Meet the Governors
Minutes of the full governing body meetings are available from the school office on request.
Chair of Governors
Term of Office: May 2016 - 17th May 2020 Committees: School improvement; Pupil discipline; Complaints Other positions of responsibility: Early Years link governor; Science link governor Business Interest: None As the grandfather of a boy in year 2 of Riccall Community School, I have a vested interest in helping the school continue to be a successful environment for all involved. We moved to the area 3 years ago from Chester, my own 4 children now having mostly “flown the nest” I am actually a qualified teacher, having taught in London and Cambridge secondary schools before embarking on a 20 year corporate career; in senior national and global roles in major US multinationals including GE. For the last 13 years I have run my own executive coaching business and tutored / mentored on the Manchester Business School MBA programme. A sports enthusiast, I have always been interested and active in the development of young people. Since 2003 I have coached junior football teams. I am also Vice Chair of a local junior football club. For a number of years I did some part time work supervising and teaching skiing to school parties in the Alps and have also done some ad hoc tennis coaching with youngsters at various tennis clubs of which I have been member. Now semi retired, I have more time which will hopefully be useful to the school in its continued development.
Vice Chair of Governors
Term of Office: May 2016 – 17th May 2020 Committees: Resources; School improvement; Pupil discipline; Complaints; Headteacher performance management Other positions of responsibility: Maths link governor. Business Interest: None My name is Mike Hind and I am the LA Governor. I have lived in nearby Wistow for 21 years, where my wife and I brought up our two children through the local state education system. My working career has been in sales and marketing, where I currently work as a freelance within the food manufacturing sector. I have always had an interest in education and have, in the past, done some business teaching and now volunteer as a Business Mentor with the Prince’s Trust. Previously, I have been a Parent Governor at Selby High School. I look forward to getting to know Riccall School and making a positive contribution to the work of the Governing Body.
Term of Office: October 2016 - 1st October 2020 Governor Committees: School improvement Business Interest: None Hello! I teach in Year 6. I really enjoy helping our oldest pupils at Riccall be good examples to the rest of the school. The subjects that I lead are English (writing, grammar and punctuation), computing and music. I enjoy cycling and when I'm not at school I like to go for long rides in the countryside. I also love playing different musical instruments including my violin and my guitar. I like to meet up with other people to play in bands and orchestras. I play violin for a local ceilidh group and we have lots of fun leading dances at different events!
Term of Office: January 2016 - 12th January 2020 Committees: Resources; Pupil discipline; Staff discipline governor Other positions of responsibility:SMSC link governor; Governor induction link Business Interest: None My husband and I moved to Riccall from Newcastle in 2007 and we have two daughters at Riccall Primary. I joined as a Governor to play a more active role in helping the school to continue to thrive and provide the best education and support for all the children. I am a solicitor specialising in property law acting mainly for housing associations and local authorities. I hope my experience will be useful, particularly to the Premises, Health & Safety Committee.
Term of Office: September 2015 - 22nd September 2019 Committees: Resources, pupil discipline,staff discipline governor Other positions of responsibility: PE link governor. Business Interest: None Hi, My name is Julie Battye. I am married with two boys and live in Riccall. I am a Midwife at Leeds Teaching Hospital. In my spare time I love running and watching my favourite football team......Leeds United.
Clerk to Governors
I joined the school in March 2016 as part of the NYCC Clerking Service and found everyone incredibly welcoming right from the start. I hope to play my part in supporting the school and the governing body as they continually strive for the best outcomes for all. I live locally in Barlow with my husband, four children and a menagerie of various pets. I also enjoy swimming, walking and family holiday road trips.
Term of Office: January 2016 - January 2020 Committees: Resources; Complaints. Other positions of responsibility: Arts and TA link governor Business Interest: None When a vacancy arose on the Board of Governors I decided to put my name forward as I wanted to support the school and staff who are doing a great job educating my children. I work in the charity sector as a fundraiser and bring skills in governance and marketing to the Board. I’ve lived in Riccall for over ten years and my partner Mark and I have two daughters, Laura Rose and Elly Mae. For me, one of the benefits of being a part of Riccall Primary School’s community has been the opportunity to get to know other parents in the village. I enjoy spending time outside, particularly gardening and walking and I am a member of an active book group in the village.
Term of Office: September 2016 - 20th September 2020
Committees: HT Performance management; Appeals; School improvement
Other positions of responsibility: English link governor
Business Interest: None
My name is Sofia Gatenby and I am a newly elected parent governor with a particular focus on English, reading and phonics. I have lived in Riccall village for over 10 years with my husband Paul, and have a daughter who attends Riccall Primary School. I am a secondary school teacher of English and have broad experiences and skills in comprehensive education, ranging from Special Educational Needs teaching and management, key stage responsibilities and A Level teaching. I am particularly interested in creative approaches to classroom learning and practice. In my spare time I enjoy reading as much as I can, biking and Tae Bo.
Term of Office: November 2016 - November 2020 Committees:Appeals ; Resources Other positions of responsibility: Health &safety; Safeguarding and Behaviour link governor; SEND link governor Business Interest: None My husband and I moved to Riccall just over two years ago and we have never looked back. Riccall has a great welcoming atmosphere and we are pleased to now be a part of the active community. We have three brilliant boys; Elliot, Noah and Oliver and one beautiful but crazy English Pointer called Jasper. We spend our spare time shuttling the kids to rugby, swimming and now tennis, as well as a phlethora of birthday parties and seasonal events to keep us all busy. Neil and I met at University in Aberdeen, where I studied Biomedical Science with Molecular Biology and he took English Literature. After University, I had jobs in sales and manufacturing before being employed by our beloved NHS in 2007. Here, I've worked as a Paramedic on and off the frontline while raising the children. In 2014, I completed a Masters from Leicester University in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management, which often helps with the day to day running of our household. As a parent, I am passionate about the children's education and want to do my best to help them and the school reach full potential. As a governor I hope to challenge the school and the brilliant staff to be the best that they can be, along with encouraging the children to enjoy learning in such a wonderful environment.
Term of Office: December 2017 - 12th December 2021 Committees: School improvement; Resources Other positions of responsibility: Disadvantaged learners, Pupil Premium link Governor Business Interest: None I have 2 granddaughters who are at Riccall CP School and for a number of years have enjoyed attending many activities at the school. In May 2015 I offered to help with a school trip and since then have been visiting the school on a regular basis, with my main task being that of supporting children with their reading. I have been involved in education for over 20 years, mainly within the Primary Sector but I have also taught adults and teenagers when delivering courses for the Workers Educational Association, and also briefly involved in the tertiary sector teaching the PE module to B.Ed students at St John’s College. For a number of years I worked at York Cemetery as the Education Officer. During my teaching career I developed a keen interest in supporting those children who do not find learning easy and have taken various courses to increase my expertise in this area. Over the years I have participated in various sports and have tried to pass on this enthusiasm to children both in and out of school.
Term of Office: September 2018 - 18th September 2022 Committees:Appeals ; Resources and school improvement Other positions of responsibility: Humanities link governor. Business Interest: None
My wife and I moved to Riccall Village nearly 6yrs ago and have had the pleasure of setting up a family here with our 4yr old daughter, Olivia. Riccall is very much part of our lives and the community has always been something we felt we should support and share our experience with. I personally have always felt drawn to support the local school and, where possible, to help drive excellence, ensuring our children have the best possible environment to learn and grow, not only as individuals but as a community. I am also a great believer that each and every one of us has a responsibility to ensure that the next generation has access to the best possible education available; something I hope to drive during my time as Governor.
During the week, I share my time between London and working from home as a Snr SAM Consultant and supporting my team with data analytics and software audits. Simply, I crunch numbers and love to dig deep into data. It is this that I hope to bring with me to support the governors and myself as we look to continue to improve the outcomes for Riccall Primary School. In addition to the full time work, I am also treasurer of St Michael Le Belfrey Church in York (The one next to Minster), PCC member of the church and also board member to ‘IMPACT’ project (5yr renovation plan for St Michael Le Belfrey, York).
Hi, I’m Katie and I became a newly elected parent governor in 2018. I have twin boys who started at the school in September 2018 and a daughter who is now almost one. Prior to having my boys, I was a Mental Health Nurse and manager of a specialist inpatient therapy unit for women. From that I have experience in compliance; performance management and improvement of staff and financial expectations of an organisation. The work I did was greatly informed by the views and opinions of the client group and I am keen that parents, carers and children are given the same opportunity to influence the work of the school. I’m looking forward to being able to support the school in this role as governor.
Governor Committees: Resources; School improvement
I joined the school in September 2015. I have twin daughters, who keep me very busy and I love playing sport. My favourites are football, boxing and running, which all keep me reasonably fit! I’m also a big Chelsea FC fan so will always be happy on a Monday if they have won at the weekend. Away from sport, I enjoy reading, films and cooking. I think it’s really important that children are active learners and take responsibility for their learning, so I’m always keen to see this as I’m walking around school. I’m always popping in and out of classrooms as I find it really rewarding to see all the exciting things that are going on in our school.