Meet our Governors

I fulfil one of the parent governor positions on the Rufforth Local Governing Committee (LGC) and in my second year as Chair. The role of the LGC is to be the strategic leaders of our school, focusing on school improvement and playing a vital role in making sure every child gets the best possible education. We are a diverse group of six, non-staff members in the LGC, all bringing different skills to the group. As well as being mum to two boys, I work in marketing for a cancer treatment solutions company.

I have found being a governor very interesting and coming from a non-educational background has certainly challenged and driven me to gain knowledge through training, but I also feel it is a privilege to have this level of involvement with the school my children attend. I drop my boys off most mornings and collect from school on a Friday, so please feel free to have a chat.

I have been a co-opted member of the Local Governing Committee (LGC) at Rufforth Primary for 2 years. I was asked to join the LGC to support key areas of responsibility that utilised my knowledge and experience within education. My knowledge of schools and education has been gained over 40 years working as teacher, Headteacher, Local Authority Adviser and Inspector in a wide range of primary and special schools across several education authorities. I also have a personal connection with the school where two of my grandsons attend and regularly pick them up from school at the end of the day.

I was elected as a co-opted governor at the beginning of 2020. My background is in finance, having spent many years as a bank manager and then as a financial adviser, before retiring in 2015. I served on the bank’s Group Pensions Board and Regional Advisory Board and going back in time I was on the Board of Governors for Darlington College of Technology.

My own two children went to Rufforth Primary School back in the late 1980s. I recollect how happy they both were at the school and what a good educational grounding they both received. Even though I’m now retired I still feel a close affinity with the school and hope my wider experience can be of benefit.

I was elected as a parent governor in 2019 and my two children, Lucy and Toby, still attend the school. I have relished the opportunity to serve as part of the Rufforth LGC and, although some areas have been new to me, it is both challenging and rewarding at the same time. It has opened my eyes to the amount of positive work that is done in the background by the Headteacher and all the staff at Rufforth; all with the aim in making the learning experience as rich and enjoyable for the children as possible.