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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 -   Hannah Karnacz
Local Authority Governor -  Philippa Bairstow.
Staff Governor -  Matt Dawson 

Carolyn Beaton - Community Governor

Co -Opted Governors -   Joel Isaacson

Co -Opted Governors -  Srinivas Ramaswamy

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: 10/02/15

TERM OF OFFICE  01/02/19  to 9/02/23

Register of Interests: None


I Chair the Resources sub committee, and I am also responsible for Pupil Premium, Governors Training and Maths. I am part of the Head Teachers performance management and pay panel.

I am mother of two boys at Westroyd Primary School.


I work part time as the Finance Manager for a Church and part time with a chartered accountancy firm auditing charity accounts. I have worked in Charity Finance for the past 14 years and completed a Masters degree in Charity Finance and Accounting in 2021. I am the safeguarding lead at work, and oversee the training of all the volunteer children and youth workers. The skills that I bring to the governing body are regularly working with budgets, forecasting and analysing financial data alongside experience in volunteer and events management.


My first degree was 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 am a charity trustee and a member of the exec committee for the local scouts group.




APPOINTED: 01/12/15

TERM OF OFFICE: 01/11/19 TO 01/11/22

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.




APPOINTED: 01/09/2020

TERM OF OFFICE 01/09/20 TO 01/09/24

Register of Interests: None


I was delighted to join the Westroyd Governors team in 2020, taking an active role in the school that my daughter attended.

I work as an Accountant advising small to medium size businesses - but before becoming an Accountant I had an engineering degree in India. My interest in business/finance prompted me to come to the UK to do my MBA degree. I believe that with a right foundation in education, children can be developed to aspire for a greater role to play in the society and hence the schools play an even bigger role to nurture that talent. By becoming a school governor I believe that I could provide my experience and skills for the benefit of the children. As a family, we spend as much time as possible travelling within UK and abroad, meeting friends and families so that kids can enjoy visiting new places and learn social skills in the process as well.

As a governor I enjoy working with the Resources Team in developing necessary infrastructure for the benefit of the children.



APPOINTED: 01/04/2021

TERM OF OFFICE 01/04/2021 TO 01/04/2025

Register of Interests: None


I was delighted to have been appointed a governor in April 2020 and I am a part of supporting the resources sub-committee. 


I have worked at Westroyd for approaching three years and I am the current Year 6 teacher, Key Stage 2 phase lead alongside being the Maths and Computing subject lead. All in all, I have been teaching for ten years.


Outside of school, I am a keen runner and have spent the past twenty summers both watching and playing cricket. Whatever the weather, I simply really enjoy the great outdoors even more than sitting down with a cuppa and a good book.





APPOINTED: 01/04/2021

TERM OF OFFICE   01/05 /2021 TO 01/05/2025

Register of Interests: None



It is a pleasure to be a Governor at the school, supporting the Teaching and Learning and Pupil Support Committee. My background is 32 years in Primary Education, before taking early retirement and moving back to Yorkshire to be closer to family in October 2020. To me teaching is the best job in the world and I hope to bring any experiences and knowledge I have to support the children, staff, parents and wider community in getting the very best from what Westroyd has to offer. I am also a Mum of two grown up children and fully understand the journey through primary education and beyond; the joys and the challenges.

The last 10 years of my career were as a Primary school Headteacher, which means I can bring experiences as teacher, Headteacher, governor and parent to hopefully support the work at Westroyd. I have pretty much encountered all the ups and downs of life in a Primary school, and there were more ups than downs: Primary schools are great places to be! I have also had experience as a governor at a Secondary Academy, which has enabled me to have a view into life in a school which is not maintained by the Local Authority.

As a governor I see myself as carrying out the official duties expected: to support and challenge the school to make sure it is doing what it needs to, but more importantly to encourage the school to be the very best that it can be, for everybody.