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Meet the governors

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 2018 - 2019







Term of Office
Full Governing




Meeting attendance


Mrs Ross



School Permanent  
Anna Ashford Parent Governor Election Oct 15 - Oct 19 Chair   4/4
Miss Herrington Staff Governor School Mar 18 - Mar 22   2/2
Andrew Wood Co-opted Governor Governing Body Jan 16- Dec 19

  Chair 4/4
Sally Haigh Foundation Governor Church Parish Nov 14 - Oct 18   4/4
Gill Hart Foundation Governor Church Parish July17 onwards Chair   4/4
Geoff Ellis Parent Governor Election July 17 - Jun 21   4/4
Michael Nunns Parent Governor Election Sept 17 - Aug 21   4/4
Abhishek Khurana Co-opted Governor Governing Body July 17 - Jun 21   4/4
Elaine Webster



Governing Body Dec 16 - Resigned   2/3
Joy Walker Co-opted Governor Governing Body Mar 18 - Mar 22     2/2
David Barker

Co-opted Governor

Governing Body Mar 18 - Mar 22             2/2


Clerk to governors:
Amy Inman



Governors' profiles and interests

Mrs Ross
Mrs Ross was appointed as the Headteacher of Hampsthwaite School from September 2019. She has worked in primary education for over 13 years, teaching all ages from Reception through to Year 6, and has had various leadership roles throughout her career to date. Mrs Ross is so excited for this new adventure and knows that Hampsthwaite Primary School has some very exciting times ahead. Mrs Ross has two children and in her spare time, loves watching her son play football. She is also an avid runner and enjoys taking part in many charity runs; including the Great North Run.


Anna Ashford
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.


Mrs Tennant

Mrs Tennant 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.
Mrs Tennant completed a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree at the University of Northumbria from 1990-1994 and has worked in primary schools since then.
Mrs Tennant currently lives in Boroughbridge with her husband and two young children.


Sally Haigh
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.


Gill Hart
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 Wood
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 Ellis

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.


Joy Walker

Joy moved to Harrogate six years ago to begin her teaching career. She has a first class honours degree and currently teaches Computing & ICT to a range of ages. She has experience of leading digital strategy and a passion for online safety. She lives in Harrogate with her partner and her Yorkshire Terrier, Orla. As well as cooking she enjoys keeping fit in her spare time. She loves watching films, DIY projects and eating out for breakfast. In her role as Governor she hopes to support the school the best she can: giving her time, skills and ideas. She was quick to apply for the position of Governor at Hampsthwaite as she is keen to get involved with such a supportive community. 


  • Hampsthwaite Church of England
  • Primary School,
  • Church Lane,
  • Hampsthwaite,
  • Harrogate,
  • North Yorkshire,
  • HG3 2EZ

Hampsthwaite CE Primary School is part of Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7663935.

Registered Office: St. Aidan’s Church of England High School, Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8JR.