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Adel Primary School Governing Body

Governing Bodies play a vital part in the success of schools and The Department for Education (DfE) sets out information on the role of governing bodies in the Governor's Handbook. Ofsted, the national body that inspects schools, have been placing increasing emphasis on good governance as a key element in the effectiveness of a school.  

School Governors are volunteers who work with the Headteacher and with the Local Authority, to improve standards in their school. They provide both challenge and support to the Headteacher, taking the role of a 'critical friend'. 


The core functions of the Governing Body are: 

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction 

  • holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff 

  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. 



The school office can take messages for Governors.  Alternatively, written communications should be sent c/o the school address or by emailing 


Complaints Procedure 

Adel Primary School and its Governing Body follows staged procedures outlined in the Complaints Policy which can be found on our school website.  It is always the school's policy to resolve matters at the lowest level, firstly through discussion. We welcome parental feedback.  


Governors at Adel Primary School 

The individual skills members bring to the Governing Body are essential in informing the decision making of the school. We have some key strengths amongst the Governors including: 

  • Financial Management 

  • Health and Safety 

  • Legal 

  • Strategic Business Planning 

  • Human Resources Management 

  • IT 

  • Education 


Being a school Governor is a voluntary role, but one that comes with a lot of responsibility.  Governors must abide by a code of conduct, which includes points such as attending all meetings and maintaining confidentiality. 


Governors are expected to undertake regular training during their term of office to ensure that they have the necessary skills to fulfil their duties. A record of training completed is held by the Training Governor.  


Becoming a Governor 

You can find information about the role of Governors and how to become a Governor by clicking the following links:  


Meet our Governors

Governor Biographies

Karen Richardson 

Chair of Governors 

Governor Responsibilities: 

Financial Data 

I am a newly appointed Co-opted Governor having recently retired from a Financial Services and Compliance background. I hope to use my skills and enthusiasm to give something back to a community I am passionate about. 

I have lived in Adel for thirty plus years and have two grown up daughters, one a Lawyer and one a Specialist in Speech and Language who both attended Adel Primary School. In my free time I enjoy dog walking, travelling with my husband, visiting family and friends and am an avid reader. 


Debra Gardner 

Governor Responsibilities: 

Child Protection 


Safer Recruitment 

My involvement with Adel Primary School began when my son started in Reception September 2010.  Once my daughter joined reception I started volunteering at the school, initially listening to pupils read across several year groups and later working with Year 6 pupils on SATS preparation.   Although both my children have now left the school and I am no longer an “Adel Parent”, I live locally and am pleased to be able to continue contributing as a co-opted Governor.  


As a secondary school teacher, I am experienced in curriculum planning, data analysis, the Ofsted framework, Teacher Standards and have mentored numerous trainees and newly qualified teachers. My knowledge of the education system, and the pressures and rewards that working with young people brings, was a key factor in my decision to stand as a Governor in 2015 as I felt that my skills would support the ongoing development and improvement of the school so that all our children are given the opportunity to develop as caring and responsible citizens and reach their potential.



David Gilliard 

Chair of Resources Committee 

Governor Responsibilities:  


Extended Services 

PTA Link 

SEND and Children Looked After 

I retired from my career as a Chartered Surveyor five years ago having worked in nationalised industry, an American oil company, local authorities, private practice and as a university lecturer. 

I have two grown up daughters who both did well at school, obtained Cambridge degrees and established themselves in successful careers. I now have the bonus of three lovely granddaughters who I see a lot of. 


My main hobby is my family, but I also enjoy good food, travel and theatre and film and am very interested in politics and current affairs. 

I enjoy being with children and, for me, the best part of my role of Governor is the time I spend in school with my link class.  I became a Governor because I am interested in education and feel strongly that, no matter how good the school, there is always scope for improvement. 



Ira Jeffers 

Governor Responsibilities: 

PE Premium 

My role at Adel is to set the aims and objectives of the school and set and agree policies, along with the rest of the Governing body. As a Governor I will hold the school to account by evaluating performance and progress of our goals. I sit on the resource committee which ensures the school is financially sustainable for the future with the right resources within the school. I am currently allocated to Year 5 and also have responsibility for the PE Premium. 

In my day job, I am Head of HR, which gives me a good understanding of resources, financial and business planning. 



Diane Hallas  

Governor Responsibilities: 


Having retired from my career as a High School English teacher three years ago, I am now volunteering in the local community. I became a governor to maintain my links to education, about which I am passionate.

I have three grown up sons who are busy pursuing their careers in various parts of the country; I spend time visiting them as well as pursuing my own hobbies, one of which is photography. I also like to follow gymnastics (a sport I coached to international level) and a number of other sports.


As a new Governor, I hope to spend some time getting to know the school community and supporting the staff using the experience and expertise I have picked up along my journey in education. As a firm believer in the idea of lifelong learning, I am hoping that the staff, governors, parents and pupils of Adel Primary will enable me to learn many new things too.



Catharine Morgan 


Governor Responsibilities: 

Complaints (Appeals) 

Governor Training 

Performance Data 

Pupil Premium 

I have been a Governor at Adel Primary School since 2013 and at the time both of my children were pupils at Adel Primary.  Both my children thoroughly enjoyed their time at the school and as a Governor I have been pleased to give something back to the school that has done so much for them. The school has developed significantly since I first became a Governor and I feel proud to have been able to contribute to those changes. 


I am an IT Manager but have always been passionate about education, and in recent years have been able to include both of these areas in my career. I currently work at the University of Leeds, but prior to that I was at a company that developed computer systems for schools. This gave me a good understanding of primary schools and helped me in my role as Governor. 



Kate Selway 

Governor Responsibilities: 


Eco School 

I am the parent of two children at Adel Primary. I have been a secondary Mathematics teacher for 15 years. I am a standard Maths geek and am well known by the children as one of the two parents who can solve a Rubiks cube (if there are more they are keeping quiet about it!). 

I love working in education and thought that being a parent governor would be interesting and I wanted the chance to give back to this fantastic school community. 



Bob Ubhi  

Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee 

Governor Responsibilities: 

Health and Safety 

I am a parent to two boys one at a local Primary and the other just started Secondary school. They strive to keep me busy and active and test my patience on a daily basis.  


I have been a Company Director for over 25 years, first within the Petroleum Industry and then moved into the Property Sector where we have continued.   


I am a University Mathematics graduate and enjoy teaching my boys various solutions to complicated questions, although I cannot solve the Rubiks Cube as yet! I am an avid Gamer with my boys and play Golf, when allowed!  


I have been a Governor for over 10 years and have seen many changes and developments over this time through evolving Governments. I am currently the H&S Governor for the school and you will probably have seen me inspecting the premises whilst you were having your lessons. I hope you have seen the many modifications we have implemented and improved for a safer environment for you to learn. I am proud to be a Governor for Adel. 



Ian Smith 
Parent Governor

I am a newly appointed Parent Governor in 2021 and am proud to be associated with this school and its community.


I have two daughters in the school, in years 3 and 5. Unlike when I was their age, they love going to school, which says a lot about the care and development that Adel Primary provides. I am a governor because I want to ensure that all children continue to receive the support and education that my children are.


I run my own company as a Business Psychologist. My day job is to ensure that organisations select and promote the right people and that employees are the best they can be in their role. When I’m not doing that or spending time with the kids, I enjoy playing as much football and golf as my ageing body allows.