The Governing Body

Governing Body

As well as parents, the governing body in school is made up of governors appointed by the Local Education Authority (the County Council), teachers, a governor representing other staff, the Headteacher and governors appointed by the rest of the governing body (co-opted governors).  In voluntary controlled schools there are also foundation governors.

Parent governors are appointed for a four year term of office and continue to serve even if their child leaves the school during this period.

The governors’ work affects most aspects of the school’s work.  They establish, with the Headteacher, aims for the school, and approve policies – for the curriculum, behaviour and discipline, for example; and are responsible for the school’s budget, they are expected to be in touch with the local community and to help guide the school to meet the community’s educational needs.  They are also expected to help the school explain to the community what the school is trying to achieve for their children.  

The governors, together as a body, have a range of legal responsibilities, so being a governor is an important commitment.

Our Governing Body

Chair of Governors        Mr Nathaniel Potts

Parent Governor             Mr Hal Watson

Parent Governor             Vacant

Foundation Governor     Vacant

Foundation Governor     Mrs Jane Mansell

Co-opted Governor         Mrs Glenys Bailey

Co-opted Governor         Mrs Hannah Doran

Co-opted Governor         Vacant

Co-Opted Governor        Vacant

LA Governor                   Mr Tony Jowett

Staff Governor                Mrs Sally Taylor

Headteacher                    Mrs Louise Wallen



Minutes of Governing Body Meetings are available on request from the clerk please contact the school office.


  -Declaration of Business Interests 2019-20.pdf-  

  -DoI Overview.pdf-  

Governor Pen Portraits


Mr Nat Potts - Chair of Governors

I have greatly enjoyed serving North Stainley C of E Primary School as a Parent Governor and more recently Chair of Finance, since we moved to North Stainley several years ago.

During this time my daughter attended the school which our whole family has found to be both dynamic and caring with a highly committed team of staff and fellow Governors. 

I have always believed that primary schools have such an important role in developing children's skills and creativity, nurturing confidence and providing a solid platform that will in turn prepare them for secondary school and further. It has been a privilege to see the school deliver at every level.



Mrs Sally Taylor – Staff Governor


Having seen through the development of my own child how education is such an integral part of our makeup and the direction we take in life, I was keen to be involved and find out more about how the school decide and action what is best for the children.


In the very short time I have been involved with the school as a parent, I have already seen the benefits that the dedicated team at North Stainley School have had and I am excited to be able to help that continue.  I had no connection to education whatsoever and have spent my entire working career in the private sector, so I hope that in becoming a Governor nad then the school administrator, I may be able to add value from a different view point and have a positive influence where it counts.




 Mr Hal Watson - Parent Governor

I am a parent governor who has two sons at the school. I grew up locally and returned to live in North Yorkshire 8 years ago after attending university in and working in London. I am now a criminal barrister specialising in serious fraud and I live in North Stainley with my family. 
I had a brief period teaching in Kenya prior to training as a lawyer. I studied English, then Law and have been qualified since 2003, practicing principally in the Crown and Appellate Courts. I have been engaged in recruitment and training throughout my professional life. I am a passionate reader and enjoy sport and spending time with my children. 




 Vacant - Parent Governor


 Mrs Glenys Bailey- Co-opted Governor

I have lived in North Stainley for the Last 14 Years, moving here from Lancashire in 2014. My involvement in Education has centred around my own children's and grandchildren's schooling and teaching in a local school in Kitwe Zambia, this was both a rewarding and humbling experience.  The children who attended this school, came from the poorest of families, often living in shacks in Townships. Their desire to learn and improve their lives and the lives of their families and pride in the fact that they were having an education was very humbling.

Since returning from Zambia my own career has focused on Adult Mental Heath and Social Care, working both in Lancashire and North Yorkshire for both the Health Service, as a Mental Heath Nurse and for the Local Authority, as a Social Worker.

Hobby wise I enjoy being retured, the Theatre, reading and being with my family, plus of course planning then going on holiday.


Mrs Hannah Doran - Co-Opted Governor



Vacant - Co-Opted Governor


Vacant - Co-Opted Governor


Mr Tony Jowett - Local Authority Governor

I have lived in the North Yorkshire area for now for just over 5 years, and have worked at NYCC from September 2018.

My backgound is in IT, and have come to North Stainley by way of Volunteering at the Council to be a Governor. 

I have lived and worked in some 12 countries worldwide, and ended up via Lancashire (the County I was born in) here. 

Primary education is vital (particularly in Reading , Writing, and the basics of Mathmatics) which for all roles in life going forward, we need.



Vacant - Foundation Governor



Mrs Jane Mansell - Foundation Governor


 Although originally a “Southerner”, I lived in the Ripon area for 171/2 years whilst our children were growing up. We then returned south for 15 years but were delighted to move to North Stainley in August 2017 when we retired.
I have been involved with education as a parent/grandparent and also in my professional work as a Speech and Language Therapist. I was also a Foundation Governor of a church secondary school for a number of years.
Since moving to the village I have enjoyed becoming part of the community and getting involved with various activities in North Stainley and Ripon, including St Mary’s Church and Ripon Cathedral.
As a recently appointed Foundation Governor, I am delighted to see the already existing strong links between the school and the local church. I am looking forward to helping these links to develop further and encouraging the Christian ethos which underpins all aspects of school life.



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