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Here you will find all the information you need about the members of our Local Governing Board.

For pen portraits of individual governors, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Current Membership

Full NameDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeHow AppointedVoting Rights
Miss Elaine Atkinson19th October 20214 YearsTrust AppointedYes
Mrs Catherine Barker19th October 20184 YearsParent ElectedYes
Mrs Deborah Barton6th November 20204 YearsStaff AppointedYes
Mr Trevor Brown24th May 20194 YearsParent ElectedYes
Ms Ros Jump7th December 20194 YearsTrust AppointedYes
Miss Alison Oxtoby1st September 2018until ceases to be Head TeacherVoting Head TeacherYes
Mrs Caroline Palmer (Chair)7th December 20184 YearsTrust AppointedYes
Mr Loz Wilson23rd September 20204 YearsTrust AppointedYes

Members Resignations

Full NameDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeDate of ResignationHow Appointed
Mrs Louise Harte24th May 20194 Years8th November 2021
Mr Chris Huscroft1st May 2014until ceases to be Executive Head Teacher31st August 2018 (owing to SET change to governance)
Mrs Karen Markham1st September 2013until ceases to be Head of School31st August 2018 (resigned as Head of School)
Mrs Caroline Palmer (Vice-Chairman)19th October 20171 year18th October 2018 (end of term of office)
Mr Nathan Peat6th December 20184 Years22nd May 2020
Mr Raymond Reed8th April 20154 Years7th April 2019 (end of term of office)
Mr Joe Russell19th September 20174 Years31st December 2019
Mrs Kirsty Sutcliffe19th September 20174 Years10th June 2019
Miss Lyn Whitford1st November 20184 Years27th April 2021

Pen Portraits

Elaine lives in Dunswell and first joined the governing body in 2012 as a Community Governor.
Education has always been her passion and she taught at Longcroft School in Beverley for 30 years. Her career then took a new path when she became an Education Coordinator for the Children and Young People’s Service in Hull. She worked with and supported Looked after Children and Children in Need for 6 years.
She now works for North Lincolnshire in a local primary school teaching P.E. to Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 as well as supporting vulnerable children with behavioural problems.
She is pleased to see Dunswell Academy thriving and at the heart of the community.

Catherine grew up in Dunswell attending both Dunswell Primary and Cottingham High School.

After finishing college she took 6 months out to travel.  She returned to the UK 41/2 years later after working her way around The Caribbean, New Zealand and Australia.

She returned to work as a Landscape Manager whilst gaining NEBOSH and CITP qualifications.  This enabled her to move into the Health and Safety and training side of the industry.

In 2004 she married Shaun and managed their first self-build, where they now live with their 2 daughters.  Their eldest daughter is in Class 1 at Dunswell Academy and their youngest is at Dunswell play group.

Catherine has held her current position as the Operations Director for their Civil Engineering Company since April 2004.  This role includes undertaking the duties of Company Secretary, Health & Safety Manager, HR, accounting and staff training.

As a parent governor she hopes to now give something back to the school that has been a part of her and her family’s life for a long time.

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Trevor was brought up living in Hull, where he attended the Hull Trinity House School and subsequently trained as a Marine Engineer and has travelled to and worked all over the World.

He is currently working in Oil and Gas offshore in Qatar.

Trevor has been involved in the School since 2006 when his daughter attended and was part of the saving the School from closure campaign.

He has also assisted by attending residential and out of school activities.  Trevor and his wife Jayne have also been East Riding Foster carers for 10 years and also have a child attending the school.

Ros Jump has lived in Cottingham since 1969, and retired after a lifetime working in the food industry, she is also currently a Governor at a Cottingham School.

With connections in Dunswell she has a soft spot for the village and serves as a Trustee on the Village Institute along with attending St. Faiths, and is proud to have played an active role in saving the school from closure and encouraged the school to join Edukos Trust.

She sees one of her roles of a Governor being to strengthen the links between the school and the community, as they both need one other to maintain the vibrancy of the village.

Alison attended Hull University for four years where she completed a B.A Hons in Educational Studies with Urban Learning and then her Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Alison began her teaching career at Dunswell on 2010 as a Newly Qualified Teacher working with year 5 and 6. Throughout her time at Dunswell, Alison has seen the school saved from closure and change to an academy. Alison holds various roles within the school including Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and educational visits coordinator.  In September 2018, Alison became the Head of School.

Whilst working at Dunswell, Alison has continued to study for her Masters in Education and in January 2019 completed this qualification.

Caroline was brought up in Beverley and left Beverley High School to work at Lloyds Bank plc. After working there for eight years, she left her job as a mortgage advisor to join her husband as licensee of The Ship Inn in Dunswell.

Caroline has been a community governor since 2010, and holds the roles of Vice Chairman and Numeracy Coordinator. She has two children, who have both attended Dunswell Academy, and enjoys riding, skiing and scuba diving.

I was born in Glasgow, moving to York in 1972 and started supporting Leeds United, who at that time were the dominant football team in English football. I studied for my degree at Wimbledon School of Art in London and began my teaching career in East London where I taught art and English for three years.

I wanted to move North to be closer to my family. In 1993, I secured a position in Hull teaching art and English at David Lister School. My intention was to stay in Hull for a couple of years and move back to York. I remember one of my colleagues at David Lister saying, ‘You’ll be here longer than a few years lad!’.

I currently hold the position of Headteacher at Cottingham High School and Sixth Form College and work within The Consortium Academy Trust and pleased to say the move back to York never materialised. I love being part of the community and I am proud to have served the young people in and around Hull and the East Riding since 1993, which is one of the reasons I volunteered to be a Governor at Dunswell Academy.

I am married with three children, they all keep me grounded and focused on what is important in life. I can safely say that teaching and meeting so many brilliant young people over the years has been hugely satisfying. Teaching is the best profession in the world.