Meet Our Governors

The purpose of the Local Governing Body is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. 

All Local Governing boards have three core functions: 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; 
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor - Julia Kenny 


Julia Kenny is employed by WCC as a school governance improvement officer.. She also works as an associate tutor delivering Governor training across the county and specialises in Safeguarding.  In addition Julia is Chair of Governors at another local primary school and has been involved in governance for over seven years. Julia takes a keen interest in charity work and is involved with two local charities in Rugby.

Personal Statement
I have been the Chair of Governors at Rokeby Primary School since April 2017 and I am committed to ensuring that children get the best possible educational provision so they can reach their full potential. I feel extremely privileged to work with Rokeby Primary School and its community as part of the governing board. I have been a school governor for the last twelve years and in addition to my role at Rokeby, I currently hold the role of Chair at another local primary school, safeguarding governor at a large secondary school and more recently I have joined a primary school within the Stowe Valley MAT as a SEND and safeguarding governor. For the last four years I have worked for Warwickshire County Council as a School Governance Improvement Officer supporting all Warwickshire schools with maintaining and improving governance. I am also a governor trainer and specialise in safeguarding. 
As chair of governors, I see my role as one of facilitating challenge and support amongst the governing body to constantly deliver high quality education to our community and work collaboratively with the Head Teacher and Multi Academy Trust.  

Head Teacher - Jen James 

Parent Governor - Lisa Gregory

Personal Statement 
My name is Lisa Gregory and I am the Vice-Chair of the Governors .I live close to the school and studied at Rokeby as a child. I have 3 children who also went to Rokeby and have lots of happy memories there. I currently work full time as an IT Manager managing a large team of technical specialists. I wanted to be a Governor to 'give back' to the school and  community as well as bringing some of my professional skills to the role. I am enjoying seeing the school develop and the excellent progress the children are making since coming back to school full time.

Christine Dybdahl 

Christine is a Methodist Minister with experience of children and young people in a number of areas: church, school, uniformed organisations. She has also, at different times been chaplain to a children's home, a children's hospital and a university. Christine's priority is pastoral care and she is committed to the wellbeing of all the Rokeby children and staff.

Jane Richard 

Jane originally trained as a secondary school teacher in music but moved on to working in Early Years. She ran HARCA Under Fives Pre-school at Rokeby for many years until her recent retirement. She has been involved with Rokeby in many ways since her own children attended the school.

Tracy Mitchell

Vibin Ambukan

Adam Foster

Staff Governor - Lydia Bowie

Lydia currently works as a Teaching Assistant at school and runs a Nurture group for some of our children. 

Personal Statement
I am the staff Governor at Rokeby. I am passionate about helping to give the children the best possible education, care and support whilst at Rokeby and I feel by being a Governor I can do this, alongside my role as a teaching assistant. Working in school, gives me a good insight to who the children at Rokeby are and how they can be best supported. I am also able to support staff's mental health and wellbeing which I believe is important to the running of the school. 

Clerk - Clare Baskott

The Clerk looks after the organisation of the work of the governing body and provides information and advice on legal matters as well as advising on the procedures to be followed at meetings.  The Clerk can be contacted via the school office.


Declarations of interest Rokeby Governors

Agenda September 2021


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