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Governing Body of Bowesfield School

Acting Headteacher Governor

Jo Vollands-Ross

Staff Governor

Sajida Ashfaq

I’m a long term member of Staff who is currently working in Key Stage 2. 

Local Authority Representatives

Janet Marriott – Interim Chair of Governors

I was a service child and am now a retired army wife and mother with 2 grown up daughters.

I attended a variety of schools to include army, maintained and independent whilst my family was posted to different countries around the world.

I was the Early Years Manager within Stockton Borough Council for 21 years.

On finishing that position I wanted to use some of the knowledge and skills I had learned and became a governor for Bowesfield Primary in 2019. In 2020 I became Safeguarding Governor and finally Chair of Governors.

Co-opted Governors

Richard Drake

I am a former teacher of 15 years and now owner of DRAKE – The Bookshop in Stockton. 

I have lived in the area for the last 15 years having travelled the north east from Scarborough to Morpeth before that. 

I still love being part of school life, whether it be doing workshops in schools or bringing authors into schools for events and am looking forward to being part of the next steps Bowesfield Primary School are about to take.

When not at work or in schools, I love reading (obviously) and watching and playing sport. 

My favourite subject: Maths – well it should be, that’s what I taught!

Margaret Ibbotson

I am currently the SEND Governor for your school.

I am 58 years old, married with 3 girls and blessed with 3 gorgeous grandchildren.

I enjoy walking, playing crown green bowls and reading.

Michael Davison 

I am an experienced Governor who taught in the Stockton area for many years.

I have a particular interest in school finance and pupil progress. 

Diane Grosvenor

I am the Senior HR Officer for Employee Engagement at Teesside University.  Having worked in the education sector for most of my career I bring my passion for learning and development, and the pupil and staff experience to our team of Governors.  The warm welcome I received when I visited the School was a big influence on my decision to become a Bowesfield School Governor.   

Louise Baldock

I currently represent the Parkfield and Oxbridge ward on Stockton Borough Council where the school is situated. I am passionate about our area and as a new governor I am keen to play a role in ensuring that our children have the best possible education in the best possible school. 


Parent Governors

Katie Galloway – Vice Chair of Governors

I’m a parent governor at the school.  I spent the first few years of my children’s lives volunteering within the children’s centres, and saw first hand the impact that early services can have on children and their families (my own included) . That impact continues throughout the child’s school life, and I really wanted to be a part of shaping this positively, for all of our children, here at Bowesfield.


Clerk to the Governing Body

Katie Gallagher

Governing Body Terms of Reference  



NAME OF SCHOOL: Bowesfield Primary School 2018 – 2019 (Pecuniary Interests information up to date for 2019-2020)

From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish on their website, information about their governors:

Name, Category & Appointing Body Term of Office Official Responsibility Attendance at Governing Body Nature of Interest Resignation Date
        Pecuniary (you or a close connection – see point 1) Governor in another school/education establishment Spouse, partner or relative working in school or with business interests (see point 2.)  
Miss Emily Hodgeon

Head Teacher

01/09/03 Headteacher 8/8 NIL NIL NIL N/A


Ms Jo Vollands-Ross, Staff Governor, Appointed by staff 29/09/16 – 28/09/20 N/A 8/8 NIL NIL NIL N/A
Mrs Christine Shannon,

Co-opted Governor

Appointed By the Governing Body

15/09/15 –



26/09/19 – 25/09023

Vice Chair 6/8 NIL NIL NIL Resigned


Mrs Lynda Hobson

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

26.09.2017-25.09.2021 Interim Chair 6/8 Consultant for Stockton Borough Council NIL NIL Resigned
Mr David Bowes

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body


02.10.2017-01.10.2021 Chair 8/8 NIL Director 1Excellence, Director and Member of Tudhoe Trust, Victoria Lane Academy, St Francis, St. Michael’s NIL 19/07/2019
Mrs Dasha Attwood

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

22.11.2017-21/11/2021 N/A 6/8 NIL NIL NIL Resigned
Mr Kristofer George

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

01/02/2018-31/01/2022 N/A 4/8 NIL NIL NIL Resigned 24/09/2019
Mrs Alison Thomas

LA Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

23/11/2017-22/11/2021 N/A 4/8 NIL NIL NIL Resigned
Mrs Katie Galloway

Parent Governor

Appointed by the Parents

08/11/2017-07/11/2021 N/A 7/8 NIL NIL NIL N/A
Mrs Lauren Hudson

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parents

24/04/2018-23/04/2022 N/A 3/4 NIL NIL NIL Removed for None Attendance


Mr Julian Hockney

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

10/01/2020 – 09/01/2024 N/A N/A NIL NIL NIL Resigned
Mr Richard Drake

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body


27/02/2020 – 26/02/2024 N/A N/A NIL NIL NIL N/A
Mrs Janet Marriott

Associate Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body

(None Voting)

19/12/19 – 18/12/23 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A



Governors must declare any relevant business interests as well as the details of any other educational establishments they govern.  The register must also set out any relationships between governors and members of the schools staff including spouses, partners and relatives.  It is important to address any perception of a conflict of interests by making clear where such potential personal or pecuniary interests might apply; this might be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school or the Council when dealing with outside organisations or individuals.

Note 1.           Pecuniary interest includes current employment, businesses (of which partner/proprietor), company directorship, charity trusteeship and other conflict.

Note 2.           Personal Interests can also include business involvement/company directorship or trusteeships or family or close connections to the governor (for example a company the school might have contracts with).

Examples (potential conflicts):

  • A governor whose spouse/partner is employed by the school – Should not take part in discussion regarding the school’s pay policy or any staffing matter that might impact on their partner. Both direct and indirect decisions might impact on the salary range of senior staff e.g. increasing pupil numbers.
  • A governor involved with any committee group, business or after school club who hire part of the school – Should not be party to discussion involving the use of the school or their charging policy.
  • A governor who is a supplier of goods or services to the school – Should not take part in decisions regarding the letting of contracts for that type of goods or services where a sub-contract relationship might exist.

The register of governor interests must also include details of attendance record at the governing body meetings and committees over the year and reviewed and updated on an annual basis indicating also when a governor steps down.

Associate governors must be included on the register and it should be clear when they have voting rights.

The school is required to maintain a similar register of staff interests that should also be reviewed annually – as specified in the NCC code of conduct.  Staff had previously been included with the governor’s declarations but in light of the governing body register of interests being required to be published on the school web site, a separate register should be drawn up.  Staff governors will need to be included on both registers.