Copmanthorpe Primary School

Copmanthorpe Primary School


Governor Profiles

 Peter Northfield (Chair) - Co-opted Governor since 2016

Committees: Health, Safety & Premises (Chair), Finance & Staffing and Headteacher Performance Management

 I have lived in Copmanthorpe since 1987 and both of my children attended Copmanthorpe Primary School. My professional career was spent in secondary education, predominantly in the classroom. In 1991 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry for the work that I was doing on INSET for chemistry teachers. I currently hold senior positions with three major examination boards. When I retired I wanted to take a more active role in the community and being a member of the governing body has given me the opportunity to use the skills that I have developed, working with students, their parents, colleagues, school governors and teaching unions, over many years.

Joanne Bennett - Parent Governor since 2016

Committees: Pupils

grew up and was educated in York, returning to the area following University and my early career in 2005. I have two girls at Copmanthorpe school and although I live outside the village we are very much integrated into the community attending lots of the village activities and clubs. 

I am keen that all children fulfil their potential and with a background in science and geography as well as a passion for travel I value a broader curriculum alongside core literacy skills.  I have had a career in Marketing for almost twenty years and hope to be able to use my experience in project management, communication and leadership within a large organisation within my role as a governor. 

Gavin Blackstone - Parent Governor since 2014

Committees: Finance & Staffing (Chair)

Gavin Blackstone

 I have lived in York for 16 years and in Copmanthorpe for the last 9. I care passionately about our primary school and hope that my skills can contribute to supporting our excellent staff in  ensuring all our children achieve their potential in a stimulating learning environment. I have two children currently in the school and it is a wonderful opportunity to be able to actively  participate in their education.

 I am a qualified accountant, working in professional practice in Leeds for many years. I specialised in audit and advisory work with local authorities, often focussing on the finances of local  education authority schools. In 2013 I became the bursar of Fulneck School, an independent school in Pudsey, so am well placed to empathise, understand and hopefully advise on the daily  challenges of delivering excellent education for our children.

Antoinette Burroughs - Parent Governor since 2017

Committees: Pupils

When I moved to Copmanthorpe in 2016 I found the people in the village to be extremely welcoming. When my daughter joined Copmanthorpe Primary that year I found the school community was the same and I was keen to be actively involved. I also attend many village activities with my younger son.

 I have a degree in biology and a master's in ecology and conservation. I have worked in higher education for several years but have also been an education volunteer for two wildlife trusts, working with primary school children.

Alastair Craven - Parent Governor since 2013, re-elected in 2017

Committees: Pupils (Chair) and Health, Safety & Premises

Alastair CravenAs a director of a manufacturing business I am experienced in reading contracts, financial reports, preparing tenders and undertaking annual appraisals and hope this will help with the running   of our school.

Interests: I value education, sport and the outdoors and hope my children do. I have a daughter and younger son at the school.


Sarah Dawson - Community Governor since 2016

Committees: Curriculum (Chair)

I moved to Copmanthorpe in August 2014 when I took up a role as lecturer in Teacher Education at Leeds Beckett University. I have twenty years experience in senior leadership in school and I am passionate about creative teaching and learning and inspiring children to embrace learning and to achieve their potential.

I have previous experience as a parent governor and I am proud to take up the role of LA governor at the school where I hope to bring my skills, expertise and love of learning to support the continuous development of this great school.


Alison Douglas - Parent Governor 2013-17, Co-opted Governor 2017

Committees: Curriculum and Headteacher Performance Management (Chair)

Alison DouglasI have lived in Copmanthorpe for more than 15 years and my daughter attended (and thrived) at our school over the last few years. I care deeply that every child is given the opportunity to fulfil  their full potential and that their first years in education are stimulating and fun; an ethos I try to bring to my work on the Curriculum Committee. As a working parent I also understand the balancing act this involves so I am particularly keen to ensure that all parents are given the opportunity to participate in school life.

In my professional capacity, I work with executive teams to support them through organisational change, providing project management, coaching and other business analysis services. Skills I try to bring to our role as a ‘critical friend’ to the leaders in our school – providing challenge and support hand in hand.


Menna Godfrey (Vice Chair) - Co-opted Governor since 2005

Governor responsible for SEND

Committees: Curriculum and Health, Safety & Premises

Menna Godfrey

I was born and brought up in Surrey and moved to 'The North' to attend the University of Leeds, where I gained a Physics degree and a secondary teaching qualification. My husband (also a teacher) and I have lived in Copmanthorpe since 1988 and our three children all attended Copmanthorpe Primary School. I now own and manage Quackers the Early Years provision on the school site. I attend York Community Church.

 Interests: I am passionate about personalised learning provision and seek to ensure that educational opportunities for all children support them to develop the skills and dispositions that they will need throughout their lives. I want our school to encourage our children to see themselves as life-long learners, part of a learning community where adults and children learn together.

Linda Hildreth - Clerk to the Governors

Linda Hildreth

David Kirkham – Associate Governor since 2016, Co-opted Governor 2017

Committees: Headteacher Performance Management

After studying German, Dutch and Danish at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne I began my teaching career with a year as an assistant teacher at a high school in the former West Germany followed by three years as a junior lecturer at the Martin Luther University in Halle in the former East Germany, and a spell in Maastricht in the Netherlands before I returned to the UK. I was Head of Languages for many years at Tadcaster Grammar School where I was involved in an MFL primary outreach programme which took me to a number of feeder schools, including, of course, Copmanthorpe Primary School. My final post as a school teacher was as Head of German at Barlby High School. For ten years I led the North Yorkshire CC training programme for Foreign Language Assistants which, among other things, involved the preparation and delivery of residential courses. For the last seven years I have been employed by the University of Leeds where I lead the PGCE MFL programme and provide support and training for E-Profile, the electronic student tracking program, and act as Link Tutor for the university to schools in the School Direct teacher training programme based at Batley Girls’ High School. I am married to Birgit, who is German, and we have two children, who both attended Copmanthorpe Primary School many years ago, and three grandchildren.

Stephen Leather – Parent Governor since 2016

Committees: Health, Safety & Premises

I have lived in Copmanthorpe for the past 10 years, and in that time my eldest son flourished at the school before moving on, whilst my youngest son is currently making fantastic progress in Year 2.

I have worked in Laboratory Medicine in the NHS for 25 years, and I hope this experience together with my strong passion for education and the opportunities it provides will help me bring a balanced perspective in my role as a Parent Governor.

Alison Mapplebeck - Parent Governor since 2015

Committees: Curriculum and Pupils

I have lived in York since attending university where I obtained a degree in maths.  I currently work in 2 secondary schools teaching maths and this year I have been focussing on underachievers in maths, where I now work with small groups to enhance their progress.  I have a daughter in year 1 and would like to see her, and all the other pupils in school, thrive and have opportunities to succeed and develop into well rounded young people.

Geoff Mumford - Co-opted Governor since 2014 

Governor Responsible for Safeguarding

Committees: Curriculum and Pupils

Geoff Mumford I have lived in Copmanthorpe since 2008 when I became Vicar of St Giles’ Church, having previously lived in Lancashire and the West Midlands, where I served on a Community School Governing Body and two Church School Governing Bodies, including one as Vice Chair.  I was invited to become a Community Governor in Copmanthorpe in 2014, where my daughter is a pupil.

I am particularly interested in ensuring that each child has access to the full curriculum and every opportunity to flourish as an individual.  I have been involved in the delivery and support of Religious Education in schools, which I believe to be important in ensuring a holistic understanding of the world we live in.  I believe a key aspect of a Governor’s role is to support, encourage and challenge the school to be the best it can for all pupils.


Karen Stanford - Staff Governor since 2017

Committees: Curriculum