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All Governors are volunteers and play an important role in setting the strategic vision for Rossett.

They work with the school on planning, developing policies and school improvement. Governors also keep in touch with the local community to help guide the school to meet the community’s educational needs and also explain to the community what the school is trying to achieve for their children. Governors exercise their responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Headteacher, who attends all meetings, and Senior Leadership Team and also act as a critical friend, offering support and advice.


Mr J Hesketh* (Chair) Community Governor 2018-2022

Operational Committee (Chair)/Resources Committee/Teaching & Learning Committee/Responsibility for Safeguarding Children

Mr Hesketh joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor when his daughters were at Rossett and he is now a Co-Opted Governor and has recently started a new 4 year term. Following his retirement from a School Improvement Service in a West Yorkshire Local Authority Mr Hesketh has worked independently across Yorkshire and Humberside, predominately with schools and boards in difficulty and as tutor on the National Governor Development Programme. Mr Hesketh has over 20 years’ experience in school governance and is also Chair of a primary school governing body.

Catha McAlister-Payne

Mrs C McAlister-Payne* (Acting Vice Chair) Community Governor 2016-2020

Operational Committee/Teaching & Learning Committee (Chair)/Responsibility for Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

Mrs McAlister-Payne joined Rossett's governing body as a Parent Governor in September 2008 and moved to a Community Governor in September 2016.

Phil Kilford

Mr P Kilford* Community Governor 2018-2022

Operational Committee/Resources Committee/Responsibility for Health & Safety

Mr Kilford served in the RAF as a senior officer. He subsequently worked in defence electronics and telecoms, during which time he coached many graduates into customer facing employment. Mr Kilford has been a governor at Rossett for a number of years, most of them as Chair.

Graham Clark

Mr G Clark Community Governor 2016-2020

Operational Committee/Resources Committee (Chair)

Mr Clark is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in senior financial roles latterly as Group Finance Director with a national plc Interior Fit Out Company. Since relocating to Harrogate in 2008 Mr Clark has provided business services on consultancy arrangements with various organisations. Mr Clark is married with two adult children.

Jenny Rowlands

Mrs J Rowlands Parent Governor 2016-2020

Teaching & Learning Committee

Mrs Rowlands joined Rossett's governing body as a Parent Governor in December 2018.

Peter Snowden

Mr P Snowden* Community Governor 2016-2020

Teaching & Learning Committee

Mr Snowden studied Engineering, Business Studies and then Accountancy and worked for a local accountancy firm for four years before travelling and working abroad. Mr Snowden set-up his own business at 25 which later developed into classic and sports car restoration, trading in Harrogate for the past 33 years. Mr Snowden became a Parent Governor in 1995 when both of his daughters were at Rossett. He continues to be committed to help the school encourage students to establish values and maximise their own potential.

Mark Walker

Mr M Walker* Community Governor 2018- 2022

Resources Committee

Mr Walker is a Chartered Engineer and also a Member of the Institute of Environmental Management. He has held a number of senior management roles in large blue chip organisations in the manufacturing industry. Mr Walker lives in Harrogate with his family and has been a school governor for the past 15 years.

Ian Lewis

Professor I Lewis Parent Governors 2015-2019

Teaching & Learning Committee

Professor Lewis was an NHS consultant-paediatrician in Leeds, a Medical-Director in Liverpool and is a Non-Executive Director of Leeds Community-NHS-Trust. He advised government on improving children’s health and has extensive charity trustee experience. Professor Lewis is passionate that young people take part in co-curricular pursuits and achieve their personal educational potential. He has one son in Year 11 at Rossett.

VYG - Vicki Young

Mrs V Young Staff Governor (Teaching Staff) 2015-2019

Mrs Young is a Design Technology teacher and Director of Learning. Now in her tenth year of teaching, she has a keen interest in the social, emotional and behavioural development of students. She has a BA Hons degree in Landscape Architecture, lives in Ripon with her husband and enjoys winter sports.

BFY - Brendan Foley

Mr B Foley Staff Governor (Teaching Staff) 2018-2022

Mr Foley is Director of Sixth Form and has worked at Rossett for over eleven years.

RLO - Roberto Lorusso

Roberto Lorusso Staff Governor (Support Staff) 2018-2022

Mr Lorusso is employed at Rossett as Projects & Premises Business Manager and has been working at the school for over nine years.

* Member of the Academy Trust appointed at incorporation on 30 June 2011

Dates of Governors' meetings:

Full Governing Body  Operational  Resources  Teaching & Learning
Wednesday 19 Sept 2018 Tuesday 25 Sept 2018 Tuesday 9 Oct 2018 Tuesday 20 Nov 2018
Thursday 13 Dec 2018 Tuesday 13 Nov 2018 Tuesday 27 Nov 2018 Tuesday 29 Jan 2019
Thursday 14 March 2019 Tuesday 15 Jan 2019 Tuesday 19 Feb 2019 Tuesday 26 March 2019
Thursday 9 May 2019 Tuesday 19 March 2019 Tuesday 30 April 2019 Tuesday 11 June 2019
Thursday 4 July 2019 Tuesday 4 June 2019 Tuesday 25 June 2019


Please address all correspondence to:

Clerk to the Governors

Rossett School

Green Lane



Please click the links below for additional information:

Governors' business & finance interests and other governance roles

Governor attendance record 2017-18