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About 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. Email and mark for the attention of Mr Dan Murphy.
If you are interested in joining our governing body please contact the chair of governors via the school office in the same way.


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


What do governors do?

Our governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in school. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

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 2019-20

Our school governors

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 6 while my daughter is in Year 3. 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 content 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 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.

Trust-appointed governor
Helen Bryan

I have lived in the village for almost 20 years and both my sons attended South Milford Primary School. I have had many roles in the school as a parent; PTA 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, one of whom still attends our local primary school, and their experiences inspire and motivate me to be the best head teacher I can be!

My boys have always been excited to share the experiences they have had. I hope to be able to provide a similarly enthusing experience for children in our school.

My aim is to work 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.

Parent 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 has recently started at the school too. We have met a number of friendly faces both through the school and also the local Baby & Toddler Group which I previously helped to run.
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.

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, who recently started at high school, loved her school life at South Milford.
Watching my eldest daughter, who is now in her mid-20s, 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
Peter Cook

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’ve noticed a great sense of spirit from the village and want to use my spare time and skills to support the school and the community.
I’m a specialist in learning, talent management and resourcing. My career in HR began in 2009 when I joined a utilities company focussing on developing the capability of our 36k global employees.
I hope my experiences 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!