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LGB members

Members of The Priory Witham Academy LGB come from a wide variety of different backgrounds. Below you will find a short biography of each of our Governors. Please click on the following link for details of appointments and attendance:

Governing body details and attendance records 

Patrick Smith-Howell (Chair)

Patrick was born in Ditchingham Hospital Norfolk; an aircraft technician by trade serving in the Royal Air Force for 40 years and has been involved in School Governance for the last 19 years. Following a move to the Lincoln area in 2004 he took up a role on the Joseph Ruston Governing Body transferring to the Priory Witham Academy when it formed.

Patrick has recently taken over the role as Chair of the Local Governing Body and is the Lead Governor responsible for ensuring effectiveness of Leadership and Management and also for Outcomes for children and learners.

Patrick is married and lives in North Hykeham with interests in travelling, walking, reading, golf, keeping fit and is a fan of Norwich City Football Club.

Lynda Turton

Lynda is currently employed by Lincolnshire County Council in 'Safeguarding and Review.' Previously employed as a Childminding Development Officer and various administrative posts; self-employed as a Registered Childminder . Lynda has served as a Governor for over 20 years, initially at Sir Francis Hill School and then Ancaster High School (as it was known then) when my children progressed to senior school. She is currently still a Governor/Committee member at Priory Witham Academy and City of Lincoln Academy.

Elaine Lambert

Elaine is a Qualified Primary School teacher with prior experience of working with young people and their families within social care and education sectors. Elaine is passionate about ensuring children and young people achieve the best possible outcomes in life.


Di Hardcastle


Di retired in July 2016 after 37 years in teaching with 34 of these being spent at Priory Witham (formally Ancaster High School and Joseph Ruston Technology College). She has 28 years experience in pastoral care and believes, passionately, that the key to children becoming successful, happy and responsible citizens of the future is them being provided with a positive learning environment that encourages independence, teamwork, self-belief and resilience.

Di is married and loves travelling, wildlife and photography.


Denise Carter

Denise continues to develop her links with the Priory Witham Academy as she enters her 6th year as a Police Community Support Officer. Prior to her becoming a PCSO she was based at the former Police Station at West Parade working in the Criminal Justice Unit for 7 years.

Denise has a strong and keen interest in the continued personal development, behaviour and welfare of all students which links in heavily with her PCSO role.