Meet the Governors

Our Governors


Louise Barrett (Community Governor, Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Student Progress Committee, SIRO Link Governor)


Peter Hemsley (Community Governor, Chair of the Health, Safety, Wellbeing and HR Committee & Catch-up Link Governor)
Sally Bearpark (Parent Governor)
Gavin Chappell (Headteacher – Ex Officio)
Sarah Crawford (Parent Governor)
Ralph Gilbert (Parent Governor & Chair of the Finance, Risk & Audit Committee)
Emma Good (Staff Governor)
Jo Ledingham (Co-opted Governor)
Tom Manson (Co-opted Governor, Co-Chair of the J6 Committee & Safeguarding Link Governor)
Tim Palmer (Parent Governor)
Sally-Ann Pindar (Co-opted Governor & SEND Link Governor)

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 Community Governor, Chair of the TLSP Committee and Link Governor for the SIRO Committee. She became Chair of the Governing Body in February 2022.

Peter Hemsley

Vice Chair

Peter 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. He took over the position of Vice-Chair in October 2020.

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.

Peter is the Vice-Chair of the Governing Body, Chair of the Health & Safety, Wellbeing and HR Committee and Catch-up Link Governor.

Gavin Lord-Chappell

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





Sally Bearpark

Sally joined as a Parent Governor in March 2022 and has over 14 years experience as a teacher and lead in Early Years and Primary education.

Sally has two children at Beverley Grammar School and enjoys walking and spending time with family.




Sarah Crawford

Sarah became a Parent Governor of Beverley Grammar School in March 2022.

She is the Chief Financial Officer of a local Multi Academy Trust.

Sarah has two children, one of which attends Beverley Grammar School.

Ralph Gilbert

Ralph joined the governing body in October 2020 as a Parent Governor.

Ralph is the parent of two boys currently at BGS and has three older sons who have been through the school and benefitted from all it has to offer. His connection to the school already spans 16 years.

Ralph is a Solicitor and Managing Partner of a local law firm and has extensive experience of being both a school governor (including as Chair of Governors of a primary school) and charity trustee. He hopes to bring the skills he has learnt in all these roles to help the school continue to be a great place for both learning and personal development.

Ralph is the Chair of the Finance, Risk & Audit Committee.

Emma Good

Emma started at the school in May 2004 as a volunteer and then took up a permanent post as a Teaching Assistant in September 2004. She worked as a Teaching Assistant for two years before completing a Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) in Business at the school.

After nearly 15 years of teaching at BGS, Emma has had various roles in her time with us e.g.  Head of Business, Director of Student Experience.  Emma has recently become an Assistant Headteacher of the school. She is committed to the BGS school community, in particular helping to assist students and staff to develop to their full potential.


Jo Ledingham

Jo joined as a Parent Governor in June 2023 and has over 25 years experience as a teacher, (13 of these as a headteacher), and now works as a School Improvement Advisor.  Jo has one child at Beverley Grammar School.


Tom Manson

Tom is a Co-opted Governor.

Tom is the Co-Chair of the J6th Governance Committee and Link Governor for Safeguarding.

Tim Palmer

Tim became a Parent Governor of the school in March 2022.

Tim is a Finance Director and has over 25 years of financial, manufacturing, health and safety and insurance experience within industry. Tim is a strong advocate of continuous learning and completed an Executive MBA at the University of Sheffield in 2022.

He has two children who keep him busy, of which one is a student at BGS.

Sally-Ann Pindar

Sally-Ann is a Co-opted Governor whose son attended both BGS and the J6th.

Sally-Ann moved into the field of autism diagnostics in 2013, initially coordinating the East Riding Pathway and since 2018 has been the Lead Clinical Experience Coordinator for the UK’s largest online neurodevelopmental assessment service.

Sally-Ann has worked for the local SEN team as an Education, Health and Care Plan Coordinator and recently completed a doctorate in an autism related field of study.

Sally-Ann is the Link Governor for SEND.