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Local Governing Body

NHA Governing Body

Trystan Williams - Chair of Academy Council

Tom Linacre - Academy Councillor (NHA Support Staff)

Martyn Watkins - NHA Teaching Staff

Michelle Reysenn - Headteacher NHA

Paul Gilson - Independent Governor

Stephen Senior, Independent Governor

VACANCY - Governor

VACANCY - Governor

For all details on governance, please select the link below;

Notton House Academy Link Roles
Role Name
Chair Trystan Williams
Vice Chair  
Finance Councillor  
Health & Safety Councillor Martyn Watkins
MAT Trustee  
Parent Representative  
Parent Representative  
Pupil Premium Councillor Trystan Williams
Residential Care Councillor Trystan Williams
Safeguarding, Children in Care / Young Carers Councillor Trystan Williams
Special Educational Needs & Disability Councillor Trystan Williams
Support Staff Representative Tom Linacre
Teaching Staff Representative Martyn Watkins

To contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, Elizabeth Jahn, please email;

If you are interested in joining the Academy Council, please contact Elizabeth Jahn.


Michelle Reysenn, Headteacher, Notton House Academy

Appointed by Learn@ MAT Board, Ex-Officio 

Michelle trained as an English teacher in 2001 at Oxford Brookes University, after completing a degree in English Literature at University College Worcester. She has worked in 3 schools previous to Notton House, both mainstream and special education, leading year groups as a pastoral head, and also, being a subject/ department leader. Michelle has experience as Advanced Skills Teacher and a Special Leader of Education,

Michelle has a Post Graduate Diploma in education from the University of Gloucestershire, and has completed a senior leadership qualification (NPQSL)


Trytan Wiliams - Chair of NHA Governing Body

Elected by Learn@ MAT Board of Trustees - 16 April 2021 - 15 April 2024

Executive Lead, Venturers Trust, Principal, Venturers’ Academy

Trystan Williams is a collegiate leader working at all levels in the educational sector, from the primary and secondary phases to university level.

Trystan held his first position as Principal in Wiltshire for ten years, moving into an Executive Headteacher role and then Chief Executive Officer in Surrey, before returning to the South West to open a Specialist Free School for children and young people with a primary diagnosis of autism, in September 2016. He is also the Executive Lead for Venturers Trust, overseeing 5 Primary Schools and Academy Improvement across his Trust.

A graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, Trystan won Best School Professional UK in 2008. Four years later, under his leadership, his Academy won the TES Outstanding Special School Award and Overall Outstanding School of the Year.

Trystan has chaired national conferences, led on many ground breaking initiatives such as “The Extreme Classroom”, the subject of numerous documentaries filmed and aired by the BBC, both nationally and globally and achieved recognition at government level for his commitment to the highest standards of care and education for vulnerable young people.

Martyn Watkins, Teaching Staff Representative

Elected by Staff from 01 September 2021 - 31 August 2024

Martyn completed his degree in Sport and Exercise Science at The University of Brighton in 1995 and has a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Oxford Brookes University.  Martyn has worked within Sixth Form College, independent school, mainstream and special education, holding positions including Department Leader and Director of Sport.    

Martyn is currently the Welfare Curriculum Lead for Notton House Academy.


Tom Linacre

Elected by Staff from 08 November 2021 - 07 November 2024

Support Staff Representative

[Bio awaited]


Paul Gilson

Appointed by Learn@ MAT Board from 12 December 2022 - 11 December 2025

Paul spent the first 17 years in the far east as his father was in the RAF and attended Boarding school from age 7.  He was educated at Burford Grammar school and as part of his final year spent time working with children with special needs.  

Paul then joined NAAFi as an Auditor. He then started my own business which he held successfully for 20 years and then ‘fell’ in to the care sector and became Head of care in 3 schools , the last of which was Notton House Academy, from February 2004 until August 2015.  

Paul was instrumental in the setting up of the two Independent Houses at Notton.  During his time at Notton his team gained Outstanding at Ofsted.

Paul also sat on the board for Bristol City Council Safeguarding during his time at Notton.  

Paul's interests are Sport, dogs, gardening, DIY

Stephen Senior

Appointed by Learn@ MAT Board from 12 December 2022 - 11 December 2025

Having read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, Stephen has taught in various schools in both the independent and state sectors across the primary and secondary phases. He was Deputy Headteacher of a large comprehensive school before establishing his own business a decade ago. 

He has chaired several governing bodies and had a leading role representing secondary school leaders. As a member of the Institute of Physics, Stephen makes regular contributions to political discussions around energy and economic development. 

Stephen is looking forward to using his experience to benefit the pupils at Notton House.