Claremont School

Governor Profiles

Barry Trahar



Role on Governing Body:  Chair of Governors and Chair of Finance Committee

Personal Details:  Australian by birth, now of joint British/Australian nationality.  I have lived in the UK since 1975 and in Bristol since 1978 

Vocational Background:  Educated in Australia and have a Diploma in Catering & Hotel Management. I am a fellow of the UK’s Institute of Hospitality. I was responsible for the management of the University of Bristol’s catering and residential services (13 departments) until my retirement in 2010.  I am a Magistrate, sitting in both the Criminal and Family Courts. 

Interests/hobbies:  Travel, walking, politics, theatre, wine & food, voluntary work.  I am also a Governor at Redland Green School. 

Particular interest in Governing Body:  Finance and Personnel. 

Relevant Experience:  As an LEA approved governor, my appointment was by political party (the Labour Party) and so not for any educational experience, but my 28 years at the University gave me a significant understanding of the broad political aspects relating to education. 

My most relevant experience in respect of Claremont relates to financial, budgetary and staff management, as I manage a multi-million pound budget at the University and had responsibility for approximately 600 staff.

Clare Campion-Smith


Role on Governing Body: Vice Chair of Governors.  LA appointee 

Personal Details:  

Vocational Background:  I retired from secondary school teaching.  I am now one of two Liberal Democrat councillors for Henleaze ward. There is no place for party politics on the governing body but being a school governor is important to my work on the Council as it gives me a practical experience of Council policies . 

Interests/hobbies: I am an active member of the Methodist Church.  Relaxation comes from walking, cycling and going to concerts.  

Particular interest in Governing Body:  Staffing Committee. 

Relevant Experience:  I am also a governor of Westbury Park.  


Alison Ewins 



Role on Governing Body:  Head teacher 

Personal Details:  I live in the Chew Valley area with my husband, 2 teenage daughters and a dog! 

Vocational Background:  I discovered my love of all things ‘special’ when I was 13 and volunteered at Stoke Park Hospital, where along with a few friends I began fundraising and visiting a ward of severely disabled teenagers. 

Interests/hobbies:  Since being given an e-reader as a gift I have re-discovered my love of reading.  I also enjoy cooking (and eating!) although the family may not always feel the same. 

Particular interest in Governing Body:  I particularly enjoy seeing governors develop knowledge about the school and confidence in questioning work. 

Relevant Experience:  Qualified in 1983 with a BEd in Infant and ESN(S) education.  Worked in a variety of special schools covering all ages and abilities and been Head at Claremont since January 2006.

Emma Cave 


Role on Governing Body:  Staff Governor                                                        

Vocational Background: Chartered Surveyor with 12 years of experience in property and asset management and service charge management  

Interests/hobbies:  I play saxophone and piano and enjoy reading. 

Particular interest in Governing Body: Finance and Staffing 

Relevant Experience:  Certificate of School Business Management from National College of Teaching and Learning, BSc in Valuation and Estate Management, Member of the Royal Insitution of Charter Surveyors.

Jo Snow

Role on Governing Body:  Child Protection (CP) and Children in Care (CIC) Parent Governor. 

Personal Details:  Married with three young children, one in attendance at Claremont Primary. 

Vocational Background:  Previously a Lead teacher for the Behaviour Support Team but now a full time mum.  Prior to that, Head of Year 7 and Head of Drama at The Grange School and Sports College.  Started my career as a Dance/Drama teacher in Banbury, Oxford and have also worked in Event Management. 

Interests/hobbies:  Skiing (when I can!), attending any live theatre/music event, catching up with friends...not much time for hobbies at the moment with three young children! 

Particular interest in Governing Body:  CP and CIC. 

Relevant Experience:  Previous job connections and understanding of systems relating to the task – hopefully bringing in new ideas having worked for a different authority

Steve Cocks

Role on Governing Body:  Co-opted Governor 

Vocational Background:  A teacher of History & Physical education 1975-1980. Moved to industrial sales eventually becoming responsible for sales training and sales recruitment across Europe. Retired in 2011.

From 2012 to 2016 I was a Citizen's Advice Generalist Advisor in bristol and joined the governing body in 2016.

Interests/hobbies:  Season ticket holder at Bristol Rovers and member of Gloucestersire County cricket club. I enjoy musicals.

Particular interest in Governing Body:  Finance & Staffing committee

Relevant Experience:  Recruitment and managing large budgets.

Lucy Galloway 


Role on Governing Body:  Teacher Governor 

Personal Details:  I am married with two  teen age children. I live in North Somerset. I have been a teacher at Claremont since September 2013..  

Vocational Background:  I did a psychology degree and then a PGCE to teach pupils with Severe Learning Difficulties. I have been a teacher since 1988 and worked part time when my children were young.  I spent 8 years working as an advisory teacher for the Physical Impairment and Medical Support Team in Somerset.  

Interests/hobbies:  I enjoy walking and recreational bike riding. I play the violin in an amateur Orchestra every Friday evening.  

Particular interest in Governing Body:  Curriculum  

Relevant Experience:  I hope to bring my experience of working in several different schools and authorities .

Robert Gore-Langton 


Role on Governing Body:  Parent Governor 

Personal Details:  I am a parent governor with a connection to Claremont through Hal (16), our youngest of four who loves the school.  We moved to Bristol from London 14 years ago.

Vocational Background:   I work from home as a freelance journalist and author and occasional pig-keeper 


Particular interest in Governing Body:  Curriculum Committee

Relevant Experience: 


Kate Vivian


Role on Governing Body: Co-opted Governor

Personal Details: I have volunteered at Claremont School for 7 years throughout my university career. When leaving university I then got a position as a learning support assistant in 2013 and once I finished my PGCE became a Higher level Teaching assistant. This year I have taken the role of floating Learning Support Assistant in the Primary School.

Vocational Background: I have a degree in Education and Psychology and earlier this year graduated as an Early Years teacher. I have worked as a youth worker and nursery assistant in the past.

Interests/hobbies: I am a keen crafter, I like to quilt, knit, crochet and embroidery. I also have a dog and enjoy long walks in the woods and countryside.

Particular interest in Governing Body: I have an interest in the arts and creativity in the school and have recently become the governor associated with the arts mark.

Relevant experience: I have been a part of Claremont school for 7 years and have invested in the education and the well-being of the students.


 Marilyn Barnard (Maz)

Role on Governing Body: Co-opted Governor

Personal details: I am married and have enjoyed living in the local area for many years. I have 3 children all of whom attended Henleaze school and RGS.

Vocational Background: Bsc Hons Social Sciences and qualified as a Registered Nurse back in the 80s. I have specialised for many years in Women's Health which I enjoy very much and currently practise at St Michaels Hospital.

Interests/hobbies: I like to read and take a keen interest in ballet, cinema and theatre. I enjoy travelling amd spending time with my family and friends. I am also very interested in the provision of good education.

Particular interest in Governing Body: Health & Safety

Relevant experience: Also a community governor at RGS


Elizabeth Jahn


Role on Governing Body: Clerk to the Governors