Governors

Ripon Grammar School governors' primary responsibility is to set the school’s strategic direction, working closely with the headmaster and staff to ensure objectives and standards are achieved, while making certain that resources are allocated and used in the best way possible. Governors are always keen to promote good communication with parents and the wider community.

2016 - 2017 Governors' Annual Report

Click here to read the 2016 - 2017 Governors' annual report to parents.

Dr Peter Mason – Chair and co-opted governor 

Peter was a teacher for the whole of his career, including 18 years as a head, before retiring in 2008 and joining RGS as a community governor. Three of the schools he taught in are very similar to RGS: selective schools with a mix of boarding and day students. Peter also chairs the RGS boarding committee and is involved in education beyond Ripon on a national and international level. He is married to Sue, a retired doctor.

“RGS is a fantastic school to be part of: ambitious yet modest, a no fuss approach to excellence which resonates with my own approach to education.”

Contact: Cherry Tree House, Mickley, Ripon, HG4 3JE. 

Email:  prmyorks@aol.com

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of Interest
Boarding, Curriculum, Finance and Personnel, Staff Dismissal, Admissions, Staff Pay Committee Chair of Governors, Chair of Boarding   Committee, Chair of Staff Dismissal Committee Governor of the British School of Brussels

Eric Medway – Vice-chair and co-opted governor

After a degree in bacteriology and three years’ research, Eric  started his teaching career at Ermysted’s Grammar School. From 1994  until retiring he was a deputy head at Leeds Grammar School (later  GSAL). He has been a governor at RGS since 1996, when his daughter  attended the school. He serves on several committees and chairs the  curriculum committee. He has been instrumental in the recovery of the  Hebridean sheep breed from virtual extinction having kept and bred them  for more than 30 years, and currently has a flock of 80. He is  refurbishing the 18th century mill where he lives and is self-sufficient  in most vegetables, eggs and lamb.

Contact: Knox Mill, Knox Mill Lane, Harrogate, HG3 2AE. 

Email: ericmedway@me.com

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of   Interest
Curriculum, Finance and Personnel, Pastoral, Staff Dismissal, Pupil Exclusion, Staff Pay,   Admissions Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Curriculum Committee, Chair of Admissions Committee, Chair of Pupil Exclusion Committee

Mark Avery - co-opted governor

Mark has one child at RGS and his two older children were students before going on to university. He serves on the curriculum and the publicity and community liaison committees and is one of the governors responsible for careers' guidance. Mark and his wife Marion moved to Yorkshire 25 years ago having previously lived in Washington DC and Leeds. Mark is now studying as an undergraduate at Durham University as a mature student having previously enjoyed a long and successful career as a lawyer and business adviser in a large firm of accountants. He supports West Ham and a number of other good causes.

“As a former student of High Wycombe Royal Grammar School, I have first-hand experience of the advantages provided by excellent state-maintained grammar schools and I am delighted to be able to play a part in supporting such a fantastic school as RGS.”

Contact: Croft House, Carthorpe, DL8 2LF. 

Email: mdavery19@gmail.com

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of Interest
Publicity and community liaison, curriculum, pay appeals, admissions Chair of Publicity and Community Liaison Committee, CEIAG Link Governor, Chair of Pay Appeals Panel

Dr Tom Cavell-Taylor – parent governor

Contact: West Lodge, 16 Kirkby Road, Ripon, HG4 2EU. 

Email:  t.cavelltaylor@gmail.com

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of Interest
Boarding, Pastoral, Staff Disciplinary Appeal,
Chair of Pastoral Committee
CEIAG Link Governor                                                                                             

Sqn Ldr Mike Chambers – local authority governor

Mike served in the Royal Air Force for 35 years, retiring in the rank of Squadron Leader.  He then became Unit Welfare Officer with firstly 38 Engineer Regiment and subsequently 21 Engineer Regiment at Claro Barracks, providing care and support to soldiers and their families. He serves on the pastoral committee and is a Harrogate District Councillor and a Ripon City Councillor.  Mike has two children and two grandchildren.

Contact: Kirkdale, Littlethorpe Lane, Ripon, HG4 1UB. 

Email:  michael.chambers6@btopenworld.com

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of Interest
Pastoral, Pupil Exclusion                                                                                                                                                      

Dr Stephen Chaplin - co-opted governor

Steve has a background in the relationship between agriculture and the environment and has worked in public sector environmental organisations for nearly 20 years. During this time he has managed a number of significant national programmes and projects, developed enduring partnerships with a range of local and national organisations, provided evidence-based advice to national government on environmental policy issues, successfully bid for external funding and authored a range of reports and scientific publications. Currently he is managing a national programme of environmental monitoring of farmland. His interest in scientific inquiry is reflected in a passion for supporting the development of the learning, scientific and research skills of pupils within the school.  Outside of work he is a keen runner (injuries permitting!), a regular road cyclist, a proficient wood worker and a Leicester City supporter. He has a daughter at the school.

Contact: 31 Waterside, Langthorpe, YO51 9GE

Email: spchaplin27@gmail.com

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of Interest
Curriculum Committee, Admissions                                                                                     

Dr Michelle Day - parent governor

Michelle is a GP at Church Lane Surgery Boroughbridge.

She has three boys at Ripon Grammar School and her youngest joined the school in September 2016.

She is married to Hugo who works as a documentary TV producer and a Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University.

Her other interests include reading, walking and Pilates.

Contact: Koinonia, Lands Lane, Knaresborough HG5 9DE

Email: minkabel@doctors.org.uk

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of Interest
  Boarding    Pastoral, Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor                                                                            

Richie Groves - associate governor

Richie is an Army major, currently working with wounded, injured and sick service personnel at the national Sports Centre in Lilleshall.

Richie has a son at RGS and has a keen interest in our students education and personal development.

Richie’s Master’s degree is in Change Management and he has professional qualifications and experience in project management, facilities management and leadership and coaching.

Contact: 6 Ash Bank Close, Ripon, HG4 2EH

Email: richie8236@aol.com

At a glance:

                                            
Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of Interest
Premises Committee, Boarding                                                                                                                

Richard Grime – staff governor

Richard has been head of science and chemistry at RGS for a number of years and two of his children have been/are students at the school. 

Richard is also a foundation governor at Holy Trinity CE Junior School and does some work for the examinations regulator Ofqual as well as for several education publishers and exam boards. 

His main interest outside education is cricket, both on and off the field with Studley Royal Cricket Club.

Contact: c/o Ripon Grammar School. 

Email:  grimer@ripongrammar.co.uk

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions held Declarations of Interest
Curriculum, premises                 Chair of governors at Holy Trinity CofE Junior School, Ripon, Principal Examiner for AQA, Assessment writer for Cambridge Admissions   Testing Service, Author for Hodder & Pearson-Longman, Chemistry subject expert for Ofqual.

Paul Heap – co-opted governor 

Paul joined the governing body in 2013 and also serves on the premises committee and the finance and personnel committee.  Both he and his wife were pupils of RGS and currently have two children at the school with a third at primary school. Paul is a property professional, owning and managing his own commercial property development company, generally working on large city centre projects around the UK. He is assisting with the school’s ambitious development programme.

Contact: Greethills, Knaresborough Road, Bishop Monkton, Harrogate, HG3 3QG. 

Email:  paulheap73@gmail.com

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of Interest
Finance and Personnel, Premises, Staff Dismissal, Staff Pay Chair of Premises Committee Professional   Property developer – Amco Developments Group Ltd

Elizabeth Jarvis - parent governor

Elizabeth is a Consultant Renal Physician at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and an Honorary Senior Lecturer within the University of Leeds, where she has a particular interest in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.

She is married to Stephen, with four children, the eldest of whom is a pupil at Ripon Grammar School.

 In her spare time, amongst other things, she enjoys pursuing her musical interests.

Contact: 1 West View, Bar Lane, Roecliffe, York, YO51 9LS

Email: elizabethgarthwaite@nhs.net

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of Interest
Curriculum Committee, Pastoral Inclusion Governor Husband chair of governors at Roecliffe c e Primary, Work for NHS,Member of Leeds University teaching staff.

Ian Pringle – co-opted governor

Ian has served as both chair and vice-chair of RGS’s governing body having been a member since 1991 as a parent and community governor. He has worked on most of the committees and currently chairs the finance and personnel committee. He lives and works in Ripon, running two businesses (motor trade and property). Ian was a pupil at RGS in the 1960s and his children Rosemary and Alastair attended between 1998-2007. Ian is a governor at Outwood Academy, Ripon, where he serves on the finance group, and acts as a governor link to both institutions.

“I am a keen supporter of the two schools working collaboratively, where possible and practicable, for the benefit of all the children of Ripon.”

Contact: Mertoun Rise, Clotherholme Road, Ripon, HG4 2DA. 

Email:  mertoun@ripon.org

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of   Interest
Finance and   Personnel, Publicity and Commmunity Liaison, Staff Disciplinary Appeal, Staff Pay Chair of Finance and Personnel, Chair of Staff Disciplinary Appeal Panel, Chair of Staff Pay Committee LA Governor at Holy Trinity Primary School, On Academy Board at Outwood

Jonathan M Webb – Headmaster

Jonathan Webb has been Headmaster of Ripon Grammar School since September 2017. Prior to that he was Deputy Head at Durham School, and before that he worked at Pocklington School, The Manchester Grammar School and Gigglewsick School.

A graduate in History from Christ's College, Cambridge, Jonathan has particular interests in early modern social and political thought as well experience in teaching 20th Century international history and politics.

Originally from West Yorkshire, he now lives near the city of Ripon in North Yorkshire and enjoys all things outdoors, and in particular cricket.

Contact: Ripon Grammar School

Email: head@ripongrammar.co.uk

Philip Ratcliff - parent governor

Philip joined the governing body in 2015, also serving on the Finance and Personnel Committee, having previously been Chair of Governors at Moorside Junior School in Ripon and Community Governor at Northolt Primary School in London. Philip has a boy and girl at RGS and is married to Helen, a teacher at Moorside Infants School in Ripon.

Philip is a human resource professional having been HR Partner and, latterly, Operations Manager (Arts and Humanities) at the University of York. He joined Teesside University as Deputy Director of HR in February 2016.

Contact: 3 Whitcliffe Avenue, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2JJ

Email: philipmdeg@yahoo.co.uk

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of   Interest
Pastoral  Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor Previously Governor at two primary schools, wife teaches at local primary school.

Jane Redfern - associate governor

Jane is an experienced PR and marketing professional currently managing a marketing agency for which she has developed a healthy client base. She has extensive experience of delivering advertising, PR and social advertising campaigns for a range of clients.

Contact: 3 The Close, Studley Roger, HG4 3AX

Email: pr@janeredfern.co.uk

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of Interest
  P and C L Committee                                                                                                                                                                   

Helen Suckling – parent governor

Contact:  Sunnyside Cottage, Rainton, Thirsk YO7 3PX

Email: Helen.suckling@harrrogate.gov.uk

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of   Interest
Boarding, Curriculum                                                                                                                                                                        

Mrs Louise White – co-opted governor

Louise joined as a co-opted Governor in 2017. Since September 2016, she has been the Executive Headteacher or Moorside Infant and Junior Schools, in Ripon. Prior to this she was Headteacher at the junior school from April 2013.

Louise has an honours degree in Business Studies and experience in accountancy. After a career break she retrained as a teacher and has experience of teaching in three schools before her first headship appointment.

Louise is married with two children. Her son has recently graduated from Harper Adams University and started as a trainee agronomist in Kent. Her daughter is in her final year at St Andrews University, reading Geography.

Contact: headteacher@moorside-jun.n-yorks.sch.uk

At a glance:

Committee Membership Positions Held Declarations of   Interest

Curriculum Committee, Pupil Exclusion Panel                                                

                                                                                                                     

Antonia Praud – clerk to the governors

Contact:  clerk@ripongrammar.co.uk