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Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Janet Probert. She is a Co-opted Governor.

Janet Probert  has recently retired from senior leadership roles in the NHS.  She is a qualified nurse practitioner with a BSc (1985) and an MBA (1996).

Janet has had a career in a range of healthcare settings and is passionate about supporting and developing leadership that delivers the best outcomes for people and communities. She has been a school governor since 2009 and is committed to ensuring that children get access to a fabulous school environment which allows them to achieve their full potential; and also that the schools are active members of their local communities.  Janet is currently Chair of Governors of Trinity Academy Eppleby Forcett and Middleton Tyas and also took on the role of Chair of Governors at Trinity Academy Richmond in May 2016.  Janet is a director of the Dales Multi Academy Trust

Skills: Business Management, Strategic Leadership


Mrs Wendy Pritchard is a Co-opted Foundation Governor, Vice Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of Resources.

My husband and I moved to Richmond four years ago, when he retired as Bishop of Oxford. After six months I became a governor at Trinity Academy Richmond, which involved a very steep learning curve! I am a retired maths teacher, having taught in secondary schools and further education colleges. I have also worked in a small school for children who couldn’t cope with ordinary secondary education and given home tuition to children excluded from school. My last paid work was as learning support assistant in a C of E secondary school, supporting children who had special educational needs or who found learning more difficult. We have five grandchildren of primary school age, and our younger daughter and her husband are both teachers.

I am well involved in St Mary’s Church Richmond and am now a Foundation Governor. I love gardening and am still engaged in creating order in our garden!


Mrs Christine Chatterton is a Co-opted Governor and Chair of Curriculum.

I am an experienced governor with a background in primary education as a teacher, headteacher and school inspector. I am now retired with many grandchildren who keep me busy. I am particularly interested in leadership and teaching, and currently chair the curriculum group. I see myself as an ambassador for the children who attend the school, working to support school leaders and other staff in doing the best we can.


Reverend Martin Fletcher is our Ex-offio Foundation Governor.

I have been Rector of Richmond with Hudswell and Downholme and Marske since April 2018, and I am delighted to be an ex-officio governor at the school. Before moving here I had parishes near the other Richmond in Surrey and in Essex and was a school governor in both communities. I grew up in Kirby Hill and it is wonderful to have returned to my roots.

It is always a joy to come in to Trinity Academy, and the weekly collective worship assemblies are a highlight for me. I am committed to supporting the school in any way I can, and to promoting a growing link between St Mary’s and the local ‘Church of England’ school.


Mrs Gillian Lunn is a Co-opted Foundation Governor.

Gilliam is a mum of 3 boys under 17 all of whom have attended Trinity Academy Richmond.  She is a Midday Supervisory Assistant at Trinity Academy Richmond. She is a Lay Reader at St Mary’s Church Richmond and also leads Fun-Key Church.  She is mMarried to Scott who is head of Maths at Richmond School.  She is learning to crochet!


Mrs Sharon McCormack is a Parent Governor.

I have currently been coming to our wonderful school for 16 years. I am on my third term as a parent governor at Trinity Academy Richmond. My working career began after I completed university and joined the army in the Royal Signals. On leaving the army in 2000, I started my career in the Ministry of Defence as a civil servant which was a long and varied career dealing with security. During my career as a civil servant, I was a union rep representing an array of members. I have since slowed down a bit and am currently on a domestic break. I volunteer not only as a governor but I am highly involved in scouting and am a leader at Catterick Garrison. I am secretary for the PCC at St Mary’s Church in Richmond. I embrace my role as a school parent governor and take the responsibility of being elected by the parents seriously.


Mrs Gemma Orchard is a Parent Governor.

I was born and raised in Richmond and attended previously known Richmond C of E Primary School along with my siblings and now my two daughters. I have 16 years experience as a secondary school teacher in charge of Religious Education and SMSC and believe that my skills and expertise allow me to help contribute along with the governing body to see Trinity Academy continue to flourish.


Mrs Mandy Bogojevic is a Parent Governor.

I am first and foremost mum to five children, three of whom are now married adults and the youngest are twin boys, one attending Trinity Academy and the other now at Mowbray School in Bedale.

My career has been largely focussed around young children and my previous employment includes 11 years inspecting early years settings for Ofsted and North Yorkshire County Council, regional management at two private day nursery companies, nursery and pre-school management, consultancy and tutoring.

I am passionate about children and helping to ensure that their education and life experiences are positive and rewarding, helping them to achieve their potential with opportunities to succeed, whilst developing into responsible and caring individuals.

I have lived in Richmond for over 20 years, love to swim, walk and to be outdoors generally, usually accompanied by my youngest boys, my husband and our dog.


Mr Steve Hewitt is also a Co-opted Governor.

Mrs Williamson and Mr Gatrill are Staff Governors.

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