Governors

Debbie Challinor

This is my 4th year as Head Teacher at Potterhanworth School. My specialisms are Early Years, Drama and English Literature. I am very proud to lead such a dedicated team of staff and governors.

John Nicholson
Chair.

I became a Foundation Governor as a result of my involvement with St Andrew's Church. I am a professional engineer who has managed telecommunication projects in the country and across Europe.

Beverley Tripp

I was originally elected as a Parent Governor, and am now a Co-opted Governor. I have lived in Potterhanworth for 33 years and have 8 children, all of whom attend the school. I am Chair of the school PTA and also Chair of the village toddler group. Additionally, I volunteer for the Pre-School Learning Alliance.

Julie Parry

I was elected as a Parent Governor over 14 years ago. I am now an Associate Governor. I have strong community links, having lived in Potterhanworth for over 20 years, and been involved in various ways (eg as Parish Councillor).
Both of my children attended Potterhanworth School. I care deeply about equal opportunities for all children, and recognise the school's important position at the heart of the community.

Nick Firby
Clerk.

I served in the RAF for 39 years, initially as an aircraft engineering technician and later as an engineer officer. I now draw upon my experiences as an MOD/RAF staff officer to support the Governing Body on behalf of the School.
Thurston Taylor

I am a serving officer based at RAF Waddington, and I joined the board as a Parent Governor in February 2013; following reconstitution I am now a Co-opted Governor. My three children attended the school until the end of the 2014/15 academic year, when a job change necessitated a change of schools.
I am committed to supporting the Head Teacher to provide the best support for the head teacher and staff.

Andy Hemingway

I became a Local Authority Governor in 2013. I wanted to get involved with the school as I am an advocate of community responsibility. I bring my professional experiences as IT Manager responsible for delivery of services, budgets, compliance and line management to support my role as school Governor. My eldest daughter has also just started at the school.

Richard Gilding

I have lived in Potterhanworth since 2006. My child has attended the school since 2009, and I was elected Parent Governor in November 2013.
My role is to represent parents on the Governing Body, and I support the school with the broad knowledge and experience gained through my 25 year career as a retail manager.
I have a strong sense of community and civic responsibility. I support the school as often as I can to support the children, (eg accompanying them on school trips, invigilating in exams and helping with DIY).

Laura Collins
Teacher Governor.

I have worked as KS2 leader within school since September 2014 and have been a teacher governor since January 2015 and am part of the Personnel and Standards sub-committee.
Within my role as a teacher governor, I am able to inform the rest of the governing body about the day-to-day implementation of the School Development Plan, as well as update them on new initiatives being used within everyday teaching.

Val Abram

I became a Foundation Governor in 2014. I am a retired Secondary school teacher with 35 years' experience. My children attended Potterhanworth School.

Sarah Bassett

I have been a Governor since April 2014. I am a registered nurse with 3 young boys, 2 of whom attend the school. I am delighted to be part of the continuing growth of the school and its integral part of our community. I support in any way I can and have completed a number of Governor training courses.

The Rev’d Lorna Brabin-Smith
Ex Officio Governor


I moved here to become Rector of Branston with Nocton and Potterhanworth last spring. I have had a varied career – my last ‘proper job’ was as a marketing manager with a local authority. Then, having studied in one of the Cambridge theological colleges, I served my curacy in Leicester. After that came seven years as Team Vicar in the Fosse Team, I am now enjoying working with our local schools and churches.
Hayley Jackson
Co-opted Governor

I became a co-opted Governor in 2016 with an interest in the development of confident young people. I have worked in the NHS for 20 years, initially as a Physiotherapist and now working for NHS England within Lincolnshire.

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