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Meet the Governors

The current Governors of St. Peter's C of E Primary School are:


Chair of Governors

Tim Larden  (Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese until 1st February 2021)

Committees: Finance, Premises & Personnel

I was appointed a Foundation Governor by the PCC in 2017 and volunteered to support the Finance and Facilities work that the Governors do. As part of this work, I am helping the school manage the budget, making sure we have good controls but also helping plan for the investments we want to make in the facilities and teaching resources.

My background is in insurance where I own and run a brokerage that specialises in the charity and community sector. I hope that some of this experience managing risk will be useful to the school and I am actively involving myself in supporting and overseeing health and safety too.

I have two boys in school and live in Gringley with my wife, Clare, who is in school occasionally, teaching piano.


Vice-Chair of Governors

Tracey Taylor (Foundation Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council until Dec 2018)

Committees: Finance, Premises & Personnel and Strategic Development & Pupils

I am a Foundation Governor, appointed by the PCC in 2014 and having previously served as the Local Authority Governor since 2010. I became Chair of Governors in autumn 2015. I am one of the link Governors for Early Years at St Peter’s.

I live in Gringley, with my husband and our two sons, both of whom spent their primary school years at St Peter’s school - a happy and positive time. My interests have revolved around the children; supporting them at school, and in their sports and activities. I’m also a member of the PCC in Gringley and of the Gringley book club.

My professional background is in banking and finance, from which I “retired” when I became a mum. When my sons were young I re-trained and worked in early-years childcare, including at local schools and playgroups. These days I am a serving District Councillor, as well as the Childrens’ Chaperone and “Nanny” for the Majestic Theatre School in Retford.



Yvonne Reeson

Committees: Finance, Premises & Personnel and Strategic Development & Pupils

I have been teaching since 1993 and have been Headteacher of St. Peter’s since January 2016. Prior to my arrival at St. Peter's, I was the deputy Head teacher at Misterton Primary School for 12 years so I'm very familiar with the local area and the 'operations' of its primary schools.

I consider myself to be very privileged to be leading such a wonderful school. I am extremely happy in my job and whilst it's very hard work, it is also a very rewarding job. No two days are ever the same and the children never fail to bring a smile to my face.

Whilst I have taught in North Yorkshire, Leeds and Doncaster during my career, having spent much of my childhood visiting family in Gringley-on-the-Hill, I do feel that I've finally come home. 

I love drama, reading (when I get the time) and tap dancing and I spend a significant amount of my weekends with my family in muddy fields!


Joanne Cowlam (Parent Governor appointed until Nov 2018)

Committees: Strategic Development & Pupils

I have lived in Gringley for the last six years. I have two children; my eldest is currently in Year 1 and my youngest will start school in September 2016.

I work part-time as a primary school teacher, a job which I love and have done for 13 years. On a Wednesday, I help run the local toddler group 'Sticky Fingers' and I've recently joined the school's PTFA.

I am enjoying being involved in our village school and hope to continue for many years.


Rev. David Henson (ex-officio Foundation Governor upon installation as vicar of St. Peter & St. Paul's)

Committees: Strategic Development & Pupils and Finance, Premises and Personnel

Profile to follow



Carol MacConnachie (Parent Governor appointed until Nov 2018)

Committees: Strategic Development & Pupils

I have lived in Gringley-on-the-Hill since 2004.  I am married to David and we have two children who both attend St. Peter's.  
I currently work part time as a Mental Health Nurse in Services for Older People.
I enjoy music, cooking and gardening.


Joan Soulsby (Parochial church council representative appointed until March 2020)

Committees: Finance, Premises & Personnel

I am a retired Special Needs Specialist Teacher with a continued interest in Education. I moved into the village in 2005 and was a member of Gringley Methodist Church until its closure.  I have supported a variety of activities within St. Peter's School and its links with the Methodist Church.

I continue to be an active member of the community within various groups & societies. 

I am a link governor for RE and SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist schools).


Dr. Patrick O'Horan

Committees: Strategic Development & Pupils

I live in Gringley-on-the-Hill with my wife Susan, we have two adult daughters. I am a doctor in a busy general practice where I am the senior partner responsible for all areas of child and adult health. Within St Peter’s I am a Foundation governor with particular interest in the welfare of our pupils and the maintenance of Christian values within the school.



Bettina Houghton (Staff Governor appointed until 1st February 2021)

Committees: Strategic Development & Personnel

I have been working at St.Peter’s Primary school since 2002; prior to that I had worked in schools in Derbyshire. I moved back to the area, having been brought up locally. I initially started teaching in Class 2 then moved into Class 3 in 2012. I have responsibilities within the school for maths, special needs and pupil premium. I am passionate about supporting our most vulnerable children. It is a privilege to teach the oldest children in the school and help prepare them for their transition to secondary school.


Melissa Sherwin-Gill (Local Authority appointed Governor)


Rosalie Hughes (Diocesan appointed Governor)

St. Peter’s C of E Primary School

Register of Business Interests

updated 27th March 2018

Governor’s name

Have you memberships/ connections/ shares in companies etc, which have a direct business interest in the school?

Have you any other business interests as explained in the notes of guidance?


Tim Larden no no  

Tracey Taylor




Joan Soulsby




Joanne Cowlam




Rev. David Henson




Dr. Patrick O’Horan




Carol Macconnachie




Bettina Houghton




Tim Larden