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Friday 29th March - Red

Governors and governance structures

Our Local Governing Body (LGB)


Our governors are all volunteers. They work to support and challenge the school's leadership team.

All governors are equal voting members regardless of the category of governor or the manner of their appointment.

Our chair of governors can be contacted via the school office in the first instance.

Anyone interested in joining our governing body is very welcome to contact our chair of governors.


Our LGB reports into the STAR MAT's trustees. Full details of the STAR MAT's governance structure can be found here: 


Governing Body Minutes

Minutes of Governing Body meetings are available, by appointment, for inspection at school. Please contact the school office.

Record of attendance at LGB meetings – 2017-18

Our school governors

Our school governors 1 Dan Murphy (Chair)
Our school governors 2 Adrienne Burrow (Vice chair)
Our school governors 3 Laura Bee
Our school governors 4 Helen Bryan
Our school governors 5 Mel Lawrence
Our school governors 6 Nadia Lindsay
Our school governors 7 Joe Mitchell
Our school governors 8 Chris Nesbitt
Our school governors 9 John Prentice

Meet the governors


Chair of governors

Dan Murphy

I'm a relative newcomer to the village, having moved to South Milford in 2006, but my family has set down its roots here. My elder son is in Year 4 while my daughter is in Year 1. The reason I volunteered to join the governing body is because I strongly believe that everyone has a part to play if they want to make South Milford an even better place to live.

Specifically, my motivation is to make a positive contribution to the school – which I consider to be the most important institution in the village.

By day, I am the editorial director of a publishing business based in Leeds and a journalist by trade. My specialist subject is golf.


Vice-chair of governors

Adrienne Burrow

I have lived in South Milford for over 40 years, moving here after I got married.We happily settled into village life and made new friends, many of whom had children at South Milford Community Primary School.

These children developed into well-rounded, confident young people and this is a tribute to a village school which I can see is continuing to nurture and educate its pupils.

Having worked in the book trade for 45 years I recently retired and now have the time to read more books. I am passionate about literacy and believe that reading is a key to learning, having been inspired by a brilliant teacher many years ago.

The opportunity to become a governor for me means I can contribute to an essential part of village life.


Staff governor

Laura Bee

I am in my third year of teaching at South Milford Primary School. I currently teach in Year 5. I graduated from York St John’s university with a BA Hons in 2014. Being staff governor gives me an important opportunity to work with teachers, parents, the head teacher and other governors to ensure we provide our children with the best chance of success. I am excited to bring my knowledge of teaching to the process of governance and to continue shaping the school vision. 


Trust-appointed governor

Helen Bryan

I have lived in the village for over 18 years and both my sons attended South Milford Primary School. I have had many roles in the school as a parent; FOSMS member and member of the teaching staff and so understand the importance of the school within the community. I now work at another local North Yorkshire Primary school in the Early Years Unit which I thoroughly enjoy but still feel a strong association with South Milford. I am delighted to now have the role as a governor where I can use my experience and skills to support the school and ensure all our children shine.

The school has an exciting future as the village continues to grow. I look forward to the journey and challenges ahead and the contribution I can make as a member of the Governing Body.


Head teacher

Melanie Lawrence

After qualifying from Kingston-upon-Thames University in 1998, I started my teaching career in Richmond-upon-Thames. In total I spent seven years living, studying and teaching just outside London before I returned home to Yorkshire and my hometown of Snaith to marry my husband.

On my return ‘up north’, I accepted a teaching position in a large primary school in Goole where I stayed for 11 years progressing from class teacher to phase leader and eventually Deputy Head teacher. I loved my time at the school, but after three years of being Deputy, I felt ready to take on the challenge of my own school. I realised this ambition when I became the Head teacher of a small rural primary school just outside Goole in 2012. These varied roles and settings have provided an invaluable breadth of causes to celebrate and challenges which have informed my educational vision and aspirations.

I have two children of my own, who attend our local primary school and their experiences inspire and motivate me to be the best Head teacher I can be! My boys love their school and are always excited to share the experiences they have had. I hope to be able to provide a similarly enthusing experience for children in our school. I am very much looking forward to working with the children, staff and governors in order to make South Milford Primary School an “Outstanding School” and one that staff, children and parents can be so proud to call their own.


Trust-appointed governor

Nadia Lindsay

My husband and I have been associated with the village for eight years and moved here when my daughter started at the school in 2016. My son currently attends pre-school in the village. We have met a number of friendly faces both through the school and also the local Baby & Toddler Group which I have helped to run over the last year.

I have been an Industrial Manager specialising in Supply Chain Management and Procurement for over 15 years.

In 2008 I graduated from Hull University Business School with an MBA in Business Management. My last role was working for a manufacturing company in the rail industry. As well as being a strong people manager and negotiator, I am also a competent problem solver and strategist.

I am currently taking a career break in order to look after my young family.

I believe the school is at the heart of any community. As a governor, I can positively contribute to assist the headteacher and the governing body with the management of the school by drawing on my previous experiences and skills.

I strongly believe that the primary school experience is hugely influential to every child and can have a significant impact on their future success. I therefore want to use my spare time to support the school and the community.


Trust-appointed governor

Joe Mitchell

My current position on the governing body of South Milford Primary School represents my second term of office. I first acted as a parent governor and now act as a co-opted governor. Throughout my time on the governing body, I have been wholeheartedly committed to securing the very best education for all of our children.

I have approaching ten years’ experience of school governance in contrasting schools different Local Authorities. I have spent my career in education and am currently employed as a Headteacher in a Leeds primary school. I believe that my experience and skills set support the Governing Body in its working alongside school leaders to continue to move South Milford Community Primary forward.

I live in South Milford with my wife and two daughters who also attend the school and am passionate about getting the best education possible for all of our children.


Trust-appointed governor

Christina Nesbitt

In 1998 I graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a BA in Music. Prior to qualifying as a teacher, I had an interest in working with children but also children with special educational needs.

I worked as a teaching assistant in a Bradford Pupil Referral Unit and then as the Music Specialist at a Paul Newman Charity (Barrettstown Gang Camp) outside Dublin. This entailed working with children from all over Europe who had life-threatening illnesses. During my time in Ireland I also taught violin, volunteered at a school for children with Autism and spent two summers in Boston running the music provision at a day camp. In 2002 I graduated from National University of Ireland, Maynooth, as a secondary teacher and came back to Leeds.

My teaching career has afforded me opportunities to teach in Northamptonshire, Bradford, and Wakefield. I have taught music alongside being a Head of Year for several years before finally training as a Special Educational Needs Co–Ordinator (SENCO). I am currently employed at Pontefract Academies Trust as Trust SENCO working across the primary and secondary schools supporting staff, students and families.

Having one daughter in South Milford Primary School and another who has recently transitioned to Sherburn High School, I am passionate about outcomes for all children and ensuring that they reach their full potential. I am delighted to be part of the governing body at South Milford Primary School.


Parent governor

John Prentice

I have lived in the village for 12 years, and really enjoy being part of the close-knit community. My daughter Lucy is currently in Year 5, and loves her school life.

Watching my eldest daughter, who is now 22, journey through her education outside the area, I can now see what a difference excellent teaching and the right environment can make to a child’s enjoyment of school, and their ability to achieve their potential.

I was delighted when elected as a parent governor, and want to support the team at South Milford School continue their fantastic work enabling all our children to shine together and reach their aspiration to become an outstanding school. 

My current job as operations director for a York-based insurance company, and previous roles in finance, have given me a wide range of skills from IT, Operational Management and HR to a knowledge of regulatory requirements.

I look forward to giving something back and using my skills to benefit the school.


Trust-appointed governor

Pete Rogers

South Milford became my home in the summer of 2017. My partner and I settled here and have been enjoying life in the village ever since.
I’m a specialist in learning, talent management and resourcing. My career in HR began 10 years ago when I joined a utilities company, and I now manage the marketing of products and services developing the capability of our 36k global employees.
I hope my experiences with developing people solutions and managing organisational change are an asset to the school’s governing committee.
When I’m not at work you’ll find me pottering around in the garden, experimenting in the kitchen, or running in all weather. I also study Italian and try to squeeze in a trip to Italy once a year, just to practise!
All children should have the opportunity to grow and learn in a safe and nurturing environment.
Since settling in to the area, I’ve noticed a great sense of spirit from the village. I’d like South Milford to remain a strong and trusting community.
I therefore want to use my spare time to support the school and its community, enabling greater opportunities to develop South Milford’s children.


Trust-appointed governor

Debra Simpson

I moved from Pontefract to Sherburn in Elmet in 1985 and have commuted into Leeds ever since.
My background is in financial services, specialising in pension-related issues.  I have worked for a few market leaders in various interesting roles and I currently work for Investec Wealth & Investment in a new role as a paraplanner, writing technical reports for clients who have very different wealth-related issues.
I made a decision in 2018, following my husband's retirement, to become more involved with the immediate community.  
I applied to be part of the governing body as I believe a good early years education is a solid foundation that provides children with the confidence and ability to fulfil their potential, whatever that may be.  I am hoping I can help the school continue to provide all its pupils with a brilliant and inspirational education that will prepare them for the next chapter of their lives.

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