Your School Governors

  • Mrs Gayle Baty

    Chair of Governors

    Foundation Governor (DBE) - Early Years and safeguarding
    Curriculum Committee

    I am an Early Years Professional with over 15 years experience in the early years sector. I grew up in Haydon Bridge and now own and manage my own child care business offering full and wrap around day care as well as early education.
    I live on a farm just outside Corbridge near Bywell with my husband and growing family.
    In my spare time I like to keep myself busy by volunteering to organise or take part in community events. I am currently also a trustee of the Newton and Bywell community hall.
    I have previously been an active member of young farmers which gave me the opportunity to experience office bearing roles. I have been secretary and chair of my local club and I was county secretary for a year.
    My daughter, Grace currently attends Nursery at CFS and as a foundation governor I hope to make a positive contribution not only to her education but to the education of all children in Corbridge.

  • Rev Cannon Dr David Kennedy

    Principle Officiating Minister

    Curriculum Committee

  • Mrs Monica Philbrick

    Foundation Governor (PCC) - SIAMS, Worship and RE

    Curriculum Committee

    Originally from the south east, I trained as a teacher, and taught for 5 years before the arrival of the first of my two daughters. I started working for Traidcraft as a volunteer, very much supporting the fair trade ethos of the company as a practical expression of my Christian beliefs. Then – with my family –I moved to Newcastle to work for the company.

    I’ve developed materials for primary and secondary schools, run exhibitions and been part of several successful bids for EU and DFID money. Latterly I worked with “developing world”, and European colleagues, to support craft and food producers achieve fair trade compliance.

    We moved to Corbridge in 2001, and with 4 grandsons under 8, I’ve revisited my interest in education.

  • Mr Andrew Neal

    Parent Governor

    Parent Governor living in Corbridge

    Staffing, Finance and Premises Committee / Curriculum Committee

    It is my wish that through hard work, focus and determination they and all the children at our school can have the best educational experience in their time at Corbridge Church of England First School, in a safe and enjoyable Christian environment.

    We are also committed to drive the school forward as a trained and open Governing Body.

  • Mr Andrew Patton

    Parent Governor - Science

    Staffing, Finance and Premises Committee

    I have been a parent governor sitting on the Staffing and Finance Committee since March 2015. I now Chair that Committee and I am also the Science Governor. My son Oliver Patton is in Year 3 and is really enjoying his time at the school.

    I want to support the school so that the children can be inspired to fulfil their potential. The following areas are of particular interest to me: to understand how the individual needs of children with their different learning styles are being met, how to best introduce and excite children in Science, strategies to develop/coach all staff, and how to develop the facilities to inspire learning.

    For the last 18 years have worked in Research and Development in Procter and Gamble developing branded products in the Consumer Goods Industry. Over the years I have coached and managed many teams, individuals and over 100 intern students. I also have lead number of volunteering positions. Previously I was a STEM ambassador, and I continue to partner with the school how best to bring science to life. I have been part of the First Teach initiative coaching 2 teachers. I am a currently a Trustee of Tyneside Vineyard Charity, my role is primarily to manage the finances in addition to governance, and in addition I help to lead Kids Church for the 3-5 year old group. I believe I can offer the school a business perspective on strategy, leading change, delivering through others and budget management.

  • Mrs Laura Horn

    Local Authority Governor - SEND Governor

    Staffing, Finance and Premises Committee

    As a Teacher in Northumberland and as a parent of 2 children at Corbridge First School I have a passion for education and fully believe in supporting the school as part of the governing body to be the best it can be.

  • Mrs Elizabeth Collins

    Foundation Governor (DBE) English and Mathematics

    Curriculum Committee

    I’m retired now, but I taught for forty years as a Middle School teacher in Wallsend and Prudhoe where apart from relishing my role in the classroom I also had a wider variety responsibilities. One of which was Head of CPD & ITT co-ordinator, I relished the challenges that new and experienced teachers brought to education. I was lucky enough to be employed by the Department for Education to enhance the recruitment of new trainees to our fabulous profession.
    Now in retirement I fill my days with lots of activities from guiding visitors around St Andrew’s Church, to attending an Art Society, singing in a choir to Pilates and now I’m coming back into education as a Foundation Governor in our wonderful Church of England First School. I look forward to the many exciting challenges ahead.
    Mike and I moved to Corbridge eighteen years ago from the coast - our two children attended both First and Middle in Corbridge, then Queen Elizabeth in Hexham. Tom our son, went to St Andrew’s and Edinburgh Universities graduating as a doctor, and Charlotte graduated from Manchester as an Optometrist . As a family we love it here and know that the education our children received was incredible - I want to make sure it’s available for all our children.

  • Mr Craig Johnston

    Foundation Governor (DBE) - GDPR - eSafety and Computing

    Curriculum Committee

    I have been involved in education for 24 years. I have recently started my own business working as an ICT Consultant for Schools.

  • Mr Andrew Gardner

    Staff Governor

    Staffing, Finance and Premises Committee

  • Miss Jennifer Ainsley


    I have been teaching now for over 18 years and have worked in schools in the Gateshead, Wandsworth, South Tyneside and Northumberland Local Authorities.

    I am proud that at Corbridge Church of England First School I can know every child personally and I value our pupils as individuals. I believe that every child is capable of great success and we work hard with them every day to achieve their personal best. We empower them to be whatever they want to be and give them the self-confidence to know that they can achieve this. I am blessed with a team of dedicated staff who are committed to providing the very best for our children.

    With God’s guidance we all strive every day to be ‘the best that we can be’.

  • Mr Paul Hagger

    Foundation Governor

    Staffing, Finance and Premises Committee

    After graduating from Leeds University with a B.Sc. in Metallurgy, I work for five years in one of the Sheffield steel mills during which I gained my Master’s degree in Iron and steelmaking. I went from there to a company producing automotive transmission (“car gearbox”) parts for which I was very much involved in developing their international business. A move into the steel foundry business brought me north to Corbridge in 1991 working at Tow Law on the A68 and Stanhope where I was Product Development Director of their railway and defence products. I became self-employed in 2002 with a railway engineering consultancy business involved with parts for trains. I’m married to Liz, a retired careers consultant and have two wonderful daughters and sons-in-law. Our younger daughter attended Corbridge First School when we moved here. They both now each have with two children. I sing in several choirs – St Andrews Church Choir, Hexham Orpheus Choir among others; have a model railway in the garage as well as still doing the odd bit of paid employment!

  • Mr Alistair Jenkins

    Foundation Governor

    Staffing, Finance and Premises Committee

    Although I have lived in Corbridge for over 8 years, I work at St Chad's College in Durham which is an independent college within Durham University. My role there is Finance & Operations Director, with responsibility for the operational side of the college, including finance, health & safety and HR as well as overseeing the housekeeping, maintenance and catering teams. I moved to St Chad's in 2016, following a career in finance and business which has included working for major companies such as Lloyds Bank and Shell as well as a six year stint as Stewardship Development Officer for the Diocese of Durham. Outside of work I am a member of the congregation at St Andrew's Church. I chair the board of the North East Religious Learning & Resources Centre, am a non-executive director of Northumberland Football Association and also a trustee of Shepherds Dene retreat centre. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching a number of sports and spending time with my family.