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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.

Ian Lewis

Professor I Lewis (Vice Chair) Community Governor 2019-2023

Teaching & Learning Committee (Chair) / Operational Committee / Responsibility of Pupil Premium

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.

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.

Peter Snowden

Mr P Snowden* Community Governor 2016-2020

Teaching & Learning Committee / Resources 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 (Chair)

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.

Rachel Kidd

Ms R Kidd Community Governor 2020-2024

Teaching and Learning Committee / Operational Committee

Ms Kidd is a retired Headteacher with 17 years senior leadership experience in secondary education.

Jenny Rowlands

Mrs J Rowlands Parent Governor 2019-2022

Teaching & Learning Committee / Operational Committee / Responsibility for SEND

Mrs Rowlands was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2018. She has worked in education and children’s services for her whole career. She has the passion and enthusiasm to get the best outcomes for all children, young people and their families.

Clare Sadler

Mrs C Sadler Parent Governor 2019- 2023

Teaching & Learning Committee / Resources Committee

Mrs Sadler was elected as Parent Governor in 2019. She is a fully qualified accountant and has experience of working in private practice, the NHS, manufacturing and the retail sector.

Kate Rodi

Mrs K Rodi Parent Governor 2019-2023

Operational Committee / Resources Committee

Mrs Rodi was elected as Parent Governor in 2019. She is an accomplished Business transformation Consultant and Coach with over 20 years experience in a corporate environment clarifying business strategy and budget creating delivery plans and measuring the success of change.

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.

Catha McAlister-Payne

Mrs C McAlister-Payne Member of Academy Trust*

Mrs McAlister-Payne became a Member of the Academy Trust when it was set up in 2011.

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

Dates of Governors' meetings:

Full Governing Body  Operational  Resources  Teaching & Learning
Mon 21 Sept 2020 Thurs 10 June 2021 Thurs 23 Sept 2020 Thurs 4 March 2021
Wed 17 March 2021 Thurs 10 Dec 2020 Tues 22 June 2021
Tues 6 July 2021 Thurs 13 May 2021
Thurs 1 July 2021


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 2018-2019

Governor attendance record 2017-18