Graham is a local resident having lived in Holywell for almost 30 years. Until his retirement 6 years ago he worked in Local Government for both Clwyd and Denbighshire County Councils. For both of these Authorities he worked very closely with schools and Governing Bodies in the management of their Delegated Budgets and many other aspects of their finances. He was also instrumental in developing the current school funding formula of Denbighshire County Council.
Currently, he is a school Governor at Ysgol Gwenffrwd in Holywell and also Chair of the Finance Committee. In their last Estyn Inspection in 2018 they were awarded “Excellent” in all 5 inspection areas. Estyn said “Members of the governing body have rigorous knowledge of the school’s performance by playing a prominent part in its monitoring, self-evaluation and strategic planning processes. By working effectively with the senior management team, observing lessons and scrutinising books, they have a sound awareness of the standards of learning and teaching. This enables them to hold the school to account and set a clear strategic direction to develop the school as an effective learning community. A particular feature of their work is the successful procedures that they use to monitor and promote attendance.” He is also a member of the Governing Body of Ysgol Frongoch in Denbigh and also chairs their Finance Committee.
He is a member of the Flintshire County Council School Budget Forum and has been a member of a number of groups looking at their funding formula.
Graham enjoys travelling, especially to Europe and North America to watch his favourite sports of figure skating and gymnastics. He is also a Robin volunteer ward worker at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
Graham says “It is our responsibility to ensure that all pupils in the school, irrespective of ability or need, reach and exceed their, and also our expectations. I want to see Ysgol Treffynnon become an excellent school again and I will work hard to do whatever I can to help us all achieve this”.