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Our Governor team

You can contact any member of the governing body via the school offices:

Kirk Hammerton CE Primary - admin@kirkhammerton.n-yorks.sch.uk, 01423 330460
Long Marston CE Primary - admin@longmarston.n-yorks.sch.uk, 01904 738352
Staveley Community Primary and Nursery - admin@staveley.n-yorks.sch.uk, 01423 340338

Governing body - structure and responsibilities

As a federation, we have one Governing Body operating across our three schools. The day to day management of our schools is the responsibility of the Headteacher, but the Governing Body is responsible for overseeing all aspects of school life and has three statutory responsibilities:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

All Governors sit on the Full Governing Body which meets once a term.  Governors also sit on at least one sub-committee, these being:

  • Impact of Teaching & Learning Committee: this committee regularly receives updates on curriculum and standards, reports on Senior Leadership reviews, and carries out policy review and approval.  It also deals with requests from staff, reviews professional development needs and discusses the Governor monitoring visits before reporting to the full Governing Body.
  • Impact of Resources Committee: this committee looks at budget monitoring, both for the current and next academic year.  Governors also review capital projects, approve payments, review letting charges, approve the budget management policy, review staff performance procedures and prepare, adopt, monitor and review all staffing policies.

The Instrument of Government for the TIG Federation states that the Governing Body should comprise 12 Governors:

  • Two parent governors
  • One Local Authority governor
  • One staff governor
  • Two foundation governors
  • Five co-opted governors
  • One Headteacher

The documents below provide details of our link governors, committee membership, terms of office and business interests.  These are updated annually in the Autumn term.  You can also view attendance information for meetings held in the previous school year. If you would like to view minutes from governing body meetings, you can request copies via the school offices.  Please note that confidential minutes cannot be shared outside the governor body.

  • Leanne Eaton – Clerk to the Governors

    Positions of Responsibility: Clerk to the Governors 
    I live in Kirk Hammerton with my husband and two children, one of which goes to Kirk Hammerton Primary School, and other is now at secondary school. 

    My background is in Human Resources and I am CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) qualified. I was a Parent Governor from 2013 and Chair of the Federation from 2016 - 2020.  I became a Clerk to Governors in November 2019 and currently clerk for 3 other schools plus the TIG Federation.

  • Lauren Evans - Executive Headteacher

    Positions of Responsibility: Executive Headteacher




  • Geraldine Barker - Foundation Governor

    My role as Foundation Governor is to ensure the Christian character of our Church of England schools is secured, preserved and developed as well as supporting the schools to be effective in achieving and exceeding.  My background is working in Education and Training for over 39 years, working across a range of ages and abilities in schools, colleges, staff training environments and various Government agencies.  I am (sort of!) retired but work a few hours a week in the Parish Office in Rufforth.

  • Russell Reading - Co-opted Governor

    A person in a suit and tieDescription automatically generated with medium confidence I was accepted as a Co-opted Governor in 2022, having applied because I wanted to understand more about education and help the schools and community to help children be the best they can be (or at least give them the opportunity to).   

    I’m dad to a wonderful (I would say that) daughter at primary school and I work in the area of renewable energy.  I live near Wetherby and in my spare time I like to get out on my bike, read a good book or spend time with friends and family. 

  • Helen Wyman - Co-opted Governor & Chair of Governors

    Positions of Responsibility: Chair of Governors 

     I work full time as a commercial development manager for a renewable energy company, specialising in sales, marketing and business development.

  • Jo Bennison - Staff Governor

    I joined the TIG Federation in September and I work as SENDCo and Pastoral Lead. I have been in teaching for the past 14 years and am passionate about enabling children to reach their potential.

    I have three grown up children who still keep me busy! I live in Harrogate and love the fact I get to visit our village schools. I am a country girl at heart and relish the opportunity to support our schools at a more strategic level. 

  • Diana Lamburn - Co-opted Governor & Co-Vice Chair of Governors

    Positions of Responsibility: Co-Vice Chair of Governors 

    I became a Co-opted governor in 2022 and I sit on the Resources Committee. My background is in Education - I spent many years as a School Finance Officer for North Yorkshire County Council before moving to Stratford on Avon, where I carried out various roles for Warwickshire County Council relating to Finance and Early Years.
    I’ve recently taken early retirement and moved back to North Yorkshire with my husband. I decided to become a governor to offer support to my local schools, and I’m very pleased to be involved as a governor for the TIG federation.

  • Emma Soane - Parent Governor & Co-Vice Chair of Governors

     I live in Whixley with my husband Martin, son Frank, daughter Elizabeth and Molly the dog. My son attends Kirk Hammerton Primary School   and when he joined I was keen to become involved in the wider school community. 

     My background includes an English degree and working in administration at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. For the past ten years I have been a   primary school teacher, teaching across all year groups. 

     I am passionate about primary school education and staff well being and I would like to volunteer my skills to contribute to the success of   the federation anyway I can. 

  • Jemma Holroyd-Morris - Local Authority Governor

    I am excited to be joining the TIG Federation as a governor. My background is in education having been a teacher for over 18 years. In my current role I have responsibility for student wellbeing with a large focus on positive mental health. I am also an AEGIS trustee promoting the welfare of international students studying in the UK. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and supporting the TIG federation in any way I can.


  • Tom Middleton - Co-opted Governor

    Details to follow

  • Vacancy – Foundation Governor
  • Vacancy - Co-opted Governor
  • Vacancy - Parent Governor
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