Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Governing Body 2017 - 2018
Term of Office
|Anna Ashford||Parent Governor||Election||Oct 15 - Oct 19||Chair||•|
|Katie Tennant||Staff Governor||School||Dec 13 – Dec 17||•||•|
|Wendy Lidgate||Co-opted Governor||Governing Body||Jun 15 - May 19||Vice Chair||Chair|
|Sally Haigh||Foundation Governor||Church Parish||Nov 14 - Oct 18||•||•|
|Gill Hart||Foundation Governor||Church Parish||July17 onwards||•||•|
|Geoff Ellis||Parent Governor||Election||July 17 - Jun 21||•||•|
|Michael Nunns||Parent Governor||Election||Sept 17 - Aug 21||•||•|
|Abhishek Khurana||Co-opted Governor||Governing Body||July 17 - Jun 21||•||•|
|Governing Body||Jan 16 - Dec 19||•||Chair|
|Elaine Webster||Co-opted Governor||Governing Body||Dec 16 - Dec 20||•||•|
Clerk to governors:
Andrew has been Headteacher of Hampsthwaite School since January 2013. He has worked in primary education for over 20 years, teaching all ages from Reception through to upper juniors, and having various leadership roles. Andrew is very proud to be part of Hampsthwaite School, and to be able to lead and support such a talented and committed team of staff and governors.
Andrew is married and has two children who are growing up fast – one has finished high school and the other is studying for A levels.
As well as having his own family, Andrew and his wife are also short-term Foster Carers for North Yorkshire County Council. As part of this role, Andrew sits on the management board for the North Yorkshire Education of Looked After Children (ELAC) virtual school.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys being out in the countryside, cycling and constructing (not playing!) with Lego!
Anna was elected a parent Governor in 2015, and became chair in October 2016. Anna was a solicitor at an international practice up until recently when she decided to focus more on family life and her vegetable plot! She now works part time as a legal consultant at a legal and commercial consultancy based in Sicklinghall and enjoys the extra time this gives her to play an active part in school and village life. Anna has lived in Hampsthwaite for over 6 years with her partner and daughter, who attends Hampsthwaite C of E Primary School.
Katie is currently our Y5/6 teacher at Hampsthwaite Primary School. She has been teaching here since 2004 and previous to this post she taught in Gateshead for 9 years working in all classes across key stage 2.
Katie completed a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree at the University of Northumbria from 1990-1994 and has worked in primary schools since then.
Katie currently lives in Boroughbridge with her husband and two young children.
Wendy has been a Co-opted Governor since 2015 and is Vice-Chair of the Governing Body.
She was previously a Community Governor at the school for six years.
Wendy has worked as a nurse, health visitor and teacher in further education, where she taught child care and education to nursery nurse students. She currently works developing qualifications and examinations for early years qualifications.
She lives in Birstwith. Her adult sons attended Hampsthwaite C of E Primary School.
Sally first came to the Harrogate area 49 years ago straight from Manchester Art College to work in a design studio, so her working life has been in designing fabrics, to interior design, to soft furnishings.
Having lived in Hampsthwaite for nearly 22 years mostly as a single mum with two children, now both at University, Sally has been a member of the Feast Committee, been involved with the Church helping with Sunday school, then as a member of the Choir. She has also done some volunteering firstly as a short break carer with Barnardoes, and then more recently with Carers a Time Off.
Suzanne is a full time Mum to her two daughters. She worked in banking in London before moving to Hampsthwaite and worked in a bank in Harrogate until having her eldest daughter. Suzanne has been a governor since 2013 and has been helping out in school over the last 8 years. This has given Suzanne both a great insight to what goes on and how amazing this school is. Suzanne says she is very proud to be a part of Hampsthwaite School.
Gill has lived in the village for 17 years and both her children went to Hampsthwaite school from 1998 - 2005. Before moving to Hampsthwaite, she lived 'down south' where she worked as a professional musician and instrumental teacher. Moving to Hampsthwaite and volunteering as a parent helper at school in 1998, cemented Gill’s desire to train as a Primary School teacher and she gained her PGCE in 2000. Gill taught for over 15 years, including rising to the position of Acting Headteacher. In her spare time, Gill enjoys being part of local orchestras and choirs, being part of Hampsthwaite church community and growing fruit and vegetables on her allotment. Her family have gained much from being part of this flourishing village and she strongly believes in giving her skills and time to support the local community.
Andrew moved to Hampsthwaite in 2014 with his wife Alison and their two young children - a return to Yorkshire after 25 years away. Andrew became a Local Education Authority Governor in January 2016. Andrew has had a number of career changes prior to relocating to Yorkshire including dairy herdsman, agricultural accountant, M&A advisor and a partner in a private equity firm. He now consults for businesses in a variety of sectors. Andrew's son attends Hampsthwaite C of E Primary School and his daughter is in the school nursery. Andrew's aim is to support and help the school continue the great education and development it provides for the local children.
Geoff moved to Hampsthwaite 13 years ago from Harrogate with his wife Carol and is now semi-retired. He and Carol care for their Grandson fulltime which helps to keep them both young. Geoff has enjoyed a successful career in industry management, working for Ford Motor Company, Toyota GB, Direct Line Insurance Group and a range of independent companies. He has led a number of significant business development projects in the UK and overseas. He is currently working part time as a Management Consultant advising and supporting company Directors and Managers. Geoff’s Grandson attends Hampsthwaite C of E Primary School. Geoff says that we are fortunate to have such an outstanding School in the village and he wants to support its continued success.