at Cockermouth School

Accounting Officer:          Dr R P Petrie

Chief Financial Officer:    Mrs S Bamforth

Chair of Trustees:            Mr P Moody -

Trustees:                           All Governors

Chair of Members:            Mrs S Moses

Members:                          Mr L Cockcroft, Mr A Graham, Mrs S Moses, Dr D Rhodes, Mr L Studholme

Cockermouth School Governing Body


Co-Opted Governors

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Richard Askew

I am a Co-opted Governor at Cockermouth School and am the Link Governor for the Mathematics department. I was educated at the school and have continued to live and work locally since. Now a Chartered Accountant and Lead Partner of Armstrong Watson's Workington office, I have a passion for supporting and advising owner managed businesses. I am married with three young children, whom I expect will also be educated at the school. In my spare time I enjoy playing and watching football.

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Lesley Bowen

I joined the Governing Body as a Community Governor early in 2015 and became a Co-opted Governor when the school converted to an Academy. I have experience of working as a Parent Governor at a local primary school and am looking forward to using my professional and commercial experience to assist and support the work of the Governing Body at Cockermouth School. I have one daughter in the school, and am Head of HR Operations at Sellafield.

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Bob Crozier

I served as a Community Governor for several years at Cockermouth School, and am now happy to continue serving on the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor, supporting Key Stage 5. I am married with two children who have been through the school. I work as a qualified Accountant plus some IT projects and am based mainly in Brampton. I attend Christ Church in Cockermouth. My hobbies include fell walking and railways.

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Sue Moses

I have been a Governor at Cockermouth School for 16 years. I am currently Link Governor to the MFL department and a member of Cockermouth School and Community Association (CSCA). I am also link governor for Pupil Premium. I retired from secular employment (insurance brokering and administration) in January 2012 which leaves me more time for my hobby of fly-fishing and walking the fells. I have lived in the Cockermouth area for the whole of my life (educated at Cockermouth Grammar School) and have a passion for this place and its people. I am proud to support the school and help to maintain its ethos: aspire – enjoy – include – respect – community.

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Duncan Potts

I am currently a teacher at Cockermouth School, having been at the school since 2014, and became a Co-opted Governor in January 2017. Over the years I have taught in a range of different schools across the country including ones in Manchester, Cambridge and London where I fulfilled roles such as Head of Geography and Head of Citizenship. I am a Head of Year in Key Stage 4 whilst also teaching Maths and Psychology. Before entering teaching I ran my own business, travelled extensively and worked as the sports secretary at the University of Sheffield. I enjoy ultra-distance fell running and rugby league.

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Alan Rankin

I have been a Governor at Cockermouth School since January 2016. I am married with two daughters who currently attend Cockermouth School. I work in the HR team at Sellafield, having been involved in a broad range of HR Management roles for over 25 years in both nuclear and manufacturing industries. I am also Chair of Governors at Arlecdon Primary School, and am Chair of the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner’s Ethics and Integrity Panel. Cockermouth school is an integral, valued and vital part of the local community and its continued growth, development and success is fundamental in supporting and providing the best of opportunities for all students. I have a specific interest and role within the Governing Body in Safeguarding, SEND issues, and Health, Safety and Security.

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Elaine Wise

I became a Co-opted Governor in December 2017, having been a Parent Governor since November 2012. I am currently the Link Governor for Personal Development, Religious Studies, SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development) and Drama. My first career was in radio, TV and film production. On leaving university, I worked for BBC Local Radio before moving into network TV production for the BBC and Channel 4, initially as a researcher then later as producer. On relocating to Cumbria, I transferred into higher education as senior lecturer in media production and head of postgraduate studies at Cumbria Institute of the Arts, now part of the University of Cumbria. When my daughter was born, I became freelance again and now use my media background to provide public relations and advocacy services to business and the public sector. I have also worked as a professional charity fundraiser. Most recently I have branched out into voiceover work providing narration for audiobooks, animations and training. I am a keen supporter of the Arts and much of my advocacy work has involved making the case for cultural investment in Cumbria. In my spare time I particularly enjoy going to the theatre, visiting art galleries and historic houses and was once an aspiring – though currently lapsed – scriptwriter!


Parent Governors

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Jutta Devenish

I became a Parent Governor in January 2017. I have travelled the world as part of my work with an international development agency and moved back to the UK with my family after spending an extended time In Vienna, Austria. I enjoy living in Cumbria and am involved in our local community through various activities including volunteering at the Junior Tri-LakeIand club. I bring 20 years' experience in Marketing and Communications, including for an international IB school in Austria; Flextronics, Dynegy, the University of Westminster (Diplomatic Academy) and as a Business and Marketing lecturer for international universities in Vienna and Hungary. I am Managing Director for Zeitgeist Communication Ltd. My passion is to see secondary education as a partnership between parents and the school and to help our young people prepare for the future, with realism, room to dream and the desire to make a positive difference in the world we will hand on to them.

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Leah Lister

I was elected Parent Governor in November 2014. I have two children, a son and a daughter, who both attend Cockermouth School. I have had previous experience of governorship at a local primary school and I am link governor with the Head of Key Stage 3. I have over 20 years of marketing management experience, having recently worked at The Cumberland Pencil Company and before that at The Sands Centre in Carlisle. I currently Chair the Marketing Committee at the school, so I am putting my skills to good use. I am also link governor with the art and food departments, which is a perfect fit as I have worked in both these industries. I have decided to have a career change and am currently training to become a driving instructor. I am originally from Birmingham, but Cockermouth has been my home for the past 25 years and I am passionate about the local area that we live in and promoting the benefits to our children. I am Vice Chair of Cockermouth Junior Football Club and a host family for Friends of Chernobyl Children’s charity.

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Paul Moody

I have been a governor at Cockermouth School since 2013. I was elected Chair of the Governing Body in July 2017. I have four children, all of whom are in the school at the moment. I am keen to support the school and always want to know what is going on. I am happy for parents, staff or students to contact me if they have any feedback or suggestions for the Governing Body. Our family moved to Cumbria in 2007 from Yorkshire and we have settled in Dearham (I am also Vice Chair of Dearham Primary School). I have worked in a wide variety of roles within the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Covering roles such as operational delivery, project management, governance, stakeholder management and policy work enables me to bring a wide variety of different management skills to the Governing Body.

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Kate Parry MBE

With two children currently in the school, I became a parent governor in January 2017. For the last 20 years I have worked in the culture and heritage sector, managing Wordsworth House for the National Trust in Cockermouth and then the town’s arts centre - the Kirkgate Centre. I am currently Manager of the Cumbria Museum Consortium, working with museums across the county. I offer skills in fundraising, community engagement and arts project management. I believe that experiencing cultural activities of any kind makes a long-term difference to the wellbeing of young people and I hope to support and further the school’s excellent record in this area.


Staff Governor

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Paul Heap

I have been at Cockermouth School since 2004 as the Premises Manager. I returned to the Lakes after living all over the UK and as far afield as Australia. I have two children, both of whom came to the school. I took up the role as a Staff Governor in September 2013. I’m a keen outdoor person and love all sports. I currently play, coach and umpire hockey during the winter months and run Cockermouth Academicals cricket team in the WACCA League during the summer. I am also one of Cockermouth’s Retained Fire Fighters.