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: Emma Edwards 
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.

 DOI - GB.pdf-  
 DOI - GD.pdf-
 DOI - JBC.pdf-   
 DOI - JH.pdf-  
 DOI - JM.pdf-  
 DOI - LW.pdf-  
 DOI - NP.pdf-  
 DOI - SW.pdf-  
 DOI - TJ.pdf-  

Declaration of Interest - Overview - 2022

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)

I have been a teacher at the school for twelve years now. I am passionate about ensuring high quality teaching and learning for all. I strive to give all children at our school the opportunity to achieve and aspire to fulfil their potential. My own children have been through North Stainley CE Primary School from Reception to Year 6 and often look back at their time here with fond memories.



Laura Lodwick - Parent Governor

I moved to the village, directly neighbouring the school, in 2014 when we discovered we loved the area during my husband's military posting to Ripon. Since then we have been active members of the North Stainley community and thoroughly enjoy being part of the village and the opportunities that brings my daughter and son.

Now as a parent I’m a strong advocate for the schools positive impact within the wider North Stainley community and on the children who attend it. I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this further in my role as parent governor and to offer both my parental perspective and my professional experience and expertise in guiding the school forward. 

For the last 16 years my career has been in a number of senior operational management roles within large technology companies. I’ve held accountability across Finance, HR, Marketing, Recruitment, Learning & Development, Facilities Management and IT throughout my career as well as managing a number of complex organisational changes.

Emma Edwards - Parent Governor

My family and I made the decision to relocate to North Stainley in 2021, and we have not looked back. It was immediately evident that we had moved our daughter to a school with strong ties to the community. The warmth and support she received from the school staff and fellow pupils lead her to settle easily. I have enjoyed watching her thrive as her confidence has grown in such a short space of time.

When the opportunity to become a governor arose I saw it as a chance to give back to the community that had welcomed us. Furthermore that I may support and challenge the school to ensure every child has the chance to meet their potential.

My background is in finance, I have worked in different sectors and I am now settled in the construction industry being a Financial Controller for a house builders.

I am looking forward to developing my skills and knowledge for the governor role and becoming a valuable member of the governing body.



 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)

Our family moved to North Stainley in the winter before the pandemic arrived. Joining the governing body was a great way to reconnect with a more local world again, and get to know the heartbeat of the village. 
As it became possible for the school to slowly open up, I got to see more and more of the school my children would come to join. The biggest credit to the school are the children. Their work and their play are full of kindness, and they make a school we want our own children to be a part of. 
My professional background is in risk management, strategy and operations, and it’s my hope that over time I can help the school grow further from its position of strength to continue to provide a place that enables children to thrive, whatever their strengths or interests be. 


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.

Position Available 

(Health and Safety and GDPR, Resource Monitoring Group)



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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