Chair of Governors
Angharad Thomas Richards
I am a local authority governor and currently the Chair of the Governing Body. I’ve been a governor at Bryn Deri for 3 ½ years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I’m a civil servant by profession with a focus on law and governance. I hope I am able to bring some of these skills and experiences to the governing body and support our navigation of a changing educational environment particularly through the introduction of the new curriculum. I’m a first language Welsh speaker and hope I can bring my language skills and commitment to the School and help us embed the language into the culture of the School. During any spare time I have I enjoy reading, the arts, walking and running the odd barbeque at School events.
Vice Chair of Governors
Neil Desmond – LEA Governor
I work at Public Health Wales NHS Trust (Estates & Facilities Compliance Lead. I have been a Governor at the school for almost 8 years, having initially sat on the Governing body as a Parent Governor for four years - I am currently the vice Chair. I have also sat until on the Governing body of Radyr Comprehensive school for four years 2016 -2020. As a governor at Bryn Deri I am the nominated Estate/ Facilities Lead and Iam the nominated Governor for digital Competency and Additional Learning Needs.
Tracy Riley Parent Governor
I am really enjoying my role as parent governor at Bryn Deri. I wanted to get involved because as a mum to two children, Grace (year 6) and Harry (year 3) I want them to have the opportunity to thrive at Bryn Deri. I hope to be able to represent other parents to make sure that school provides the best possible opportunities and experiences for all our children. I have worked within the Financial Services sector for over 20 years, with vast experience setting up and running large multifunctional operations, from call centres to complaint handling functions. I hope that my experience will be useful as a member of the Governing body. Family time is important to me and enjoy making memories with my nearest and dearest. When I have time, I enjoy cooking which is a new hobby of mine and I also have started to enjoy gardening too. I love to read whilst enjoying the sunshine and I am a member of a local gym where I try to frequent as much as I can.
Claire Davies – Parent Governor
A parent governor since June 2019 and a mum to three girls, Izabella, Evie and Alice. A business management skill set developed from 20 years of private sector working. Skills include managing business unit financials, supply chain management and developing business strategies.
I have a passion for education and believe it plays a pivotal role in shaping and developing the emotional and mental strength of a child. As parent governor it is my desire to have a positive contribution to education by supporting the school community, its staff, pupils and helping to raise standards of education particularly at such a time of change with the imminent approach of the new Welsh curriculum. I hope that my skills and experience can prove useful as a member of the Bryn Deri Governing Body.
Outside of work I enjoy the great outdoors. Camping with family and friends, snowboarding, and running mid/long distances….I am looking forward to running the London marathon next year with my husband alongside.
James Homer-Boyd - Parent Governor
I am proud to be an ex-pupil of Bryn Deri and am delighted that my own children attend the school. I have been a governor since Autumn 2020 and also work with the Bryn Deri PTA. An ex-teacher with experience in primary and secondary age ranges, I have supported ICT in Education throughout my career. I currently work in the EdTech sector supporting School Information Management Systems. I enjoy learning and have studied on a range of diverse subjects over the years, such as Data Security and Networking, Diseases and Disorders of the Brain, Society and Education, Mental Health First Aid and The Political Systems of Wales. Dwi’n dysgu Cymraeg. I have dreams of finally completing a restoration of a classic car. I adore music and have dabbled with Violin, Banjo, Guitar and Piano and other instruments in the past.
Lady Lloyd Jones (Helen) - Community Council Governor
I became the Community Council’s representative in 2019. I am a Chartered Engineer. I was Head of Computing and ICT Co-ordinator at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera. I was Chair of the charity Both Parents Matter Cymru, Chair of Ramblers Cymru and a Council Member of the Countryside Council of Wales. I speak Welsh as my second language, and get by in French and Spanish, and have a smattering of Japanese! I ran my first marathon in 2019 in New York.
I am passionate about the environment and the benefits of exercising in green and leafy surroundings. I am currently the Chair of the Penrhys Pilgrimage Project, which is re-creating the old route of the pilgrimage from Llandaff to Penrhys.
Sarah Burford - Non-teaching Staff Governor
I have been a Governor for 5 years. I am a member of the Well-being and Curriculum team. I have been a dedicated member Bryn Deri School team for 13 years, as a Senior Teaching Assistant. My roles at school are, Learning Support Assistant, Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and I have recently become a Thrive Practitioner. Knowing that I can support children with their emotional needs is very rewarding and important to me and especially at this present time.
I am a caring and independent person and has two grown up daughters who have flown the nest, as far as Australia. I am very proud of their achievements throughout their lives. They certainly had a good start at Bryn Deri School. I enjoy exploring the world around us and I am always up for a good walk with friends, come rain or shine. I love to experiment with cooking and sharing at social get togethers.