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overnor Profiles


Philip Turnpenny

Chair of Governors

I joined the school's Governing Body, as Chair, in May 2013. In addition I am Chair of Governors at Tadcaster Grammar School and a Governor at Sherburn High School. I have previously been Chair of the Interim Executive Board and Shadow Governing Body at St. Joseph's School in Tadcaster. My career was in industry, where I was a Director – Human Resources. I am also a Magistrate and am on the Board of a charity.

Cllr John Fort

Local Authority Governor

I have lived and worked in Nidderdale for many years. My children attended local schools and my grandchildren are now scholars. I have been a local County Councillor since 1997. I am at present a Govenor at Forest Moor School and have been since inception. I am a committed community activist and will continue to cement relationships between the school and the local community. I pride myself on a common sense approach and look forward to the school going from strength to strength in its new format.

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Jim Brosnan

Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor at Forest Moor School since it opened in February 2012 and previous to that was the Chair of Governors at Netherside Hall. I have had a lifelong involvement with Mental Health Charities such as MIND and I currently manage a supported housing scheme for adults with severe mental health problems.

Louise Souter

I am a married, full time working mum of three children who all attend local schools, one of which is currently on roll at Forest Moor.

I am in the Armed Forces and have served for over 14 years. After moving around various places, I bought a property in Harrogate in 2008 and have lived there since.

This is the first time I’ve been a school Governor and I look forward to the challenges ahead, helping the school in every possible way to reach its full potential.

John Hosegood

Co-opted Governor

Now retired, my career was in education, with the majority of my time spent teaching in Leeds. I have also worked for Leeds Education Authority in a small team which helped to manage the opening of new schools, school mergers and school closures. I have been a governor at school for nearly two years. Now that the future of Forest Moor has been secured I am looking forward to doing what I can to assist in moving the school ahead and making sure that all of our students make the progress they deserve. This is going to be an exciting time. I am sure we will be successful. I am also a governor of a primary school in Leeds and hope that this experience will be of use as we admit younger students to the school.

Sue Welch

Vice Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor

I am married with two children and 5 grandchildren and live in Darley, where I am the Parish Clerk and involved with many other local organisations. I am now retired, but have an education background as a Lecturer in Mathematics and I.T. at colleges and finally at Leeds Metropolitan University. I left the University to set up my own I.T. Consultancy business which helped various companies, including Opera North, to set up systems and train users. I have been a member of the School Improvement Committee and am currently Vice Chairman of the Resources Committee as well as the Community Link Governor. I am often to be found in school.


Jacqui Oversby

Parent Governor

I am a parent of 3 boys, the youngest of whom attended Baliol School before it transferred to Forest Moor. I have a passion to succeed and this is reflected in my approach and commitment to both work and Forest Moor School. I have a strong belief that every child deserves the right to thrive and be given the opportunity to be an individual. My experience in business gives me the skills and confidence to challenge if necessary and provide a voice for the young people of the school.

Dr Greg Richardson

Co-opted Governor

Born in Leeds, I spent all but 18 months of my childhood in Yorkshire, attending King James’s School as did my three children. I qualified as a doctor from Liverpool Medical School. Educational professionals contributed enormously to my child psychiatric training, and I became an NHS consultant working in Harrogate, Catterick and for 29 years in York, where I worked with a skilled, cohesive team on which I became utterly dependent. I was involved in the development of the national strategy for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and reviewed many CAMHS (a bit like OFSTED for CAMHS)


Marc Peart

Head Teacher and Co-opted Governor

I have worked with students with social, emotional and mental health needs for over 20 years and joined the school as Headteacher in September 2015. I am totally committed to improving outcomes and provision for pupils who find themselves at the margins of our education system, for whatever reason, and the opportunity to lead this work from Forest Moor School is such an exciting one. I have always found headship to be a hugely rewarding role and I am relishing the challenges that this new position is providing.

Chris Walker

Clerk to Governors

Tony Gould

Co-opted Governor

My early career was spent in the textile industry, initially at ICI, then at The International Wool Secretariat, where I finished as Director of Global Product Development. Following the decline of the wool industry, I joined a global career development company, DBM, where I rose to become UK Managing Director for eight years. Since retirement, I was Chairman of the Yorkshire Dales area of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and I serve at the Harrogate Foodbank. I also have a coaching qualification.

Recent widowed, I have two children and four grandsons. I care very much for the well-being and education of children and I feel very strongly in particular about the importance of the work undertaken by Forest Moor School. I will give freely of my time and experience to assist in any way I can in the professional management of the school.  

Ryan Standaloft

Staff Governor

I joined the teaching staff of Forest Moor in October 2016 as a teacher in Key Stage 2. 

I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and am passionate about nurturing our young learners to become resilient to the many challenges they face and are determined to be the best they possibly can be. 

I wanted to join the Governing Body to gain a greater understanding of how governance impacts on the development of our school. As staff governor, I look forward to serving as a useful link between the school staff and the governing body. 


Tony Gould – Co-opted Governor

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