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Governor Biographies

Chris De Silva – Parent Governor

As a parent at Hackness School I am pleased to be a representative on the Governing Board.  

As a father with children at the school I hope my skills can support an agenda for continuous improvement across the federation so that all the children can reach their full potential and have a positive school experience.

I feel privileged to be a Parent Governor and look forward to working with all stakeholders to provide a parent perspective and advocate on behalf of the wider parent body. 


Toby Flood – Co-opted Governor

As a proud dad of three kids, two of which go to Wykeham, I believe that school plays an important part in shaping our children’s future. I was pleased to be invited to join the board of governors and help support the school as best I can.


Chris Garforth –  Co-opted Governor

A Yorkshireman by birth, I’ve lived in Wrench Green since retiring in 2013 from a career in higher education. My research and teaching work took me to many different countries where I saw the importance of primary education as a foundation for personal, family and community aspirations.

I became a governor because I believe that all children should have the chance to grow into the best they can be and that village church schools have a crucial role to play. I am a member of Burniston Methodist Church, a circuit steward in the North Yorkshire Coast Methodist Circuit and chair of Christian Aid in the Scarborough area.

I enjoy mountain biking, gardening, singing in a local acappella group, and keeping up with my three daughters and grandchildren.


Valerie Hall - Foundation Governor

Appointed as Foundation governor by the Diocese, I decided to become a governor as I am passionate about the unique nature of rural schools and keen to build on the relationship between the two village schools and their local churches and wider community.

I live in Silpho with my husband and we have two children who currently attend Hackness School with another who left in 2018. As a family, we attend St Peter’s Church in Hackness where I am also part of the Committee as treasurer.

I currently work in accountancy but following university I took a PGCE specialising in Early Years education. As part of the Governing body I will be working closely in the subjects of Maths and Science in addition to being part of the Resources Committee where I can utilise my finance skills.

My personal interests lie in outdoor sports, hiking, cycling and travel. In addition, I spend a great deal of time supporting my children’s hobbies of ballet, music, scouting and mountain biking.


Rev Joe Kinsella – Foundation Governor

I am the Vicar for the Benefices of Upper Derwent and Thornton Dale. I oversee 10 churches from Langdale End through to Thornton Dale.   My wife Susie works as a Specialist Midwife for the NHS. We’ve been married for 21 years and we have 3 children, Hannah, Tom and Benki. We also have Amber the dog.

I really enjoy reading, playing out with the kids and sports of all kinds (football, cricket anything!). I also enjoy running and have done a number of marathons.  In my spare time I serve in the British Army as a Reserve Army Chaplain.


Karen Price – Chair of Governors, LA Governor

I wanted to take on voluntary work and chose to be involved in the educational sector as my three children are primary school teachers. I was fortunate to find a vacancy in my local area and was appointed as LA Governor in June 2018.  I became the Chair of Governors in March 2021.

I have been running my own management training consultancy for over twenty years, and believe my background and experience in Finance, HR and interpersonal skills will bring value to the federation.


Helen Scott – Parent Governor

When my daughter started school, I wanted to help maintain the high standards of the school and be involved in shaping its future. I was fortunate to be appointed as a Parent Governor in 2019.

I have worked in secondary education for fifteen years and I am passionate about education and hope that my knowledge and experience within the sector will add to the governing body.


Tracy Shepherdson – Foundation Governor

I look forward to having an insight and influence into the beginnings of a child’s learning in my local community and gain more understanding of the inner workings of the education system.

I work in the Higher Education sector and am passionate about encouraging children to reach their potential and raise their aspirations. Educating children about something they never thought possible is so rewarding. I hope that my knowledge and experience in widening participation and outreach will enhance my governor’s role.

I live in Ruston, I am the wife of a very busy farmer and have two amazing step children. I can usually be seen walking my little dog around the local area.


Sarah Westlake - Vice Chair, Co-Opted Governor

I work part time as an NHS consultant and have two young children (both at Wykeham school). I was educated in Christian state schools and feel strongly that all children should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential, whatever their background.

I was looking for new challenges when this post was advertised. I hope my knowledge and skills in another key public service sector will be of value to the federation.