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 School Governors

We are our School, we have our roots and foundation in love,
    Our School is us; we will grow, blossom and flourish.

Governors seek to hold before them the Christian Vision of the School and make all decisions in the light of this.



Our Governing Body

Chair of Governors: Nathaniel Potts (Resource Monitoring Group and buildings)
Deputy Chair of Governors and Local Authority Governor: Tony Jowett (Health and Safety and GDPR, Resource Monitoring Group)
Community Governor:  Glenys Bailey (Safeguarding, Quality of Education and Resource Monitoring Groups)
Foundation Governor: Reverend Sian Lawton (Foundation Governors Monitoring Group and Quality of Education Monitoring Group)
Foundation Governor: Jane Mansell (SEN,  Foundation Governors Monitoring Group and Quality of Education Monitoring Group)
Parent Governor: Kate Khan (SEN and Quality of Education Monitoring Group)
Parent Governor: Julia Hawkridge (Publicity and Resource Monitoring Group)
Co-opted Governor: George Dyke (Publicity and Quality or Education Monitoring Group)
Co-opted Governor: Judith Bodill-Chandler (EYFS and Quality of Education Monitoring Group)
Head teacher and Governor: Louise Wallen  (Foundation Governors Monitoring Group Quality of Education and Resource Monitoring Groups)
Teacher and Governor: Sally Williamson (Quality of Education Monitoring group)

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

Declaration of Business Interests 2019-20  

DoI Overview  

Governor Pen Portraits


Mr Nat Potts - Chair of Governors
(Resource Monitoring Group and buildings)

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.



Miss Sally Williamson – Staff Governor
(Quality of Education Monitoring group)




Mrs Julia Hawkridge - Parent Governor
(Publicity and Resource Monitoring Group)

My daughter Brooke joined the school in September 2019, having moved from Middlesbrough where the primary schools were much larger it was refreshing to find a school that has a small personal feel, where the children all know each others and can form relationships with their peers and teachers. Brooke has thrived since starting school at North Stainley and we both love the school.

My work is very flexible so I am able to come and help out with things where parents are needed and love seeing Brooke and the other children in their school environment. In my work I am a Finance Director for a local Traffic Management company, so I bring 20 years of accountancy and management experience so I’m happy to put this to use where ever it can be of help. I’d love to be of more help to the school if I can, and I think just seeing how brilliantly everyone at the school has dealt with everything that has happened in recent months just shows what a great school it is, I know the teachers of Brookes class can’t do enough to help further our children’s education.



Mrs Kate Khan - Parent Governor
(SEN and Quality of Education Monitoring Group)

My professional background is in local government law. I qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and spent eleven years working in local authorities, both district and unitary. Since taking a career break to have children I have undertaken various voluntary roles relating to children and education. I was a trustee and secretary of the management committee of a local pre-school for four years and, as a result of the work and training I undertook during this time, have a keen interest in the Early Years. I have also undertaken a number of Level 2 qualifications relating to children including Understanding Children's Mental Health, Understanding Autism and Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent. I am passionate about supporting children with Special Educational Needs and am currently taking a qualification in SEN Law through IPSEA (the Independent Provider of Special Education Advice). Both of my children attend North Stainley Primary School and I am keen to support the school in whatever way I can. I am currently the Secretary of Friends of North Stainley School. My hobbies include baking and crochet.

 Mrs Glenys Bailey- Safeguarding Governor
(Safeguarding, Quality of Education and Resource Monitoring Groups)

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.


Mr George Dyke - Co-Opted Governor
(Publicity and Quality or Education Monitoring Group)


Mrs Judith Bodill Chandler - Co-Opted Governor
(EYFS and Quality of Education Monitoring Group)

I moved to West Tanfield in November 2019 so very much a newcomer to the area! I have a teaching background and began my career teaching in a Special school. I later moved on to lead and manage a large Foundation Stage Unit in a disadvantaged area of Bradford, before moving on to work for the Local Authority as an Early Years Consultant. More recent roles have included working across the country as part of a research team examining the quality of provision and practice in the Early Years and as an Achievement coach to schools and nurseries in North East Lincolnshire.

I am passionate about improving outcomes for children and believe that every child has a right to a safe, rich and stimulating environment in which they can grow, learn and develop with staff who have a deep understanding of child pedagodgy, and, who will support and extend their learning.

Hobbies include travel, sailing, cooking, gardening, crafting and walking with my adorable Cockapoo puppy, Beau.

Mr Tony Jowett - Local Authority Governor
(Health and Safety and GDPR, Resource Monitoring Group)

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.

Rev Sian Lawton - Foundation & Church Governor
(Foundation Governors Monitoring Group and Quality of Education Monitoring Group)




Mrs Jane Mansell - Foundation & Church Governor
(SEN,  Foundation Governors Monitoring Group and Quality of Education Monitoring Group)

 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.

When I was appointed as a Foundation Governor, I was delighted to see the strong links which already existed between the school and the local church. I am enjoying helping these links to develop further and encouraging the Christian Vision and values which underpin all aspects of school life.





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