Who are our Governors and what are their roles?

Governor Roles and Responsibilities


November 2023


David Drake 

Chair of Governors-Co-opted Governor; Resources Committee Member


Alan Padden

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor; Teaching & Learning Committee Member


Julia Dickson



Lucy Dowell

Staff Governor - Member of Pupil Support Committee & Website Liason 


Claire Summerscales

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 


Gareth Dibble 

 Local Authority Governor - Resources Committee Member


James Armstrong

Co-opted Governor - Teaching & Learning Committee Member


Phoebe Cowen

Co-opted Governor - Resources Committee Member


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Some Information about our backgrounds:


Kelly Hendley

Parent Governor, Pupil Support Committee Member 

I am the mum of Thomas, William & Annabel who have all attended or are still attending The Whartons.  I am married to Ben and we live in Otley.  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.