I have been a co-opted governor at Joseph Rowntree for 6 years.  Professionally I’m a software engineer, I’ve lived and worked in York since I came to university here nearly 40 years ago. 

I became a governor because I wanted to see all children achieve their potential.  As Chair my aim is to work with the Headteacher and senior leadership team to make sure we use all the resources we have available to deliver the best possible education to the nearly thirteen hundred children in our care.  

Because I work in IT, I’m particularly interested in the way IT is taught, especially seeing children learn to code. After years of working with computers my view is either you control them, or they control you.  I want to see the children who go to Joseph Rowntree control them.

Dianne has worked in both the private and public sector and brings a wide range of skills to The Joseph Rowntree School Governing Body. She was appointed as a Co-Opted governor in 2015, and became Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee in 2016. Prior to her recent appointment as Chair of Governors (2018) she was Co-Vice Chair of Governors (2017-18).

In the private sector Dianne worked both nationally and internationally, and brought her experience of working in industry to bear on her public sector education roles of Curriculum Manager (Further Education), and Quality Assurance Manager and Dissertation Supervisor (Higher Education). Dianne has been a school governor since 2006 – firstly as a parent governor and member of the Teaching and Learning Committee of a large Academy (2006-10), and a Director Member of a Board of Trustees and Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee of a University Technical College (2013-16). She strongly believes in the values that The Joseph Rowntree School embodies, and the positive contribution volunteer governors make in challenging and supporting the school to achieve the very best for all students.


I have lived in the area for over 30 years, first in Haxby and now in Wigginton, and was elected a parent governor when my son and daughter attended The Joseph Rowntree School. Since then I have continued as a co-opted governor, because I think that education is a key for young people, opening doors to good jobs, better health and wider leisure interests.


I studied physics and maths and then did some research at university, before working as a software engineer for a telecommunications company. I then taught in an 11-18 comprehensive school and I am currently an A level and GCSE examiner. I also write and edit textbooks.

I continue to support the school where it does well and work to help improve it wherever possible, because I want all the young people to benefit as much as possible from their years at the Joseph Rowntree School.




My professional background has been in procurement and supply chain management for over twenty years.  I have worked in the public and private sectors, across the UK and overseas - both in an in-house and a consultative capacity.  I have been a Local Authority Governor for the school since 2016 and was appointed as Vice-Chair to the Finance, Staffing and Resources Committee in 2017.


Much of my career has focused on the importance of sound businesses ethics and the positive impact they have upon our wider communities.  The way we choose to do business says a lot about the kind of people we are and who we wish to be.  I am also a career coach and student mentor for the Lancaster University Management School.  I am a firm believer that the Joseph Rowntree School enables young people to engage with the world around them by instilling in them a strong sense of citizenship and a willingness to participate in society.




I have lived in the area for just over 20 years and I was elected Parent Governor last year.  I have three children who now all attend The Joseph Rowntree School.  I have been a Parent Governor at a local primary school and also a staff Governor at my current employment.  I am a Primary School Teacher and have been teaching for 20 years.  Previous to this, I studied to degree level then PGCE.  Over the years I have seen many changes in Education and I will continue to support the school, pupils and governors through the next part of our  exciting journey.




I have worked in the Oil and Energy sector for over 25 years and run my own business in York. I am a graduate of Cambridge University (which I attended from my local State School) and am keen to ensure that more Joseph Rowntree students go on to Oxbridge and other elite academic institutions.

As the link Governor for Careers, I am also keen to help students explore the vast opportunities that the world of work presents and understand just how many life-changing careers are available for those who look beyond the “normal”.



I joined the board as a parent governor in October 2017 and I have a child attending The Joseph Rowntree School.

I'm a consultant in public health and I have worked at local, regional, national and European levels across both the Public Sector and the Civil Service. My specialist interest is in health and social inequalities and I have led a number of national programmes in this field. I am passionate in my commitment to addressing inequity and in particular the enhancement of health and educational outcomes for all children.



I am a Parent Governor interested in the school process and its development. I am an ex Royal Navy submarine Technician, a retired NHS Community Training and Monitoring Officer as well as having a background working in hotels.


I was appointed as a foundation governor in 2016. I am a Chartered Accountant and used to work for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), until I retired in March 2020. I was Director of Finance before becoming Director of Governance Review prior to my retirement. I Chair the school's Finance Staffing and Resources Committee and also the Pay Committee. In my role as a Foundation Governor, I try to ensure that JRF’s values are reflected in the governance of the school. JRF's vision is to have a prosperous U.K. without poverty. My view is that good education has a crucial part to play in achieving that vision and that is the main reason I volunteered to become a governor. That ambition also caused me to put myself forward to be the link governor for Pupil Premium within the school, where I am keen to ensure that the attainment gap is reduced.


I have taught in schools and universities both in Canada and the UK, before turning to a career in development marketing and fundraising in the education sector in Britain.  Having established a successful consultancy based in York offering these skills to maintained schools and academies, I decided to give something back to the community by offering my services as a Governor of The Joseph Rowntree School.

I was particularly pleased to be nominated as a Foundation Governor by the Joseph Rowntree Trust.  I am looking forward to helping the school craft a strategy to build stronger links with its community and the Trust as a member of the School Community Committee.


I have been a parent governor here at the Joseph Rowntree School for 6 years, My eldest child attended Joseph Rowntree School, achieving excellent GCSE results, and has now moved on to another setting for a vocational course working with animals.

I have always been interested in education, with some qualifications in childcare as well as teaching experience at the primary level. I currently run my own business, making chocolates from my home chocolate kitchen, which gives me the time to do something worthwhile in the community.

I am committed to ensuring that our school, both staff and students, are given as many opportunities as possible. I have an interest in how our school sits within the wider community and am aware of how much support our young people need to achieve their best possible outcomes to take their place in this community when they leave education.

Caroline Harding

I have lived in the York area for over 18 years. I have enjoyed the many challenges of working with children in a wide variety of roles for more than 30 years. I am a qualified Primary School Teacher with experience of working in both York and North Yorkshire Schools.  In a previous school one of the many responsibilities I undertook was as a Staff Governor; which led to me offering my services to this Governing Body.


I joined Joseph Rowntree School as Assistant Head of Inclusion, ERP Lead in November 2019.
I have been fortunate to enjoy a varied career, as both an employee and working as part of a management team; working within such business sectors as retail, admin, property development and customer services.  I qualified as a Graphic Designer/Artist over 30 years ago and have also worked for various local tabloids.

I worked as a Pastoral Head of Year/Middle Leader at a Comprehensive Secondary School in Scarborough for 11 years. Within that role I specialised in Behaviour Management, Attendance/Reducing Barriers to Learning, Child Protection/Safeguarding, Parental Engagement and was also one of the whole-school CIAG co-ordinators. I also established and managed the Business Mentor Scheme.

Within my current role, I feel extremely privileged to be part of the process of guiding and encouraging students to achieve their absolute best and watch them becoming confident, successful and independent young adults.  

A Mother and Grandmother myself, I consider 'quality time' to be an essential part of the nurturing process for children. Using my BA Hons in Fine Art, I have recently begun researching the use of Art Therapy in education as a result of completing an Intensive week’s AAT course in London and seek to further embed these skills into my current role to promote student well-being.


I have been an Architect designing and delivering building projects for more than 40 years across all sectors including education.

I am hopeful that this accumulated experience and the associated skill sets will be of value to the school, whether in relation to any school building projects, or as a source of information or advice on the wide range of potential job roles in the construction sector. 

I am very pleased to have been appointed as a Joseph Rowntree Foundation Governor and in this capacity look forward to maintaining and strengthening the existing links between JRF and the school. 


I am a recently appointed Co-Opted Governor (July 2020) and I am very privileged and excited to have this role on the Board of the school. I made Yorkshire my home in 2020 and I live with my wife and children (1 grown up and on a gap year) in Harrogate.

I grew up in North Wales, attended a State comprehensive and I then went on to study modern languages at Kings College London. I completed training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served 10 years in the Regular Army. I saw operational service as an Infantry Officer in Northern Ireland, The Balkans, Iraq, The Middle East and Afghanistan. I have spent the last 15 years in law enforcement and as a UK diplomat, working overseas in Europe. I am a serving Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve and recently completed a tour selecting candidates at the Army Officer Selection Board. I hope my knowledge, skills and experience can help guide and support our young people and future leaders as they develop their potential at school and go on to enjoy happy lives and fulfilling careers.

In my spare time I am a keen runner and follower of politics and current affairs. But my 5 month old daughter takes up most of my time, so walking in Yorkshire’s beautiful green spaces with my family is my favourite pastime.


I have been a parent Governor since 2019. I have 2 children, one currently at Joseph Rowntree School and one that will join the school this year.

I am the current chair of the PTA at a local primary school, where I have been on the committee for 9 years. My interests lie with strengthening communications in our community and supporting our students and parents in the best possible way, and my time served on the PTA has prepared me well for this.

Professionally my expertise lies in advertising and marketing, where communication is key and means that I support businesses of all sizes to grow and develop in order to reach their full potential.

I have lived in the area for over 30 years, so have a good knowledge of our community and its environment.

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