Our Governors

To contact the Chair of Governors -  Please send all addressed mail to:

Mr Iain Ross

C/O Trawden Forest Primary School

Dean Street




Roles and Responsibilities of the Governing Body



Term of Office

Committee Serves On


Appointed by

Mr I Ross



Performance Management


Chair of Governors

Link/Schools Portal/H&S/EVC

Co-opted by GB

Mr P D Wright




Pay Review

Vice Chair of Governors/Chair of Resources

Child Protection/PREVENT/E-Safety/Inclusion (SEN/A&T)/Behaviour Governor

Co-opted by GB

Mrs J Dunleavey



Standards & Curriculum

Pay Review

Vice Chair of Standards & Curriculum

Literacy Governor

Co-opted by GB

Mrs J Knott



Standards & Curriculum

Performance Management

GDPR/FS/Enrichment/RSE/PSHE Governor

Co-opted by LS

Mr I Frankland



Performance Management



Co-opted by GB



Vacancy since 19/10/19


Mrs K Cooper



Standards & Curriculum


Elected by Parents

Cllr R Crompton

Local Authority


Standards & Currriculum


Local Authority and approved by GB

Mrs L Sims





Elected by Staff

Mr P Eastham



Pay Committee



Mrs L J Stinchon




Standards & Curriculum


Ex Officio

Mrs C Clark

(on secondment)



Standards & Curriculum


Deputy HT and Curriculum Lead

Appointed by GB

Mrs E Clarke


01/09/21 – 31/08/22

Standards & Curriculum


Assistant HT and Curriculum Lead

Appointed by LS

For information about our governors attendance record, please click the document below. 

Governor Information


Meet some of our governors

Iain Ross - Chair of Governors

I became a governor at Trawden Forest Primary School in October 2016. I am currently a vice chair of the Curriculum and on the Pay Review Committees and I am nominated governor for PE and Prevent. I have one child in school in year 2. I became a governor because as well as having an interest in my children's education, I hope to bring another perspective to the board and contribute to the continuing improvement of the school. I have worked in the further education sector as a sport teacher for 9 years and for the last 5 years worked for a leading children’s charity, Barnardo’s. Barnardo's Employment, Training and Skills Yorkshire is a Work Based Learning Provider based in Bradford. From this service we provide learning and skills programmes for young people aged 16-24 including: DfE 16-19 Study Programme, Traineeships, Apprenticeships, including those delivered to our staff team across England and corporately funded employer recruitment programmes.

I have recently been appointed manager of the service at Barnardo's Employment, Training and Skills Yorkshire. We aim to engage, motivate and support young people to achieve qualifications, progress and secure sustained positive destinations such as further education or employment to improve their own life chances and provide a positive future.


Paul Wright - Vice Chair of Governors

Before retiring in 2016 I had been involved in schools for 36 years. I have taught in a number of schools (both mainsteam and special) with the local authority. As a headteacher of three different special schools, over a spread of 16 years, it has been my privilege to work with and serve a number of governing bodies, in developing the ethos, learning opportunities and outcomes for young people, 
I became a governor at Trawden in June 2014 and became Chair of Governors in November 2016. I am now the Vice Chair of Governors. My particular areas of interest are SEND and Behaviour Management. 
Away from governorship, I enjoy the usual range of activities associated with retirement such as gardening, DIY, travel and support local activities found within my own village community. If I have one interest which usually elicits a 'poor you' it is that I still follow Blackpool FC.


Louise Sims - Staff Governor

I was nominated and became a staff governor in November 2019 and I am currently on the resources committee. I am the School Bursar at Trawden Forest Primary School and my key responsibilities are the administrative and financial management of the school.

I was previously employed by Barclays Bank for 19 years and worked my way through various key worker roles including ‘Small Business Manager’. I left in 2008 to start a family and my twin boys have kept me busy ever since! 

I returned to work as an office assistant at Trawden School in 2014 and have also held a teaching assistant role here, working predominantly with Mrs Clark in Year 6.

In my 6 years at Trawden, I have been excited and proud to see school develop and improve - becoming one of the best schools in Pendle and I am committed to continue contributing towards making Trawden be the best that we can be.


Ruth Crompton - Local Authority

I became a Local Authority Governor at Trawden Forest in March 2019, and I have also been a Local Trawden Forest Parish Councillor for the past nineteen years, so I am now hoping to enhance links between our village school and The local Parish Council, amongst all the other interesting duties in my role as a School Governor.
I am currently a member of The Curriculum Committee and I am nominated Governor for PE, a role to which I feel well suited as I am a very keen runner and work out in the gym regularly.
I have one child in Year Five, and whilst he was very young I started and ran my own local business for Six years.  
Previous to this I was a Florist for over twenty years, and I lectured in Floristry and related business for many years, working at Bolton College and Nelson and Colne College.
I still do some Floral Demonstrating and related teaching work too, which I enjoy tremendously.
I do mostly run in my free time, but also love reading, everything from Poetry to current affairs. 
I feel very proud and privileged to be a Governor at such a fantastic, friendly  and innovative village primary school.   


Judy Knott - Co-opted Governor

I have been on the governing body since June 2017. I am on the curriculum committee and am a nominated governor for English, GDPR, Forest School and enrichment. I began my career as a speech therapist then trained and worked as a teacher of the deaf. After moving to Germany, I worked at an international school where I headed a primary special needs team. I organised trips for senior school students to Tanzania and ran a sponsored students' programme. I still love to visit Tanzania when possible. For a while after retiring I taught and lived in a massai village. There were a lot of children in each class.
My links with Trawden Forest Primary came about via my links with St Mary’s church in Trawden. I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know the school, the curriculum and the exciting developments which are contributing  to the school’s continuing improvement.


Kathryn Cooper - Parent Governor

I became a parent governor last year and I am on the Standards and Curriculum Committee. As well as being a parent of two children at Trawden Forest School, I am also a local resident and hope that my professional experience as a primary school teacher for ten years can help the school to continue improving. Being nominated for the position of Science Governor was fantastic as I am the Science Co-ordinator at the school where I work. This provides me with an opportunity to share my expertise whilst being able to see the great work being done at Trawden in terms of the Science Curriculum. 

When we are not working or at school, my family and I enjoy walking our dog in the local area and participating in village events when possible. We have just bought a large van which we are hoping to convert into a campervan as we also enjoy going on holiday and visiting new places. 


Jane Dunleavey - Co-opted Governor

I became a governor at Trawden Forest in March 2015. I am currently a member of the Curriculum and Pay Review Committees and I am nominated governor for English and Science. I have two children in school in years 3 and 5. Prior to having my children I worked as a Trade Mark Attorney in London and Manchester, and I am now a director of a local business. I became a governor because as well as having an interest in my children's education, I hope to bring another perspective to the board and contribute to the continuing improvement of the school. In my free time, I enjoy running with my dog and have a keen interest in music.