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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 Kate Williamson AST, NPQH, MA is an Ex-offio Governor, as Executive Headteacher.

Having taught for over 20 years in North Yorkshire, Kate is thrilled to currently be the Executive Headteacher of Trinity Academy, which comprises of Eppleby Forcett, Middleton Tyas and Richmond – Three Church academies, who are part of the Dales Academies Trust. She previously led South Otterington Church of England Primary School for 8 years, successfully leading the school to achieve Outstanding inspection reports from both Ofsted (2014) and SIAMS (2016 & 2011). Kate is passionate about school improvement and has worked as a consultant headteacher for both the local authority and the Swaledale Alliance, where she most recently supported a school on their journey from Requires Improvement to Good. She developed the materials for the Swaledale Alliance Partnership School Review Process and completed her dissertation on this project as part of her Masters Degree. One of Kate’s strengths is the creative curriculum and she has previously worked as an AST specialising in ICT and Music.

Mrs Tina Reid is a Parent Governor and 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 member of Forcett PCC and joined Eppleby Forcett governing body pre-Federation. He has lived in the area for 13 years.

He retired from the health service 10 years ago, and now his main interest is bereavement support: he is a member of Cruse Bereavement Care.

Mr Fraser Brown is a Co-opted 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.

Mrs Sharon Beasley is a Parent Governor.

Sharon Beasley is a mother with two children that attend Trinity Academy Eppleby Forcett and Middleton Tyas.  She lives in Middleton Tyas village and is an active member of the community.

She has an MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Edinburgh University and worked in this field of scientific research for several years before embarking on a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Newcastle University.  Sharon practiced as a Primary Teacher with key responsibilities for the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Science.  She then became Assistant Headteacher and obtained her National Professional Qualification of Senior Leadership.

Following 13 years in the primary education sector, she is now a lecturer for the Open University.  She tutors degree level modules in teaching and learning and primary subject knowledge.  She also works for the Bungalow Partnership providing emotional health and well-being support for children and families through therapeutic play, whilst working towards becoming a Certified Play Therapist and an Animal Assisted Play Therapist.

Mr Nick Downing is a Governor

I am very pleased to be able to support the schools through the role of parent governor. I am passionate about education and see children as being our future. With our three children at Middleton/Eppleby I also have a vested interest! I am a physiotherapist by training and have worked in corporate hospitality and for the last 12 years in healthcare, initially clinically then for the last 5 years in Head of Service roles. I hope to share my experience but also to learn from the executive team and more about the education sector.

Miss Hana Buhlova is a Governor

My Name is Hana Buhlova, I have 3 children at Trinity Academy Eppleby Forcett and Middleton Tyas and I am Landlady at the village pub, The Shoulder of Mutton. I love my job, being a full-time mother and being an active part of our village community.

I originally come from the Czech Republic, where I studied music and opera singing. School life was always a big part of my life, as both of my parents were teachers / headteachers at local schools.

I moved to London 20 years ago, where I began working as an Au pair and gradually built my career in Health and Social Care. Working as a Health and Social Care Assessor, and later as an Occupational Therapist for an NHS Intensive Neurological Service, supporting people with neurological illnesses through physical and music therapy.

James and I met in London and we moved home to Middleton Tyas to start our family. Following the arrival our second child, I became a registered Ofsted childminder, which I loved. Following the arrival of our 3rd, we decided to embark on our most challenging adventure yet, taking over our wonderful pub in this very special village.

I feel my life and work experience will be beneficial to my role as a School Governor. I will bring my unique perspective and insights to decision-making, and I believe I can make a valuable contribution to our schools and our community.

Mrs McLean and Mrs Parker are Staff Governors.

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