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A little bit about our Governors


Ian Walton

Ian is a church warden at St Cuthbert's church in Forcett.  After a career in the health service he is now a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care.  He has been a governor, initially at Eppleby Forcett, since 2012.


Catherine Millar is a parent Governor, with a son and daughter in school.  She is a primary teacher with a keen interest in teaching reading.  Her first degree is in Modern Foreign Languages and she has taught in a range of schools, in both KS1 and KS2.


Julie Ralph has been a parent Governor since the middle of 2011 and has two children in the school.  She was chair of the school PTA for two years.  Julie has a doctorate in Chemistry from Manchester University and is a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney.  She currently runs her own business providing tailored intellectual property services to the chemical/pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.


Al Deavin

Al joined as a parent Governor in May 2017, he has lived in the local area for 7 years and has two children at our federation.  He has a background in Project Management and Marketing, currently working with a large food manufacturer as head of project management for new products.  Al says "I am excited to be part of the School Governors and look forward to putting my experiences to use. I have a keen interest in the wellbeing of the school and its pupils, and believe that all children should receive the very best education".


Tina Reid is a new parent Governor, she has a son already at our federation and her youngest will be joining our Eppleby Early Years Setting shortly.  This is Tina's first role as a Governor but she brings to us commercial leadership and coaching skills.  Tina graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from Teeside University back in 2003 and later completed a PG Certificate in Executive Coaching.  She is currently in the process of getting Fellow Chartered status with the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.  Tina spent 10 years at Sage Group Plc in Newcastle where she operated in a European HR role and is currently operating as a Head of HR for a Leaderships Consulting and Executive Search business for the Public Sector, of which Education is a key practice.  Tina says "I am passionate about personal growth, and every child realising and fulfilling their potential".