Governor Information

How our governing body is structured

Governors are invited to two committees; ‘Curriculum Standards & Spiritual Awareness’ and ‘General Purposes’. These two committees meet every term and jointly for Full Governor’s meetings with Sutton upon Derwent School, the other school in the collaboration. Committees with delegated responsibilities allow governors to work on key areas of school improvement in detail, developing expertise and then reporting back to the joint meeting.

If you wish to get in touch with the governors to compliment the work of the school or pass on a concern or criticism, please pass this through the school office. If the message is confidential, please ensure it is in an envelope marked as such and include your contact details so that the governors can address you directly without needing to ask the school to provide contact details.

Mr Julian Tanikal – Chair of Governors

Local Authority Governor, appointed by the Local Authority

Date of appointment: Sept 2013

Attendance 2017/2018:

Term of office: 4 years


I am a solicitor and have experience of being both an employee and a business owner. I am a parent governor having two boys at school.

I am also football coach for Dunnington with my youngest and a qualified Rugby Coach at Pocklington for both boys year groups.

I try to visit the school as often as possible and take part in trips where possible. At least once a year I provide tag rugby sessions to the top class.



Mrs Michala Pearson

Parent governor – appointed by parents.

Date of appointment: March 2016

Attendance 2017/2018:

Term of office: 4 years

Responsibility: Humanities & Literacy

I have been a parent governor since 2016 with responsibility for the curriculum area of humanities. I have two children at the school and really enjoy the opportunity to contribute to supporting staff in creating such a wonderful learning environment.

Since moving to the East Riding in 2011, I have completed my MA in Cultural Heritage Management at York University and continued to work in museum and heritage education. I have a teaching qualification in English and Drama and am currently working as the Heritage Engagement Officer for Escrick Heritage. 

Mrs Yvonne Methley

Interim Executive Headteacher – Voting ability

Mrs Ali Ross - Vice Chair of Governors

Parent governor – appointed by parents

Date of appointment: October 2016

Attendance 2017/2018:  

Term of office: 4 years

Responsibility: Safeguarding, Health and Safety & SEND

I have been a parent governor since 2016 and my role has responsibility for safeguarding within school.  I am passionate about Bugthorpe School and have watched both my children thrive and grow in confidence since they started their time here.


Prior to moving to the area in 2010, I was previously a Local Authority Housing Manager, managing tenancies as well as involvement with local school, social services and policing teams.

Mrs Emma Garcia

Parent governor – appointed by parents

Date of appointment: April 2016

Attendance 2016/2017:

Term of office: 4 years

Responsibility: Early Years

I have been a parent Governor for three years and I’ve really enjoyed supporting the school.

I work as Early Years Leader in a York primary school and before moving to Bugthorpe I worked as an Early Years Advisory Teacher in Westminster.

I have an M.A in creative writing and I write and illustrate children’s books. I have three children and two of them still attend Bugthorpe Primary School.

Mrs Janet Leonard

Foundation governor – appointed by the Church authorities.

Date of appointment: May 2016 until October 2018

Term of office: 4 years

Responsibility: Literacy

Mrs Claire Garside

Parent governor – appointed by parents

Date of appointment: March 2012 until September 2018

Attendance 2017/2018:

Term of office: 4 years

Responsibility: Chair of Governors

Mathematics (Numeracy), Pupil Premium, SEN               

Mrs Eileen Fenton 

Co-opted governor, appointed by the governing body.

Date of appointment: June 2011

Attendance 2017/2018:  

Term of office: 4 years

Responsibility: Educational Visits, Sports Development

I have been a school governor for the last fourteen years as Foundation Governor and currently Co-Opted Governor.  

I am married with three children, all of whom have attended Bugthorpe School.  I currently work with my husband and one of our sons in the family Chartered Accountancy business.  Previously I worked at the Prudential Underwriting department.

I am a committee member of my local Parochial Church Council, Village Hall and Action Research.  I fundraise for Marie Curie, RNIB and Cerebra.

My main interests are sport and gardening.

Mr Craig Bealey

Staff Governor– appointed by staff

Date of appointment: April 2018

Attendance 2017/18:

Term of office: 4 years


I have been a teacher for eight years, and I am coming up to my fifth year at Bugthorpe Primary School. I teach Years 5 and 6 and relish the challenges that Upper Key Stage 2 brings. The highlights of working with the children are the fun we have whilst learning and watching them realise their potential. I thoroughly enjoy my job.

I am married with three children and live on the outskirts of York.  Apart from spending time with my family and our whippet, I am a keen photographer and like being creative with the images I produce.

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