New appointments at Bury Grammar

Bury Grammar School has announced the appointment of Richard Smyth as the new Chair of Governors and two additional experienced governors to its Board.

Richard is a BGS Old Boy and former solicitor, who also served as a non-executive director on the Board of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. He has over 35 years of experience in legal practice and has held senior positions in well-known law firms. He also has experience in compliance, governance, and risk management, as well as conducting the serious and complex criminal case.



The newly appointed governors bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Board.

Ryan Johnson, who graduated in 2006 with a First Class Honours Degree in Business Management & Information Technology from the University of Liverpool, has worked as a Vice President for a large custodian bank, operating in various countries around the world. He is also a magistrate within the main court of Central Manchester and runs his own management consultancy firm as CEO. Sophia McNeill, a fundraising professional with over 14 years of experience in the higher education sector, is passionate about philanthropy and creating lasting social change.

“I am thrilled and honoured to have been appointed as the next Chair of Governors of Bury Grammar School,” Richard said. “I have very fond memories of my time as a pupil at BGS and am looking forward to working with the talented SLT to continue to strengthen our reputation as the school of first choice for pupils and staff in the area.”

After seven years as Chair, Gillian Winter is stepping down from her role at Bury Grammar School. During her tenure, the school underwent a significant transition, evolving from two separate schools into one cohesive institution. Gillian says it has been a “privilege” to work with the school’s senior leaders and expresses her gratitude to her fellow governors and the Bury community. She is succeeded by Richard Smyth, whom she describes as an “excellent” choice


Martin Entwistle, a BGS Old Boy and member of the Finance Committee, is also retiring as a Governor. He has been on the Governing Body for 12 years and will remain as Treasurer of the Old Boys’ Association. Principal Jo Anderson thanked the outgoing governors for their contributions and expressed excitement for the new era at BGS under the leadership of the new Chair and governors.



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