Meet Our School Governors

Matthew Walker – Chair of Governors / Parent Governor 

I was elected as a parent governor in 2007 and Chair in September 2013.  I work in a finance department within Government, am a qualified Accountant and work on continuous improvement and change projects.  I am a member of the Finance Committee and the Curriculum and Policy Committee within school.  Having children at the school I have a keen interest in providing an environment where, through parent, pupil and teacher partnership, all children can reach their full potential before moving on to secondary school.

Carol Ackerley - Parent Governor

I am a parent governor. I am chair for the curriculum and policy sub committee.  My husband and I have 4 children, 1who is key stage 2 here at Barlby C P School.  I am a part time Radiographer and a Full time Mum.  I enjoy working alongside the Governors and the school staff, supporting and challenging the hard work of our school team, with an aim that the children enjoy attending our school.

Kendal Jones - Co-opted Govenor

Hi my name is Kendal Jones.  I am a staff governor and have taught in the Early Years Foundation Stage since 2009 and have been a staff governor at the school since 2012.  I love working with children and particularly enjoy how exciting each day is, with new challenges led by the children. In my spare time I love spending time with my family, especially holidays and mini breaks to the coast. I am also a keen reader and enjoy sharing my love of books with the children.  

Lorraine Marriott - Parent Governor / Chair of Finance Committee 

I am a parent governor and I am chair of the Finance Committee and a member of Curriculum and Policy Committee. I work as a maths teacher and have worked in education for many years. I became a governor because I want all children at this school to achieve their potential and I hope that by giving my time I can help in a small way.

Sarah Owen - Staff Governor

I have worked at Barlby Community Primary School since January 2004; and I have taught in the Early Years Foundation Stage for 7 years and have recently moved to Year 2. I have been a staff governor since July 2009. I thoroughly enjoy the daily surprises and challenges teaching after all this time can still bring. I revel in sharing learning with our children; as they are so eager to learn.

I have found being a staff governor can be both challenging and rewarding and presents an excellent opportunity to contribute to the decisions that are made by the governing body as well as to build strong links between the governing body and the staff of the school.

Philip Boyes -Vice Chair

I became a parent governor in March 2014 and have two children at Barlby CP School and have joined the policy and Key Stage 1 committees. I truly believe in giving children the best possible educational start and will work with the governors and school staff to do this. I am a Chartered Civil Engineer and grew up in the Selby area and have lived in Barlby since 2007. I am a church treasurer and understand the challenge of providing services on very tight budgets.

Beverley Dowdy -Co-opted Governor / Safeguarding Governor

My name is Beverley Dowdy and I have been appointed as a Co-opted Governor.  I currently work as a support worker for a UK based charity but prior to this I worked in a primary school setting as a Teaching Assistant with various roles including working with SEN children and supporting the SENCO.  I was also on the Governing Body. 

I hope my previous skills, experience along with my availability to provide support will be of benefit to the Governing board of Barlby Community Primary School.  I am married and have two girls, Grace and Rosie and two poodles.

 Ruth Cannon - Co-opted Governor

I was co-opted onto the Governing body in September 2013, when I had two children at the school. Since then the eldest child has moved up confidently to High School and the youngest has moved up to KS2.  As a parent I feel extremely lucky that our village school is of such a good standard. I  feel privileged to be a Governor at a School with such a high standing.

 Geoff Stockill - Co-opted Governor

Hi. I am Geoff Stockill and I was co-opted as a Governor in October 2015. I am a Chartered Accountant and run my own locally-based practice. I have experience in a number of sectors including public and charity/not for profit as well as varied commercial businesses.

My daughter attended and thoroughly enjoyed the school and has recently moved on to High School. For a number of years I was involved with the Friends of Barlby CP School, most latterly as Chair. Following my daughter’s departure from the school I wished to continue supporting the school and applied for the role of Governor. I believe that nursery/primary school education plays a fundamental role in providing, along with parents, a solid grounding for children to develop. It is important to “get it right, first time” – a strong bond between the pupils, parents, teachers and the governors can help achieve this.

 Natalka Gray - Parent Governor

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Joanna Millican - Parent Governor

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Alexander Durling - Parent Governor

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