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Governors

As a federation, we have one governing body operating across our three schools.  You can find out more about our governors below:

  • Leanne Eaton – Clerk to the Governors

    Positions of Responsibility: Clerk to the Governors 
    I live in Kirk Hammerton with my husband and two children, one of which goes to Kirk Hammerton Primary School, and other is now at secondary school. 

    My background is in Human Resources and I am CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) qualified. I was a Parent Governor from 2013 and Chair of the Federation from 2016 - 2020.  I became a Clerk to Governors in November 2019 and currently clerk for 3 other schools plus the TIG Federation.

  • Elisabeth Mellor - Executive Headteacher

      Positions of Responsibility: Executive Headteacher
     I have been the Executive Headteacher across the Federation since September 2016 and work closely with the Governing Body to ensure that the leadership across the federation is strong and strategic. I have a Bachelor of Education Degree and have worked in seven different primary schools throughout my time in education, four of those as a headteacher. In addition, I have carried out some school improvement work with Leeds Local Authority and worked as an Associate Headteacher, supporting a school at risk.  

  • Paul Spurgeon – Foundation Governor

    It was in September 1995 that I took up the post of Rector in The United Parish of Lower Nidderdale, and, as the incumbent of the parish, I automatically became a Foundation Governor for Kirk Hammerton Church of England Primary School.

    During my time as a governor, I have seen many changes to the composition of the governing body; the most significant changes, of course, have been the federating of Staveley Community Primary School with Kirk Hammerton C of E Primary School, and which has now joined by Long Marston C of E Primary School. What wonderful opportunities and challenges this group is going to have; but the objective of us all is to give the children an excellent education, in a happy and safe environment.

    Over the years I have had much enjoyment being part of the ‘family’ of our schools, always looking forward to welcoming new children into them, and seeing each grow in confidence, maturity and awareness. There is always a tinge of sadness when the children come to the end of their time at primary school; but this is balanced with the joy and delight that they are progressing towards the fulfilment of their potentials as they move on to their higher education.

  • Clare Ingleby - Co-opted Governor

    Positions of Responsibility: Chair of Resources Committee
    I live in Ferrensby with my husband and two children who attend Staveley Community Primary School.

    My background is in project management, contract management and marketing, and I’ve worked in variety of sectors including public sector, local authority services and child protection. I became a Governor as I wanted to give something back to the community and support the schools. I am passionate about education and I look forward to helping the schools, learning about them and their amazing children.

  • Laura Wilmshurst - Co-opted Governor and Co-Chair

    Positions of Responsibility: Co-Chair of Governors
    I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in September 2017.  I wanted to become a governor to support the local community and develop my understanding of children's education. 

    I live in Knaresborough and work in financial crime risk management.  In my spare time, I enjoy running (although I am not very good at it), walking and reading.

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  • Shan Oakes - Co-opted Governor

    Positions of Responsibility: Chair of Teaching and Learning committee and Flexi-school Governor
    Information to follow.

  • Geraldine Barker - Foundation Governor and Co-Chair

    Positions of Responsibility: Co-Chair of Governors
    My role as Foundation Governor is to ensure the Christian character of our Church of England schools is secured, preserved and developed as well as supporting the schools to be effective in achieving and exceeding.  My background is working in Education and Training for over 39 years, working across a range of ages and abilities in schools, colleges, staff training environments and various Government agencies.  I am (sort of!) retired but work a few hours a week in the Parish Office in Rufforth.

  • R.U. - Governor

    Positions of Responsibility: Safeguarding Governor

    Information to follow

  • Ellie Willard - Local Authority Governor

    Positions of Responsibility: SEN Governor
    My career has centred mostly around education, including roles as a teaching assistant, teacher and head of department.  I am currently a senior lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Beckett University. My personal and professional interests are in special needs provision and child mental health, and I am delighted to contribute and be involved as a governor for TIG Federation. As a mum to three grown up daughters, I also understand the perspective of a parent and the importance that home-school links have for the child. I live in a village near Wetherby.

  • Helen Wyman - Parent Governor

    Both of our children successfully joined the Long Marston community in 2021, where they have settled in very well. This gave me the incentive to volunteer for the parent governor position.

    I work full time as a commercial development manager for a renewable energy company, specialising in sales, marketing and business development.

  • Russell Reading - Co-opted Governor

    I became a Co-opted Governor in 2022, having applied because I wanted to understand more about education and help the schools and community to help children be the best they can be (or at least give them the opportunity to). I’m dad to a wonderful (I would say that) daughter at primary school and I work in the area of renewable energy. I live near Wetherby and in my spare time I like to get out on my bike, read a good book or spend time with friends and family.

  • Diana Lamburn - Co-opted Governor

    Details to follow

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