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Meet our governors

Dave Cooke

 

Dave joined Rolls Royce Aero Engine Division as an undergraduate apprentice and worked in various shop floor and office departments for 10 years. He then moved to the Lake District and worked for the Youth Hostel Association before retiring in August 2011. He has been a school Governor for over 25 years serving Eskdale and Borrowdale Primary Schools. Dave originally decided to become a Governor because he wanted to contribute, and have a say, in his children’s education. He is an enthusiastic advocate of small rural schools and is committed to providing the best education for our children. Dave has been Chair of Governors since September 2014 and is the Governor with responsibility for Health & Safety. As part of his role as Chair, he also serves on the Finance & Staffing, Building & General Purposes and Learning Committees.

  • Appointed: March 2017
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Appointed as a Foundation governor by St Andrew’s PCC.
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Dave is Chair of Governors and is a member of the Building & General Purposes Committee, Finance & Staffing Committee and Curriculum Committee. Dave is also the Governor with responsibility for Health & Safety.
  • Attendance last year: Governing Body Meetings: 6/6 Committee meetings: 9/10

David Ryan

 

David Ryan is a Chartered Accountant and was a partner in Mazars, an international practice. In addition to having national and international management roles at various times, he acted for a portfolio of clients that included substantial charities. Following retirement from practice David moved to Borrowdale and has worked in the charity sector as director, trustee and adviser. He was Group Chief Financial Officer of the US based charity Biblica and latterly a trustee of the Keswick Convention.

  • Appointed : April 2014
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Appointed as a Foundation governor by St Andrew’s PCC.
  • Business or pecuniary interests: Trustee of Borrowdale Charitable Trust, Treasurer of Borrowdale Shepherd’s Meet & Show.
  • No material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • David is Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Finance & Staffing Committee
  • Attendance last year:    Governing Body Meetings: 5/6  Committee meetings: 4/4

Jocelyn Pye

 

Jocelyn studied languages and literature at King’s College, Cambridge and went on to complete her PhD on Modern Greek Literature there. She then lectured and tutored students in Greek and German literature and literary translation at the Modern Languages Department at Cambridge. A career change led Jocelyn to the Science Museum, London, where she worked as an Explainer, then Visitor Researcher, and finally as Government Liaison Officer. An even bigger change came when she had twins Tom and Oscar and moved to Keswick! 

Jocelyn has also worked as a language teacher, editor and translator. Her combined experience in both formal and informal education, including delivering science shows and developing new educational material at the Science Museum and writing lecture courses at Cambridge University, is the background to Jocelyn’s passionate belief that education should always be high-quality as well as individually tailored and great fun. She seeks to apply this where she can to support her children’s school.

Jocelyn currently provides a drama after-school club and wrote and directed the adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which the school performed in summer 2014. 

  • Appointed : September 2017
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Appointed as a Parent governor.
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Jocelyn is a Chair of the Learning Committee
  • Attendance last year: Governing Body Meetings: 5/6  Committee meetings: 4/4 

Ralf Smits

 

Ralf started teaching at Borrowdale School in 2006 after his wife wanted to return to Cumbria where she was born and brought up. His passion for education was ignited when he was a student teacher in 1994, and ever since he has been excited about improving teaching and learning for pupils in his care. He started his teaching career in The Netherlands, but decided to broaden his horizons and moved to Tanzania where he taught in a British C of E International School. The inspiring experiences of teaching in Africa attracted him to move to a British International School in Thailand where he took up his first management role, but when his first child was born in 2005, traveling time was up.

Ralf took up the headship of Borrowdale School in 2011 and feels privileged to be educating children in a place so full of endless learning opportunities such as Borrowdale, and tries to make the most of them whenever he can. When not at work, Ralf can sometimes be spotted on his bike, walking or kayaking with his family or absent-mindedly plucking his guitar. 

  • Appointed: Ex Officio as Headteacher
  • Term of Office: Not applicable
  • Business or pecuniary interests: Headteacher
  • No material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Ralf is a member of the Building & General Purposes Committee, Finance & Staffing Committee and Learning Committee. Ralf is also the Link governor.
  • Attendance last year: Governing Body Meetings: 6/6  Committee meetings: 10/10

Alan Leyland

 

Alan was born in Borrowdale and educated at Borrowdale School, Keswick School and Fitzwilliam College Cambridge where he studied Mechanical Sciences.  He was awarded a British Railways Engineering Scholarship
In 1966 and trained there as a Professional Civil Engineer leading to his becoming  a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1974.  Subsequently Alan worked for  railway administrations overseas  and became an independent consultant in transport planning in general and railway operations and engineering in particular.  Alan has now largely retired from this work but continues with his wife, Cheryl, to operate the family business of Manesty Holiday Cottages which is based on the farmstead of that name which has been the family home for five generations.  Alan believes that local rural schools are the keystone of the rural community and for that reason has served on the governing body of Borrowdale School for almost 25 years.  He also chairs the Borrowdale Charitable Trust which supports the School financially and eases out the peaks and troughs of school finance and helps to provide the extras which help to give Borrowdale School its special and unique character.  Alan and Cheryl’s six children all attended Borrowdale School which gave them the sound educational start which enabled each of them to progress to gain entry to Oxford or Cambridge Universities.

  • Appointed : October 2017
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Appointed as a Foundation governor by St Andrew’s PCC.
  • Business or pecuniary interests: Trustee and Chair of Borrowdale Charitable Trust.No material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Alan is a member of the Building & General Purposes Committee and the Finance & Staffing Committee.
  • Attendance last year:    Governing Body Meetings: 4/6  Committee meetings: 5/6

Gill Crossley

 

Gill has been teaching since 1983 and has worked in both large and rural schools in Derbyshire, Australia and Cumbria. She has had a variety of teaching roles covering both key stages at Borrowdale School but has taught K.S.1 and Reception full time since 2013.

  • Appointed: September 2015
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Appointed as Staff governor
  • No intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Gill is a member of the Learning Committee
  • Attendance last year:    Governing Body Meetings: 5/6  Committee meetings: 4/4

Kathy Morris

 

After graduating from Warwick University, Kathy worked in various office jobs in Preston before moving to the Lake District in September 1988 to work at Derwentwater Youth Hostel as an assistant, subsequently becoming manager in 1992, with retirement planned for August 2016.   Kathy became a governor at Borrowdale School when her then young children were pupils.  They are now aged 23 and 20.  Kathy has very much valued the insight being a governor gives on education and an appreciation of the challenges for small rural schools.

  • Appointed : February 2014
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Appointed as a Foundation governor by St Andrew’s PCC.
  • No business or pecuniary interests.
  • No material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Kathy is a member of the Finance & Staffing Committee and is also the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding.
  • Attendance last year:    Governing Body Meetings: 6/6  Committee meetings: 3/4

Rev'd Charles Hope

 

I was ordained back in 1990 aged 26, after having read Geography (Oxford) and Theology (Durham), to serve as the Church of England Curate of Percy Main & Meadow Well (North Shields). This area had major riots in 1991, large scale investment in urban and social regeneration through Development Corporation and City Challenge. I was involved in much of this, as well in wider community development work including as establishing a Detached Youth Work and Children’s Play Project. In 1994 I became Vicar of the Parish and stayed there till 2003. I have always been involved in schools. Doing assemblies and taking classes at both Primary and Secondary level, as well as being a Governor of four primary schools (Chair of Percy Main Primary 1998-2003). I have also served on the Diocesan Education Board and its Church Schools Committee, focusing on Ethos, RE and school building matters in particular.

In 2003 I became Vicar of Prudhoe. Apart from being a Governor of the High School (also Chairman of the Property Committee, a member of the Finance & GP Committee and being the Humanities Link Governor), I also did assemblies in all county schools in the town. I was also chairman of the Prudhoe Community Partnership and its Library Build Project.

In 2016 we moved to Keswick on my appointment as Priest in Charge of Keswick St John’s and with responsibility for Borrowdale (Vicar-designate).

In my ministry I have always been committed to the life of the Church and its relevance to life of the whole community. I am also committed to the importance of building bridges between all elements of a community and to work for its regeneration (spiritually, emotionally, physically, economically, educationally, etcetera, all in the broadest sense), within my ability, role and capacity. I am also a Chaplain in the Territorial Army, was mobilised to serve in Iraq in 2004, am married to Kathryn and have three children (Megan, Emily & Katy).

  • Appointed : September 2016
  • Term of Office: Not applicable
  • Appointed as an ex-officio Foundation governor by St Andrew’s PCC.
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Charles is a member of the Learning Committee.
  • Attendance last year: Governing Body Meetings: 5/6  Committee meetings: 2/4

Sue Starkey

 

Sue worked in finance in the NHS prior to having her family and then for a variety of employers until moving to Keswick in 2000.  Since 2006, she has worked as Finance Manager for a local youth charity.  Her own children attended small rural/ village schools and she was delighted when her association with Borrowdale School started as her grandchildren began attending the school.  Sue was happy to be given the opportunity to serve in the role of governor, as she felt this would enable her to contribute with other governors, the Headteacher and staff, in the preservation and promotion of the high standards of education already provided by the school.  Sue is committed to ensuring the continuation of this unique learning environment for each and every child attending the school.

  • Appointed : September 2014
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Appointed as a Foundation governor by St Andrew’s PCC.
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships..
  • Sue is a member of the Finance & Staffing Committee
  • Attendance last year:    Governing Body Meetings: 6/6  Committee meetings: 4/4

Judith Stonestreet

 

Judith studied agricultural science at university but then married and took on three young children and later a further child. She has worked as an administrator for several organisations and for her husband who was a vicar in Leeds and Eskdale. She has been involved in schools through her children and grandchildren and also ran a Brownie pack.  Since retiring to Borrowdale she has visited the primary school to listen to the children reading.

  • Appointed: April 2015
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Appointed as a Foundation governor by St Andrew’s PCC.
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Judith is a member of the Learning Committee.
  • Attendance last year:    Governing Body Meetings: 5/6  Committee meetings: 4/4

Gary Metcalfe

 

Originally from Carlisle, moved to Borrowdale in 1982.

I studied electronic engineering at Portsmouth polytechnic and started my own mobile mechanic business in 2007 after several years in the garage trade.

Joined the governing body in 2012 feeling that I needed to give something back to the school after the school had done such a good job educating my 3 children to a high standard.

I also believe schools are the backbone of any community and certainly of small rural communities such as ours. I therefore wish to see, and am pleased to see, the school grow and grow.

  • Appointed : September 2017
  • Term of Office: 4 years
  • Appointed as a Local Authority governor.
  • Business or pecuniary interests: Owner of GJM General Engineering.
  • No material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Gary is a member of the Building & General Purposes Committee
  • Attendance last year:    Governing Body Meetings: 4/6  Committee meetings: 1/2

Caz Lyall

 

Caz works as a medicolegal expert and occupational therapist specialising in working with people who have experienced acquired brain injury. She also works as a psychotherapist. Having worked in a caring profession for many years, and attaining a Masters in Psychotherapy and PhD in Psychology, Caz understands the importance of a supportive and nurturing environment to inspire children and help them to achieve what they want from life. She feels passionate about facilitating the ongoing development of the school not only in terms of education and sporting activities, but also how best to help ensure the emotional well-being of children. Providing support to families to achieve this is an integral part of this process.

  • Appointed: September 2017
  • Term of office: 4 years
  • Appointed as a Parent Governor
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Caz is a member of the Learning Committee
  • Attendance last year:    Governing Body Meetings: 0/0  Committee meetings: 0/0

Rick Cooper

 

Rick studied economics at Swansea and went on to take a masters in urban and regional planning at Strathclyde. He is a chartered town planner and worked in local government in Cumbria for 11 years, initially as a planner then in  economic policy at the County Council. For the last 13 years he has run a walking holiday business in Keswick. Rick became a parent governor in 2009 soon after both his sons joined the school. Rick has continued as an associate member after his parent governor position expired in September 2017. As an associate member Rick votes on Buildings & General Purposes Committee issues but not at   full Governing Body meetings.

 

  • Appointed: September 2017
  • Term of Office: 1 year
  • Appointed as an Associate Member
  • No business or pecuniary interests; or material interests arising from intra-governor or staff relationships.
  • Rick is Chair of the Building & General Purposes Committee
  • Attendance last year: Governing Body Meetings: 4/6  Committee meetings: 2/2
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