Meet Our School Governors

Matthew Walker – Chair of Governors / LA Governor 

I was elected as a parent governor in 2007 and Chair in September 2013.  I work in a Government finance department and am a qualified Accountant and also have experience from working on continuous improvement and change projects.  I am a member of the Finance Committee within school and also have links to leadership, performance and the school council..  My two children have both attended the school and therefore 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. The email address to contact me is


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 -Vice 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 / 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.

  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.

 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 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.

Alexander Durling - Parent Governor

I was appointed as a parent-governor in 2017, and I have three children at the school. I feel lucky that we have such a great school in our village, and am keen to give any time and skills that I may have to support the continuation of that success. I believe in the importance of having good relationships between all three of the main parties involved in children’s education: the teachers, the parents, and the children themselves. I work in IT, for UK finance-house, so I’m familiar with working within the constraints of a heavily-regulated industry, with experience that includes working with data and analysis to solve problems, in order to get the best out of what we have. I’m a semi-keen pianist, and can sometimes make a noise on a guitar, too. I can be mostly found wearing odd socks.


James Sykes - Parent Governor

As a newly appointed 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

Ian McKenzie - Parent Governor

Stephen Flatman - Co-opted Governor