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Deborah Hall

Occupation:         Retired Headteacher

Time on Local Governing Body:     2016-present

Skills & interests:
I became a Local Authority Governor (now a co-opted governor) at Airy Hill in November 2016 after moving to Whitby following my retirement as headteacher of a school in North London. Having carried out my second teaching practice at Airy Hill it was a great pleasure to be invited to sit on the board of governors here.

I am passionate about learning and believe that all children should receive a broad, balanced, challenging education that enthuses and excites them whatever their age, gender or ability. To enable this, we need to provide a safe nurturing and secure environment for them to achieve their best.

I love all types of sport and enjoyed playing, coaching and umpiring a variety when I was younger. I now enjoy watching all types of sport, reading and doing all the things I never had time to when I was working!

Roles on LGB in 2019-20:
SI Working Party
Safeguarding / Child Protection
Anti-Bullying / Cyber-Bullying
Pay Panel
HT Performance Management




 Andrew Hatchwell

My working life began in electrical engineering working on mini-computer systems. I left engineering and went to College then University. Following my studies, I eventually retrained as a social worker specialising in child protection. After leaving social work I moved into further education first as a lecturer then as a manager. I have been responsible for a wide variety of areas including health and social care, sport, tourism and finally construction and engineering.

I have three children all of whom were at Airy Hill. My eldest is eighteen and has just gone to Manchester metropolitan University to do a Foundation Course in Art. Our middle child is sixteen and attends Scarborough Sixth Form College. The youngest is twelve years old and attends Caedmon College Whitby. Airy Hill provided a great foundation for their future learning.

I became a Parent Governor as I wanted to support the school in the best way I could. I am now the Chair of Governors and a member of the School Improvement Committee.

Emily Burns  

Occupation: Teacher in year 5 (afternoons)

Time on Local Governing Body:

Since September 2017.

Skills & interests:

As a mother of three children I am a skilled negotiator, diplomat and problem solver – all transferable to my roles as both teacher and governor.

As a teacher I am the subject leader for history, geography, art and DT and enjoy combining subjects to deliver rich and interesting topics. I love watching the children learn and develop new skills and knowledge and their enthusiasm is infectious. I lead the School Council who, this year are pledging to make our school single use plastic free by the time our reception cohort reach year 6, an admirable undertaking.

As a governor I like to know what is happening at the business end of our school and bring the added extras of a parent and educators' perspective. I am passionate about our schools’ vision and ethos and that it is included in our decision making.

Outside of school house renovation is taking up much of our family time – but the children and I often escape the mess to visit museums and galleries, have long walks and explore outside. We can’t resist a good café or book shop or a trip to the theatre.

Roles on LGB in 2019-20:

I am the link governor for EYFS and KS1. This requires regular visits to our nurseries, reception and year 1 classes, where I am always made very welcome, given plenty of playdoh cakes and biscuits and proudly shown lots of lovely work and learning.



Margaret McKeone

Criminal Justice Worker (Substance Misuse Service).
Skills and Interests
A proud Mum to three wonderful children, with two currently attending Airy hill Primary School. I am very grateful for our friendly school community and passionately believe that all children should have the opportunity to enjoy and thrive in their educational environment, thus enabling them to achieve their full potential. I am looking forward to bringing a parent perspective to the governing body.
As a Criminal Justice Worker and recently appointed safeguarding lead, I am responsible for providing a range of supportive and inclusive recovery focussed interventions to inspire individual positive change and increasing positive outcomes for families and the wider community.
Outside of work I enjoy family adventures within our local natural 'playground'. From enchanted forests and wildflower meadows to treasure hunting and wave jumping on our beautiful beaches.
Chris Watson

Occupation:        Watch Manager – North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

Time on Local Governing Body:                  1 month

Skills & interests:

Having already served a full term at Airy Hill, I am reasonably well versed in the governance role.  My Wife & Mother have also worked in educational establishments for many years, so I have learned about the challenges, successes and difficulties facing education over many a Dinner table discussion.  I bring my experience in Health & Safety and also a keen amateur interest in finance to the governing board.

I am a keen sports enthusiast and will participate in anything with a competitive angle, football, cricket, rugby, swimming, running, snowboarding, cycling and triathlon being my main areas of interest.

I will endeavour to contribute to the governing board of Airy Hill, to the best of my abilities during my term and hope to assist in pushing the school forward to greater achievements in the future.

Roles on LGB in 2020-21:
Health & Safety

Sports Link (Shadowing)