Meet the Governors

Our Governors

Karen Harper (Parent Governor)
Tom Manson (Parent Governor and Chair of the HR Committee)
Louise Barrett (Parent Governor and Chair of the TLSP Committee)
Gavin Chappell (Headteacher)
Angela Coulbeck (Non-teaching Staff Governor)
Nick Cross (Parent Governor)
Melanie Harrington (Community Governor)
Peter Hemlsey (Community Governor)
Sally-Ann Pindar (Parent Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee)
Derek Thorpe (Parent Governor and Chair of the Health & Safety Committee)
Mark Wilkinson (Staff 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.

Both her sons attend Beverley Grammar School and are currently in Years 11 and 13.

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 Parent 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.


Angela Coulbeck




Angela was elected onto the Governing Body as a non-teaching Staff Governor, working as a Teaching Assistant in the Learning Support Department.

Angela is a parent of four sons, who all attended the Beverley Grammar School and the Sixth Form, who came to the school to volunteer in Learning Support and then became an employee.

Angela is a member of the Health, Safety and Buildings Committee.

Nick Cross




Born in Beverley Westwood Hospital and raised in Driffield, Community Governor Nick classes himself as a true local.

He is a GP and an Associate Medical Director for Humber Foundation NHS Trust.

Nick is a passionate believer that given the right learning environment, children can thrive and fulfil their true potential.

As one may expect, Nick has a strong interest in the students’ health and welfare and strives to ensure when at school, they will be supported to live a healthy lifestyle and be free of bullying and intimidating behaviour.

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 Parent Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee with a son currently in Year 13.

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.

Derek Thorpe




Parent Governor and Chair of the Health & Safety Committee, Derek has spent his career working in the food business, gaining experience in project management, budget control and staff management.  He was a member of the Friends of Molescroft School for four years, helping to raise money for the school.

During the summer months, Derek is a cricket umpire in the Yorkshire Senior League.

Mark Wilkinson




Mark is a teacher at Beverley Grammar School and a Staff Governor.

Mark has 27 years’ teaching experience and is Head of the Science Department.

Peter Hemsley




Peter has joined us as a Community Governor, having previous experience as the Chair of Governors at his sons’ 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.