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Westfield Primary Community School

Where children come first

Our Governors

Our governors would like to welcome you to our school website.


Linda Brook (Chair of Governors)

I have worked in schools and with schools via the LA since 1977.  The need to make every second count for pupils and the high profile political nature of education requires a mindset that is open to change and a requirement for lifelong learning.  Consequently, I have had a very long apprenticeship in school life, particularly around school business management.  I have worked on national projects with civil servants, and others to develop the role of the school business manager. In 2005, I was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to education in York.

I am passionate about making schools great places for young people and glad I can use my life skills to benefit our children.  And so, my apprenticeship continues.


Alex King


I have worked in the digital sector for 15 years in a variety of roles. For the past decade I've been in a management position, directing the operational strategy of a successful web development company in Harrogate. My specialisms are around HR, processes and efficiency and I strive to bring my people skills and analysis expertise to Westfield's governing body.


When I'm not working or governing I'm a writer, actor and musician, and my son Marlowe is a happy little Westfield pupil!

Andrew Waller


Andrea Durston


Jason Angus

Hi I'm Jason Angus, and I work for Best Western GB Head Office in the ICT Team.
I've worked in an IT environment for approx. 20 years, working all over the country in various industries.
I've travelled and seen some amazing places, met some fantastic people and had a few adventures over the years, but there's no place like home.
I'm very proud of my home City and its people, and love being involved in anything that helps improve people's lives.
The kindness and generosity of strangers (especially children) never ceases to amaze me, and one of my favourite quotes is:
'No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted'
Thank you for reading, and I look forward to meeting you all.
Kind regards


Rebecca Main







Michelle Fairclough

My name is Michelle Fairclough and I am a parent governor. I joined the governing body in May 2016 when my eldest child was attending Westfield nursery. He is now in Reception. I also have a 2 year old son. I have been a primary school teacher for 12 years and currently work as a personal tutor. I bring this experience to the governing body in my work on the School Development Committee, and as Y3/4 link governor and safeguarding governor. Through my roles I stay in contact with the Y3/4 team and the Children's Champions. I have really enjoyed supporting such a welcoming school so far in my role.



John McComack

I am a co-opted governor having started in July 2017.

I have lived in York for nearly 20 years having come here from London for university. Since graduating I have worked in York for Aviva in a variety of roles that have given me experience working in many areas. These areas include project managment, IT deliveries, Pricing, and Customer services which I think is useful experience that I can bring to Westfiled Primary as a governor.

Outside of work I enjoy sports including squash and swimming. I am keen on the outdoors and like getting out in the Lakes and the Dales when I can. 



Rachel Parker

I was asked if I would consider becoming a co opted governor for Westfield school in  about Easter 2016.
A little about myself, I trained and practiced for about 20 years, initially as a nurse, then as a midwife, then latterly as a district nurse in west and North Yorkshire plus a couple of years in the Middle East.
I moved to York, Acomb 30 years ago when I married my husband John , our daughters attended Westfield school from nursery to year 6. While our daughters were in primary and secondary school I worked mainly in schools , teaching assistant and midday care assistant ,  an environment I initially found completely different from my former profession.
Currently I work with my husband in a small business in Acomb, we also worship at Acomb Parish church.
I accepted the offer to be considered to be a co opted governor at Westfield school to give something back to the community and school.  As a resident Of Acomb I think we have a responsibility to support the local school, giving practical support , a different perspective and expertise.
I have found the role of governor very challenging , taking me out of my comfort zone, but feel supported and encouraged to learn more of my responsibilities, visiting the school, attending meetings, listening and  contributing as necessary


 Dr Morag Galloway

I am a freelance Creative Practitioner with a Doctoral Degree in Composition from the University of York. I have extensive professional experience working with children in a number of musical settings and was Head of Music at a Primary School in London from
2004 - 2009.
I want to support the development of a challenging creative curriculum for the school which helps to maintain academic standards by supporting children's wellbeing through application of the arts.
I live in Westfield Ward, my children attend the school and I am a Cheeky Monkeys Committee Member. I am hoping my term as parent governor will help me support my local community further.



I am a School Business Manager currently employed by Pathfinder MAT supporting 3 primary schools in the city. Previously SBM for 11 years in School Business Support team at City of York Council which included two stints working at Westfield.

In my role as SBM I have worked closely with a number of head teachers and Governing bodies, this has given me a detailed understanding of the roles of Governors and their relationships with the school.

I welcome this opportunity to contribute to the continued development of Westfield Primary school and look forward working with Mrs Ralph, the school staff and Governors to build on the fantastic work already being done to give children the best possible start to their education.