Gilmour Primary School

Meet the Governors

School governors are the largest volunteer workforce nationally with over 300,000 school governors in England.

The governing body carries out its functions with the aim of taking a largely strategic role in the running of the school. This includes:

  • setting up a strategic framework for the school
  • setting aims and objectives for the school
  • agreeing policies and targets for achieving the objectives
  • reviewing progress and reviewing the strategic framework in the light of progress
  • ensuring accountability to stakeholders

School governors are members of their school’s governing body which is a “corporate body”. A corporate body has a legal identity that is separate from its members and as a result, individual governors are generally protected from personal liability as a result of the governing body’s decisions and actions, provided they act honestly, reasonably and in good faith.

Individual governors have no power or right to act on behalf of the governing body except where the whole governing body has delegated a specific function to that individual or where regulations specify that a function is to be exercised in a particular way.

School governors are drawn from different parts of the community, such as parents, the Staff, the Local Authority, the Community and other groups. This helps to ensure that the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean that governors of a particular category “represent” that group on the governing body. For example, Parent Governors do not act as a representative of the parents at the school and do not report back to them.


The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

The governing body has considerable discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with the regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair. 

Find out all about our School Governors.

Name:Category:Officer role:Committee Member:Chair Person of Committee:Any particular responsibilities:Date of appointment:Date stepped down:Appointed by:GoverningBodyGovernance in other educational establishments:Material interests arising from relationship between Governor or school staff:Term of office
Alison TynanElected staff GovernorNALearning CommitteeNAN/A25th November 2020 Re-elected 1st Dec 2016 StaffNA  4 years 
Chris McDonaldHeadteacherHeadteacherLearning CommitteeResources CommitteeNA 1st  September 2013 Governing BodyNANA2050
KateBurnellCo-Opt GovernorChair of Governors4th Nov2020ResourcesCommitteeNA 4th November 2020 ParentsNA  4years
Lynnie HinniganLAVice Chair of Governors5th Oct 2017Resources Committee NA 19th July 2017 LANA  4 Years
David KirbyAssociateDeputy HeadLearning CommitteeResourceCommitteeNA 1st October 2018 StaffNA 2050
Dominic GilvarryAssociateChanged to Co-opt GovernorNAResource CommitteeNA 27th February 2019 4th October 2021 OtherNA 4 Years
Claire WhitehurstParentNALearning CommitteeNA 18th March2021 ParentsNA 4yrs
Dr Mick Walker Co-optNALearning CommitteeNA 24th March 2021 Governing Body  4yrs
Katie WaldermanParentNALearning CommitteeNA 7th April 2022 ParentsNA 4 Years

If you would like to contact any of the governors please send in a sealed envelope for their attention and our administration staff will pass this onto them.

Governing Body Attendance Matrix

Full Governor Attendance Sept 2022 – July 2023

Full Governor Attendance Sept 2021- July 2022