Rachael Caton

Role
Chair to the Governors

Appointed by the Governing Body

Date Appointed: October 2019

Term of Office: October 2019 October 2023

Attendance 2019/20: 100%

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

About me: My experience as a Governor began at Kirkby Malham Primary where I was Vice Chair of Governors and involved with finance and Early Years and Foundation stage in particular. I was also involved in the successful Ofsted inspection there in 2019 when the school was judged by Ofsted to be GOOD in all areas, including leadership and Management, teaching and learning .

As part of the Federated Board I am now the Chair and am really enjoying working with a very professional and dedicated team of Governors and staff across the two schools. 

My experience of work until having children was as an operations manager for a utilities company.

I now work with my husband on our beef and sheep farm in Malhamdale and look after our four children. 

Michael Gudgeon

Role
Vice Chair of Governors

Appointed by the Governing Body

Role: Finance Chair

Date Appointed: October 2019

Term of Office: October 2019 to October 2023

Attendance 2019/20: 100%

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

About Me:

I have been involved in the school for a number of years. Initially as a contractor involved in the grounds maintenance of Settle CE Primary and then later as a parent and governor.

I have been fortunate to be involved with Settle CE Primary School during a very exciting stage of its development, serving as Chair of Governors during the period of collaboration with Kirkby Malham Primary in 2018/19 and overseeing the move toward formal Federation during the academic year 2019/20.

I have served the governing body in a number of capacities including Chair, Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance and Premises Committees. It has been a very rewarding position and it has been a pleasure to be on hand to support these two great local schools.

Reverend Tim Broughton

Role
Foundation Governor - Diocese

Date Appointed: October 2019

Term of Office: October 2019 to October 2023

Governor Role:   Foundation Governor, STEM learning, Curriculum

Attendance 2019/20:   100% 

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

About me: My name is Tim Broughton and I am the Minister of St. John's Methodist Church in Settle, as well as having responsibility for the churches in Rathmell, Hellifield and Ingleton. Prior to ministry I spent over 30 years in the IT industry, most recently as IT Director for a large retail company in Accrington. I was born and brought up in Tyler's Green, a small village outside High Wycombe in Bucks.  I became a Christian in my teens and began attending a church youth group at my local Anglican church.  I moved 'north' in my early twenties, living in Preston for a number of years before moving to Gargrave, near Skipton, where I found myself, once again, running the youth group at the local Anglican church and where I jointly founded a charity, the Isaiah Trust, reaching out and supporting Street Children in Kisumu, Kenya.

In 2013 I felt called to leave my role in IT and to seek full time ministry within the Methodist Church.  I successfully candidated and began training at Queen's Foundation, Brimingham, on a part-time basis, whilst serving notice with my company and helping to recruit my successor in that role.  I completed my studies in the Summer of 2018 and took up my first appointment as a Probationer Presbyter in the Settle Circuit shortly afterwards.

​I am married to Pam and our son, Harry, has recently completed university and now lives and works in Glasgow. Pam and I love to walk and spend most of our free time amongst the beautiful scenery of the Dales.  I am a keen birdwatcher, love to cook, and enjoy the theatre, painting and photography, play a little golf when time allows and follow Wycombe Wanderers.

Reverend Julie Clarkson

Role
Foundation Governor - Diocese

Date Appointed: January 2020

Term of Office: from January 2020 as Vicar in Charge 

Governor Role: Foundation Governor, RE and Collective Worship, Curriculum

Attendance 2019/20: New Appointment

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

About me:

I am the Priest-in-Charge of Settle Parish Church, which brings with it the privilege of stepping into an ex-officio post of Foundation Governor.

I am fairly new to the area and was licensed into the parish in November 2019.

Prior to my appointment at Settle, I served my curacy at Barnoldswick and was very involved with the Church of England Primary School there. Leading Collective Worship, being a regular presence at school events and being instrumental in the spiritual well-being of the school community is important to me and something that I am keen to develop.

As a Mum to two grown up children and grandma to five, I bring with me a wealth of experience where children are concerned. Prior to ordination, I worked for a telecommunications company as a technical training consultant.

Sophie Eddleston

Role
Foundation Governor - Kirkby Malham Foundation

Date Appointed: October 2019

Term of Office: October 2019 to October 2023

Governor Role: Safeguarding

Attendance 2019/20: 100%  

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

I am the mum of 5 children, all of whom have attended KirbyMalham School, one of which is still attending in year 2.

I have been a governor at Kirkby Malham school for 3 years and been safeguarding link governor for 2 years. I have also been Vice Chair of the Parents Association at Kirkby Malham school for 6 years. 

My background is in Nursing and Tropical Medicine. I have travelled extensively and lived and worked abroad in Africa and Australia. I moved to Yorkshire from London 18 years ago. All my children were born in Yorkshire and i feel very happy to call it home now. 

I completed level 3 floristry 2 years ago and now have a small flower business which I run from home. 

Viv Buckland

Role
Foundation Governor - Kirkby Malham Foundation

Date Appointed: October 2019

Term of Office: October 2019 to October 2023

Governor Role: Finance / Performance Management

Attendance 2019/20:  100% 

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

About me:

I live in Malhamdale with my husband and am a foundation governor at Kirkby Malham and serve as a governor on the Federation, with a particular interest and focus on behaviour.  I work in a strategic leadership role in Children’s Services in Leeds, working closely with schools to make sure there are enough places at the right time and in the right place, from 0-25.  The remit is broad and allows me to have a good understanding of the range of challenges schools face, particularly around funding.

I have a coaching and mentoring business, which also delivers a range of training, based on the applied uses of Neuro Linguistic Programming in coaching, leadership and within schools.  And when I’m not busy with those you’ll find me out and about in the Dale walking the dogs.

James Fryer

Role
Parent Governor

Date Appointed: October 2019

Term of Office: Ocotber 2023

Governor Role: Parent Governor / Health and Safety/Premises

Attendance 2019/20:  100% 

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

grew up in Giggleswick, and attended the local Schools in Giggleswick and Settle.

About me: My day job is leading Construction Project Teams on site. The company I work for Design and Construct new facilities around the world - such as new Schools, Hospitals, Offices, Prisons, Leisure Centres, Sports Grounds, Commercial Offices, Retail Centres etc.

Construction is a high risk Industry, and H&S is a huge focus and part of my role in my day job. With the experience I have in this field, I fulfil the role of the H&S Governor at Settle and Kirkby Malham Schools to assist the other Governors with ensuring that the premises and facilities are safe and suitable.

I have been involved in several new build School Projects, and many school extensions.

From talking to Teachers, staff, pupils and Education professional when designing and building new facilities - I have gained a lot of knowledge in what Schools need, and don’t need in order to provide a great, and safe learning environment. The right facilities really help both staff and pupil get the best from the learning experience and I am enjoying being involved with the work being done to provide new and innovative learning opportunities.

I am really pleased to be a STEM Ambassador for Settle and Kirkby Malham Schools, and it’s great to see how this has brought some of the classroom activities to life. I am looking forward to helping provide some more opportunities for learning experiences that link to Industry in the future.

I have 2 daughters at Settle Primary School, currently in Reception &  Class 1.

I enjoy playing golf, and was a member at Settle for many years. Nowadays my children keep me busy when I’m not working - so for now the golf is played more irregularly, and certainly more erratically !

Amanda Dawson

Role
Parent Governor

Date Appointed: October 2019

Term of Office: October 2019 to October 2023

Governor Role: Parent Governor/Curriculum

Attendance 2019/20:  100%

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

About me: I live in High Bentham with my husband and 3 children. 2 of my boys currently attend Settle Primary School and my youngest will hopefully join nursery next year. I was born and raised in Settle and I am an ex Settle Primary School student myself.

I work at Computershare base in Skipton, formerly Homeloan Management Ltd (HML) in the Client Finance Team. My experience over the years is varied, including; processing payments, bank reconciliations, monthly financial reporting, liaising with clients and managing people.

I have been a parent governor at Settle primary school for 2 years now. During my 2 years I have undergone numerous training courses to expand my knowledge of school governance. I have undertaken learning walks through school to learn as much about the inner workings of our school as possible. Currently I am a link governor for Curriculum, I'm part of the Finance and Resource committee and I am on the Head's Appraisal committee.

Prior to my role as Parent Governor, I was the chair of the Settle Primary School PTA, a role which I really enjoyed. I am still an active member of the PTA and I love being involved in school activities and fundraising events. I love being a part of the school community.

Elizabeth Wherity

Role
Foundation Governor

Date Appointed: October 2019

Term of Office: October 2019 to October 2023

Governor Role: SEN

Attendance 2019/20:  100%

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

I am married and a mother of three and grandmother of 4 almost 5!

I taught primary school children for 38 years, ranging from 4-11 years and finished my career as Assistant Head of a primary school in Skipton.

Since retiring I have travelled widely, and taken over a charity with my husband which provides, schools, hostels, teacher training and support for children to attend school in remote areas of Nepal. I travel yearly to Nepal and frequently to visit some of my grandchildren in London and Copenhagen.

I have been a governor at Kirkby Malham School for many years and recently became a governor of the combined school Federation. 

Amanda Allen

Role
Asssitant Headteacher (Staff Governor)

Appointed by the Governing Body

Role: Curriculum

Date Appointed: October 2019 

Term of Office: October 2019 to October 2023 

Attendance 2019/20: 100% 

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives: None

I have worked as a teacher at Kirkby Malham Primary School since 1998 and have taught all age groups at some point in time!

I am currently the Assistant Headteacher and Class teacher at Kirkby Malham Primary and was also re-elected as the Staff Governor in 2019. I love the community feel of both schools and feel very proud to be working with such a dedicated team with so many lovely children and supportive parents.

I think the close partnership between Kirkby Malham and Settle CE Primary has been incredibly successful and has very quickly brought enormous benefits to both schools. An exciting future awaits!

Richard Wright

Role
Executive Headteacher

Appointed by the Governing Body

Date Appointed: January 2004 / Federation appointment October 2019

Term of Office: October 2019  onwards

Attendance 2019/20: 100%

I am currently the Executive Headteacher of the Settle and Malhamdale Federation. I have worked in a headteacher capacity for almost twenty years and have experience working in a governor role for over twenty five years, serving four primary schools in the county areas of Calderdale and North Yorkshire.

I am married to Helen, who currently teaches Early Years pupils at Settle CE Primary School and we have two children who attended Settle CE Primary and are now at secondary school.

Kirkby Malham Primary was my first headship in 2001 and later I moved to Settle CE Primary in 2004.

It has been very satisfying and rewarding to have these two wonderful school communities joined and working closely in partnership since 2018.

The two schools are now federated and this brings with it many advantages which will go to further strengthen the quality of provision at both schools.

I feel very honoured to be leading both schools during this very exciting time and am lucky to have the support of a very committed governing body and amazing staff team.

Matt O'Connor

Role
Co-opted Governor

Date Appointed: February 2021

Term of Office: 4 years

Governor Role: tbd

Attendance 2021

Relationships between Governors & Members of Staff, including Spouses, Partners & Relatives:

Matt is newly appointed and has extensive managerial experience working for the NHS. A full profile is to follow.