I was elected as a parent governor in 2011 and appointed as Chair in September 2012. In April of 2016 I became a foundation governor. I have three sons, all of whom have attended St Herbert’s. I have worked in primary education for over 20 years as a teacher, deputy and acting headteacher. I currently work for part of each week, nationally as an educational consultant specialising in supporting schools and children in the development of effective learning behaviour and for the other part of the week as a primary teacher.
I have been a foundation governor for St John’s Church for the past seven years. Both my children attended St Herbert’s before moving on to Keswick School. Part of my role is to monitor SEN and update the governing body on changes in this area. I am also the link governor which involves supporting governor development.
Charles Hope (Chair of Governors)
Ex Officio - St John's Church 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 a Staff Governor at three previous schools. You can find out more about me here.
I have been a governor since 1995, firstly at St Kentigern’s, and subsequently St Herbert’s. During that time I have held the post of Vice Chair at both schools and I am currently the governor responsible for Health and Safety and Vice Chair of the Finance Committee.
I am a local Allerdale councillor, have been Mayor of Keswick on three occasions, Deputy Mayor and Mayor of Allerdale and a County Councillor representing Keswick. I serve as a governor because I want to be involved in the local community in a role which can support and also help an organisation to move forward in a positive and proactive way.
I thoroughly enjoy my role and although time consuming, feel that it is time well spent in supporting our local school.
Ex Officio - Crosthwaite Church
I’m a Foundation Governor in my role as Vicar of Crosthwaite Church Keswick, having moved here from South Derbyshire in August 2018. In my previous post I was also 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 kids fulfil their potential and I’m looking forward to supporting St. Herbert’s in my role as Governor and through being involved in school life.
I became a parent Governor in 2016 and I have two boys, Lewis and Oliver, who have both attended St Herbert's from early years right through to year 6.
I feel very proud to be part of the governing body and I really enjoy the different knowledge and challenges it brings.
I am very lucky to have grown up and worked in Keswick all my life and feel very much a part of the community, often taking part in local charity events. I also make time to support the fundraising organised by the Friends of St Herbert's to benefit the whole school.
When I am not at work, in my spare time I love to walk in the fells and go on camping adventures with my family and our dog Oscar.
I have been a foundation governor representing the Parish of St John’s Church since 2012. I have three grandsons attending the school.
I moved to Keswick six years ago 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 am on the Church PCC. Some of my interests include helping at the Oxfam shop in Keswick, walking, 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.
I became a governor in November 2017. I’m married to Andrea and we have two children; Emily attended St Herbert’s and is currently at Keswick School and Micah is still at St Herbert’s.
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 SW 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!
I have been a foundation governor representing the Parish of Crosthwaite Church since 2008. I have 5 children, 3 which currently attend St. Herbert's and 2 at Keswick School. In addition to being a governor, I have also been treasurer for the Friends of St. Herbert's since 2005 and I enjoy being involved in many fundraising activities to benefit the children's experience of life at St. Herbert's.
I am employed by a local travel agency specialising in skiing holidays and am actively involved in the local community. I am a member of the All Age worship teams at Crosthwaite Church and Sunday 4U, which is held in the school and joined the PCC in May 2014.
I have been a trustee for the Keswick Out of School Club since 2009 and currently hold the position of staff liaison officer. I have also been a committee member of Keswick Gymnastics Club for the past 5 years which my children have all attended. In my spare time, I enjoy fell walking, baking, helping others and spending time with my family.