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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

Parent Governor

Carol Daman Willems

Foundation Governor and Chair


Community Governor


Rev Michelle Godbold 

Foundation Governor

Julie Hardman

Ewen Stockbridge

James Baker

Parent Governors

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.

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.


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 am again the Chair of Governors. 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.



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.


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.