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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

Janet White

Staff governor

Guy Glaves

Local Authority Governor and chair

Michelle Johnson

One other pending appointment

Parent governors

Sonia Barron

Two vacancies

Foundation governors

Graham Holt

Paul Brewster

Two vacancies

Co-opted governors

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 currently in the Juniors. I am responsible for the monitoring of the Curriculum and the analysis of performance data within the school, along with monitoring Pupil Premuim

 

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 across the school as needed on a cover basis.

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. 

 

Janet White

I grew up as an RAF child, and my memories of my own primary school education were the frequent moves and school changes. My teacher training was completed in Cumbria, B.Ed (hons), and more recently I studied at B.G.U to achieve my M.A (in education). I have taught from Reception to Year 6, in a variety of schools, both large and small, in London, Hampshire and Dorset, before moving back to Lincolnshire. I have worked at Coleby School, part time, for many years, and I am currently teaching Lower Key Stage 2.

 

Paul Brewster

 

I am a finance professional with 20 year’s experience as a school governor, covering many roles including chair in both maintained and academy sector.   I have experience of both primary and secondary sector and am also a Trustee and Vice Chair in a Multi Academy Trust. 

My background is 35 years in Banking including leading and managing a team across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, based out of Nottingham and Lincoln.

I was appointed a Director on the Board of Education this year and also have experience of being a trustee in other areas of charity Governance.

 

 

Graham Holt

 I grew up in Doncaster, have been a serving member of the Royal Air Force since 1998, and am currently employed as a Communications Engineer at RAF Waddington. Aside from my main role there, I'm responsible for various Youth Engagement activities at the base and in the surrounding schools. I have a passion for maximising physical and mental wellness, am a keen, but average runner and also a fair-weather skydiver.

 

I enjoy discussing how parachutes and the other associated equipments function, as a catalyst for further discussion around science topics. With a solid background in STEM work (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and as a father of two school-aged children, I'm keen to engage with Coleby, having observed the Staff's enthusiasm for developing inquisitive minds.

 

Sonia Barron 

I am Sonia Barron and my first vocation was as a secondary teacher and I taught in schools in London and Surrey (as well as 5 years at a girls school in Uganda). As RE teacher and Head of RE in several schools I had the key responsibility for promoting RE and the distinctively Christian ethos and vision in the church schools in which I worked.

I have served as a foundation governor in two other schools in Lincolnshire and am committed to helping everyone at Coleby School achieve their potential and to support the school in its Christian vision and ethos.

I am now serving as the Diocesan Director of Ordinands for the diocese of Lincoln which means anyone thinking about ordained ministry in the church begin their journey of exploration with me.

 

Michelle Johnson

 

I was born and raised in Grimsby and left to study Psychosocial Sciences at the University of East Anglia. During my studies I undertook a Management Consultancy module and discovered that was the career direction I would like to take.

At the end of 2019 following a 15 year background in HR and Organisation Design I set up my own consultancy. I helped many business leaders through periods of change and transformation. I have also been fortunate to have coached people at various levels to achieve career success and fulfilment.

I am passionate about supporting people to make robust business and career decisions, increase their career visibility and find meaning at work.

I am a Coleby resident and have one daughter at the school. I was appointed as a Parent Governor at the end of 2022. I hope my experience at Board level and passion for career education will enable me to contribute to the Governing body and support our school.

 

 

 

 

 

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