Meet the Governors

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.

Louise’s experience with The Lullaby Trust has afforded her experience in event management and organisation.

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.

Angela is an employee of the school, 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

Hello, my name is Nick Cross and it is a great privilege for me to become a Community Governor for Beverley Grammar School.

Born in Beverley Westwood Hospital and raised in Driffield, I would class myself as a true local.

I am a GP and also an Associate Medical Director for Humber Foundation NHS Trust and have worked locally for the past 10 years, after moving back to the area from Liverpool.

I am a passionate believer that given the right learning environment, children can thrive and fulfil their true potential. I feel I had that when at school and want to ensure that your sons also receive this opportunity.

As one may expect, I have a strong interest in your sons’ health and welfare and I will strive to ensure when at school, they will be supported to live a healthy lifestyle and be free of bullying and intimidating behaviour.

I look forward to meeting you in the future.

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.

Jonathan LeVine

Jonathan’s sons, Paul and Matthew, both attended Beverley Grammar School and Beverley Joint Sixth Form.

Serving on Human Resources and on the Teaching, Learning and Student Progress Committees with links to PE, Art, Music, Geography and ICT.

“Retired ?”, Mentor at Swinemoor Primary, Geology/Geography fieldwork advisor/ tutor to several secondary schools, President of Rotary Club, Beverley, running Ammonite Jewellery Crafts making craft jewellery etc.

Primary Teaching, Whitby (two years), Signwriting and Building for J B Eastwoods, Nottingham (two years), Assistant Curator and Ceramics Researcher for Teeside Museums and Art Galleries Service, Middlesbrough (five years), Warden and Tutor at Rapers Farm Field Centre, Pickering Forest (four years), Head of House and later Coordinator of Guidance, Hornsea School and Sixth Form College (23 years).

Mark Marsden

Mark is a Community Governor and an Executive Director of Beverley Building Society. He has worked in savings and mortgages since 2002, specialising in risk and compliance.

He has previously been a Director and Trustee of Scarborough & District Citizens’ Advice Bureau and a Parish Councillor.

Mark has a Chemistry Degree from York University and an Open University MBA. With two teenage children, he is particularly enthusiastic about embedding aspiration and motivation in young people to grasp the opportunities that their education presents.

Sally-Ann Pindar

I’m Sally-Ann and a Parent Governor: my son is currently in Year 13.

My professional life falls into two phases – commercial practice and education. Initially, I was a Company Secretary for a Horticultural Construction business during which time I gained a MBA. Following the closure of the business in the financial crash of 2008, I moved into education, first, as a Teaching Assistant, then completing a PGCE and teaching at a Primary School in Hessle for three years.

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

Derek Thorpe

I have spent my  career working in the food business, gaining experience in project management, budget control and staff management.  I was a member of  the Friends of Molescroft School for four years, helping to raise money for the school. I am looking forward to joining the Board of Governors at BGS as a Parent Governor. During the summer months I am a cricket umpire in the Yorkshire Senior League.

Warren Viant

Warren is a Parent Governor.

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.