Governor Profiles

  • Mr Renny Hemingway

    Chair of Governors

    My name is Renny (Ren) Hemingway and I have lived in North Duffield with my family for 23 years. My wife June works in the school as an HLTA so you or your children may have already met her. Although our four children have now all entered adulthood three of them did attend the school when they were younger before progressing to Barlby.

    After over twenty years of service I chose to take early retirement in March 2018 from Greencore Grocery in Selby where I was the Commercial Director. In this role, I had overall responsibility for sales, marketing and product development as well as being involved in budget planning, business strategy and training. Prior to this, I worked for numerous food manufacturing companies, predominantly in sales, although I was once a tax collector for the Inland Revenue!

    I became a Governor in March 2019 and was elected Chair in September of the same year. Along with the other Governors, I share an ambition for our school to be second to none in giving our children the best possible learning experience in a safe, happy, caring and friendly environment and to help in ensuring our vision of ‘Growing Learners for Life’.

    I am also vice chair of the village Parish Council and in my spare time enjoy watching football (a Hull City fan), visiting the theatre, model railways and Motown music (I am an avid Temptations fan!).

Appointed by Governing Body    
Term in Office 13.3.2019 to 12.3.2023
Committees Currently Serving on Finance; Learning, Teaching & Curriculum; Safeguarding Other Positions of Responsibility Chair of Governors; Parish Council Link
Business Interests
None Relationships Related to a staff member
  • Mr Graham Dixon

    Vice Chair of Governors

    Having a young daughter starting school in 2017 I wanted to be involved in as many aspects of her school life as possible and becoming a govenor seemed to be the most constructive way of getting involved.

    I hope my experiences from a career in IT will allow me work with the other governors, teachers, parents and Friends of North Duffield School to help the school be the best it can be and provide the best education for all the children in the village and beyond. My family and I do not live in North Duffield but have found the school and parents to be so warm and welcoming that we feel we have very much become part of this lovely community.

    So, what do I do when not chairing governors meetings or working? I enjoying watching football and cricket, and I have on occassion been known to participate in both as well, I also enjoy spending as much time as I can with my young family.

    I am looking forward to watching my daughter and her peers grow into young successful adults and it is my hope that the support and decisions we make will give them the best foundations for life after North Duffield Community Primary School and beyond.

Appointed by Parents Term in Office 12.02.2018 - 11.02.2022
Committees Currently Serving on
Finance; Safeguarding  
Other Positions of Responsibility
Vice Chair of Governors;
Sports Premium Link; Health & Safety
Business Interests None Relationships None
  • Mrs Jo-Anne Smith

    Co-opted Governor

    I have lived in North Duffield for over 23 years now and have worked at the school, in various roles, for over 20 years! During this time my own daughters attended the school and have maintained friendships from these early beginnings, a legacy to the caring and happy family environment nurtured by our school. I am committed to working with our Governors to ensure that this ethos continues to grow and develop future generations.

    While working at school I have studied and gained a degree in Teaching and Learning. This has helped me to develop and focus my skills as Pastoral Support Officer to support Pupil Premium children and all mental health issues that impact on our learners; an area that I am passionate about. All aspects of the school and its community are important to me however, and I am keen to help develop the aspirations of the school and its pupils.

    In my spare time I love to get outdoors and garden in particular. I enjoy exercise, spending time with my family and reading.

Appointed by Governing Body Term in Office 01.10.2020 -  30.09.2024
Committees Currently Serving on Safeguarding Other Positions of Responsibility
Parish Council Link; SEND Link
Business Interests Husband is Sales Director for Hachette Ltd. School receives Friends and Family discount Relationships None
  • Mrs Gillian Vollans

    Co-opted Governor

    My name is Gill Volans and I have lived in the North Duffield for 32 years
    I worked within Education for over 40 years, starting my career as a Mainstream Primary Class Teacher and then for 36 years I worked with a wide and diverse range of Special Educational Needs children.
    I held two SEN Head teacher positions in the later stages of my career prior to retiring 3years ago.
    I am also a trained Youth Worker and previously worked two nights a week at Riccall Youth Club for 8 years.
    I joined the Governors in February 2016
    Why did I become a Governor?
    As I always worked full time and commuted to work, there never seemed time to be involved in our Village Community. Now that I am more flexible, I have the time to support the school, as this is where I have the most experience and knowledge to offer and this is where my passion lies.
    I want to help to give our young people the best opportunities and life experiences they could possibly have in our village community school.
    I am an active person and enjoy travel, camping, hill walking, swimming and yoga. I love my garden too and it’s wildlife, growing herbs and a few vegetables.

Appointed by Governing Body Term in Office 06.01.2016 - 05.01.2020
Committees Currently Serving on
Finance,Performance Management & Learning, Teaching & Curriculum; Safeguarding
Other Positions of Responsibility SEND, Child Protection & WI Link
Business Interests None Relationships None
  • Mrs Jan Shally

    Co-opted Governor

    I live in the village and would like to think that I can contribute in a positive way to the life of the local school and its community. I retired from teaching in August 2017 having worked in both secondary education and in a sixth form college. The subjects I have taught include Food and Nutrition, Child Development, Health and Social Care, Personal, Social and Health Education and Careers Education. I have also held various managerial roles including Head of Department, Head of Faculty and Assistant Headteacher. In addition, I have been an Advisory Teacher for Healthy Schools and a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) both of which involved training and advising teachers from primary, secondary and special schools.

    However, for me the most rewarding part of teaching was working with young people and supporting them through the ups and downs of life in school or college.

    I am now a volunteer puppy trainer for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and foster parent to Beck who is an Ambassador Hearing Dog for Yorkshire. This role involves giving talks on deaf awareness alongside showing how a Hearing Dog is trained and how they help people with hearing loss. It also involves making cakes for the Thursday afternoon tea tours at the Beatrice Wright Centre!

Appointed by Governing Body Term in Office  13.03.2020 - 11.03.2024
Committees Currently Serving on  Learning, Teaching & Curriculum, Performance Management Other Positions of Responsibility   SEND link
Business Interests None Relationships None
  • Mrs Michaela Mounfield

    Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff Term in Office 21.11.2018 - 20.11.2022
Committees Currently Serving on None     
Other Positions of Responsibility None
Business Interests None Relationships None
  • Mr Nigel Taylor

    Parent Governor

    I have lived in the village with my wife Abby for over 10 years and my daughter currently attends the school.
    I am currently Chair of the Parish Council and I am Welfare Officer for the Selby Striders Running Club.
    I am passionate about sport and in particular seeing children progress within the sporting environment.
    I am by trade a Legal Services Manager. I have a wealth of experience with people management, performance management and project work. I hope that I can bring some of my experience to assist the school in what ever way I can.
    In my spare time I am a keen runner and I am a member of the Selby Striders running club.

Appointed by Parents Term in Office
05.10.2018 - 04.10.2022
Committees Currently Serving on Performance Management; Finance  Other Positions of Responsibility Parish Council Link
Business Interests 
None Relationships None