An introduction from each of the Barlborough Primary School Governors

Mr Steve Riley

I am a Co-opted Governor and am presently Chair of the Governing Board and the Strategic & Standards committees. I am also the governor with responsibility for safeguarding within the school.

I started out as a parent governor some 13 years ago when my son attended the school. I was later co-opted as a community governor. My daughter has recently left Barlborough to go on to secondary school.

I am fully involved in the life of the village, having moved here approximately 14 years ago. I served as a Parish Councillor in the past and still give my time to running the local Cub Scout group.

I fully support the staff, pupils and parents of Barlborough Primary School and am always available to discuss any issues that anyone may have.


Mr Vernon Sanderson

Co-opted Governor and Chair of Resources Committee.

I have been a Governor for over six years.

My professional career, after leaving the Army, has been mainly in law and finance.

I also serve as a Churchwarden at St. James’s church and assist at 1st Barlborough Guides.

Mrs  Kerry Towndrow-Birds

Kerry Towndrow-Birds – Headteacher Governor

As Head teacher of Barlborough Primary School I am eager to work with the governing board and the whole school community to ensure the children at our school receive the best possible care, education and experiences.  I want our children to enjoy their time at our school and leave us ready for the both the next stage of their education and also equipped to face the challenges we can experience in life.

 I am a member of all committees and in my role as head teacher I submit detailed termly reports to the full governing board.  This enables the governors to have a clear and accurate picture of the work being done in school and enables them to hold me to account.

Jane Currie-Smith



I am a newly elected Parent Governor in November 2015

I am a member of the Climate Committee, the Governor representative for Year 1 and work with the school Anti Bullying Ambassadors.  I also represent the Governors in the Pupil Premium programme.

I am married with 3 children, 2 of which attend Barlborough Primary School and I have been an active Parent Volunteer for 6 years.

I work part time in Administration and Accounts. 




Martin Walton




Co-opted Governor and committee member for climate for learning

I have been recently appointed as a governor and I am on the climate for learning committee. I have a particular interest in the schools climate for learning and feel my time as a head of department in ICT and Business Studies in a secondary school, will assist me in supporting the schools drive to continue to improve the learning environment for all its pupils. I have a particular interest in the teaching of Computer Studies, and hope to use my expertise in this area to support the school.

I am married and have a granddaughter who is currently in year 5. We have lived in Barlborough since Jan 2010. During my childhood I regularly stayed in the village, during school holidays stopping with relatives who lived in the village, so feel I know the village well.

During my work life I have worked in numerous industries at management level. I have a degree is Business and Financial Studies. For the last 15 years I worked as a teacher in secondary education as a head of department.

Away from work I enjoy riding my motorcycles, and touring Britain and the continent with friends. I also run a small motorcycle touring company, and train riders taking their CBT.

Brian Watson

Co-opted governor and Member of the Standards Committee
I am married with two children both currently at university. We have lived in Barlborough for over 24 years, moving here in 1992 moving from Clowne were I was born.

Attended Boughton Lane School where I was head boy when the school had a sixth form. I graduated from the Open University with a degree in engineering after serving an apprenticeship in electrical engineering

Today I work for a large global organisation in the electrical sector covering the region of Europe, Middle East & Africa as General Product Manager EMEAT.
I have a keen interest in voluntary organisations being the main driver, having been involved as both player / Chairman of Clowne Rugby League club from 1982 to 1999, Joined Barlborough junior football club with my son in 2004 where I was Chair and coach from 2007 to 2015 resigning last year to take on the post of school governor

My current interests and activities are again based around trying to improve the local area for both young and old.

I am currently Chairman for Barlborough Parish Council, and ward councillor for Barlborough at Bolsover district council as well as being the Chair of Barlborough Country Park Management Committee.
I am particularly interested in the community of Barlborough and the wellbeing and development of the pupils attending Barlborough Primary School.

Marie Romano

I am a newly appointed parent governor and I have a daughter who attends Barlborough Primary School in Reception class. I work for the Council in the arena of Information Management and Data Protection. I have lived in Barlborough since birth and attended Barlborough Primary School as a child. I am interested in the well-being of the children and the achievements of the school as a whole. I am committed to ensuring that the parent's voice is heard and the school continues to improve.

Kathryn Fields

I have recently been appointed as a parent governor in January 2017. I am a member of the Climate Committee, and will be the governor who will work along with the school council. I have two children at Barlborough Primary School, one in the Infants and one in the Juniors.

Katherine Needham

I joined the Governing Board as a co-opted governor in December 2017.  I have two children at Barlborough school, one in Year 6 and one in Year 3.  I have been a Secondary School teacher for 17 years.  I am the link governor to the reception class and am on the Standards Committee.  I hope to support the school in its journey  to become outstanding.  I am particularly interested in all children making good or better progress.