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 of four schools and remain a governor for two Morpeth partnership schools. 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 26 years. I am totally committed to working as hard as possible to ensure that there is a quality education for all children.
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.
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.
Canon John Sinclair
John was born on the banks of the River Tyne close to Newcastle Cathedral. He is married to Gill, they have four children and seven grandchildren with number eight due soon. John met Gill while they were both at School in Newcastle. John has served on four governing bodies in Newcastle and North Tyneside. He served the governing body of Newburn Primary School as Chair and has a good understanding of the challenge and responsibility trustees face. John’s working life in the church has focussed in Newcastle Diocese, working with parishes in every deanery. John lives in one of the most beautiful parts of the country where he works as Rector of Upper Coquetdale which stretches from Rothbury to the Scottish Border. John loves life and is happiest engaging with people from all backgrounds. John is a member of The General Synod of The Church of England as well as serving the wider church as a member of the Clergy Discipline Commission and as a selector on Bishops Advisory Panels. John puts his sense of humour to good use in his evangelistic ministry and as an after-dinner speaker. John enjoys his garden, trainset, walking the hills and short breaks in his motorhome when time allows.