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Ilkley Grammar School - Local Governing Body (LGB)

Ilkley Grammar School is part of Moorlands Learning Trust (MLT) multi-academy trust (MAT) and currently has 9 local governors, each of whom has a term of office of four years; the different categories are shown below. 

The detail of our business is dealt with via committees. The Local Governing Body (LGB), and the committees usually meet twice per term. Agendas, minutes and associated papers from the LGB meetings can be viewed at the school by request.

The Local Governing Body works under the agreed MLT scheme of delegation (below), in partnership with the Headteacher who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. 

Trustees of the MAT, governors, associate members, the Headteacher and the clerk have the right to attend governing body meetings. In addition, the LGB can allow any other person to attend its meetings. Associate members may be excluded from any part of a meeting when the item of business concerns an individual student or member of staff.

One of the key roles and responsibilities of the LGB is to monitor the progress and performance of the school.  Governors hold positions with specific responsibilities usually referred to as 'governor representatives'.  The representative will not only help the LGB to understand what happens in school but also helps the governors to fulfil their strategic role.

pdf iconIGS LGB Strategic Outline 2018-19.pdf (404.3KB)

pdf iconMLT Scheme of Delegation.pdf (221.5KB)

pdf iconIGS Approved Scheme of Delegation 12th September 2018.pdf (222.2KB)

'Right Gov!' link for Governors

Categories of Governor

  • Parent governors are elected by parents / carers and must have a child at school at the time of election. They are appointed by the LGB.
  • Staff governors are elected by the staff and appointed by the LGB. The Headteacher in their 'ex officio' capacity is also a Staff Governor.
  • Community or co-opted governors are appointed by the LGB. 
  • Associate governors are appointed by the LGB and attend meetings as relevant without voting rights.
  • MLT trustees may also appoint governors to the LGB


Governors at Ilkley Grammar School are required to attend LGB meetings and may be a member of one of the committees that help in running the school. The current committees are:

  • Resources: This committee is responsible for the school's financial strategy, school premises, staffing issues and employment matters
  • Pupil & Staff Discipline: This committee meets on an ad hoc basis to deal with matters of pupil and staff discipline
  • Pay Committee: This committee meets annually to consider any recommended pay awards for leadership staff and teachers on the upper pay spine
  • Performance Management: This committee meets to review the performance of the Headteacher

Our School Governors

Any issues to do with individual students or staff, and those relating to the management of the school, should go directly to the school.

Community or Co-opted Governors

I am now happily retired but in my previous life I have been a Chemistry teacher, Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head in Leicestershire community colleges and Headteacher in two Leeds Secondary schools. I then worked for 7 years as a specialist in school funding. Now my main interest is my four grandchildren

  • Georges Droogmans

I work for the Homes and Communities Agency based in the Leeds office and responsible for national knowledgement management development. We moved to Menston four years ago having spent 16 years in Cambridgeshire where I was Head of Geography at Anglia Ruskin University and with a background in sustainable development, regeneration and environmental change. While living down south I undertook a four year parent governor post at an infant school assisting the resources and curriculum committees. I originally come from Hasselt, Belgium and have been living in the UK since 1987 when I undertook a course of study at Strathclyde University where I met Linda who is Primary school teacher.

  • Sandra Lazenby (Resources Committee Chair)

I currently work for Lloyds Banking Group within the IT function where I split my time between managing local IT-related risks within a Service Desk environment and assisting the senior management team in driving their strategic vision for the department.  Iíve been with Lloyds (or iterations of the company) since graduating from the University of Leeds some 20 years ago.  As with many ex-students I remained Ďlocal' to Leeds and now live in Otley with my husband and two children aged 12 and 5.  In addition to working part-time Iím a mum so tend to be quite good at juggling family and home commitments too!  When time permits I love to practice yoga, bake, sew and get outside whenever I can.

  • Melanie Kirkbride (Safeguarding and Health and Safety Governor)

I moved to Ilkley in 2015 after living in Sydney, Australia for 23 years. My career began in technology, working for IBM in London. For the past 20 years Iíve run my own business offering business coaching, mentoring, and meditation teaching. In 2015 I co-founded The Soft Road, to inspire, educate, and guide people to live happier lives. I became a Governor in 2017 and am committed to making a contribution drawing on my diverse business career and knowledge of life long learning. I am passionate about young people and their readiness to enter the world beyond school. I am a member of the Resources Committee, the Performance Management Committee and I am the named Governor for Safeguarding and also for Careers. My husband and I chose to move to Ilkley for the love of Yorkshire, the town, and the surrounding countryside.  

  • Thomas Hurst

Having been born and bred in The Netherlands, I came to the UK to read law at University. Via Sheffield, London, Leeds and London (again) I moved to Ilkley in 2009. I am a specialist Construction Law Litigator in Leeds. I became a governor in January 2019. As the husband of a teacher Iíve always retained an interest in education, especially as I went through a different education system having studied the European Baccalaureate. I also wanted to give something back. I was very fortunate with the education and opportunities I received and would like to help ensure the younger generations achieve their goals and help improve young lives in my local community.

Staff Governors

  • Helen Williams (Headteacher)
  • Neil Garrido

I undertook my PGCE teacher training at King's College London before taking my first qualified teaching post, which I held for three years, at a non-selective comprehensive school in Bromley, south east London. At this school I became the lead teacher of chemistry and in my final year at the school the KS4 science coordinator. Relocating to Yorkshire with my wife and two young children to begin my role as chemistry teacher at IGS in 2014 I now live locally and have an active interest in the outdoors. This currently includes cycling, fell running and climbing. Outside of school my interest in the outdoors has led me to compete in several mountain marathons and enter an ultra-marathon. My other, slightly eccentric, past-time is competing in village shows Ė I was this year's winner of the Askwith show chocolate cake category (men only) and gained third place with my home-grown carrots at the Burley Summer festival! Since my relocation last year I feel that I am now firmly established within IGS and its community and believe it is the right time for me to make a greater contribution to the school through this post. Having experience of both teaching and supporting roles will, I believe, enable me to be more effective as a governor. Whilst the demands of both roles are similar they are nonetheless different and as such I hope to be able to represent and support my colleagues and the school more effectively as a result.

  • Veronica Hepworth

I have been a staff member since 2014, but my association with Ilkley Grammar School goes back much further as both my children attended the school so I have experience of the school from different Ďsides of the fenceí.

Prior to joining IGS, I served in the West Yorkshire Police for thirty years, working across various departments, including domestic violence and child protection and I spent the last nine years leading a team of officers and support staff on the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

I am passionate about IGS and sat on the working party which drafted the schools vision statement. It is my commitment to this vision which has led me to become a staff governor.  I am looking forward to having the opportunity to make a difference by contributing ideas and being able to influence school through debate and voting on a strategic level. As an associate staff member, I work across the key stages and curriculum areas. I feel I have developed a good rapport with staff across the board and have a real understanding of the issues and am keen to develop mutual understanding between staff and the governing body.

Outside of school, I enjoy going to spin classes at a local gym and walking our two dogs.

Parent Governors

  • Stuart Herrington

I moved to Ilkley 3 years ago with my family, having left Yorkshire over 20 years ago. In September 2014, I will have a son in Year 9 and a daughters joining Year 7. I am a Headteacher of a large inner-city primary school in Bradford. Since joining IGSís governing body, I have joined the Teaching and Learning committee as I want to help support and challenge the school in further developing the quality of teaching and achievements for all groups of pupils. In the forthcoming academic year, I will become the named governor for Special Educational Needs.

  • Steve Spoerry

I moved with my family to Ilkley in 2010.  I have a daughter at IGS and a son at Ben Rhydding Primary School.  For 28 years I worked as a manager for the NHS latterly as Chief Executive of a Primary Care Trust and a General Hospital.  Today I work as a self-employed interim director and consultant in the health and construction sectors.  I am keen for the school to help all students make the most of their different aptitudes and aspirations.

Clerk to the Governors

The Register of Interests of members of the Local Governors Body serving and those who have served at any point in the last 12 months:

pdf iconRegister of Governors Interests 2019-20.pdf (188.6KB)

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