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excellence in the community

Tomlinscote AQC

Ray Coyne (Chair) 

Ray is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales with a varied career. He worked in general practice with Binder Hamlyn for 13 years covering accounts preparation, audit and tax before leaving to join a client and over the next 10 years was involved in the start up and flotation of two separate businesses on the London Stock Exchange. Ray managed a private equity funded business for 10 years before joining the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (The trade body for the Bus and Coach industry) in 2010 as Finance Director and Company Secretary.  He served as a governor of Tomlinscote school for over 10 years.

The skills he brings to the board have been gained from his professional experience and cover financial management and control, general business management, project management and business integration.  

Rebecca Davis (Vice Chair)

Rebecca is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney who, after more than 25 years working in City law firms, set up her own legal practice in 2017.  Rebecca became an AQC Councillor in 2018 and has a daughter at Tomlinscote with another daughter due to join the school shortly.  Rebecca became involved with the AQC in  order to learn more about how Tomlinscote operates and also to utilise her broad legal and business experience.  In sharing her skills, Rebecca hopes to help Tomlinscote continue to improve upon the existing very high standards, to give all of our children the best possible opportunities in life.

Colin Cavan 

Colin has spent over 32 years with BP Group plc.  He joined the AQC because he has a strong desire to support Tomlinscote School provide the very best education possible to all children including his sons, who attend the school.  Colin’s particular interest is in helping Tomlinscote ensure all pupils leave with the best possible outcomes and to help them prepare for an increasingly competitive jobs market.

Jamie Gardner

Jamie is a former Tomlinscote pupil and entered service in the Armed Forces straight after secondary  education.  A 24-year career followed, with service across the world in various roles including Lead Auditor, Health and Safety Advisor, Project Manager and Senior Asset Manager at formation level.

Sinc‚Äče completing his service, Jamie has worked for a London Bus operator delivering contracted services to TfL.  During his time here, he lead the implementation of multiple continuous improvement initiatives and was also the primary business point of contact for the Traffic Commissioners Office and DVSA.  More recently, Jamie has taken a Programme Director position with an IT and Security Group.

Giles Johnson

Giles studied Business and Statistics at university and has spent his career working in in business change, identifying and implementing successful business strategies.  He has four children, two of whom are currently studying at Tomlinscote.  Making a contribution to the community is a core value for Giles and through his skills he hopes to help improve the quality of education and outcome at Tomlinscote.

Rebecca Jukes

Rebecca is Assistant Headteacher at Ravenscote School, responsible for Year 6.  This role provides  a solid knowledge base regarding the specific children that feed into Tomlinscote, the curriculum they have covered and the concerns they have regarding the move to the next stage of their education.  Rebecca works with The Prospect Trust developing best practice to support children transitioning from junior to secondary 

Rebecca’s subject speciality is English but  as a primary school teacher in her sixth year, has experience teaching across the curriculum.  Rebecca is about to begin training to become a Designated Safeguarding Lead and so will have heightened knowledge of safeguarding and procedures to offer.

Sara Long

Following the completion of a degree in Engineering, Sara has pursued a career in IT.  Over recent years this has taken a focus on the importance of 'Quality', looking at achieving long term benefits from quantifying mistakes and successes. Sara has two children who both attend Tomlinscote.  

Nikolina McKenzie

Nikolina is originally from Bulgaria and has lived in UK since 2003.   Following the completion of two Masters Degrees in Finance and Business Administration, Nikolina has spend over 25 years woking in Finance, Stratergy and Management.  In recent years, her career focused on change management which brings challenge and opportunity.  With two children, one currently at Tomlinscote and one due to join, Nikolina is passionate about education and the impact it has on peoples lives.

Heather O'Connor

Heather is an ex-student of Tomlinscote and her own children have only recently left the school.  Benefitting from a wealth of Tomlinscote knowledge knowledge, Heather also cares passionately about the school.  Over twenty years of experience as a secondary school teacher, in both the state and independent sectors, provide useful insight for the AQC.

As a regular attendee of the Parental Forum, Heather is well aware of parental concerns, especially in understanding how best to support their child in the face of the ongoing and sometimes daunting, educational reforms.

Leon Frater

Leon joined Tomlinscote in 2013 as an NQT and is now Head of Music.  In addition to teaching, Leon has been responsible for the integration of iPads within music lessons and the overall improvement of facilities throughout the Music Department.  Outside of this, Leon has been involved in a number of developments across the school, such as the improvement of current school systems and Teaching and Learning.