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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 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 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.

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.


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