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Thornhill Governing Board 2021-22

Claire McDonald 

My local knowledge spans 25 years, to the early 1990’s when I moved to the area to undertake a Business Administration degree at the University of Bedfordshire. I developed my interest in community issues when I began my career in Human Resources at Luton Community Housing Ltd in 2001, a local provider of social housing to families, and vulnerable adults across Luton and South Bedfordshire.

Having relocated to my home town of Lincoln in 2008 to gain valuable experience of people management in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, I returned to Luton in 2014 to join the executive team at Luton Community Housing, as Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development, developing “Glasshouse Organisational Development”, a division of Luton Community Housing providing people management consultancy services with a social purpose to other smaller charities and businesses.

I’m a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, having a wealth of experience in organisational transformation and people engagement, encouraging wellbeing, creativity and fun in the workplace to achieve results.

I joined Thornhill Primary School as a school governor in 2017, volunteering to be able to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the community as a whole, providing new perspectives through my individual experience. Being committed to diversity, equality and inclusion is extremely high on my agenda - I think BIG, and whilst I do not have children, I am family-focussed, passionate about people and making a difference in the community, truly believing in providing the best education and opportunities for children whatever their background, treating them with respect and fairness.


 Ben Nye

My twins joined Thornhill in 2019 and I felt I wanted to get involved too; joining the Governing Body felt like a natural fit. I come from London originally, but have lived in Houghton Regis for a few years now, so I feel I know the area well.

I'm also a Journalist at BBC Three Counties Radio so I'm up to date with what's happening in the local area and beyond.

I feel my background as a journalist gives me the skills to cast an analytical eye over what's happening at Thornhill, but also - I hope - the communication skills to help encourage wider discussions as a school community. I firmly believe that it takes many different people, organisations and influences to help raise and educate our children and I'm looking forward to getting stuck in to help the school attain the high ambitions it has for the future


Tom Winchester

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Victoria Joyce


I am delighted to be working for Thornhill Primary School as their Clerk to the Governors and thoroughly enjoy working as part of the team that delivers effective governance.  Before becoming a Clerk, I enjoyed a wonderful career in tourism technology where I was fortunate to lead some fantastic projects, work with some inspiring people and visit some unforgettable places.  I have always had a passion for education; fuelled by family and friends working in the sector.  As my children began their school journeys, I was keen to become more involved in education.  I now enjoy working for a number of schools across Central Bedfordshire contributing to the efficiency, effectiveness, productivity and compliance of the governing boards.
As a professional Clerk, I work in partnership with the Chair to keep the board focused on its core strategic priorities, provide independent and expert advice and guidance to the board on its duties and functions, and deliver administrative support that makes everything work smoothly.