Who are we?
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 25 years and run my own business in York. I sit on several UK Government bodies, including committees for Energy Resilience and Emergency Oil Reserves. I am a graduate of Cambridge University, which I attended from my local State School. As a Co-Opted Governor since 2017, I am interested in academic excellence and ensuring that more Joseph Rowntree students go on to Oxbridge and other elite academic institutions.