Sylvia Crane (Chair of Academy Council)
I have lived in Rothbury most of my life and my two sons were raised and educated here.
I worked in Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School office for over forty years and then spent ten years working in the office of our local member of parliament.
I am an elder of Rothbury United Reform Church.
Elisabeth Bainbridge
I have worked in schools and education throughout my working life; as a Headteacher for over 20 years, a Co-ordinator for Rural Schools in Northumberland, an Advisor for NCC, a Diocese Advisor in Education, a Consultant Leader and a National Assessor for the Quality Mark in basic skills. I have been a governor in four different schools and currently dedicating my time to Dr Thomlinson Middle. I am also a member of S.A.C.R.E. I am a farmer’s wife and have lived in the area for over 30 years. I am totally committed to working as hard as possible to ensure that there is a quality education for all children.
Rachael Dumbell
We came to live in Rothbury over a decade ago having no connections in the area and have been warmly welcomed by the wonderful community.
I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to be an Academy councillor for Dr Thomlinson School and to become part of the Three Rivers team. I hope my knowledge, skills and experience in learning and development, leadership and organisational development from a commercial environment across many countries, will add value and provide support in achieving our goals.
John Gray
Graduated from Edinburgh University in 1972 with BSc. Hons. in Agriculture and subsequently obtained a P.G.C.E at Reading College of Technology. After 4 years as Lecturer in Agriculture became a farmer. For the last 40 years have been sheep-farming near Longframlington. Three children, now adults, progressed happily through the 3 tier system (Swarland First to Rothbury Middle and then KEVI). I am fascinated by the politics and processes of Education. My interests are rugby, ballroom and Latin American dancing and speaking Spanish.
Ross Lowrie
I am a member of Dr Thomlinson Middle School Academy Council. Having studied Zoology and then a Masters in Environmental Law I’m now a Climate Change & Energy specialist for the Environment Agency, where I have worked for 14 years. I bring experience of project management, governance and risk management to the role.

Outside of work I’m a Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador in the North East, supporting delivery of STEM sessions in schools. I also mentor university students, focussing on environmental career and employment advice. I have 10 years of experience of rural funding, and I’m Chairman of the Northumberland Coast & Lowlands LEADER group which makes allocation decisions on a £1.6m rural fund. When I’m not busy with work and voluntary commitments I’m most likely found ferrying my 3 boys to various sporting or music clubs, managing my woodland smallholding or walking our dog in the beautiful Northumberland countryside.

An alumni of Dr Thomlinson and King Edward VI schools, I’m both a passionate advocate for our schools and keen to ensure we offer a great educational journey for the next generation.
Dr Chelsea Marroni
Nick Rowark
Canon John Sinclair
I am married to Gill, have four children and eight grandchildren. I have served on four governing bodies in Newcastle and North Tyneside. I served the governing body of Newburn Primary School as Chair and have a good understanding of the challenge and responsibility trustees face. My working life in the church has focussed in Newcastle Diocese, working with parishes in every deanery. I live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country where I work as Rector of Upper Coquetdale which stretches from Rothbury to the Scottish Border.

I love life and am happiest engaging with people from all backgrounds. I put my sense of humour to good use in my evangelistic ministry and as an after-dinner speaker. I enjoy my garden, train set, walking the hills and short breaks in my motorhome when time allows.
Aileen Wright
I have lived in the Coquet Valley since 1982 and my children attended Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School which prepared them very well for KEVI. I believe that Dr Thomlinson Middle School is a very good school (as endorsed by Ofsted, SIAMS and SATs results) and am proud to support it in my role as Academy Councillor.

I have spent my working life in Education; mainly in teaching, which culminated in being Headteacher at Harbottle C of E First School for 13 years, and more recently mentoring, and inspection roles in the Coquet Valley but also County wide. I believe that the skills and experience I have gained, together with my understanding of the challenges faced by schools in such a rural area will help me support the development and continued improvement of Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School.

I have great interest in teaching and learning and in particular the impact that the school’s core Christian values have on staff, pupils and the ethos of the school.