Foundation News: Liz Griffin To Take On Foundation Chair Of Trustees Role

Trustee Liz Griffin is set to take over the role of Foundation Chair of Trustees from Mary O'Farrell who stands down at the end of the summer, having completed her tenure as Chair. Mary has been a valued member of the Governing Body since 2000 and Chair of Trustees since 2008. A former primary Headteacher with many years’ experience, Mary has played an integral part in the Foundation's growing success, overseeing the merger with Abbotsford in 2010 and with the Crescent in 2016.

Comments Eddie Tolcher, Foundation Bursar and Clerk to the Trustees, "Mary has been an exceptional Chair of Trustees, we are enormously grateful for her wise counsel, her collaborative approach and sense of humour, all of which she has brought to bear in her role over the past nine years. She has an implicit understanding of education, teaching and learning and this combined with her approach to fellow trustees, staff and children has proven immensely effective in taking the Foundation forward. We are fortunate that she will continue to be a member of the Governing Body.”

Liz Griffin has been a trustee for two years, and has unparalleled, longstanding connections with Princethorpe. A Princethorpe village resident of 29 years, she taught Geography and Economics on a part-time basis at the College for seven years, her two sons attended the school and she is married to former Head of Business and Economics, Peter Griffin. She taught at secondary school level for thirty years, latterly as Head of Inclusion and Assistant Head Teacher at Cardinal Wiseman School in Coventry before retiring in August 2014.

Continues Eddie, “Liz, like Mary, is an educationalist through and through and will have this at the heart of her ambitions for the Foundation. Her energy, drive and enthusiasm for the Princethorpe cause is second to none and will I’m sure make her a very worthy successor to Mary. We thank Mary for her years of service as Chair and wish Liz well for her new role which commences in September.”

Other changes on the Governing Body include Colin Russell taking over the role of Deputy Chair of Trustees from Quintin Cornforth. who we are delighted will also remain on the Governing Body. We say goodbye and thank you to trustees who have stepped down over the last year including Sarah Kershaw, Catherine MacDonald and Peter Rush.