Meet the Governors

Our Governors

Karen Harper (Co-opted Governor)
Tom Manson (Co-opted Governor and Chair of the HR Committee)
Louise Barrett (Parent Governor and Chair of the TLSP Committee)
Gavin Chappell (Headteacher)
Melanie Harrington (Community Governor)
Peter Hemsley (Community Governor and Chair of the Health & Safety Committee)
Sally-Ann Pindar (Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee)
Rev. Jonathan Baker (Community Governor)

Karen Harper

Chair of Governors



Karen was appointed as Chair of Governors for Beverley Grammar School in December 2016. Karen was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2014 and as a Co-opted Governor in December 2018.

Both her sons attended Beverley Grammar School and the J6th.

Karen was a Parent Governor at her sons’ primary school in Skidby for eight years, seven as Vice-Chair of Governors and finally as Chair. She was the Link Governor with responsibilities for Quality of Teaching, Leadership and Management (Raise online)

Karen worked in the NHS for more than 10 years in Pathology, within medical microbiology and mortuary departments, both in Hull and in her native Wrexham in North Wales

Karen also worked in the science department of a local secondary school for three years, which afforded her an invaluable insight into the workings and expectations of Secondary education.


Tom Manson

Vice Chair


Tom is a Co-opted Governor, who has two boys at the school.

Louise Barrett




Louise has worked in Marketing, PR and Sales for 25 years. Her work involves communicating with a wide variety of customers, suppliers, press and other contacts around the world.

Louise has been involved with the charity The Lullaby Trust; she is one of the charity’s media parents and has been involved with many fundraising events and challenges for the Trust. Her experience has afforded her experience in event management and organisation.

Louise is a Parent Governor and Chair of the TLSP Committee.

Gavin Chappell




Gavin is the Headteacher of Beverley Grammar School. He commenced this role in September 2015.

Melanie Harrington



Melanie is a Community Governor, who has previously served as a governor at a local primary school. She is also a primary school teacher.

Sally-Ann Pindar




Sally-Ann is a Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee whose son attended BGS and the J6th.

Her professional life falls into two phases – commercial practice and education. Initially Sally-Ann was a Company Secretary for a Horticultural Construction business during which time she gained a MBA. After this, Sally-Ann moved into education. First, as a Teaching Assistant then, after completing a PGCE, teaching at a Primary School in Hessle for three years.

In 2012, Sally-Ann was awarded a Masters Degree in Autism and in 2013, became the coordinator for the Social Communication Difficulties Panel, which is the autism diagnostic pathway in the East Riding. Sally-Ann still undertakes these duties in a part-time capacity and has been seconded to a further part-time role as Education Health and Care Plan Coordinator. The study of autism remains a passion and she is currently reading for a Phd, investigating the impact of dreaming upon the well-being of people with autism.

Peter Hemsley




Peter has joined us as a Community Governor, having previous experience as the Chair of Governors at his son’s primary school in North Lincs in the late 90’s.

Peter is a retired Chemical Engineer and has recently settled in Beverley after spending more than half of his career working overseas.

He is a strong believer in the value of education to society and sees governorship as a way to benefit the community.

Reverend Canon Jonathan Baker

Jonathan has been Vicar of Beverley Minster and its Associated Churches since December 2017. He was formerly Canon Missioner and Acting Dean at Peterborough Cathedral, and before that was in parish ministry near Scarborough.

He is sustained by Sue, who is an English teacher, and Maisie the Labrador who provides exercise and pet therapy. The four Baker children are all in their 20s but still have rooms in the Vicarage. Jonathan enjoys architecture and the visual arts, including film, and feels his table football-playing prime still lies ahead of him.

Jonathan joined as a Community Governor in October 2018.