Introducing our Governors

Introducing the school’s Governing Body…..Our job is to help set the strategic direction for the school, to support and challenge the headteacher on educational performance and to ensure the school’s finances are well managed. Governors are either appointed by the local authority, elected by parents, or co-opted to bring in specific areas of experience to the team. We work together as a team to act in the best interests of the pupils, making decisions in alignment with the school’s core Christian values of respect, trust, compassion and perseverance.

 Chair of Governors

I’m Jim Brown, I moved into the village with my young family in August 2002. Both my daughters enjoyed several years at our school before moving on. How time flies! I first became involved with the school when I was appointed as a Governor by the Local Authority after my girls had left. I was elected as Chair of Governors in September 2015, a position I take very seriously. The Governors and staff are extremely motivated and strive at all times not only to maintain the high standards that have been achieved over the years but also to push on and raise the bar wherever possible to give the children the best possible start to their educational journey.

 Yes, there are challenges, particularly in recent years where we have been tasked with raising standards against a background of diminishing financial resources, but challenges are there to be beaten, and one of my objectives is to lead the task of improving the built environment to accommodate our increasing role and to future-proof the school for following generations. We are looking to do this sooner rather than later.


Hello, I`m Michael Lynch.  I`ve been a governor at Dishforth for around 12 years now. I initially joined the Governing body as a “Community Governor”, providing a link between the school and the village.  We have lived in the village since 2002.  I was subsequently elected as Chair of Governors, stepping down after seven years as family and work commitments increased.  I remain an active member of Dishforth Governors, having been co-opted to serve as the Safeguarding Governor.  In this capacity, I regularly review all aspects of safeguarding, from school site security to behaviour.  I visit the school to speak to staff and children about keeping safe within the school environment.  I have spent the last 29 years of my working life as a Police Officer with North Yorkshire Police, but am far better known in the playground as Edward, Henry and William`s daddy.