Meet the Governors

Governing Body 2022 – 2023 (End date of term of office)

LEA Governors

Cllr Phil Wynn

Dawn Spence

Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee

Dawn has worked in the education sector for over 25 years, 15 years at a senior leadership level. She has worked in the UK and internationally, recently returning from a two-year project working with headteachers in South East Asia.

Dawn is passionate about inclusion and has a wealth of experience in providing the very best educational opportunities and outcomes for all. She is also a certified project manager.

Dawn Spence PGCE, MA, NPQH, PMP

Rev James Harris

James has been a local authority governor at Ysgol Clywedog since 2015. He has also had many years of experience as a governor of primary schools, notably Minera VA Church in Wales primary school, one of Ysgol Clywedog’s feeder primary schools, where he was a foundation governor from 2009 until 2022 and for some years chair of governors there too.

He has also previously served on Wrexham SACRE (statutory advisory committee on religious education). Until his retirement in 2022 he was a parish priest in the Church in Wales, serving most recently in Minera, Coedpoeth and Bwlchgwyn.

Rev James Harris BA, BD, MPhil

Rhian Thomas

Alex Evans

Parent Governors

Jonathan Cullender

Vice Chair Of Governors

Jonathan works in corporate IT for a global energy company. He has over 25 years of management experience, leading departments with more than 200 people and annual budgets over $20 million.
Professionally certified as a project manager he is also trained in process improvement, interviewing, coaching and mentoring and value assurance audits.
Jonathan has two children as Clywedog with a third to join in the September intake.

Jonathan Cullender - PMP PMI-ACP GWCPM

Robyn Cockcroft

Staff Governors

Steve Witherden

Beverley Williams

I have worked at Ysgol Clywedog since 2012, my role is Data Manager which means that I am responsible for all the data held and systems we use within the school. Part of my role also has to ensure we always have staff to cover classes and all other roles within Clywedog.
I also manage the Examinations in Clywedog ensuring we conform to regulations set by the examination board. To enable me to do this I have brilliant staff Carrie, Claire and Ellie who work really hard ensuring daily life in Clywedog runs smoothly.
Before joining Clywedog I worked for North Wales Police as a HR Officer for 10 years.

Community Governors

Alicia Marie Owen

Gary Brown

Paula Wood

Chair of Governors

Paula is an education researcher whose work focuses on employability and social mobility. She is passionate about developing high-quality, career-connected learning which meets the needs of the local and regional economy and supports young people to achieve their potential.
Paula has worked across North Wales' further education sector for over 25 years and is a community governor at Ysgol Clywedog. Throughout her career, she has achieved teaching excellence awards and led dynamic college teams to achieve excellent inspection outcomes that remain sector-leading across the Welsh Further Education sector.

Paula Wood PGCE, MA.

Ruth Coates

Clerk to Governors

Lisa Curley

The Chair of the Governing Body and the Clerk to the Governors can be contacted via the following email address