Type of Governor

Mr Peter Foster (Chair) Trustee Appointment
Mr Ian Clennan Headteacher
Mrs Dawn Hardy Trustee Appointment
Mrs Angela O’Mahoney Trustee Appointment
Mrs Fiona Peill Trustee Appointment
Mr Simon Cahill Trustee Appointment
Miss Sarah Walker Trustee Appointment
Mrs Becky Railton       Staff Governor
Mr Dominic Proctor Parent Governor Feb 2022
Miss Candace Sutton Parent Governor Jan 2020
Mrs Melanie Davis (Vice Chair)  Trustee Appointment

Chair of the Governors: Peter Foster can be contacted at the school address, Selby Community Primary School, Flaxley Road, Selby, YO8 4DL

Clerk: Mrs Trudy Searle

Link to GIAS information site

Consolidated Register of Interests SCP October 2022 (Including attendance)

Consolidated Register of Interests SCP October 2021 (Including attendance)

Consolidated Register of Interest SCP October 2020 (including attendance)

Consolidated Register of Interests SCP February 2020 (including attendance)

Consolidated Register of Interests SCP October 2019 (including attendance)


Governor Profiles:

Peter Foster

I have been a governor at the school since 2006. I am now retired but spent most of my working life in the Flooring business. The majority of my career was spent in senior management working with people in training, HR and general management roles. Although never involved in education since becoming a governor I feel my experience in budgeting and management has helped me contribute to the governing board. I am a Vice-President of Selby Rugby Club and a past president of Selby Rotary Club. I am married with two grown up children.

Melanie Davis

I have been a Governor at the school for many years now and continue to be impressed by the standards of leadership, teaching and support offered by the staff team.

I was a District Councillor for 24 years representing the ward surrounding the school site and continue to represent that ward as part of the Town Council.  My association with the school was strengthened when I ran the local SureStart programme working with local schools to improve the life chances for the children and families within the community.   I believe it is important to provide a good formal education for all children but also to develop their social skills and raise their self-confidence and self-esteem so they feel more able to deal with life’s ups and downs and make a valued contribution to their community.

I left school at 16 but have hopefully continued to learn and grow including returning to do a Business Studies Degree as a mature student.  I have two daughters and two grandchildren.  I worked for most of my life in the voluntary and community sector as an Office Manager and Management Consultant, finally retired from paid employment in 2016 but find I am busier than ever.  I was born in the south but have now lived in Selby longer than I have lived anywhere so really feel this is my home and community. 

I ran a smallholding for a number of years when my children were young and continue to enjoy gardening and looking after my allotment.  I also enjoy cooking, reading, movies and going out to theatre, comedy and music events.   What matters to me is that children and parents enjoy their time and association with the school and gain the best view they can of education in its widest sense and of the world of possibilities and opportunities which a good education can open for children.

Sarah Walker

I have been a part of the Governing Body since 2006, originally as Parent Governor.

I work across the school from Nursery to Year 6 as a HLTA.  I also work with Intervention Groups before and after school and at lunchtime.

I first became interested in working in schools after helping out as a parent volunteer and since then have gone from GTA to HLTA.

I have 2 children who have both attended this school.

I have a passion for cooking and enjoy trying new things.


Dawn Hardy

I have lived in Selby for the majority of my life and attended secondary school in Selby before moving on to college and employment. I began my working life working with young children and supporting their families in York before deciding on a career change. The career I decided to go into was teaching as I recognised the fundamental value in learning and wanted to share my passion for learning with others and become aspirational in what people can achieve. I then completed my teaching degree allowing me to teach young people and adults.

I have worked at Selby College since 2001 initially as a teacher, progressing to Head of Department and now in my current role as Director of Curriculum and Support. Although I no longer teach I am involved in the teaching and learning aspect at the college which I thoroughly enjoy.
I am honoured to be a governor at Selby Community Primary School and will endeavour to serve the school and the community well.

Ian Clennan

I started my teaching career back in 2000 and have taken on many different challenges over the years. I am a fully trained Ofsted Lead Inspector, as well as a National Leader for Education. I enjoy helping others to become better in education and feel this is one of the most rewarding aspects of the job. I have been Headteacher at Selby CP since 2008 and am proud of everything we have achieved in this time. What a transformation we have had! We are now recognised for so many of our talents. In 2019 I became the Chief Executive for Selby Educational Trust.

Outside school I am a radio presenter on many different radio stations, as well as being the Chair of Trustees at York Hospital Radio. Music is very much part of my day to day life. I am married with two children. Family is very important to me.

Trudy Searle

I have been the clerk for Selby Community Primary School since 2015 and supported governors through the move to academy status in 2017.  I have also clerked for Selby Educational Trust since 2016 and I am a member of the North Yorkshire County Council clerking team, clerking for a range of schools including maintained, academies and faith schools.  I have completed the Clerk’s Development Programme with the National College for Teaching and Leadership and I am CIPD qualified.  My earlier career was spent in HR and Executive Recruitment.  

Outside of work I am a keen gardener and cook and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Angela O’Mahoney

I’m a Selby resident and grew up near the school – in a sweet shop!
I’m active in my community and I am chair of Selby Hockey Club’s youth section, coaching children from 8 years old into adults. I also play at a good level and love the health and social side of hockey.
I work for Selby District Council as Head of Community and Partnerships. My team do a range of things including community engagement, community safety, work on improving health and creating a heritage and culture offer for everyone.
I have worked with young people since being a youth leader, working in a special school as a teaching assistant and as a Probation Officer, right through to being the Head of Youth Justice And Targeted Youth Services at York before my current role. I hope I can put my previous experience and current community experience to use for the school over the next few years.

Becky Railton

I have been the Home school support worker at school since 2005 and became a staff governor in September 2019. I am not currently a Selby resident but grew up in Selby before moving on to university and employment, much of my family still live in Selby. Professionally I qualified as a secondary school teacher in 2002 and taught in secondary schools, the youth offending team and a secure unit in Leeds. In 2005 I decided I wanted to a change of direction and I wanted to support children and families who were experiencing difficulties to overcome them and reach their potentials socially, emotionally and educationally. I secured the post as Home School Support Worker firstly for the education social work team and then Selby Community Primary school and have never looked back I love my job and the community we support!I am married with two children, four step-children and two grandchildren – family is everything to me and I love to spend time with them at home and on days out.