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Meet the Governors


Who are we? What do we do?


The Governors’ role is not about fundraising nor about cheer-leading for the school – although governors might well do these things! Their role is to provide strategic leadership and accountability in the school. This means they do not take decisions about the day to day running of the school but have a general responsibility for the effective management of the school. This includes involvement with the appointment of staff, finances, the curriculum and the school buildings.


Each governor is a member of the Governing Body. All decisions are those of the Governing Body as a whole and no governor can act independently of the rest of the Governing Body.


Much of the work of the Governing Body is done by committees which also usually meet twice a term with governors on the whole being a member of just one committee. At Pool we have the following committees:

  • Resources which includes Finance, Premises, Staffing, Health and Safety, 
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA) 
  • Pupil Support which includes Foundation (Church)


The standard term of office for a governor is four years. Whilst the Governing Body may at times look for various specific skills, there are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time and commitment to the role, undertake any necessary governor training and be able to work with others as a team – although an ability to question and analyse does help!

For more information on being a governor, please see the National Governors Association Website 


Who’s who …?

The Governing Body of Pool School:


Headteachers have an automatic right to a place on the Governing Body. At least one staff governor place should be available for an elected teacher. Staff governors may not chair the Governing Body meetings, or committees. Staff governors are only excluded from discussions of the salary and conditions of employment of other members of staff.

Sally Fox was appointed Headteacher at Pool in February 2015. She qualified as a teacher from Middlesex University in 1997 and has taught across KS1 & KS2 in several schools. She was previously the Deputy Headteacher at Fieldhead Carr Primary School, Whinmoor, joining Pool as the Deputy in September 2007. 


Joanne Pellow (elected by the Local Authority) is the Chair of our Governing Body and the LA Representative. She trained and worked as a solicitor specialising in property development. She is married with three sons - two at university, and has lived in Pool since 1998. Joanne sits on the TLA and Resources committees and aims to make a positive contribution with her organisational and team management skills. (22/07/2011 - 22/07/2019. Joanne is now in her 2nd term of office)


Luisa Di Palma-Heath (elected by the staff) is currently Acting Deputy Headteacher and has been teaching at Pool C of E since September 2014. She has responsibility for Maths and is one of the school's designated child protection officers. She sits on the TLA Committee and is the school's official Staff Representative on the Governing Body. (21/09/17 - 21/09/2021)


Alison Finlay (elected by the Governing Body) is the school's Business Manager and is an Associate Governor. She has worked within the education authority and the Otley, Pool and Bramhope family of schools since 2004. She sits on, and has voting rights on, the Resources sub-committee. (20/09/2018 - 30/09/2019)


Richard Parker (elected by the Governing Body) ('Mr P'), who sits on the Resources Committee, was a teacher at our school for 37 years, retiring in 2010. For 15 years, between 1995 and 2010, he was the Teacher Governor of the school and on retirement, was invited to be an Associate Governor until his current role of Co-opted Representative. Richard enjoyed every year of his teaching appointment at Pool CE School and his involvement in the broader community of Pool Village, moving to live in the village in 2001. He is Chair of the Pool Recreation Ground Management Committee (RGMC), Chair of the Pool Feast Committee, a Pool Parish Councillor and member of the congregation of Pool St Wilfrid's Parish Church. Richard is a frequent visitor to the school and since retiring has been pleased to accompany pupils and their teachers on residential visits. Apart from his activities within the village, Richard enjoys the cinema, choral singing, theatre, sport, walking and the company of his three grandchildren. (18/11/2018 - 30/11/2022)


Sharland Snow (appointed by the Ripon Diocesan Board of Education) works at Leeds City Centre Citizens Advice Bureau and her children attended Pool many years ago! She is also a Foundation Representative and is part of the Pupil Support Committee. (02/12/2010 - 02/12/2018. Sharland is in her 2nd term of office)


Moira Keith (appointed by the Ripon Diocesan Board of Education) recently retired after being a Clinical Physiotherapy Manager for Neurosciences at Chapel Allerton Hospital. She is also one of our Foundation Representatives, who is part of the Pupil Support Committee. (01/09/2017 - 31/08/2021. Moira is in her 3rd term of office)


Penny Netherwood (elected by the Parents) is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist within the Leeds Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. She works with children and families who are struggling with a wide range of emotional, behavioural, social and developmental difficulties. She has 2 children of her own and has lived in Pool since 2008. She joined the Governing Body in March 2013, bringing skills in working in partnership with parents and schools to support children's development and psychological well-being. She is a Parent Representative on the Governing Body and sits on the Pupil Support Committee. (25/01/2017 - 25/01/2021)


Simon Walker (elected by the Governing Body) originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 with Price Waterhouse working in their audit and transactional services teams for 10 years, which also included a three year secondment to South Africa. On returning to the UK he has worked in financial roles in different industry sectors including retail and utilities. He is now a senior manager at Yorkshire Water and, with his background in Finance, Simon chairs the school's Finance Sub-committee of the Resources Committee. He has lived in Pool for many years and has one daughter who started at the school in September 2013. He is also a Co-opted Representative on the Governing Body. (18/11/2018 - 24/07/2019)


Kirsty Sutton (elected by the Governing Body) qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003 and has worked in both practice and industry. Since 2005 she has worked in industry as a Finance Director of a owner managed IT business and moved in January 2014 to another very similar role. She moved to the village in 2006 and lives here with her husband and two girls who both attend Pool School. She currently sits on the Resources Committee. She is a Co-opted Representative on the Governing Body. (18/11/2014 - 30/12/2018)


Vikki Farrar (elected by the Parents) is an Underwriting Delivery Manager with 30 years experience in financial services in insurance and IT software. She is a Prince 2 practitioner in project management and ITIL certified. Vikki is an active member of the PTA and also has a daughter in KS2. She sits on the TLA Committee.  (14/10/2016 - 14/10/2020)


John Welsh (elected by the Governing Body) is the former Head of Telephony and Conferencing Service for Lloyds Banking Group. He retired from Lloyds at the end of 2016 after 27 years service.   He has an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management and has over 35 years of experience in computing technologies, finance and general management with a number of different companies. He lives in Guiseley with his wife and two grown-up children. He is seeking to use his knowledge and experience to support the school in the achievement of its Mission Statement and Vision. (01/01/2017 - 01/01/2021)


Janice Wardle (appointed by the Leeds Diocesan Board of Education) studied at Leeds University for a BA Honours degree and then did a PGCE in Primary Education. During her career she taught every age-group from Reception to Year 6. For the last sixteen years of her career she taught Year 6 at Holy Trinity  Church of England Primary School in Burnley, Lancashire; and for the last seven of these years, was Deputy Head and Literacy Co-ordinator. As part of her role, she also mentored student teachers and monitored support staff before retiring in 2006. (01/02/2017 - 01/02/2021)

Janice has a son, a daughter and five grandchildren. In 2015 she and her husband moved to Pool where her daughter lives and her two granddaughters attend Pool School. She has been a regular volunteer since 2015, helping with guided reading in Year 2 and Reception.


Debbie Hillerby (elected by the Governing Body) is a co-opted member of the Governing Body. She is currently School Business Manager at another Leeds Primary school and therefore brings to our Governing Body a wealth of experience in financial and HR procedures. She is also currently developing knowledge and skills in Health and Safety through the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Debbie has 3 daughters, 2 of whom have left university, with the youngest starting in September (08/02/17 - 08/02/21)


Sarah Mather (elected by the Governing Body) is an associate member of the Governing Body. She is a teacher who has worked with adults and children in schools, colleges and in the community. She has three grown-up daughters who all attended Pool School. (20/09/18 - 30/09/2019)


Pat Featherstone (elected by the Governing Body) is a co-opted member of the Governing Body. (26/09/2018 - 30/09/2022) More info to follow


Helen Chadwick (elected by the Governing Body) (18/11/2014 - 18/11/2018) Resigned September 2018


Matt Pepper (elected by the Governing Body) (23/09/2015 - 23/09/2019) Resigned April 2018


Beth Furnival (elected by the staff) (14/10/2016 - 14/10/2020) Resigned September 2017 (Maternity Leave)


Nicola Wood (elected by the Governing Body)  (21/09/2016 - 21/09/2020) Resigned May 2017


Kirsty Bellamy (appointed by the Governing Body) (23/09/2015-23/09/2019) Resigned September 2016


Ian Walton appointed by the Governing Body (18/11/2014 - 18/11/2018) Resigned May 2016


Sarah Holmes appointed by the Governing Body (18/11/2014 - 18/11/2018) Resigned March 2016



Register of Interests

Luisa Di Palma-Heath and Alison Finlay are also members of staff.

Debbie Hillerby's partner is the Director of Monks Security Ltd. She is not employed by or linked financially to this company in any way. 


To enable our Governors to be an active part of our school and well-known to our pupils, they are assigned to classes and stay with that class throughout their school journey at Pool. The Governors often come into school to work alongside the children; accompany them on school trips and attend class and whole school assemblies or Collective Worship.   


Rec Governors: Richard Parker and Vikki Farrar

Y1 Governor: Janice Wardle

Y2 Governors: Penny Netherwood and Debbie Hillerby

Y3 Governor: Pat Featherstone

Y4 Governors: Moira Keith and John Welsh

Y5 Governors: Kirsty Sutton and Sharland Snow

Y6 Governors: Simon Walker and Joanne Pellow


Governor Code of Conduct