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Hi, we are the Westroyd Primary School and Nursery Governors.  We all take an active part in looking after the school and nursery and are very proud of the children and staff.  We each 'Buddy' with a class and come in to school to talk to the children and see what they do.  This is a very rewarding aspect of being a governor!  Should you want to talk to us you are more than welcome, please contact school for our details:

Chair - Clare Skinner (Co-Opted)
Vice Chair -  Lizzy Bird  (Co-Opted Governor)

Parent Governors -  Stuart Morris,  Hannah Karnacz
Local Authority Governor -  Philippa Bairstow.
Staff Governor -  Pam Hemsley

Co -Opted Governors -   Joel Isaacson

Associate Governor -  Dawn Winkley



APPOINTED: 25/09/18

TERM OF OFFICE   25/09/18 TO 25/09/22
Register of Interests: None

 I have been elected as Chair of Governors in September 2018 and I look forward to supporting the Westroyd Governors moving forward. I am responsible for Headteacher Performance and Management, Complaints and Early Years and Foundation Stage.




APPOINTED: 26/11/02

TERM OF OFFICE 01/08/18 TO 01/08/22

Register of Interests: None

The Sub Committees which I support are Pupil Support.

I am Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor, Looked After Children Governor and also responsible for attendance. This year I am linked with Year Three class.


I joined the Governing Body in December 2002 when my son was in Reception Class. He has since progressed via Springbank and Priesthorpe Schools through to university. In years 12 and 13, he also studied at Grangefield and Crawshaw Schools. His school journey was also a learning journey for me widening my knowledge and understanding of how schools operate and collaborate.


I worked for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council and Leeds City Council as principal town planner. Transferable skills gained included involvement in staff recruitment, staff performance appraisals, mentoring junior staff, decision making on planning applications, dealing with complaints from the public and latterly challenging existing working practices with the aim of offering an improved service to stakeholders.  I have since taken early retirement but continue to be involved in local planning matters.


As a governor I initially concentrated on HR, as I had experience of this at work. I have and continue to be involved in staff recruitment.  My involvement with the Head Teacher’s Performance Management started in 2009.  Since 2010, I have concentrated on Pupil Support including Safeguarding and Child Protection. I have experienced many changes at school including transition from an infant to a primary school.


APPOINTED: 04/09/12

TERM OF OFFICE (2nd) 04/09/16 TO 04/09/20
Register of Interests: None
My role is staff governor, the sub committee which I support is Resources. This year I am linked with Year Two.


I am in my second term of office as a staff governor at the school.

During this period I have been employed as Bursar which has given me and in depth knowledge of Financial Regulations. I know which information/reports that governors require to make astute decisions on behalf of the school to ensure that we obtain best value as well as quality and service whilst improving structure or educational goals.

I can interpret financial reports to compare with other similar institutions to benchmark costs.

I am able to assist with the SFVS, an annual report to the LEA, regarding how governors have interpreted, understood and acted upon the financial side of the school.


APPOINTED: 10/02/15

TERM OF OFFICE  01/02/19  to 9/02/23

Register of Interests: None

The sub committee which I support is resources and Head Teachers performance management and pay panel and I am also responsible for Pupil Premium, Governors Training and Maths. This year I am linked with the Year Five/Six class.

I am mother of two boys at Westroyd Primary School.


 I work part time as the Finance Manager for a Church and associated charity in Leeds. I have worked in Charity Finance for the past 9 years. Regularly working with budgets, forecasting and analysing financial data. I am the safeguarding lead at work, and oversee the training of all the volunteer children and youth workers. For the past 4 years I have held a position on the management team for an annual camping festival for 3000 delegates, and I have had a lot of experience in volunteer and events management.  


I have worked and volunteered in a number of charities in Leeds including Kidz Klub, Childline, Children in Need and Mencap. I have a First degree in Childhood Studies from Leeds University and I completed the Early Years Practitioner Status in 2011, having worked as a Nursery Nurse in an outstanding Nursery  for 2 years before having my own children. I am a qualified Childline Counsellor with the NSPCC and have been involved in counselling training for new volunteers.


As well as volunteering for the School Governors role I voluntarily run a weekly toddler group in the Woodhouse area of the city, and volunteer as a Sunday school teacher in my church.




APPOINTED: 10/10/16

TERM OF OFFICE 10/10/16 TO 10/10/20

Register of Interests: None

The sub committee which I support is Resources and I am also responsible for PE and Sports Premium and Science. This year I am linked with the Year Four class.


I have over 18 years’ experience working in the UK higher education sector at three different universities and fourteen years’ experience as Secretary to the principal boards and committees at two different universities.


I have experience of:


  • Producing proposals for the restructuring of a University’s Academic Governance & Committee structures;
  • Being responsible for implementing, monitoring and reviewing institutional governance frameworks and governance support programmes;
  • Ensuring compliance and consistent practice with respect to a University’s commitments to external bodies such as the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA), Criminal Records Bureau CRB), professional bodies and external agencies such as Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE); Universities UK (UUK); Research Council UK (RCUK);
  • Being responsible for creating and updating a University’s framework of accountability and schedule of delegations;
  • Undertaking reviews of policy and practice including re-develop of a University’s policy and procedures for the management of allegations of research misconduct and benchmarking against the Research Council UK (RCUK) Concordat to Support Research Integrity and benchmarking on how a University complied with the UK Corporate Governance code.  




  • Ability to provide high-level professional secretariat support for boards and committees.
  • Ability to co-ordinate all administration relating to the preparation, collation and despatch of agenda, reports, minutes and correspondence relating to meetings of boards and committees.
  • Ability to lead on and undertake policy and regulatory development work.
  • Experience of leading and completing complex projects, gathering information, analysing and assessing quantitative and qualitative data from a range of sources, producing and presenting reports and recommendations through to implementation of outcomes.
  • Ability to draft high quality committee reports, minutes and correspondence.
  • Ability to develop and deliver high quality training both face-to-face and online courses on areas such as committee induction / servicing of committees / anti-Bribery and corruption.
  • Ability to deliver advice and guidance on governance and regulatory matters to all levels of staff in an organisation.
  • Significant experience of regularly liaising with high profile individuals, external agencies and professional bodies.
  • Knowledge of the strategic, business and operational requirements of senior level university management




APPOINTED: 01/12/15

TERM OF OFFICE: 01/11/15 TO 01/11/19

Register of Interests: None

The sub committee which I support is Pupil Support. 


I am Deputy Headteacher, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Safeguarding Lead at Westroyd Primary.



APPOINTED: 00/01/18

TERM OF OFFICE 01/01/18 TO 01/01/22

Register of Interests: None 


The sub committee that I support is Teaching and Learning and Pupil Support.  I am also the SEND Governor and also responsible for English. I am linked with Nursery and Reception classes.


I have 2 daughters aged 3 and 6 years old.


I have worked in the NHS as a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist for the past 11 years and specialise in working in mainstream schools and pupil referral units.  Through my job, I have worked in a variety of schools in London and Bradford and have extensive knowledge of working within educational settings.  I am experienced at liaising with parents, teaching staff and health professionals.  I have extensive experience of working with children with special educational needs as well as having knowledge about safeguarding children.  These are all skills that I can apply in my role as a Governor.



APPOINTED: 00/01/18

TERM OF OFFICE 01/01/18 TO 01/01/22

Register of Interests: None

The sub committee that I support is resources. The class that I am linked with is Year One.



I am a chartered accountant, and work for an independent accountancy firm in Leeds. I work in audit – this involves scrutinising the financials and operations of companies, charities, academies (and more!) to understand:

• whether the figures are accurate and complete,

• whether they tell the ‘full story’ of how the business operates, and

• what weaknesses exist in the organisation that could lead, or have led, to misstatements in the numbers or in the control environment.


My job is to quickly understand the bigger picture of an organisation and where it is going, challenging the leadership where appropriate whilst supporting growth and development. These skills are also applicable to my role as a governor at Westroyd.


I have two young children.