Meet the Committee Members

Teaching and Learning Committee

Sarah Marshall (Chair) 

I have two children at Holy Trinity School, currently in year 5 and 3. I was elected as a parent governor three years ago and it has been an enormous privilege to be involved with the school and wider trust partnership since then. I am Course Manager for Biology and Teaching and Learning Lead at Richard Huish College in Taunton where I have worked for over 20 years. I am passionate about education and providing opportunities that ensure all children can thrive. I am also a member of Creech St. Michael Baptist Church which I attend regularly with my children and I value the church status of Holy Trinity.

Tess Gale (Link Trustee) 

I have lived in Somerset since 1987, raising four children in the Taunton area and being involved in their schooling as a volunteer, member of the parent/teacher association and as a governor. My training was as a modern linguist and I taught primary French for several years. After working on a government project relating to citizenship in the curriculum, I moved to work for the Diocese of Bath & Wells. Initially responsible for governance, admissions and buildings, my remit increased to include all school organisation, including the academy agenda. In 2012, I became the Director of Education for the Diocese, having responsibility for standards and Christian distinctiveness in 182 schools. I initiated the Bath & Wells MAT and acted as CEO for the first two years, subsequently acting as a trustee both on that and the many other MATs that came to include church schools, including TRLP. Retiring initially in 2018, I soon found myself looking for a challenge and became the Operations Director at TRLP, finally retiring in August 2021. I am passionate about environmental issues and safeguarding the planet for future generations.

Lisa Eadie - Headteacher 

I am the current Headteacher at Holy Trinity Primary School and started in post in April 2023.  

I previously served as the Head of a small village primary school in North Devon for six years which was situated in a rural community with mixed year classes and an on site nursery.  During my time in post in North Devon I collaborated with our local schools and secured a management partnership with Team Academy Trust which the school hopes to formally join in September this year.  I value joint working with other local schools and thereby increasing opportunities for children to learn collaboratively.

I am passionate about the role of the school within its local community and ensuring that all children receive a high quality education by encouraging good attendance and developing good behaviour for learning skills.

In my spare time I love walking my collie Luna.

Daniel Schoner 

I grew up and attended local schools in Somerset - firstly Huish Episcopi Secondary School followed by Richard Huish College. After completing a degree in Human Genetics at The University of Nottingham, I trained to teach through the TeachFirst scheme and was placed at a large inner-city school in Bristol where I continued to work for a number of years and held different levels of responsibility including subject leadership and governance roles. I then spent 4 years in Vietnam at an international school as a teacher and leader with responsibility for Maths and teacher development. Following the birth of my daughter, I returned to Taunton in 2022 to take up the post of Deputy Headteacher at Holy Trinity, followed by the Interim Head role. I am a firm believer in inclusive education whilst ensuring children experience a rich, broad curriculum. 

Sophie Cowdell

After studying in Manchester then Plymouth and a period working in Cheltenham, I moved back to Taunton in 2007 where I grew up. 

I am a self-employed facilitator, supporting communities with complex social issues. I have spent 20 years working in community development in the charity and private sectors, and am passionate about the power of a community and what can be achieved when confidence increases. I have a keen interest in inclusion and accessibility in its widest sense and look forward to supporting Holy Trinity share the opportunities and benefits of learning with all its pupils and families. 

Ethos Committee

The 2023/2024 Ethos Committee members are Sarah Marshall (Chair), Lisa Eadie, Fr Julian Laurence and Daniel Schoner.