Jan Linsley – Chair of Governors
Jan Linsley, joined the Governing Body as a community governor and since 2014 has been a co-opted Governor. I am currently the Chair of the Governing Body, having been chair of the finance and resources committee in the past. I have a background in education and have lived and worked in the area since 1996. I have a keen interest in ensuring all children get the best education they can, and that they enjoy doing so, and believe this will be an asset to the school.
Scott Woodhead joined the Governing Body as a co-opted Governor in 2019. Scott runs an online retail group and so, brings with him a wealth of business experience which he hopes to utilise in his contribution to the growth of the school. He is really excited to be involved with such an enthusiastic and hardworking team, to bring about positive change for the community.
” I am a senior NHS Physiotherapist specialising in rheumatology. I am a member of a number of rheumatology and health related groups and am active in the design and implementation of numerous multi-disciplinary, management, training and efficiency initiatives. I am an active member of Richmond Methodist Church with particular involvement in its youth work and worship ministry. My husband, Matthew grew up in Richmond and is a Solicitor in Teesside. My son has recently joined Richmond Methodist School and my daughter will soon follow him. I am excited to be involved with the governors at Richmond Methodist School and look forward to putting my experiences to use.”
Julie Swinbank is the Staff Governor. Her current role within school is EYFS Lead and R.E. Lead. She is a member of the SLT and has joint responsibility for the school’s P.S.H.E curriculum. Throughout, Julie has attended Governors Meetings as both guest and Staff Governor, continuing to strategically enhance school improvement.
“I’m Lucinda kirk and I am a parent governor. I wanted to get involved so I could contribute towards the future for children in our town. I work in Human Resources and share what I know to make the school a great place to be.”
“I am an Associate Governor and have 2 children in the school currently. I am a Specialist Paramedic and work within the local community. I am committed to the school and dedicated to making our school a great place for our children to learn.”
“I’ve lived and worked in Richmond for most of my life, and have two children attending Richmond Methodist. Having moved my eldest child from another school in early 2018, I have a drive and passion to support the school to provide excellent learning – both academically and socially – for every child in the school. Having a family business in the town, I was co-opted to join the Governing Board in early 2019 and hope to use my background in communication and business to support the school to achieve it’s vision to provide an outstanding environment for our children to thrive and grow.”
Rev Kathleen Wood - Foundation Governor
It is my real joy to be part of the Governing body of RMS. Before moving into Richmond in July 2019, I “sat down” (a strange Methodist expression for retiring!) from the “active” Methodist Ministry, – most recently in Bedale. Prior to my calling to the Methodist Ministry I had taught in schools for children with Severe, and Profound and Multiple Learning disabilities in North Yorkshire, Manchester, and Birmingham. My passion is John Wesley’s favourite word “all” –a world where all are valued, cherished, and enabled to be the very best self they can be.
Les Cutter is married with 7 children and 8 grandchildren. Les has 40+ years’ experience in International business development, in the field of Information Technology. In the past 14 years he has worked in the Humanitarian Aid sector, which has given him a sound understanding of the immense challenges that NGO’s face managing their business, serving the most vulnerable, with dignity and compassion, whilst remaining accountable to all stakeholders. Les has a passion for children’s education and hopes that his multicultural business experience will contribute towards maintaining the high standards of teaching and child support given at Richmond Methodist Primary school.
A parent elected governor who has been a Primary School Headteacher for over a decade with more than twenty years experience working in education across both Durham and Darlington Local Authorities as well as the Academies sector.
Sharon Stevenson joined as Headteacher at Richmond Methodist School in September 2019. Please read the Headteachers welcome here
Register Of Interests
|Name||Category||Appointed By||Term in Office||
|Other Positions of Responsibility||Business Interests *||Relationships **|
Chair of Governors
Leadership & Management,
Safeguarding Link Governor
Jan Linsley Education Consultancy Ltd.
Governor Alwoodley Primary School, Leeds.
Chair, LGB, Hawes Primary School.
Chair, LGB, Northallerton School and Sixth Form College.
Chair of IEB Mill Field Primary School, Leeds.
|Nicola Scrafton||Co-Vice Chair||Diocese/MAST||
|Complaints||PHSE & RSE Link Governor||None||None|
|Kathleen Bradley||Co-opted Governor||FGB||
|Performance Management||SEND/Inclusion Link Governor||Director of Altberg Limited||None|
|Scott Woodhead||Co-opted Governor||FGB||
|Health and Safety Link Governor||None|
|Les Cutter||Foundation Governor||Diocese/MAST||
|Finance & IT Link Governor||None||None|
|PHSE & RSE Link Governor||None|
|Nicola Hebb||Associate Governor does not have rights to vote||Parents||
|Safeguarding Link Governor||None||None|
|Performance Management||Pupil Premium, Sports Premium, Catch up Premium Link Governor||None||None|
|John Armitage||Parent Governor||Parents||
|Complaints||Quality of Education Link Governor||Headteacher at Rydal Academy, Darlington.||None|
|Julie Swinbank||Staff Governor||Staff||
|Learning Walks coordination||None||None|
* Relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern
** Relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives