Who are our Governors and what are their roles?

Governor Roles and Responsibilities


September 2020


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



Rick Dickerson

LEA Governor; Pupil Support Committee Member; Pupil Premium Governor

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

Jean Preston

Co-opted 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.


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.