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Our Local Governing Body


Contact Information 

Michelle Reysenn Headteacher, Ex-Officio member of the Local Governing Body
Vacancy Parent Governor
Vacancy Parent Governor
Tom Linacre Staff Governor
Martyn Watkins Staff Governor
Governor responsible for Health & Safety
Ashley Winderbank-Brooks Community Governor
Vacancy Community Governor
Vacancy Community Governor
Trystan Williams Director Appointed Governor
Chair of Governors
Governor responsible for Pupil Premium & Special Educational Needs & Disability
Link Governor for Children in Care/Young Carers
Link Governor for Quality of Education
Link Governor for Residential
Paul Gilson Director Appointed Governor
Governor responsible for Safeguarding/Child Protection
Link Governor for Attendance
Link Governor for Finance
Stephen Senior Director Appointed Governor
Vacancy Director Appointed Governor



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If you are interested in joining the Governing Body, please contact the Clerk.



Michelle Reysenn, Headteacher

Appointed by Trust 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)


Tom Linacre

Staff Governor

Elected by staff from 08 November 2021 – 07 November 2024


Bio to be uploaded soon


Martyn Watkins

Staff Governor

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.


Ashley Winderbank-Brooks

Community Governor

Appointed from 08 January 2024 – 07 January 2028

 Bio and photo to be uploaded soon


Trystan Williams, Chair of Governors

Director Appointed Governor

Appointed from 26 March 2024 – 25 March 2026



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 Headteacher for Venturers 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.

Paul Gilson

Director Appointed Governor

Appointed 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 his 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

Director Appointed Governor

Appointed 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 about energy and economic development. 

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