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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured.

 

 

 

 

Karen Espin                                

Headteacher

Sarah Bell

Staff Governor

Guy Glaves

Chair and Parent Governor

Carol Daman Willems

Foundation Governor

Bob Fletcher

Community Governor

 

Carol Phillips

Rev Michelle Godbold 

Foundation Governor

Helen Elliot

James Baker

Parent Governors

Patricia Dixon

Clerk

None of the current governors have financial or business interests to declare.

None have governance roles in other educational institutions.

No governors have material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff.

Governor profiles

 

Guy Glaves

I grew up in Grimsby and was educated at my local comprehensive school before gaining a place at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, to read Engineering Science. I also gained a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Nottingham. After graduation I joined the Royal Air Force and served as a military pilot for 20 years, before joining British Airways as a commercial airline pilot and moving back to Lincolnshire in 2008.

 

I am a Coleby resident and was elected as a parent governor in 2013, before becoming the Chair of the Governing Body a year later. I have been an approved foster carer, and I have a passion for removing the perceived gap between state and private education. I enjoy sport, travel and outdoor activities. All of my three children have attended the school at some point in their education, with my youngest two currently in the Infants. Along with leading the Governing  Body, I am responsible for monitoring the teaching of literacy and numeracy within the school, its financial management, and liaising with the Head Teacher to ensure that Pupil Premium funding provides added value.

 

Bob Fletcher

I have lived in the village of Coleby with my wife,Lynda, since 1971 with our two children attending the school in the late '70/early '80's.

I am a strong believer that a school is an important part of a village and helps to keep a village young and alive.
Whilst I originally hail from Kent, my later schooling was in Nottinghamshire, taking both O and A level exams before studying at Nottingham Regional College of Technology (now Nottingham Trent University) for an Engineering Degree (it was called a Diploma in Technology in those days!).
I subsequently spent nearly 40 years in electrical engineering working in many different roles, from design to sales, marketing to managerial and finally consultancy, in a number of locations across the East Midlands.
My role on the governing body is serving on the finance and premises committees as well as monitoring attendance issues.

 

Sarah Bell

I joined the board of governors in September 2014 as staff governor.

I currently teach Class One which is a pure reception class.

I have taught at Coleby for 14 years and before this post I taught in a much larger school in North Hykeham for 5 years.

I thoroughly enjoy setting the children off on their educational journey in my class and watch them blossom as they enjoy their time at Coleby school.

 

Karen Espin

I am Mrs Karen Espin and I am the headteacher of our school. I did my teacher training -B.Ed (Hons)  in Lincoln then spent two years teaching in a large school in Cambridgeshire then a year in many, various types of school in Lincolnshire, teaching on a Supply basis. I have been a teacher at Coleby for over 20 years, being head since 2002. I have been a governor since 2001 during a 15 month period of Acting headship at Coleby. I teach for almost half the week, currently Y1,2 and covering some PPA for Y5,6.

 

As headteacher governor I work closely with the chair to determine priorities. I meet individually with governors regarding classroom visits and attendance. I work with Foundation governors regarding our Church School Section 48 inspection priorities. I work with school staff governors to make priority actions happen. I write a Heads report and SDP progress report for every meeting. These are also circulated to school staff.

I am on the Curriculum sub committee and the Finance sub committee. I do not usually attend the Premises sub committee meetings but they run in line with Finance so am fully aware. 

 

 

 

Carol Daman-Willems

I have been a Governor at Coleby School for 16 years with a short break of 2 years when our youngest child left the school to move on to Secondary Education. All 3 of our children attended the school. 

During my time as a governor I have been a Parent Governor, Foundation Governor and was also Chair of Governors for several years. I have also served on most of the sub committees over this time. As a Foundation governor I have a particular responsibility to promote the importance of the Church School ethos.

After taking 20 years out to bring up our 3 children I returned to work in 2008 as a Police Community Support Officer. I then moved on and am now an Early Help Worker within Lincolnshire County Council Children’s Services, supporting and helping families through difficult times.

I am passionate about Coleby School, I believe it is a unique school that offers excellent teaching within a nurturing and supportive environment.

Being a Governor is very rewarding, the role does come with responsibilities and challenges, however working in partnership with so many other people we ensure that Coleby School is a happy and secure environment where the children can develop and grow to reach their potential.

 

Carol Phillips

Born in Yorkshire, grew up at “The Mere” near Branston which is where I attended my secondary School. From there went to work for a Seed Breeding Company, also went to Lincolnshire Agriculture & Horticulture for three years. Married, moved, then moved to the Family Farm, had three children (which are all grown up) while running a Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast for twenty years.

I found myself at an age and needed a change and went back to college, trained for a few years doing different courses and my last course gained my qualification as a Teaching Assistant.  I found myself a job with First Timers Day Nursery at Wellingore and have worked there for the last five years and I have gained my Level Three in Early Years Education.

I have been a Parent Governor of the school which my children attended; the local village in which we live.

My subject interest is in R.E because of my knowledge of: Attending All Saint’s Church North Hykeham each week, which I read the lesson in the service, sing in the choir, arrange flowers for couple Special Days, I service on a couple of committees and volunteer at Messy Church Days. 

My spare time is taken up with my family and pets, walking, cooking and gardening too.

 

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Helen Elliott

 

I grew up in Louth and was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, completing my GCSEs there in 1994. At that point I wanted to experience more of life and chose to leave home and undertake a BTEC National Diploma in Equine Studies at Lincs College of Agriculture and Horticulture. There, I gained my BHS Assistant Instructor qualifications and went onto complete a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science at Writtle Agricultural College in Essex. Following on from that in my early 20s, I decided I wanted to experience even more of life and promptly gained a Commission in the Royal Air Force in 1999. I served a total of 18 years as a Logistics Officer, undertaking a wide variety of roles in the UK and overseas.

 

Following the arrival of my daughter Alice in 2013, I chose to retire gracefully from the RAF and joined the MOD Civil Service in 2016, where I am currently employed as a supply chain manager at RAF Waddington.

 

I knew very little about schools or education in general until I had to investigate school choices when my daughter started school! I chose Coleby School for my daughter as I loved the atmosphere, the friendliness and the focus on values. I was elected as a parent governor in summer 2018 and I am responsible for monitoring the teaching of literacy, EYFS and PE. I look forward to developing my knowledge and experience in these areas and more.

 

James Baker

I was born in Lincoln and have lived here all my life. After leaving secondary school I pursued a career in engineering which lasted for 12 fantastic years. It was at this period in time I fulfilled my ambition and landed my dream job as a Fire Fighter with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. Initially I worked the retained duty system where I would respond to emergencies alongside my engineering role, then in 2008 my application to become a wholetime firefighter was successful and this became my main job.

I have been a firefighter for 12 years and have responded to many incidents, not only across the county but nationally too, trained new recruits and now I am currently running a department. I am also an on call Technician with the Urban Search and Rescue team. We respond to the more complex incidents that require specialist equipment and knowledge on a National level, for example terrorist activity, train crashes etc.

 

I have a 7 year old son who attends Coleby school and 16 month old twins who will one day also attend Coleby.

 

I hope my role as a parent governor will enable me to use the skills I have developed over the years to help keep Coleby school the superb school it is. I am very much looking forward to seeing how this role develops in the years ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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