Meet the Governors

Our Governors

Tom Manson (Co-opted Governor & Chair of the HR Committee)
Peter Hemsley (Community Governor, Chair of the H&S Committee & Catch-up Link Governor)
Louise Barrett (Parent Governor, Chair of the TLSP Committee & SIRO Link Governor)
Gavin Chappell (Headteacher)
Toni Darling (Parent Governor, Pupil Premium Link Governor & Safeguarding Link Governor)
Ralph Gilbert (Parent Governor & Chair of the Finance Committee)
Emma Good (Staff Governor)
Karen Harper (Co-opted Governor)
Robin Makey (Parent Governor)
Sally-Ann Pindar (Co-opted Governor & SEND Link Governor)

Tom Manson


Tom is a Co-opted Governor, who has two boys at the school. He was appointed Chair of the Governing Body in October 2020.

Tom is also the Chair of the HR Committee and sits on the J6th Governance Committee.



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 from Tom Manson 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 Committee and Catch-up 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 Parent Governor, Chair of the TLSP Committee and Link Governor for the SIRO Committee.

Gavin Chappell

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




Toni Darling

Toni joined the governing body of Beverley Grammar School in March 2021 as a Parent Governor.

Toni has worked with families for over 26 years in the public sector. She has two sons who attend Beverley Grammar School and a daughter at Beverley High School. Toni is also a parent governor at a local primary school and a volunteer for ‘Pets As Therapy’, where she can utilise her passion for and knowledge of pastoral and SEN support.

Toni is the Link Governor for both Safeguarding and Pupil Premium Strategy.

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 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, she now has various roles: Head of Business, Director of Student Experience and she is a member of the extended leadership team.  She is committed to the BGS school community, in particular helping to assist students and staff to develop to their full potential.

Karen Harper

Karen served as Chair of Governors for Beverley Grammar School from December 2016 to October 2020 and served for the recommended four terms. 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.

Karen sits on the J6th Governance Committee.

Robin Makey

Robin is a Parent Governor and joined the board in March 2021.

Robin has worked in the education sector for many years and is currently the Director of Further Education at a college in South Yorkshire.


Sally-Ann Pindar

Sally-Ann is a Co-opted Governor whose son attended both 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.

Sally-Ann is the Link Governor for SEND.