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Pool PTA 2019/20

Committee members

James Ellis - Chair
James is father to year-four twins Martha and Gracie and husband to Laura.
A former national newspaper journalist, he runs a small tourism marketing company (you may have seen his Otley Christmas videos), as well as a fitness and nutrition consultancy (you may have seen him beasting people at his Insanity Live classes). 
When not working, he runs stupidly long distances and is partial to making his own bread.

Jo Gawthorpe - Treasurer
Jo is the mum of two children at the school. With a background in finance and a qualified accountant since 2002, she is ideally placed to be treasurer, a role she has held since March 2019. She is currently head of strategy at the Leeds Building Society and is a fan of tea, Fleabag and Taylor Swift.

Jason Shaw - Deputy Treasurer
Dad to Christian (year four) and Arabella (who was formerly at Pool but is now attending PHGS) and husband to Caroline.
If you’re a village foodie, you’ll probably know Jason thanks to the excellent work he does on the BBQ at the summer fair, or through his involvement with a long list of local restaurants – his day job is running a freelance consultancy specialising in the food and beverage sector.
Charity is at the heart of a lot of his spare time, from volunteer at the Lighthouse School to Ilkley rugby club fundraising. He’s also a chapel servant at Fulneck Moravian church. 

Sarah Cliff - Secretary

Jeanette Lawson - Deputy secretary
Mum to Frankie, Jeanette Lawson was raised on a farm in Otley and has lived, along with her partner, Paul, in the area for most of her life.
She works as a mental health nurse and can mostly be seen in running gear before she heads off on ridiculously early (we’re talking 5am here) jaunts around the local trails. 

Laura Robinson - Social Media

Class Reps

YR - Rachael Thomas/Jenny Pattinson
Y1 - Helen Russell
Y2 - Sarah Cliff
Y3 - Laura Robinson
Y4 - Anna Mason/Helena Glassup
Y5 - vacant
Y6 - Lizzy Gascoyne

Committee Role Descriptions

The Chair provides leadership for the Committee, sets the agenda for meetings and manages meetings in line with the agenda.
The Chair should ensure that issues are properly debated and an agreement is reached. Some committee members will be better at expressing themselves than others; it is important that the Chair welcomes contributions from all members of the committee so that everyone feels involved. New members of the committee may feel nervous at first. The Chair should welcome all new members, introduce them to the other members and encourage them to play an active part in the discussions.
Occasionally, disagreements arise. The Chair should remain impartial, call the meeting to order without upsetting the parties involved, and make sure that the committee's decisions are not hindered in any way.
The Chair needs to work closely with the Treasurer and Secretary to ensure that the association is run effectively. The Chair can be a signatory for the association's bank account, along with either the Treasurer or Secretary or other elected committee member.

Key responsibilities:
  • provide leadership; ensure the Committee fulfils its role in respect of governance of the association
  • set the agenda for meetings, liaising with the Secretary
  • ensure the agenda is followed and that all business is covered
  • call the meeting to order when it is time
  • welcome and involve new members
  • ask for apologies for absence
  • sign the approved minutes of the last meeting
  • agree a date for the next meeting
  • close the meeting
  • write the annual report, liaising with the Secretary
  • sign cheques for the PTA with one other elected committee member
  • get to know committee members

The Secretary is responsible for ensuring that there are effective communication links between committee members and between the association and the school. The Secretary deals with all the correspondence that the association receives and helps the Chair ensure that committee meetings run smoothly.
Building up a good relationship with the school office will help ensure that correspondence, sent to the school, is passed onto your association promptly. With the agreement of the Headteacher, the Secretary can usually arrange to leave PTA notices with the school office for distribution with school mailings to parents.
As well as dealing with correspondence following a committee meeting, the Secretary will need to make bookings and other arrangements for forthcoming events. The Secretary will make arrangements for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and help the Chair prepare the annual report. The Secretary may also co-sign cheques on behalf of the association, along with the Treasurer, Chair or other elected committee member.

Key responsibilities:
  • deal with correspondence
  • prepare agendas
  • call meetings - giving plenty of notice
  • keep a record of attendance at meetings
  • take notes during meetings
  • ensure that enough committee members are present to make the meeting quorate
  • write up the minutes of meetings
  • distribute minutes to all the committee
  • make meeting & event arrangements
  • co-sign cheques as required
  • write the annual report with the Chair

A key responsibility for all committee members is to manage and control the funds the association raises. Although all the committee members have equal responsibility for the control and management of funds, the Treasurer plays an important part in helping the committee carry out these duties properly. 

The Treasurer should maintain a record of all income and expenditure. This can be done in a simple accounts book or using a computer based package. The Treasurer is responsible for handling the money raised at events, making approved payments and making arrangements for counting of money at events, The Treasurer should report on the current financial position at each committee meeting and this should be recorded in the minutes. The report should include an update on any income and expenditure since the last meeting and the current balance. If the Treasurer is unable to attend a committee meeting, a written report should be sent to the Chair in advance of the meeting. All financial decisions taken should be recorded in the minutes of the meeting. The Treasurer operates the bank account, reconciles the bank statements and liaises with the bank regarding changes to the bank mandate and list of authorised signatories. The Treasurer should retain the cheque book and arrange for all payments to be authorised by a second signatory ensuring regular payments, for example, PTA-UK membership, are made on time to guarantee benefits and take advantage of any discounts. The person co-signing must see what is being paid for before signing and once processed the original invoices should be kept by the Treasurer. 

At each event, two people, the Treasurer and another committee member should take charge of monies received and count the proceeds before they leave the event venue. Once both parties agree the total, it should be recorded and then banked or placed in a safe overnight. We recommend that funds raised should not be kept at home. PTA-UK insurance provides cover for cash to specified limits. The Treasurer should also be involved in pursuing charitable status and Gift Aid. Before the AGM, the Accounts will have to be drawn up in collaboration with the Chair and either audited or independently examined as specified in your constitution.

Key responsibilities:
  • maintain accurate and detailed financial records
  • present a financial report at each meeting
  • liaise with the bank
  • make approved payments
  • consults with the bank or building society regarding the availability of higher rate interest accounts
  • count and bank monies
  • prepare and co-sign cheques as required
  • provide and account for cash floats at events
  • charity registration and Gift Aid
  • pay agreed expenses
  • prepare annual accounts and liaise with the independent examiner of accounts
  • ensure the committee has agreed appropriate procedures for the handling of financial matters
Pool-in-Wharfedale CE Primary School Arthington Lane, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Otley, LS21 1LG