Governor Information


If you wish to get in touch with the governors to compliment the work of the school or pass on a concern or criticism, please pass this through the school office. If the message is confidential, please ensure it is in an envelope marked as such and include your contact details so that the governors can address you directly without needing to ask the school to provide contact details.



Mr Tristan Marini - Chair of Governors

Parent governor – appointed by parents

Date of appointment: February 2019

Attendance 2017/2018: N/A

Term of office: 4 years


Mrs Gill Wright

Co-opted governor – appointed by the governing body

Date of appointment: March 2014

Attendance 2017/2018: 83%

Term of office: 4 years

Responsibility: Educational Visits coordinator & Reading

I have been a governor at Sutton upon Derwent school since March 2014.

I am a retired teacher, having worked in Primary, Secondary and prison education. 

I decided to become a governor because I was keen to become involved in the local community.  I am a volunteer in the Star reading project in the school and look forward to my Wednesday mornings with the children, I have two other volunteering jobs working with York Cats’ Protection and as a receptionist at St. Leonards Hospice.

Mrs Zoe Jones

Staff Governor– appointed by staff

Date of appointment: April 2018

Attendance 2017/2018:  Appointed April 2018

Term of office: 4 years


I have recently been appointed as a staff governor at Sutton upon Derwent School. I hold the position of Teaching Assistant in Class 4, however my background lies within engineering (I was a consultant engineer working in the water industry prior to having my third child), so I have a particular interest in the STEM aspects of the curriculum. 

In addition to being a member of staff, I am also in the rather unique position of having three of my own children currently attending the school, something which I feel brings a slightly different perspective, and a more holistic approach to the role of governor. 

Mrs Anna Hastie - Vice Chair

Parent governor – appointed by parents

Date of appointment: April 2016

Attendance 2017/2018: 83%

Term of office: 4 years

Responsibility: SEND and Pupil Premium governor

As a parent governor for over 5 years, I sit on the curriculum group and have special responsibility for children with special educational needs. Being a governor at Sutton upon Derwent School is extremely interesting and rewarding, I love working with teachers, parents and children to help grow and develop our fantastic school.

Away from children and school I am Head of Corporate Training at the University of York where I look after the universities portfolio of training to businesses. At work I believe strongly in the importance in team work and developing individuals to be the best they can be and I endeavour to bring this experience and knowledge to my role as governor.

Miss Rachel Earnshaw

Parent governor – appointed by parents

Date of appointment: Feb 2015

Attendance 2017/2018:  83%

Term of office: 4 years

Responsibility: Child Protection & Safeguarding

I have been a governor since February 2015 and enjoy contributing to our school community.

I work for the TCV a national environmental charity. Based in York I am the Senior Youth and Community project officer. My role is split into supporting community groups in developing and funding their projects and working with young people and families to encourage environmental awareness and responsibility.

I have qualifications in zoology and fundraising. I love nature and run the local music group for toddlers.

Mrs Susannah Baines

Co-opted governor, appointed by the governing body.

Date of appointment: Oct 2010

Attendance 2017/2018:  66%

Term of office: 4 years


I have been a governor of Sutton upon Derwent school since 2010. After graduating in English and Drama from University I worked in recruitment in London until leaving to start a family.

I moved to Yorkshire as my husband, from Malton, was headhunted in 2005 by a company in York. I live in Sutton upon Derwent and have two sons, one completing University and one already graduated and in his first full time job.

Throughout my sons' time at school I was involved in fundraising and have been Chairman of Parents' Associations.

I am a trained singer, heavily involved with local theatre, performing regularly with Pick me up Theatre in York but it's on a Thursday that I am a real STAR for Sutton School, hearing readers of all ages, a role I love.

Mrs Debbie Braithwaite-Hall

Foundation governor – appointed by the Church authorities.

Date of appointment: Jan 2015

Attendance 2017/2018: 100%

Term of office: 4 years

Responsibility: Religious Education & Sport

I am a foundation governor which includes being on the Curriculum and Spiritual Welfare Committee, with added responsibilities in R.E.

I originally come from Reading in Berkshire.  I am married with four daughters age range 26 down to 17, and have 6 grandchildren.

I have worked at the school for 3 years and love every minute.  I have many roles within school but my main one is being a Teaching Assistant in special needs. 

Outside school I belong to Elvington W.I, also on the committee with them.

My hobbies are making bridal favours and some sports, especially football. 

Mr Bracken Holtby

Executive Headteacher – Voting ability

How our governing body is structured

Governors are organised into two committees; ‘Curriculum Standards & Spiritual Awareness’ and ‘Leadership & Management’. These two committees meet separately every term and jointly for Full Governor’s meetings with Bugthorpe School, the other school in the collaboration. Committees with delegated responsibilities allow governors to work on key areas of school improvement in detail, developing expertise and then reporting back to the joint meeting. The membership of the committees are as follows;