Pen Portraits


Forename Surname Category Start Date End Date Position Pen Portrait
Helen Dudman Headteacher 01-Sep-19 N/A Executive Headteacher Information to follow
Stephen Banks Co-opted 24-Sept-18 21-Apr-23 I have over 20 years experience in Credit Risk Management, working across multiple industries including financial services, telecoms, banking and utilities. I am currently the Head of Credit Risk at Npower which involves the ownership and development on a day to day basis of credit policy and strategy. I aim to deliver technical solutions and processes for the business, which meet and exceed business performance objectives in respect of Consumer and Business debt and its impact on the P & L. This is achieved through effective project, operational and budget management.

This experience of managing teams and objectives and the associated financial outcomes are key to me fulfilling my role as a governor.

I have lived in Barton for 15 years.  I am married with 3 sons who all attended Barton C of E Primary School and then Richmond School & Sixth Form. I enjoy cycling and have recently completed a London to Paris fundraising ride.

Angela Vaux Co-opted 24-Sep-18 23-Sep-22 My name is Angie Vaux.  Initially I wanted to help with reading in school as I am dyslexic myself and appreciate how important being able to read confidently is for the well-being, confidence and achievement of each pupil.  However now I have six grandchildren I don’t get time to do that job unfortunately.

I am a member of Barton Parochial Church Council and have a number of jobs connected with the Church in Barton.

I also manage and steward a small corner of the Great Yorkshire Show, Country Pursuits, that takes up far more time than just three days in July.

Barbara Whittle Co-opted 24-Sept-18 07-Mar-22 Chair I was born in Darlington and have lived in the area most of my life. I attended Barton school and then went on to Richmond High School.  I was a Civil Servant for over 30 years until retirement.

My daughter also attended Barton and then Richmond School.

I have played the church organ at Barton since I was 15 and for many years have been a Foundation Governor at Barton. Most of my hobbies involve a craft of some kind although I also enjoy doing jigsaws and anything to do with cooking.

I have been Chair of Governors at Barton for quite some time and now Chair of our combined Governors at Ravensworth and Barton.

Kellie Harris Staff 18-Jan-15 17-Jan-23 I am Class Teacher and Maths subject lead at both Barton and Ravensworth Schools.

Before teaching I worked in Service Childrens Education as a Teaching Assistant and have lived in Cyprus Northen Ireland and Germany whilst my husband was serving in the Forces.

I have two children aged 22 and 16 and as a family we enjoy spending time together, walking the dog and cooking.

Corinne Bell Co-opted 24-Sept-18 01-Mar-23 Vice Chair My background is in Post 16 Training and Management. I am a co-opted Governor and have been a member of the Governing Board at Ravensworth for over 4 years.

My current roles are Vice – Chair of the Governing Board, DSEN Governor including Pupil Premium along with Lead Governor for Maths

Simon Collins Parent 20-Dec-19 19-Dec-2023 I was born and raised in Kent and I have spent much my working life in education.

I worked in a French University for two years and began my teaching career in a leading edge secondary school where I became Head of Languages.  Since then, I have worked in primary education in a wide variety of settings.  Two years ago we decided as a family to move to North Yorkshire, we really enjoy dog walks and getting out in the countryside; supply teaching in the vicinity has lead me to a position with North Yorkshire Virtual School.

I have wanted to be a Governor for a long time and I am delighted to be part of the Governing Body.

Susannah Bateman Co-opted 24-Sept-18 31-Aug-21 I am married and live in Ravensworth.

I work part time as a Computer Software Analyst.

I chair the SMSC committee I am link governor for Science and listen to Class 2 readers

Alan Gledhill Co-opted 24-Sept-18 Exofficio A semi-retired clergyman, married to Brenda and living in a cottage in Gilling West, with three grown-up children and eight grandchildren.  One of my daughters has a degree in Archaeology, the other is a Junior School Headteacher.  My son is a Chartered Surveryor living in Richmond – Richmond London, that is!

I have had a career in Secondary school teaching Geography but also in middle management as Assistant Head and SENCO.  My teaching posts were in inner- Leeds and Richmondshire.

Ordained some 35 years ago and vicar of Parishes in North Yorkshire before I semi-retired, I still assist in churches as and when required.

My interests are in photography, especially enlarging and printing black and white photography.  I am also restoring a 1949 Riley car which may or not one day be completed – I have to go in faith!

Melissa Coutts Parent 21-Jan-16 20-Jan-20 I am a 46 year old working mum of two boys, aged 13 (previously attended Ravensworth) and 5 years old presently a Reception pupil at Ravensworth.


I run a busy recruitment company so when I am not working I work my second job providing a chauffeur service to the boys whether it’s to rugby, swimming or martial arts!


In my free time, I love to spend time with my friends, I attend the gym regularly and to relax I like to curl up on the sofa with my cat Magnus!