Who are our Governors and what are their roles?

Governor Roles and Responsibilities


January 2021


Sarah Morgan

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor; Vice Chair; Chair of Pupil Support Committee


David Drake 

Vice Chair-Co-opted Governor; Resources Committee Member


Julia Dickson



Carolyn Gomes

Staff Governor, Teaching and Learning and Resources Committee Member

Alan Padden

Co-opted Governor, Teaching and Learning Committee Member

Danielle Burgess

Co-opted Governor, Teaching and Learning Committee Member

Kelly Hendley

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

Naomi Bacon

Co-opted Governor, Pupil Support Committee Member

Brian Queally

Parent Governor, Pupil Support Committee Member & Pupil Premium Governor 

Christine Paterson

Co-opted Governor, Teaching & Learning Committee Member 



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.


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.


Brian Queally

Parent Governor

Brian Queally is a parent of a child at the Whartons and is a Licenced Aircraft Engineer.   He has worked with British Airways Engineering for 23 years in a variety of shop floor and senior roles at Glasgow.   He is currently employed as an Airworthiness Surveyor with Jet2 based at Leeds.  Brian has a wide range of experience and skills which will contribute to the work of the Governing Body:  


  • Aircraft Maintenance.  Working as an engineer on Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft.
  • Planning and managing of Aircraft Maintenance checks.
  • Supervising and Managing teams of up to 100 people and responsible for resourcing and development.
  • Involvement with Lean and Continuous Improvement initiatives with Porsche Consulting.
  • Involvement with Investors in People accreditation.'


Christine Paterson

Co-opted Governor 

Christine is a member of the Bridge Church where she is the Beaver Scout Leader. Christine also assists with audio & visual production during services. 


Before retiring Christine worked in the education department, at Wetherby Young Offenders’ Institute. As part of her duties, she assisted the class teacher in the classroom and also taught IT as a vocational subject. Christine also attended safeguarding meetings and belonged to the substance misuse panel. 


Prior to working at the Young Offenders Institute Christine worked as a Nursery Nurse in a primary school in Leeds, working mostly in Early Years, but also, worked with Key Stage 2 children, supporting I.T. 


Christine’s own children attended The Whartons (many years ago!) and she recognises what an important role the school plays in the local community.