Manor CE Academy
Manor CE Academy
Barlby High School
Vale of York Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary
Forest of Galtres Primary
Burton Green Primary
Manor CE Academy
Manor CE Academy
Barlby High School
Vale of York Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary
Forest of Galtres Primary
Burton Green Primary


Our Governors

Strategic planning and support for the Principal and his staff – that’s the key role of the governors of Manor CE Academy.

The governors also set the admissions policy, monitor finances and also look at the academy’s Christian ethos.

Manor’s governors have a wide and interesting range of backgrounds and experience upon which to draw when making policy decisions.

Manor is a Church of England Academy and the majority of the governors are appointed by the Diocese of York. Others are appointed by the local authority, and staff and parents each elect three from among their number to join the full governing board. The governors also enjoy the expertise and support of three attendee governors, who do not have voting rights but who make an invaluable contribution.

Appointed for a four-year term of office, governors attend five full governing board meetings a year. In addition, there are three annual strategy mornings to discuss the academy’s vision and future plans.

Governors are also allocated to sub-committees that deal with the day-to-day running of the academy. Currently, there are five sub-committees:  Finance, Attainment & Learning, Student Welfare, Staffing and Premises. Each committee meets five times a year.

Another role each governor undertakes is as a link to a particular academic department, visiting regularly and building up a supportive relationship with the staff. These links allow governors to take part in lessons, talk with the students, analyse the department’s achievements and understand their needs. The governors are then able to report back to the full governing body with confidence.

However, being a governor is not all work: they enjoy attending the annual presentation evening, the Minster carol service, the senior citizens’ Christmas lunch and the many plays, concerts, presentations and sports events to which they are invited.

To contact the governors, please write to the Chair of Governors, Manor CE Academy, Millfield Lane, York YO26 6PA or e-mail:

Manor Local Governing Body
NameDate of appointmentTerm of officeCommittees served on
Mr S Barber (Principal)09/164 yearsResources Cttee, Standards Cttee, Ethos Cttee
FOUNDATION GOVERNORS | Appointed by the Diocese of York
Mr A Richardson (Chair)05/154 yearsEthos Cttee (Chair)
Revd Canon C Coates09/144 years
Mrs E Jones09/144 yearsResources Cttee, Standards Cttee, Ethos Cttee
Dr S King11/174 yearsResources Cttee, Ethos Cttee
Mrs C Mawson05/154 years
Mr M Quick05/154 yearsResources Cttee
Dr S Smith09/154 yearsStandards Cttee
PARENT GOVERNORS | Appointed following vote by parents
Mrs S Duxbury11/144 yearsResources Cttee (Chair)
Mr R Yarrow11/144 yearsResources Cttee
STAFF GOVERNORS | Appointed following vote by staff
Mr G Reagan10/044 yearsStandards Cttee
LA GOVERNORS | Appointed by Local Authority (LA)
Dr D Cooper11/174 yearsStandards Cttee
Mr D Judson 09/144 yearsStandards Cttee (Chair)


Governors profiles


Andy Richardson | Chair of Governors
Chris Coates | Foundation Governor
Debbie Cooper | LA Governor
Sue Duxbury | Parent Governor & Chair of Finance Committee
Edie Jones | Foundation Governor
David Judson | LA Governor and Chair of Attainment and Learning Committee
Steve King | Foundation Governor
Cerys Mawson | Foundation Governor
Martyn Quick | Foundation Governor
Graham Reagan | Staff Governor
Sally Smith | Foundation Governor
Rob Yarrow | Parent Governor

I am originally from Hull and studied for a degree in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford before embarking on a career in Human Resources. This has included roles with London Underground, the University of York, Citizens Advice and Bettys,
among others. I am currently HR Manager with the Diocese of York, based at Clifton Moor.

I have lived in York since 2001, and enjoy being part of the St Paul’s church community in Holgate. I am married to Kat, who has been involved with the PTA, and I have two sons at Manor, one going into year 10 and the other going into year 8, who are both members of the Tech Crew, supporting Manor’s wonderful theatrical productions.

In my spare time, I am a keen runner, and enjoy playing and watching football, as well as occasionally helping out with some coaching at our local club York Railway Institute.

I am the Vicar of St Andrew’s Church, Bishopthorpe and Holy Trinity, Acaster Malbis. I am also Rural Dean of the New Ainsty Deanery.

I was born in Andover, Hampshire and attended a local comprehensive school followed by a sixth form college. After sixth form, I joined a local insurance company on their ‘A’ Level training scheme and joined the IT department as a systems analyst. In my mid-twenties I moved to work for a software house as a software design consultant where my work took me to client sites around the UK and continental Europe. Mid-way through my career there I took a year out to work and travel around Australia. In my early thirties, I married and decided on a change of career path.

I returned to higher education to study law as a mature student at the University of Nottingham, where I obtained an LLB and PhD. Since then I have taught law part-time at both the University of Nottingham and the University of Leeds.

My specialist teaching area is crime and the law of evidence, but I also teach public law and have worked on a small number of empirical research projects. I am married to Rob who is an Actuary and a senior finance director at Aviva and we have a sixteen-year-old son who recently left Manor following his GCSE exams. We have lived in Rufforth for fifteen years. I like to spend my spare time with friends and family and I also enjoy playing tennis, walking and reading.

I have lived in York for 16 years and am a qualified accountant. I work for the NHS and have done so for the last 25 years in a variety of senior roles across a number of organisations. My current role is as a Senior Finance Manager for NHS England. I have 4 children, all of which have attended Manor, the youngest of which attends Manor at the moment in year 10.

I worship at Clifton Moor where I am a Sunday school leader and a member of the church council. My husband Glen is the Finance Director of Archbishops Holgate’s school. I also enjoy singing, yoga, walking and socialising.

Educated in Scotland, I came to Poppleton in 1991, returning to the UK from South Africa where I had taught in a missionary school and at the University of Natal for twenty years. I continued to teach Geography and Psychology at Selby College. In 1999 I moved to Askham Bryan College as Assistant Director of Business and Corporate Development.

In 2005 I retired from full-time work, and have since become involved in local activities, as a Nether Poppleton Parish Councillor, and a Governor at Manor School. I have a strong sense of service to the community and like to feel that I am returning some of the investment in time and encouragement that teachers, lecturers and friends have made in me over the years. I enjoy tennis, walking, cycling, and reading and continue to study.

Born and brought up in York (Clifton), I took English at a Scottish University and joined British Rail (Birmingham) in 1974. While in Birmingham I got involved in youth work in Ladywood, which was distinctly “interesting.” Moving from public to private sector, I stayed with the railways until May 2012, taking advantage of the industry’s many and varied opportunities to become a “jack of all trades”…

I returned to York in the mid-’80s, married Alison, and have lived here ever since. We have two sons who both came to Manor and we were members of the Manor Association (PTA) throughout their time there. Since retiring I’ve actually been able to take up the pastimes that my CV had always rather optimistically claimed, including walking and cooking and, above all, singing with community, chamber and sea-shanty choirs now being my all-weather pursuit of choice.

I was brought up in North London, and then spent 15 years in Oxford, as an undergraduate (maths) then postgraduate student and researcher (computer scientist). I moved up to York in 1995 to an academic post in the Computer Science department, where I’m now a Reader. My role currently is split between the Computer Science department and chairing the university’s assessment committee,
and I am also involved with the university’s new International Pathway College, which offers preparatory courses to international students.

I married Clare in 1997 and we have two children, both of whom are working their way through Manor: Jennifer has just finished, and Charlie is in year 10. Clare also works at the university, as a cell biologist. We all worship at St Olave’s, where Jenny and I (and sometimes Clare) sing in the choir, Charlie helps with altar serving and I serve on the PCC and on Deanery Synod. In my spare time, I enjoy both walking and cycling, sometimes with our dog for company.

I was educated at a North London comprehensive. I went to Liverpool University studying Archaeology & Ancient History. I did an MA at York University in Archaeological Heritage Management and worked as an archaeologist on various commercial and research projects in the UK & Middle East. I then took a change of direction and undertook postgraduate law conversion course. I trained and qualified as a solicitor and worked in a large commercial practice as a litigator for 6 years. Another (less drastic) change of direction now sees me teaching law at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I obtained a PGCE in adult education. I have one child at Manor school and served as a parent governor at my children’s primary school for 4 years.

I was born and brought up in York. I am married to Deborah, my daughter and son attend Manor CE Academy. I am the Commercial Manager for BAM Construct UK (North East), part of the Royal BAM Group, one of the largest European multidiscipline construction companies based in Holland. I attended Nunthorpe Grammar School and then trained as a Quantity Surveyor on a day-release basis at York College.

I serve the Poppleton Scout Group as a Section Assistant Leader, helping to organise a wide and varied programme based on a faith ethos, helping the young Scouts grow together and individually, into the community. My current work affords me the opportunity to help young people with work experience and I have also assisted in the supervision of DoE bronze and silver expeditions and I have previously mentored at York High School.

I was born in York and lived in Haxby until I was 18 and remember when it was a small village surrounded by fields! I trained as a chef and worked in Hotels and Restaurants in the city until I went on tour with Elton John. Then followed 10 years of touring with many bands and artists including everyone from Peggy Lee to Van Halen, Michael Jackson and Eric Clapton; and lots of others in between.

I have worked in many countries and ended up with my own London based catering company specialising in the music business. After closing the business I emigrated to New Zealand, then returned to the UK, went to college, then on to York St John to take a degree in Film, Television, Literature and Theatre, whilst there I started working at BBC Radio York. After completing my degree I worked as a broadcast journalist and programme producer at Radio Leeds and Radio Cleveland and then back to Radio York. I came into teaching via the Graduate Teacher Programme route and became a Fast Track teacher.

I quickly developed a passion for pastoral care and in my NQT year became a Head of Year. After several years as an Assistant Head at Burnholme, I came to Manor after its closure. I hold the Special Education Needs Award and have recently completed an MA in Education. I enjoy painting, cooking, relaxing with friends, gardening and my job!

I was born in Canada and brought up in Cambridge. I moved to Yorkshire at the age of 18, when I went to Leeds University to study medicine. I spent the next 18 years studying and working in different hospitals around Yorkshire until I moved to Poppleton in 2005 when I became a consultant Paediatrician at York Hospital. I work part-time and have a special interest in neuro-disability (and in particular autism). I’m also the Designated Doctor for child deaths in York and North Yorkshire. This challenging work gives me a unique insight into the threats facing our young people, and mental health issues and suicide prevention are a major focus for me at the moment.

I’m married to Andy, and we have two children, one in year 8 at Manor and one in year 5 at Poppleton Ousebank. Football is all important in our family – I’m a lifelong Cambridge United supporter (this has made me very resilient when it comes to failure….) and played for the Leeds University women’s team whilst at University.

These days I leave the playing to my sons, who both play for Poppleton JFC, and my husband, who plays 6 aside for a Manor parents’ team. My husband and older son are season ticket holders at Stoke City, and my younger son supports Leeds United. The only team we all watch together is York City! When not busy football watching / kit washing / taking children to matches, in my spare time I also enjoy skiing and photography.

I started life in the beautiful wilds of Cumbria, before moving away to study at York University. There I met my dear wife and we now have three wonderful children. The eldest has now left Manor and is a student at York College. Our middle one is in year 11 at Manor and our youngest in year 7. I graduated from York with a Masters in Mathematics and a young family. After which I took employment North of London as a Software Developer, something I had been doing as a hobby from the age of about eight.

The job was a great introduction to the world of Commerce, and about three years later we moved back to York. I’ve now spent just under 20 years developing software for a small number of companies in the financial and security industries. It’s a job I love and I’ve been privileged to work with many brilliant people. I’ve been actively involved with the PTA at Manor since our eldest joined Manor, over nine years ago, and I’ve been Chair of the PTA for over seven years now. I’m looking forward to helping in yet more ways as a Parent Governor.

What little spare time I have, between family, work and school, is spent doing everything from reading, listening to a very eclectic range of music, walking, cycling, writing software and nature photography.

Additional Information
  • To view the business interests of our Governors, please click here
  • To view the LGC Attendance Register 2017-18, please click here
  • To view the LGC Attendance Register 2016-17, please click here
  • To view minutes of Governors’ meetings, please click here


Post – Governor terms of office
NameDate of (latest) appointmentTerm of officeDate they stepped down
Helen Woodall04/144 years10/17
Tony Myers
05/154 years02/17
Victoria Barton
02/171 year06/17
Marion Hudson
12/144 years06/17
Tanya Elsworth
05/154 years07/17
Stephen Naish
07/134 years07/17
Janis Wright07/134 years07/17
Fiona Long07/134 years07/17
Tom Hanham12/144 years09/17
David Hosier07/134 years07/17