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Our Governors

Our Governors

Michael Craig

Head Teacher

Charles Hope

Ex-Officio Foundation Governor (Keswick St John's) and Chair

I am an ex-officio Foundation Governor as the Vicar of Keswick St John’s. I started this role in May 2016. I have had extensive experience of being a Governor of primary and secondary, church and community schools and gained over twenty years in North Tyneside and Northumberland. I have been in post since 2016 and I greatly value the opportunity to serve the community in which I live in this way of being a Governor of our primary school. 

Karen Harwood

LA Governor

I joined as a Local Authority appointed Governor in July 2022.  I grew up on Keswick and am pleased to now be able to bring my skills and experience to support St Herbert's School in this role.  I spent a number of years working in arts education which involved co-ordinating arts projects in schools, hospitals and youth organisations.  While living in London I retrained as a Dietitian at Kings College London and following my graduation, I returned to Keswick with my husband Markus and two children, one who attends St Herbert's and one who has now moved to Keswick School.  Since returning to Keswick in 2018 I have worked as a Dietitian in the NHS with North Cumbria Integrated Care.  My current role in the Public Health 5-19 service involves working to improve the health and wellbeing of school aged children and their families across Cumbria.

Andy Murphie

Ex-Officio Foundation Governor (Crosthwaite Church)

I'm a Foundation Governor in my role as Vicar of Crosthwaite Church, currently serving as Vice-Chair, Link Governor for Literacy and PHSE, and as a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. I visit the school, regularly, to lead Collective Worship and participate in various aspects of school life. I moved to Keswick from South Derbyshire in 2018, where I was a Governor at the county’s largest Primary School, serving on a number of committees and through several Ofsted inspections. I’m married to Judith and have two sons, Joel and Josh. Originally from Burnley, in Lancashire, I love football and running! It’s great to see children fulfil their potential and I’m delighted to be part of the St. Herbert’s school family, both as a Governor and through being involved in school life.

Diane Pratt

Foundation Governor

I became a Foundation Governor in 2019 and have previously served as a school governor for two other schools in Cumbria and one in Northants. I spent my early years in the Eden Valley and can just remember coming with my Dad, on the train to Keswick, where he worked at Martins Bank. I trained as a teacher in Lincoln at the same CoE college as my grandmother and have since taught all age groups within the primary sector in a variety of roles. I now work as a senior teaching assistant at St Herbert’s School where I have worked since January 2014. My main role, in school, is to support class teachers and I work mainly with pupils needing extra support in school. I also enjoy supporting Mrs Hughes with the KS2 choir. I am married to Richard and we have three grown up sons. I am a regular member of my parish church and also a lay assistant for communion services.              

Richard Procter

Parent Governor

I was elected to be a Parent Governor in 2019.  I am the father of two daughters who attend the school and thrive on the great teaching, inclusive community, supportive staff and extra-curricular activities in which they participate.  

I have been a teacher, working predominantly with secondary school children, in the UK and Africa. I have a range of qualifications all within the field of education. I have also worked in outdoor education and with forest schools. I hope that by being a Governor, my skills, experience and professional knowledge can be of some benefit to the Governing Body of the school, helping to improve outcomes for children. 

Martin Sluce

Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor, starting in July 2021.  I have one daughter, Sophie, in KS1 and her younger brother, Joseph. My wife, Liz, is a local secondary Languages teacher. I moved to Keswick in 2004 and retired from teaching in 2019 having taught secondary Technology, ICT and Computing in 6 schools over 35 years, with over a dozen head teachers and have run my own ICT department.  Some schools had challenging social situations and some were more academic.

Upon retirement, I felt that I wanted to continue to contribute to my local community, hence volunteering to be a governor. I strongly believe that education needs to be enjoyable for pupils to succeed and that we have a duty to develop the whole child, not just their academic prowess.  To this end, I have organised events, residentials, National Schools Fell Racing Championships, junior running clubs and even the whole Year 7 Activity Week (at Cockermouth School).

I am a keen fell runner, mountain biker, cross-country skier and I have climbed in many parts of the world. I hold Mountain Leader, rock climbing and athletics coaching qualifications with the intention of expanding the experiences of young people so that they can fully appreciate the area we live in.

Linda Tee

Foundation Governor

I became a Foundation Governor in 2020 representing Crosthwaite Church. I believe to be part of a community you have to be active within that community.

Born and brought up in the North East of England, I moved to Keswick in 1974 to be Head of Girls PE and also to teach Biology at, the then, Keswick Grammar School. I am married and my two children attended Braithwaite School and then Keswick School. I have also held teaching posts in Sunderland and Penrith.

I have been an active member of Crosthwaite Church for 37 years. I am a long standing member of the PCC.  I have helped at, and latterly run, Crosthwaite Toddler Group where I enjoy meeting the mums, dads, grandparents as well as the babies and toddlers. In my spare time, I play badminton, attend aqua-zumba classes as well as walking and visiting my family and grandchildren. I am also a regular member of a quiz team.

Covid has presented many problems and has prevented me from feeling fully involved in the working life of the school. I hope this will change this academic year as things gradually return to normal.

Christine White

Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor representing the Parish of St John’s Church since 2012. I have one grandson attending the school.

I moved to Keswick in 2011 when I retired, before that I lived in Braithwaite for thirty years, where I ran a small B and B.

I am a regular member of St John’s church and I am on the Church PCC. Some of my interests are walking with the U3A and friends, being a member of the Mothers Union at St John’s, a member of Thornthwaite cum Braithwaite WI and spending time with my family.

It is a pleasure and a privilege to be on the Governing Body at St Herbert’s and I will endeavour to support the whole school, staff and pupils in every way I can.

Angus Wightman

Foundation Governor

I became a Governor in November 2017. I’m married to Andrea and we have two children, Emily and Micah, who both attended St Herbert's and are now at Keswick School. We moved to Millfield Gardens in June 2004, having lived in and around the Keswick area before that. We love being a part of and involved in our local community.

I have worked as a youth and community worker and in outdoor education (mainly in the south-west of England and North Wales). I have also worked as a secondary school teacher teaching P.E. in a school in the centre of Nottingham. I currently lead King’s Church, which has its Sunday morning services in St Herbert’s.

In my spare time, I enjoy getting out and about with family and friends and having adventures - running, biking, climbing and hill walking are particular favourites.

I have the privilege of coming into school on a regular basis, mainly to lead assemblies and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to support and work alongside Shelagh, the other governors, staff and pupils at St Herbert’s. I’ve lots to learn, but I love to learn!

Claire Williams

Foundation Governor