Who are our Governors?

What we do...

Waberthwaite school governors are a voluntary body of people from all walks of life, each offering skills and experiences from their differing backgrounds. The key role of the governors is to provide strategic leadership and accountability to our school. Our main functions are to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school, as well as agreeing the school policies;

  • Manage the school budget and employ the school staff;

  • Monitor and evaluate the schools performance;

  • Support and challenge the Head teachers internal organisation and management of the school.

We meet around 6 times per year as a full Governing Body and have no committees due to our small number of Governors - all discussions take place at these meetings.

How we are organised...

As a voluntary aided church of England school, Waberthwaite's governing body is set by a legally binding constitution and is made up of twelve governors from four categories:

  • 7 Foundation governors (nominated by the diocese) including an ex-officio foundation governor (local vicar);

  • 2 Parent governors (nominated by the parent body);

  • 1 Headteacher;

  • 1 Staff governor;

  • 1 Local authority governor;

  • The governing body also employs a Clerk.

How Do I Contact a Governor?

You can make contact with any Governor through the Clerk to the Governors.


Chair: John Moffat

Foundation Governor

Although I have only just joined Waberthwaite as a foundation Governor, I have been a member/chair of various Governing bodies in West Cumbria since 2005. I am also a National Leader in Governance.

In my day job I am a Control Systems engineer at Sellafield, where I have worked since I left school in 1990. I use my engineering knowledge to provide the schools with expertise in IT and knowledge of governance to support wherever I can.

Date of appointment and term of office: 19th November 2020 (4 year term)

Responsibilities: Safeguarding

Full governors meetings attended 2021/2022: 1/1

Letter from John Moffat.pdf
John Moffat.pdf

Vice Chair: Gail Hutchison

Parent Governor

I am one of the Parent Governors at Waberthwaite School and currently hold the role as Vice Chair. I have two boys (one of whom is still at Waberthwaite) and I want to do my bit to help all the children in the school to reach their full potential. I am employed as an Account Manager for The Outward Bound Trust who are an educational charity delivering learning and development programmes for individuals, schools and early careers students using the outdoors as our classroom. I want to focus on collaboration and openness between parents, staff and the Governing Body to ensure the best possible start in life for our children.

Date of appointment and term of office: 30th January 2018 (4 year term)

Full governors meetings attended 2021/2022: 1/1

Gail Hutchinson.pdf

Sandra Cummings

Head Teacher

Responsibilities: Head Teacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Class 3 Teacher

Date of appointment and term of office: Ex-officio

Full governors meetings attended 2021/2022: 1/1

S Cummings.pdf

Amanda Ross

Staff Governor

Responsibilities: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Class 2 Teacher

Date of appointment and term of office: 3rd March 2019 (4 year term)

Full governors meetings attended 2021/2022: 1/1

Amanda.pdf

Paul Turner

Local Authority Governor

I was very pleased to be asked by Keith Hitchin if I would consider going on the Governors Board as he was retiring. I visited the school and was immediately taken by the family atmosphere and the lovely polite children. It was enlightening to hear what the school achieves and now after being involved see what it achieves. I want to play my part in helping the school keep up its standards and improve. It was good to see the recent Ofsted report and interesting to see it. A little about me, I moved to West Cumbria from my home in Barrow in 1979 when I was sent to my first posting as a Police Officer to Whitehaven. All my career was spent in West Cumbria with occasional postings to Penrith on project work, my specialist roles included Command and Control(control room) working. Since retirement in 2008 I was National Chairman of the UK,s largest Motorcycle Riders Rights Organisation, standing down after 3 years then three years as Director of MAG. I became the County Councillor for Gosforth, Seascale and Thornhill two years ago and have never stopped and love every minute of it.Married with two grown up sons and a step grandson 14 and a grandson aged 11.

Date of appointment and term of office: 6th September 2018 (4 year term)

Responsibilities: Health and safety

Full governors meetings attended 2021/2022: 1/1

Paul Turner - dec.pdf

Georgina Mawson

Foundation Governor

Date of appointment and term of office: 19th November 2020 (4 year term)

Responsibilities: Special Educational Needs and Pupil Premium

Full governors meetings attended 2021/2022: 1/1

Ryan Carter

Foundation Governor


I joined the Governors when there was a request for volunteers as I have two young children who will both be attending the school. I want to help support the school so along with their friends they get the best opportunities.

Date of appointment and term of office: 18th February 2021

(4 year term)

Full governors meetings attended 2021/2022: 1/1

Artur Majchrowski

Foundation Governor


Having completed higher education and beginning my professional career in STEM, I have been able to draw from the experiences and knowledge of teachers, lecturers and other professionals. As a governor, I want to support the learning of all students and to aim for the highest quality of education.

Date of appointment and term of office:

(4 year term)

Full governors meetings attended 2021/2022: 1/1

Yvonne Hey

Clerk to the Governors

Yvonne Hey.pdf

Recently Retired School Governors

Helen Grice

Foundation Governor

Date of appointment and term of office: 26th June 2020 (4 year term) Retired 21.9.2020

Rev Canon Gill Hart

Foundation Governor

Date of appointment and term of office: Ex-officio (Retired 17.12.2020)

Anabel Steward

Foundation Governor

Date of appointment and term of office: 9/3/2020 - 9/3/2024 (4 year term) Retired 14.12.2020

Kerrianne Lloyd

Parent Governor

Date of appointment and term of office: 23.11.2020 (4 year term) Retired 9.6.2021


Angie Fox

Foundation Governor

Date of appointment and term of office: 19.11.2020 (4 year term) Retired 16.3.2021

If you have any further queries, you can contact our school administrator, Mrs Yvonne Hey, in a number of ways.

Our postal address:Waberthwaite CE SchoolWaberthwaiteMillomCumbriaLA19 5YJ Telephone:01229717664 Email:admin@waberthwaite.cumbria.sch.uk
Please direct any queries relating to Special Educational Needs to: Mrs Sandra Cummings (Head Teacher)