Copmanthorpe Primary School

Governor Profiles

Governor Profiles

Yvonne Hoggarth - Co-opted Governor since September 2022 (formally a parent governor since 2019)

Chair of Governors since September 2022

Committees: Finance and Health, Safety & Premises and Headteacher Performance Management 


 I grew up in the Copmanthorpe area, moved away to study and work and then returned to York 20 years ago.   I have worked in education for 25 years in support, teaching, teacher training and management roles, mainly in secondary schools, further and higher education.  I am currently studying for a master’s degree in Education.  I hope to be able to use this experience in the role of parent governor.  I very much value education which offers a broad curriculum and develops the whole child, inspiring confidence and nurturing interests that will stay with them for life.  

Emily Buchanan  - Parent Governor - Elected December 2023

I have lived in Copmanthorpe since 2010 and I am a mum of two boys. My youngest is a pupil at school, and my eldest has recently left Copmanthorpe Primary school to attend a local secondary school. I come from a family of teachers and my career is education-focused. I have worked at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) for over 20 years, spending the majority of my time there as a Research Manager. I have led research into a variety of education-related topics, and have a strong research-based skillset. In more recent years I have moved to our HR department, where I am responsible for managing and recruiting to our globally-based pool of Associate staff. Having been a part of the school community for some time, I am keen to support our teachers and our pupils to thrive in an engaging and happy school.

Daniel Gray - Parent Governor - Elected December 2022  

I have lived in Copmanthorpe for over 10 years and have two children who attend the school. I am a senior manager within the railway industry and passionate about leading and developing teams.

I hope to be able to add value to the school as a parent governor, working alongside other Governors, to ensure that the children are engaged and enjoy their education.

Jake Steeper - Parent Governor - Elected January 2023


Co-opted Governor Vacancy

Committees: Finance & Staffing

If you are interested in fulfilling this position please contact Mr Green - 

Antoinette Burroughs - Parent Governor since 2017, re-elected in 2021

Committees: Pupils (Chair) and Staffing & Finance

When I moved to Copmanthorpe I found the people in the village to be extremely welcoming. When my daughter joined Copmanthorpe Primary I found the school community was the same and I was keen to be actively involved and so put myself forward to be a parent governor. Over the years, I have been involved in finance and curriculum committees and chaired the pupils committee.


As a parent, I have run after school wildlife sessions at school and volunteer at the Copmanthorpe Carnival, running free nature-based activities. I have a degree in biology, a Master's in ecology and conservation and am currently studying to be a dietitian. I have worked in higher education for several years but have also been an education volunteer for two wildlife trusts, working with primary school children.

Chris Steward - Local Authority Governor - Elected May 2021



Ben Hepworth - Parent Governor -Elected April 2021


 I have lived in Copmanthorpe all my life and previously attended Copmanthorpe Primary School. I have two children who will be the third generation of my family to attend the school. I have been a police officer for four years and regularly volunteer as a sports coach in the village and York. I hope to bring my skills from both my job and volunteering to the role as a governor.


Menna Godfrey (Vice Chair) - Co-opted Governor since 2005

Governor responsible for SEND

Committees: Curriculum and Health, Safety & Premises

I was bMenna Godfreyorn and brought up in Surrey and moved to 'The North' to attend the University of Leeds, where I gained a Physics degree and a secondary teaching qualification.  I made the move from Secondary to Early Years and I now train colleagues nationally, my particular interest is outdoor play and learning. I have a master’s degree in educational improvement, development and change.

My husband (also a trained teacher) and I have lived in Copmanthorpe since 1988 and our three children all attended Copmanthorpe Primary School.  I attend York Community Church.

Interests: I am passionate about personalised learning provision and seek to ensure that educational opportunities for all our children support them to develop the skills and dispositions that they will need throughout their lives. I am delighted to support our school as we continue to encourage our children to see themselves as life-long learners, part of a learning community where adults and children learn together.

Sylvia McBriar - Co-opted Governor since 2019

Committees: Curriculum and Pupils




Ruth Scarlett– Parent Governor since 2020

Committees: Health, Safety & Premises

I have lived in Copmanthorpe since 2008 and both my children currently attend the primary school. I have MChem in Chemistry and PhD in Atmospheric Science, both from University of Leeds. I have worked for the National Centre of Atmospheric Science (NCAS)  since 2004, firstly as a scientist on board the UK research aircraft and more recently at the University of York researching air quality. More recently I have taken on the role of Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at NCAS, an area I am passionate about not just in science but in life. I hope to use all my experience in the role of parent governor.

Graeme Law - Parent Governor since 2019

Committees: Curriculum and Finance & Staffing

 Graeme Law

I have lived in Copmanthorpe since 1985 and I Lecture at York St John University in Sociology of Sport and Sports Coaching. I am the Course Leader for the Physical Education & Sports Coaching Degree; I am passionate about child development through physical activity, as there is a positive association between engagement in physical activity and levels of mental well-being. As a former pupil of this school, I believe that my experience and passion for education will help me provide a clear perspective as a parent governor. 

Geoff Mumford - Co-opted Governor since 2014 

Governor Responsible for Safeguarding

Committees: Curriculum and Pupils and Headteacher Performance Management 

Geoff Mumford I have lived in Copmanthorpe since 2008 when I became Vicar of St Giles’ Church, having previously lived in Lancashire and the West Midlands, where I served on a Community School Governing Body and two Church School Governing Bodies, including one as Vice Chair.  I was invited to become a Community Governor in Copmanthorpe in 2014, where my daughter was a pupil.

I am particularly interested in ensuring that each child has access to the full curriculum and every opportunity to flourish as an individual.  I have been involved in the delivery and support of Religious Education in schools, which I believe to be important in ensuring a holistic understanding of the world we live in.  I believe a key aspect of a Governor’s role is to support, encourage and challenge the school to be the best it can for all pupils.

Jonthan Green - Headteacher since April 2024

Committees: Health, Safety & Premises, Finance & Staffing, Curriculum and Headteacher Performance Management 


Jeanette France - Assistant Headteacher for Upper School - Associate Governor 

Committees: Pupils



 Ashley Wilkinson - Assistant Headteacher for Lower School - Staff Governor Elected March 2022

Committees: Finance & Staffing