Who are our Governors and what are their roles?

Governor Roles and Responsibilities


September 2019


Sarah Morgan

Chair of Governors

Parent Governor; Vice Chair; Chair of Pupil Support Committee

Rick Wilson

Vice Chair-Co-opted Governor; Resources Committee Member

Julia Dickson


Alan Bowman

Parent Governor; Teaching and Learning Committee Member

Andy Bray

Co-opted Governor; Resources Committee Member; Head Teacher Performance Management

Rick Dickerson

LEA Governor; Pupil Support Committee Member; Pupil Premium Governor

Fiona Dix

Co-opted Governor, Pupil Support Committee Member; Child Protection and CLA, SEND Governor

Gerard Francis

Co-opted Governor; Resources Committee Member

Carolyn Gomes

Staff Governor, Teaching and Learning and Resources Committee Member

Kelly Hendley

Parent Governor, Pupil Support Committee Member, Child Protection and CLA

Josie Hughes

Staff Governor, Pupil Support Committee Member

Rachel Morrison

Co-opted Governor, Teaching and Learning Committee Member

Jean Preston

Associate Governor-Teaching & Learning

Some Information about our backgrounds:


Sarah Morgan

Chair Of Governors

Parent Governor, Chair of Resources Committee

My daughters are at the school and I became a Parent Governor because of my belief in the importance of primary education in the development of our children and a commitment to the school having a key role in our community 

My relevant experience to equip me for the role of Parent Governor includes:

  • an understanding of people through managing large teams in my work as a Housing Manager for Local Authorities and a large Housing Association;
  • an understanding of finance through working with budgets and forecasting spend as part of my work as a Management Consultant working with construction companies to plan and deliver public building schemes and maintenance contracts;
  • a knowlege of a range of Primary Schools throughout West Yorkshire in my work as a  ChildLine Schools Service trained volunteer which involves talking to year 5 and 6 children about abuse, giving them the skills to protect themselves and showing them where to go to for help.


Rick Dickerson

Co-opted Governor, Pupil Support Committee, Pupil Premium Governor

My background is in corporate intelligence, where I have spent 16 years with a major professional services firm helping companies to invest in the emerging and other higher risk markets. I'm currently an Assistant Director, sharing responsibility for managing a team of over 70 people.

Following the birth of my daughter in 2015 I was keen to become more involved in the community and support our local schools. I was delighted when an opportunity arose to become a governor of Whartons Primary, as I was born and raised on the Whartons and attended the school in the mid to late 1980s.


Rachel Morrison

Co-opted Governor, Teaching and Learning Committee Member 

I qualified as a doctor from Nottingham University in 1996. I moved to Yorkshire in 2008 to take up a post as a consultant surgeon at Harrogate hospital. I moved to Otley with my husband who is a deputy headteacher at a primary school in Keighley and young son back in 2013. I live down the road from the school and my son may (hopefully) attend the Whartons school in the years to come! I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference to the school and help the local community.


Alan Bowman

Parent, Teaching and Learning Committee Member 

I am the father of Natalie (Year 5) and Michael (Year 3).

Over the last five years, I have seen the Whartons through the eyes of a parent.  I have been inspired by the school’s positive attitude to encouraging children to take an active role both in the classroom and outside it.  For instance, I had the opportunity to accompany a school group riding across the start line of the Tour de Yorkshire – a rare opportunity for the children that they will always remember.  I was also one of many parents who went into the school during Careers Week, and answered questions from the children about the world of work.

Coming from a background in engineering I appreciate the value of logical thinking and applying a critical and creative approach to solving problems.  I want to help the school to be a place where children can enjoy developing these skills and learning to apply them.

As a governor, I would work to help the school continue to provide a positive environment for learning whilst striving to improve it for the benefit of all.


Kelly Hendley

Parent Governor, Pupil Support Committee Member 

I am the mum of Thomas in year 2 and William in reception, and also have Annabel, who is two years old.  I am married to Ben and we have lived in Otley for five years.  I love the area and can’t imagine leaving.

I am a solicitor working for a large multinational health organisation, and I specialise in health and social care law.  I am experienced in safeguarding and act as the child safeguarding and protection lead for the organisation in the UK.  Outside of work, I enjoy playing netball and spending time outdoors with my children.

I love the idea of contributing to the continued improvement of The Whartons, and would welcome the opportunity to become more involved with the school.