and have a real interest in the development of children. I can see how hard the staff work at Bryn Celyn and am proud to be part of the team. In my spare time I am a member of a choir- City Voices Cardiff- and enjoy watching musicals with family and friends!


Local Authority Governor Iain McDonald

My name is Iain McDonald and I was appointed LEA Governor to Bryn Celyn Primary School in September 2018. I am a retired Teacher / Headteacher who has 38 years of experience working in Primary, Secondary and Special schools in various parts of England and Wales. I was a teacher in Moorland Road Junior School, Splott for 3 years in the 1970s, and teacher / Headteacher in Stacey Road Primary School, Roath for 18 years before retiring in 2010.

As a member of the Governing Body I will endeavour to support the work of the Headteacher and staff in providing educational opportunities that will make a difference to the children in their care as they progress through the school. With parental support I am sure that we will continue to give the children at Bryn Celyn the opportunity to " dream, believe and achieve ".