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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. 

Hanna Vasey (Headteacher) - (term of office 1/9/16-

My name is Hanna Vasey and I am the head teacher of Hawes Primary School. This is my first headship and I am delighted to be in the Yorkshire Dales. I have been in education for over 20 years and worked in various counties. I have taught all age groups in the primary phase from Nursery to Year 6. I have had a variety of leadership roles which has given me a broad range of experiences to draw upon. I am really excited that as a

school we have joined the Yorkshire Collaborative Academy Trust as we share common educational values and principles. In my spare time, I love visiting new places and trying new things, I also have a passion for photography so I’m often out and about at weekends taking photos.

Andrea Caygill – Staff Governor - (term of office 14/07/14-13/07/18)

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.

Emily Rowe Rawlence - (term of office 1/4/14-31/3/18)

I am a parent governor with two children at Hawes Primary School. I have a background in the arts: I currently work for Swaledale Festival and have formerly worked for an artist jeweller and for Shakespeare Schools Festival in London.  I also coordinates events at The NASH, a rural studio venue in Hawes.  My particular interest is enrichment of the curriculum and I am a part of the SMSC working party.  I believe that primary school should be a happy and inspiring time where seeds are planted.  I have fond memories of my own primary years and connect many of my interests to those early experiences. 

Stephanie Bland – Parent Governor

Hi, I'm a parent governor; I have 3 children attending Hawes Primary. We moved from Derbyshire to Hawes in 2013. My husband and I are self- employed farmers. I have an HND in early childhood studies and worked mostly in a school for children with severe learning difficulties for 9 years. Five of those years were specialising in inclusion/integration, working in many school settings. Now I Farm full-time.

Having a background in education helps me understand governor issues. I am keen that learning should be interesting, inspirational and fun.

Philippa Adams - (term of office 7/12/17-6/12/21)

I am originally from near London and after living in a number of locations in the UK and overseas have settled in Hawes.

My two children both attend Hawes Primary School in Year 3 and Reception.

I am a qualified accountant and have worked in a number of industries for predominantly large organisations. I hope my knowledge, skills and experience can help add value to the school.

Michael McGarry - (term of office 30/1/18-29/1/22)

I am a solicitor, running my own firm with offices in rural locations, including Hawes. 

I attended state schools, leaving school at 16. I have three children attending state schools in County Durham.

I believe in putting back into my local communities. I am involved with a number of local charities. It was a natural progression to become a governor of Hawes Primary School.

My main areas of practice relate to Land matters, Agriculture and Elderly people. I am one of a limited number (4) solicitors in the north, appointed by the court as a “Deputy” for people who lack mental capacity, and who have no family, or family have acted improperly.

I believe in schools providing a springboard of opportunity for children to a better life. Aspiration for better.

Mike Hirst - (term of office 30/1/18 -29/1/22)

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.

 

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