Meet Our School Governors

 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 several years and now work in KS1. 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 -Chair - Co-opted Governor

I became a parent governor in March 2014 and have two children at Barlby CP School and have joined the Curriculum committee. I am also the Health and Safety Governor. 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 the Barlby are since 2007. I am a church treasurer and understand the challenge of providing services on very tight budgets.

Beverley Dowdy -Co-opted 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.

 Geoff Stockill - Vice Chair -Co-opted Governor

Hi. I am Geoff Stockill and I was co-opted as a Governor in October 2015. I am a Chartered Accountant working part time at the University of York and running 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.

 Solar Richmond - Co-opted Governor

I  started at Barlby Primary School as a Teaching Assistant in September 2017 and put myself forward for the co-opted staff governor which has been accepted.  Although I am new to the school I am not new to school governance, having previously served 7 years as a parent governor, vice chair and chair at my children's primary school.

I have always found governance challenging but rewarding and I am delighted to be working with the school and it's governors to ensure high standards of achievement for all children.

Joanna Millican - Parent Governor

I was elected as a Parent Governor in July 2017, I have a Son who attends the school. I take a very keen interest in the education of children as they are our future and strongly believe we need to do right by them. I work for the MOD and my background is in finance and personnel administration. I have plenty of experience of working within the constraints of policy and regulations. I enjoy meeting new people and look forward to working together to hopefully make a difference.

James Sykes - Parent Governor

As a parent governor I am delighted to be able to contribute to the fantastic work that goes on at ‘Barlby Community Primary School’. I have three children at the school. At work, I am an REP on an offshore oil and gas facility, my day to day job involves maintenance, planning and risk assessment in a challenging environment. I hope that with my experience and motivation I can be a positive addition to the governing team.


Laura Clark - Co-opted Governor

I am Laura Clark, I was lucky enough to became a co-opted Governor for Barlby Community Primary school in 2017. I have one daughter at this school who loves it so much that I had to get involved in supporting the school.

I have a background involves investigating and presenting a myriad of complex and protracted criminal cases all over the world, dealing with a variety of people. I have a fundamental belief in doing the right thing. I relish the thought of a challenge getting stuck in at every opportunity. I intend to do my best within the governing body for the benefit of the school.

Caroline Karbani - Parent Governor

My name is Caroline Karbani and I became an elected governor in December 2020. I have 2 very energetic boys who attend the school and like every parent, I would like the best for my children. I am very aware of the need for a positive learning experience whilst also developing confident and valued individuals. This can only be achieved within a happy, safe and secure environment to give all children the platform to become the best that they can be. I feel very privileged to be able to play a key part in a school which has this aim and am keen to support its future success.

I have 14 years of management experience leading teams of planners in providing an emergency service across the Yorkshire area. Being able to listen to others whilst challenging decisions/working practices within the constraints of policies and regulations became an integral part of this role and I am keen to be able to utilise these skills for the benefit of the school.

Ian McKenzie - Parent Governor

I became a parent governor because I have two children now within the school and they really enjoy their school days. I wish to help and support the school in giving the children of the local community the best education possible. As someone who has grown up in Barlby and attended the primary school myself, I want to give back to a school which has a long tradition of community involvement. I have a personal interest in SEND as well as experience in complex policies and procedures.

Stephen Flatman - Co-opted Governor

Hi! I’m Stephen Flatman. I was co-opted as a governor in December 2020, and now that we can get into school again, I’m eager to get to know Barlby much better. I teach in another local primary school where I was previously a staff governor there for many years, and I'm looking forward to bringing some of that experience to Barlby CP School, helping everyone who makes it such a fantastic place to learn.

I love reading stories, particularly by Roald Dahl because of his gruesome baddies, and I really enjoy music too; I play in a ceilidh band and find lots of other opportunities to play my violin or guitar. I also enjoy cycling and escape rooms, and at home, I look after a hamster named Dr Dylan Fluffington, the Mayor of Hamsterdam! 

Geoff McConnell - Parent Governor

I have worked as a doctor in the NHS for almost 11 years, the last 4 of which as a GP in the local area.  I firmly believe that children’s health and welfare is vitally important in giving them the best start towards a successful future.  The Infant and Junior stages of school should provide a happy, safe and rewarding environment, where the interests and skills of the children are nurtured and encouraged.   If our children are well supported and enthused by their primary school education, I believe that they will progress on to secondary school and their life beyond with the determination, skills and confidence they need to succeed in whatever they choose.

I am delighted to have been elected to serve Barlby Community Primary School as a Governor as I already have 2 children at the school and another due to start in 2023. I truly hope I will be able to support the school community to help ensure that every child, and their family, can get the very best from the time spent at the school.