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Jan Linsley (Chair) - (term of office 25/9.17-24/9/21)

I am the Chair of Governors at Richmond Methodist School and have been the chair of the finance and resources committee in the past.  I was instrumental in developing our collaboration with Arkengarthdale CE Primary School, a small rural school in the Yorkshire Dales. 

Recently, I was designated by the Department of Education as a National Leader of Governance (NLG).   I am currently supporting the Governing Body at Hawes Primary School as Interim Chair.  I also am supporting the Governing Body of Middleton St Mary's CE Primary School in Leeds.  Additionally, I am a governor at Alwoodley Primary School, Leeds, taking in a keen interest in the effective use of Pupil Premium funding.  

I have a background in education as a teacher, school leader, civil servant and latterly, as an independent education consultant.  I have a keen interest in ensuring all children get the best education they can, and that they enjoy doing so. 

Andrea Caygill – Staff Governor & Head of School - (term of office 1/10/19-30/09/22)

I am Andrea Caygill and I am the Staff Governor. At present I teach Class 1 which includes Nursery and Reception children. Within school my role is the EYFS/KS1  Leader.  I am a member of Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council. In my spare time I enjoy craft activities and reading.

Mike Hirst - (term of office 03/02/2022 - 02/02/2026)

My background is in education. With a degree in Geology from Newcastle University, I taught Geography and Geology first in a small Catholic school in Wallsend and then in a Jesuit Boarding College in Derbyshire. Over the years, I have run several outdoor pursuits programme in schools including courses and training in Canoeing and Sailing, Caving and expedition work. I ran a large Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award programme with expeditions in Snowdonia, the Lake District and the Outer Hebrides.

For twenty years my wife and I have been involved in the leadership of King’s Club in Wensleydale. This week long programme in the summer run by the local churches, provided activities for local children and young people aged 6 -16 from the schools in the Dale.

Jake Dinsdale term of office (11/06/19 - 10/06/2023)

Having grown-up in the local area and attended Hawes Primary School as a child, I moved on to further education in nearby Sedbergh.

Having trained as an Architect, I worked across West Africa returning to London in 2015.  In early 2016, I returned to live in the area, running a successful local business.

I am very excited to be involved in the future of the school, at the heart of the local community and hope that my knowledge of the area, business and education will assist me in this role.

 Tanya Fleming - Parent governor - term of office (17/11/20 - 16/11/24)

I am a parent governor with two children attending Hawes Primary. We moved from Suffolk to Hawes in 2019. I have a background in legislative compliance, data protection, audit, project management, change management, risk, and finance. I also hold a Level 4 Professional Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Currently I manage a Global Information and Cyber Security Incident Team.
I believe that my skills and experience will assist with the governance and future development of the school. I am truly passionate about the education that children receive; and want to ensure that every child gets the best possible education and opportunity to succeed in life.


Abbie Rhodes - Parent Governor - Term of Office (25/01/2022 - 24/01/2026)

As a former pupil of Hawes Primary School, I am honoured to become a parent governor. After gaining my degree in Modern Languages from Newcastle University I spent time living in Europe, Newcastle and Manchester before returning to Hawes in 2002.
As General Manager of The Upper Dales Community Partnership I lead the team who provide the services, and access to services, as needed by the community's residents. This includes the local library, post office, and community transport among others. I am also the current Chair of the Hawes Market House Trustees and a member of the grant panel for the Roger Stott Community Grant Fund. This fund is run by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, which was established by one of my own former primary school teachers, Roger Stott.
Deeply passionate about the sustainability of our vibrant community, I hope that my experience will help me contribute towards Hawes Primary School enthusiastically, responsibly and effectively.


Tom Fremlin - Parent Governor - Term of Office (25/01/2022 - 24/01/2026)

I am Tom Fremlin and I’ve recently taken on the role of parent governor following a move North to Hawes last summer (my wife is a native!). My son is currently enjoying nursery and will start in reception this September (his brother will follow in a couple of

years). I have a strong background in education (I am a Year5/6 teacher myself) and have been involved in teaching (primary and secondary), leading school expeditions (and wider extra-curricular programmes like the Duke of Edinburgh Award/Forest Schools/John Muir Award), working in boarding and in leadership.

I hope that I can bring some of my experiences to this role and would like to support the school and wider community as it moves forwards. I have wide-ranging interests, particularly in music, history and the outdoors.


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