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Governor Profiles

Governor Profiles

On this page you can find out more about the governors at our school.
 Fiona Barney (Chair)
Hello, I moved to Barrowby over 15 years ago and have had 3 children at the school. I have been involved with the school throughout this time, initially as Treasurer for FOBS, then as a parent governor, and more recently a foundation governor. I am a member of All Saints' Church and a founder member of the local branch of the Federation of Children's Book groups, who arrange author visits to local schools and testing for the Red House Book Awards.

I now run a food and agricultural consultancy with my husband, returning to an industry for which I trained and worked before having my children. I have always been interested in the environment, enjoy growing fruit and vegetables and I am a member of a local reading group.
Sarah Cooley (Vice Chair)
I have been a Governor since 2009, first as a Parent Governor and now as a Co-opted Governor. I was appointed as Vice Chair in September 2013. My elder daughter, Eleanor, was a pupil at Barrowby from 2006 - 2013 and my younger daughter, Elizabeth, was a pupil here from 2009-2016.


Peter Hopkins
Rector of the parishes of Barrowby and Gt Gonerby, I have been a school governor since 1990. Involved with 3 church schools in the parishes - Barrowby, All Saints ; Gonerby St Sebastian's ; and Gonerby Hill Foot.
Bijal Ladva BSc Hons McOptom
Director of Grantham and Sleaford Specsavers. I am a qualified Optometrist and studied at Bradford University. I went to the Kings School in Grantham and have lived in Grantham most of my life.

I have a background in training optometrists and I have been involved in many local events in the past including the Gravity Fields Festival and The Grantham Business Club. 
Rick Nicholls 

I have two children at Barrowby school, Hannah and Lucas. I have had a varied and successful management career, during which time I have developed many areas of expertise which I believe equips me in my role as parent governor. Pertinent experience includes Team Leadership and Operational Management, Contract Negotiation, Financial Planning and Project Management.


I work locally which facilitates the time required to fully undertake and add value to this role. During my career I have gained experience and the necessary skill set to provide a fair and balanced opinion on the governing body and hope I can assist the team to deliver the best for our school and children.


Kate Waghorn

I have lived in Barrowby for 27 years, and both my children attended Barrowby School. I have been a Foundation Governor here for over 24 years, and working at the school for over 20 years, before retiring at the end of 2016. It has been a privilege to be part of the team that has resulted in our outstanding school throughout those years.


From January 2017, I have also taken on the role of Bishop's Visitor to the school, an appointment by Lincoln Diocese to provide additional support to our church school.


I am also a minister at Barrowby Church, and very much value the opportunities this provides to strengthen the links between our church, and our church school.


Ellie Atter

I have two children at Barrowby, Oliver 7 and Isabelle 5. My experience lies in education and am currently in my 10th year as a primary school teacher. I have knowledge of assessing and analysing data, ensuring that children are progressing well within their own personal education.


My current role requires me to teach physical education and therefore monitor the spending of the sports premium funding, maintaining value for money.