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Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Janet Probert. She is a Co-opted Governor.

Janet Probert  has recently retired from senior leadership roles in the NHS.  She is a qualified nurse practitioner with a BSc (1985) and an MBA (1996).

Janet has had a career in a range of healthcare settings and is passionate about supporting and developing leadership that delivers the best outcomes for people and communities. She has been a school governor since 2009 and is committed to ensuring that children get access to a fabulous school environment which allows them to achieve their full potential; and also that the schools are active members of their local communities.  Janet is currently Chair of Governors of Trinity Academy Eppleby Forcett and Middleton Tyas and also took on the role of Chair of Governors at Trinity Academy Richmond in May 2016.  Janet is a director of the Dales Multi Academy Trust

Skills: Business Management, Strategic Leadership


Mrs Dawn Gilderoy is a Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair of Governors.

Dawn Gilderoy is a University of the First Age National Manager, she’s been involved with UFA since 2002, initially at local authority and subsequently at a national level. She developed and implemented multi-agency working across a Local Authority area ensuring barriers to fulfilling potential for children, young people and their families were removed.  She has influenced national strategy through working for the Department for Education and Child Poverty Unit. She likes to run (fast walking in reality), watch sport, mainly tennis and football and is an avid Sunderland fan.

Her role at UFA as National Development Manager is to support schools and other organisations to engage with UFA Leadership programmes through consultancy, action planning, training and critical friendship.
She loves developing new ways of working with young people and adults so that they experience exciting learning that makes a real difference to them.

She has been a school governor since 2014 and took on the role of EF/MT Vice chair 12 months ago.  She says “It is a joy to be involved with schools which are so committed to supporting their pupils to, love learning, develop positive relationships and flourish”.


Mrs Tina Reid is a Parent Governor and Vice Chair of Resources.

Tina Reid is a relatively new parent Governor, she has a son already at our schools and her youngest will be joining our Eppleby Early Years Setting shortly.  This is Tina’s first role as a Governor but she brings to us commercial leadership and coaching skills.  Tina graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from Teeside University back in 2003 and later completed a PG Certificate in Executive Coaching.  She is currently in the process of getting Fellow Chartered status with the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.  Tina spent 10 years at Sage Group Plc in Newcastle where she operated in a European HR role and is currently operating as a Head of HR for a Leaderships Consulting and Executive Search business for the Public Sector, of which Education is a key practice.  Tina says “I am passionate about personal growth, and every child realising and fulfilling their potential”.


Mr Ian Walton is a Co-opted Foundation Governor and Vice Chair of Curriculum.

Ian Walton is a Churchwarden at Forcett.  After a career in the health service, he is now a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care.  He has been a governor initially at Eppleby Forcett since 2012.  As well as being a Foundation Governor, he is the link for Special Educational Needs.”


Mr Fraser Brown is a Parent Governor.

Fraser Brown is the father of 4 children, all of whom are either at or have attended our school. He is proud to be born and bred in rural North Yorkshire!  Fraser was not academic at school and has a special interest in inspiring young people who are not academic to value their unique skills and understand that future success is not all about being a straight A’s student!

His 20 year career is entirely in the commercial sector.  Fraser brings over 12 years of experience running medium to large companies in the Automotive sector.  He has also worked directly for large corporates including General Motors, Audi UK, and Mazda Motors UK.

In 2014 Fraser founded his own company and has grown the business in to an award winning multimillion pound turnover company servicing 35 of the worlds biggest automotive brands and hundreds of car dealerships.  Fraser has experience in business turnarounds, coaching company directors and being a company director himself.  With strong skills in people management, analysis of accounts, process change, KPI analysis, benchmarking, performance management and strong general commercial skills.

Fraser is a people focused individual who is compassionate in his approach to everyone he meets and has been described in business as an inspirational leader.  With a keen interest in change management and business performance improvement he has become well respected with in his sector.

Whilst not heavily religious Fraser was educated and brought up in the Church of England and endeavours to live by the Christian principle of treating others as you would like to be treated yourself. Fraser works out regularly and has recently run a number of half marathons raising money for various charities.


Mr Andrew Vaux and Mrs Doreen Liston are also Co-opted Foundation Governors.

Mr Shazhad Younis is also a Co-opted Governor.

Mrs Sharon Beasley and Mr Andrew Dunn are Parent Governors.

Mrs Williamson, Mrs McLean and Mr Gatrill are Staff Governors.