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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Mel grew up in Keswick and attended trinity (now St Herbert’s), Keswick and Casterton Schools. On completing her A levels, Mel attended the University of Manchester where she gained a degree in nursing specialising in mental health. After graduating, Mel moved to London where she worked in various hospital settings around the capital before training as a dialectical behavioural therapist and specialising in the treatment of women with borderline personality disorder.
Following the birth of her eldest daughter, Mel and her now husband relocated back to Keswick to be closer to family. When choosing a school for her children, Mel fell in love with Borrowdale school and its beautiful setting as well as the calm and nurturing atmosphere within the school. Mel is looking forward to understanding more about how the school works and to making a positive contribution to this unique and special school.
Michelle started teaching at Borrowdale School in 2015 as a student teacher and accepted the position of full time teacher shortly after her placement. Since then, Michelle has taught in both key stages and taken on various roles and responsibilities throughout the school.
Before teaching Michelle studied Outdoor Education and undertook a degree in Sports Studies. This passion for sport and the outdoors is an area that Michelle enjoys using to aid and enhance pupils learning at Borrowdale School. Michelle feels privileged to work at a school surrounded by natural beauty and decided to become a governor to continue to advocate the importance of learning being fun and to ensure the continuation of the unique learning opportunities that Borrowdale offers to its pupils. When not at work, Michelle is often out running on the fells and exploring new places.
Jessica moved to Keswick in 2000. She had fallen in love with the Borrowdale Valley after holidaying there for many years as a child and so was delighted when her three children were able to attend the School.
Jessica, her husband Dan and their children moved to Stonethwaite in 2014 living right next door to the school. The whole family enjoys being part of the close-knit community of the valley.
She volunteers regularly at the school helping in both Key Stages and EYFS. This has enabled her to see first hand the day-to-day life of the school and therefore it seemed to be a natural progression to become a Governor.
Jessica enjoys walking her dogs and running in the local area.