Members of the BGA Exec
|Chair – Richard Punshon|
I have been involved in school governance for 19 years. In that time I have been a chair and vice chair at different schools. I sit on two governing bodies in the Barnsley area and I am currently working with another school in the Wakefield area. Having served 16 years in the Armed Forces and 20 years running my own business I believe I have the qualities to help provide strategic management advice to governing bodies and to act as a “critical friend”, supporting the work of headteachers and other staff. This ensures that all children receive the education they deserve.
|Vice Chair – Margaret Gostelow|
Margaret has been a school governor since 1987 and is currently chair of governors at Horizon Community College and a HCAT trustee. Margaret believes that a good education system is important for the whole community and that our children and young people need school governors who are committed, knowledgeable and skilful.
|Secretary – Stephen Gallagher|
I have been involved in school governance for 25 years.
I have been a Chair and Vice-Chair of governing bodies during this time.
Currently member of local governing body and trustee/director of local multi-academy trust.
Acted as Vice-Chair of BGA for last 12 months. I am passionate about both the proper and effective corporate principles of governance and the moral aspects of governance in all school settings
|Treasurer (non Exec member) – John Gostelow|
Molly has been a school governor since 2000. She is a Trustee of Wellspring Academy Trust, a member of Barnsley Alliance Board and represents Special Schools on the Schools’ Forum.
Molly believes that effective school governance should be an equal partnership between schools and the governing body, with mutual respect and trust being a key feature.
I am currently Chair at Dodworth St John C of E (VA) Primary School (for 20 years) and was previously a member of the Governing Body at the Gables Special School in Wombwell (for over 10 years).
I believe that the Barnsley Governors Association can make a real difference. By working together with all Governors, Governing Bodies and stakeholders, everyone will eventually benefit from this interaction and we will be able to provide support for each other; thereby improving School Governance and help us all to raise the attainment, achievement and aspiration for all school students in Barnsley.
I have been a Parent Governor of Greenacre Special School since November 2013. I am also the link Governor for Safeguarding.
Being a Governor allows me to contribute towards the achievement, environment, wellbeing and education received by our children. I enjoy the opportunities it brings to work with the other members of the Governing body and Senior Leadership Team to help give all our children the opportunity to reach their potential whilst understanding the challenges currently faced by schools