at Cockermouth School

Cockermouth School Academy

Accounting Officer:          Dr R P Petrie

Chief Financial Officer:    Mrs S Bamforth

Chair of Trustees:            Mr J Grainger

Trustees:                         All Governors

Members:                        Mrs S Moses, Mr Stephen Fee, Mr L Cockcroft

Governing Body Cockermouth School

Governing Body Profiles


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.

Richard Askew

I recently became a Co-opted Governor at Cockermouth Schoo. 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.

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. 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.

Stephen Fee

I am now a Co-opted Governor following terms as both a Community Governor and a Parent Governor. I am a Link Governor to the Computing and Psychology departments and have worked closely with the Business and Finance committee which oversees the school’s budget and expenditure. In my professional life, I was a Financial Planner for 20 years but decided to have a career change in 2014 and I am now a Planner on Sellafield site. My daughter attended the school until September 2011.

John Grainger

I have been a Governor since 2010. For two years I was Vice Chair before being elected as Chair in 2014. I have worked for the last 25 years in Economic Development at West Cumbria Development Agency and since 2005 as Managing Director of Invest in Cumbria. I held a designated role in enterprise and investment for Cumbria County Council, and am now the Stakeholder Relations Director for Britain's Energy Coast Business Cluster. Both of my children have attended Cockermouth School. I am also a Director of Cumbria Cricket Limited and a member of the Rotary Club of Cockermouth.

Sue Moses

I have been a Governor at Cockermouth School for 16 years. I am currently Link Governor to the Maths and MFL departments, plus 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.

Duncan Potts

Profile to follow shortly.

Alan Rankin

I have been a Governor at Cockermouth School since January 2016. I am married with two daughters, one of whom currently attends Cockermouth School in Year 9, and the other will join Year 7 in September 2017. 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.

Martin Statter

I have two children who have now left school, and live with my wife, Elaine, in Lamplugh and I have an engineering business based in Cleator Moor. I was educated locally at Whitehaven Grammar School and went on to Liverpool University to study electronic engineering. I was a School Governor at Eaglesfield Paddle School for a continuous period of 10 years whilst my children attended. I bring a wide range of experience gained in industry during the past 30 years, and my current interests lie in e-commerce and exporting, and how this could relate to our students studying business/economics and modern languages.


Jutta Devenish

Profile to follow shortly.

Sue Frost

I became a parent governor early in 2017 and have one son in Year 7. My background is in teaching and I have been lucky to work in Secondary, Special and Primary sectors over the past 22 years as well as working for a Local Authority as a Primary Maths Lead Teacher and Advisor. Most of my professional career has involved working in Stoke on Trent but I have now also been the Headteacher at Ashfield Junior School in Workington for the past two and a half years following a move up to Cumbria in 2014. I am looking forward to working with the rest of the Governing Body and the School Leadership Team as they strive to improve things further for our children.

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 plus 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.

Paul Moody

I have been a governor at Cockermouth School since 2013. I am currently one of the Vice Chair's of the Governing Body and Chair of the Progress and Outcomes committee. I have four children, all of whom are in the school at the moment, currently in Years 11, 9 and 7. 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.

Kate Parry MBE

With one daughter currently in Year 8 and another starting Year 7 in September, I recently became a parent governor. For the last 20 years I’ve 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 well being of young people and I hope to support and further the school’s excellent record in this area.

Elaine Wise

I was elected Parent Governor in November 2012 and have a daughter at the school. 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!


Paul Heap

I have been at Cockermouth School for 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.

March 2017