Meet the governors

Kate Cairns (Local Authority Governor and Chair)

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Areas of special interest within the school: Finance. Safeguarding (Lead Governor). Performance Management.

I started my working life as a community worker. Thereafter, I worked as a social worker. From 1996, I worked as an area manager for Children’s Services, commissioning and developing programmes to benefit children, and managing budgets and staff.

In 1994, I took a Master’s degree in Child Protection (Safeguarding), which included three years of clinical work with families at the Tavistock Centre in London. I have trained a variety of professionals in safeguarding, from hospital doctors and GPs to teachers, student teachers, and nursery nurses.

I have been a governor since 2006 and was elected to the role of chair In 2012. Before I moved to Dent, I was on the governing body of a lower school in Bedford and, for four years, chair of that body.

I am married with three children, two stepchildren, and seven grandchildren. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am a member of a book club and a voluntary car driver. I also enjoy dining out and gardening.

Declaration of business and personal interests: None

 


 

Nicky Edwards (Head Teacher)

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Areas of special interest within the school: Special needs (designated coordinator), Safeguarding (designated lead), Literacy (designated coordinator), and Creating sustainable partnerships with organisations and schools to provide better opportunities for pupils.

I have been head teacher here at Dent Primary school since January 2012. Although I have worked in primary and secondary education, and as a lecturer for initial teacher training, primary is my preferred age group.

I love anything to do with the outdoors, such as climbing, abseiling, walking, canoeing, skiing, mountain biking and open water swimming. I am chief taxi driver for my two children, who are also keen on swimming and cycling.

Declaration of business and personal interests: None

 


 

Diana Bucknall (Foundation Governor)

 


 

Helen Corpe (Foundation Governor)

 


 

Cathy Roberts (Foundation Governor)

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Areas of special interest within the school: Early Years Education. I am a member of the Resources Committee and a voluntary helper in Class One.

I worked as a Registered General Nurse for 17 years and then as a primary school teacher for 12 years, where I was also a Teacher Governor. I stopped formal employment to help care for my father and do work voluntary work with toddlers, children and teenagers at my local Church in Hampshire. When my husband moved jobs in September 2015, we relocated to Dent.

I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, gardening and being involved with the church.

Declaration of business and personal interests: None

 


 

Ian McPherson (Foundation Governor)

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Areas of special interest within the school: Chairing the Education Committee, the school’s corporate worship activities.

I am a solicitor and, during the course of my career have worked as a partner in a private practice, a stipendiary magistrate in the West Indies, an army officer in Army Legal Services, a Local Government Officer, and a consultant in private legal practice.

Since I retired, I have worked as a South Lakeland District Councillor and am now a Sedbergh Parish Councillor and Deputy Chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

I have been a Quaker for over twenty years and have taught T’ai Chi for almost forty years. My main interests lie in the area of nature, animals, wildlife and conservation and, at the National Park, I am Member Champion for the Natural Environment.

Declaration of business and personal interests: Appointed member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, declared 2016

 


 

Catherine Hartley (Foundation Governor)

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Areas of special interest within the school: Special Educational Needs, and I am a member of the Education Committee

I have a BEd (Hons) in Secondary Teaching but have worked as a Conference and Events Manager, and now work as a Graphic and Interior Designer.

I am married with two children, one of whom has completed his years at Dent Primary; the other still attends.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and walking.

Declaration of business and personal interests: None

 


 

Helen Wilkinson (Parent Governor)

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Areas of special interest within the school: I am a member of the Education committee

I did a BAhons in Three Dimensional Design specialising in Silversmithing and jewellery at The Birmingham School of Jewellery. After graduation, I worked for a while in the Jewellery quarter in Birmingham. Then, for two years, I travelled extensively, particularly in Africa where I worked as a tour guide.

On my return the UK, I spent several years working with and caring for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. I have NVQ qualifications in Looking After Children and Young People.

I now am self-employed and also spend any time I have developing designs for a new jewellery business based in my Dentdale workshop.

My interests include horse riding, baking, gardening, and design.

Declaration of business and personal interests: None

 


 

David Prescott (elected Staff Governor)

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Areas of special interest within the school: RE and Computing across all year groups.

I am the Key Stage 1 and EYFS Class Teacher at Dent Primary. I qualified as a teacher through Burton Morewood Primary Academy’s School Direct Programme in 2014. I have been the staff Governor since 2016.

I first studied at Lancaster University, gaining a 1st Class Honours degree in English Literature. After graduating, I worked in several retail positions and owned and ran a Post Office for five years.

I am married and live in Lancaster. My hobbies include cycling, canoeing and hill walking with my dog, Luther.

Declaration of business and personal interests: I am the director of company, Ullswater Road Enterprise Ltd. Declaration made in May 2017.

 


 

Gwynneth Cheetham, David Richards (Associate Members)

 


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