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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                                


Sarah Bell

Staff Governor

Guy Glaves

Local Authority Governor

Carol Daman Willems

Foundation Governor and Chair

Elaine Hatzel

Foundation Governor

Rev Michelle Godbold 

Foundation Governor

Patricia Dixon



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.

Register of business interests 2021-22

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 for a four-year term of office 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 Juniors. I am responsible for the monitoring of the Curriculum and the analysis of performance data within the school.


Sarah Bell

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

I currently teach three days a week in Newton Class/Lower Key Stage, which is a mixed age class of Reception, Year 1 and 2 children. 

I have taught at Coleby for 19 years and before this post I taught in a much larger school in North Hykeham for five 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 currently teach Newton Class (YR, Y1, Y2) two days a week. 

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 SIAMS inspection priorities.  I work with school staff governors to make priority actions happen. 


Carol Daman-Willems

I have been a Governor at Coleby School for around 20 years with a short break when our youngest child left the school to move on to Secondary Education. Our 3 of children attended the school. 


I am currently a Foundation Governor and the Chair of Governors. As a Foundation I have a particular responsibility to promote the importance of the Church School ethos.


I took some years off working full time to be a stay-at-home Mum and returned to work in 2008 as a Police Community Support Officer after 8 years in the role I then moved on and took on a role as an Early Help Worker within Children’s Services at Lincolnshire County Council supporting and enabling families to make positive changes through difficult times.  I retired in 2019 and now enjoy some voluntary roles, gardening, cycling and lots of reading.


I am passionate about Coleby School, as a small rural and unique school that offers excellent quality teaching within a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.


Being a Governor is very rewarding, the role does come with many responsibilities and challenges, however working collaboratively with other Governors and the staff our aim is to ensure that Coleby School is a happy and secure environment where the children can develop and grow to reach their full potential.



Rev. Michelle Godbold

I am Ex-officio Foundation Governor as Rector of the United Benefice of Graffoe, which includes Navenby, Boothby Graffoe, Coleby, Harmston, Skinnand, Temple Bruer and Wellingore. I was installed as Rector at the end of October 2016 and have been a governor since then.

As governor I bring my past governor experience to the role as well as, skills in leadership and management from prior secular roles and parish management. The role as parish priest as ex-officio on a Church of England School governing body is intended to help to ensure that the decisions made by the governing body reflect the Christian values and ethos that the school adopts. In addition to the usual Governor role I hold, I regularly go into school to do collective worship with the children, as well as helping with some RE lessons and welcoming children and families into the church.


Elaine Hatzel

I am a curious, individual who has channeled my questions into people and learning.  In my life, so far, I’ve travelled widely, living abroad for long periods. This trend started early as my father served in the Royal Air Force.  In 2018 my family and I set down roots in Coleby Village.

I work in the adult and corporate learning field.   I am passionate about supporting people to realise happiness and their potential.  I currently do this in a human resources environment for a social housing provider and more widely through coaching.

In my professional experience I sometimes hear people say that their school years were the beginning of self-doubt.  In contrast I see the children of Coleby Primary School playing as I walk my dog in the village and I believe that they are having a rich and positive experience.  Being a governor here represents a wonderful opportunity to help the teachers and other supporters of our school continue their passion for giving every child a confident foundation to life-long learning.