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Meet the members of Langton School's Governing Body 


Andrew Priestley

Acting Chair/Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor, with both of my sons being pupils at the school. I became a Governor because I believe in the importance of Primary Education being the foundation of where our children get a life long love for learning. Growing up in a rural environment myself has also left me with a desire to see village schools continue and flourish. Professionally I am a Project Manager in the Oil and Gas industry and try to bring my professional experience to the Governing body. 

Roland Sterry

LA Governor

I have served on the governing bodies of two secondary schools where I was employed as the headteacher.  I have plenty of experience working in partnership with primary schools and believe strongly that the well-being of youngsters should always be at the heart of decision making.                 

Pam Abbott

Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body of Langton School in September 2014 having recently retired from teaching. During my teaching career I have been a teacher of Biology and more recently was Head of Health and Social Care at a secondary school in York as well as an adviser and exam moderator in this subject. I moved with my family to Burythorpe in 2001 and enjoy being a member of the village community and participating in a number voluntary organisations in the village.

I have recently completed my training to be a School Services volunteer for the NSPCCC and hope that my experience and skills gained over many years in teaching will help and support the team working hard to do the very best for the children at Langton.

My other interests include playing tennis, walking and enjoying my garden.

Heather Turner

Parent Governor

I joined Terrington Hall in 2016 as a Science and Humanities teacher after returning to work having had my two children, Maisie (a member of Class 1 at Langton) and William. Previously, I had worked as a Science and Engineering teacher at Malton Secondary School, where I taught for several years after a short spell as a Physics teacher at the British international school in Phuket. Outside school, I enjoys eating out with my husband and children, and days out at the beach. In my spare time I take part in the Park Run at Dalby Forest and look forward to returning to climbing and mountaineering when time allows.

Christine Gilkes

Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing board at the beginning of 2017. I run my own business specialising in supporting organisations to improve performance and implement business, cultural and personal change.  My role is often about challenging current thinking and practices and with no previous experience of schools; I’m looking to use these strengths to support Langton. 

When I’m not at work I’m either supporting SWR Mind as chair of the Board of Trustees or enjoying my 2 horses, walking my dog, gardening or entertaining.

Howard Widdall

Co-opted Governor


Following my retirement from the position of Sales & Marketing Director at a Yorkshire based medical company I have been looking for opportunities to use my knowledge and experience, gained at Board level, to “put something back”.  Becoming a School Governor is one way in which I feel I can do this as I believe that the challenges faced by schools, to effectively deploy scarce resources to deliver excellent results, are analogous in many respects to those faced by businesses and, as a member of the Governing Body, I look forward to helping Langton Primary School achieve its Vision, fulfil its Mission and deliver on its Values.

Anne Conroy

Associate Governor


I was a member of the full governing body at Langton School from 2007 to July 2016 since when I have been an associate governor. I don’t attend meetings but help with specific things to help the governing body as required. My two grandchildren, Hannah & Charlotte attend the school.  

I am a retired project manager, living in Westow. As well as my commitment to school, some of my other interests are walking, gardening, researching my family history and a variety of crafts.



Governing Body Members