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Meet The Governors

Picture 1 Tony Briggs, Chair of Governors - I have been a Governor at Bacon Garth since 2001 and Chair since 2003. I believe passionately that we have a responsibility to help our young people to be responsible members of society and this can best be achieved in a school environment which demonstrates and encourages respect and care for other people. My two greatest achievements in this post have been the appointment of Dave Clark as Headteacher and helping to lead the school from ordinary to outstanding. For many years, I was in charge of the Public Transport group at Humberside County Council. I have been national Chair of my professional association, during which time I worked with civil servants and ministers to introduce the national concessionary fares scheme for elderly and disabled people and on the design of accessible buses and bus stops that we see today. I have lived in Cottingham since 1974, am a member and Elder at the United Reformed Church on Hallgate and lead worship in a number of local churches. I was in charge of the Boys Brigade company at the church for 30 years and a national trainer. I am a Trustee of two local charities and Treasurer of another. Married with two sons, I have five grandchildren.
Picture 2 Sue Burgess - I’ve been a governor at Bacon Garth since 2009 and am currently Vice Chair of Governors as well as Chair of the Leadership & Management and Curriculum committees. Before I retired in 2016 I worked in the Education Inclusion Service in County Hall for 12 years. I supported schools in the East Riding across all phases, offering advice and support when a pupil was at risk of or had been excluded. My role also involved supporting pupils into a new setting after exclusion. I worked with a wide range of agencies and professionals during my time in the EIS and I believe that this experience has greatly helped me in my role as a governor.
Picture 3 Hello, my name is Pauline Russell. I am married to Robin and have lived in Cottingham for over 40 years. My two children are now grown up, but they attended Bacon Garth when they were small. I retired following a teaching career of 30 years, most of which was spent teaching young children with special educational needs and disabilities. Within two or three years of retirement I joined the governing body of Bacon Garth and have enjoyed being a governor now for over 6 years.
Picture 4 Susan Brett - I am a former University lecturer. I am now retired. Two of my children attended Bacon Garth nursery. I have been a member of the Open the Book team for four years. I have been a governor since 2016 and I am thoroughly enjoying being the Year 6 link Governor and my involvement with Bacon Garth School.
Picture 5 Geraldine Mathieson - Geraldine is currently the longest-serving governor, having started in 1998. She has many roles outside school; as well as being a local councillor she is an active volunteer with several community groups. Her professional work (when she has time for it!) is an informal type of teaching called heritage interpretation, specialising in industrial history. Her main passions are windmills and food history.
Picture 6 Amilee Collins - My name's Amilee Collins, I've just started as a parent governor and I've got two children who attend Bacon Garth. I work for a charity empowering refugee families and helping them settle into their new communities. I've also worked as a teacher here in the UK and in Eritrea, been the chair of a women's centre and run a mentoring and befriending project. I look forward to helping our school bring out the best in every pupil.
Picture 7 Sam Lamb - Hello, my name is Samantha Lamb and I have been the staff school governor for the past couple of years. I have been working at Bacon Garth School, as a teaching assistant, since qualifying in 2006 and have worked in KS1, KS2 and the Foundation Unit. Iam also a member of the Friends of Bacon Garth, who help to raise money for the school, by organizing school discos, Christmas Fairs etc.
Picture 8 Tim Lovewell - Tim Lovewell - Parent Governor - I became a governor in early 2018. I have a son who loves to attend Bacon Garth, and the reason I became a governor is so I can contribute to the school, it’s pupils and the staff, whilst helping the school continue to achieve its aims.
Picture 9 Caroline Ward - My name is Caroline Ward and I have two children who love being pupils at Bacon Garth. As a parent governor I am proud to have an input into providing every child at the school with the best education available to them and the chance to fulfil their potential. I am the link governor for both Year 1 and Maths.

Contact Details:


Mr T Briggs

Chair of Governors

Bacon Garth Primary School

The Garth


HU16 5BP


How to Become a Governor


When a parent governor reaches the end of their term of office, the school will write to parents of children in year FS2 to year 6 to ask for governor nominations.

The Role of The Governing Body

Susan Brett Co-Opted 15.03.2020 Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare 3 N/A 3
Tony Briggs Co-Opted 10.03.2019

Leadership & Management

Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare

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Sue Burgess Co-Opted 10.03.2019

Leadership & Management (Chair)

Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare (Chair)

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Amilee Collins Parent 16.05.2020 Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare 1 N/A 2
Samantha Lamb Teaching Assistant   Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare 3 N/A 3
Tim Lovewell Parent 12.12.2020 Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare N/A N/A 3
Geraldine Mathieson Local Authority 04.07.2017 Leadership & Management (Vice Chair) 3 2 N/A
Pauline Russell Co-Opted 10.03.2019

Leadership & Management

Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare

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Caroline Ward Parent 26.06.2021 Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare N/A N/A 1