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Kerry Lee
Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Governor

I have lived in Tadcaster for over 10 years and have served as a Governor at Tadcaster Primary Academy since 2015.  I have been Chair of Governors from September 2021 having previously acted as Vice Chair.  I have over 20 years’ experience of working in the Early Years and Childcare sector and currently work for City of York Council as a Quality Improvement Adviser supporting childcare settings and schools to ensure they are offering the best quality provision to children and their families.

What I enjoy about the Governor role is the chance to make a difference and use my experience and knowledge to contribute to the success of Tadcaster Primary Academy.

Term of office 1st September 2015 – 18th September 2027


Yvonne Walton
Curriculum: Assessment

I have been fortunate to have lived in Tadcaster for almost 10 years. I was born in South Yorkshire but moved to the North to complete my Secondary Teacher Training in Ripon.  After several years  I decided that I needed another challenge and applied to complete my General Nurse Training in Northallerton which is where I stayed after qualification for 15 years. My attention returned to education when I became responsible for student nurse’s practical knowledge and skills training on the ward. After several more years of chasing qualifications I precured a position at York University where, for almost 30 years I prepared registered general nurses on the wards of North Yorkshire’s hospitals and in the classrooms of the university.

My experience within the educational sector has been predominantly with 11 to 59 years old, I am therefore looking forward to the next step of working and learning from the younger generation and their educators.

I am very new to the role of school governor but am so willing to learn and grow into an effective member. My main objective being to employ my experience and past knowledge to assist Tadcaster Primary Academy to continue to be a successful learning environment.

Term of Office 6th November 2023 to 5th November 2026

Joan Whale
Curriculum: Writing

I have lived near Tadcaster since 1997 and have one grown up daughter who attended local schools before moving away to University and now lives and works in London.

Professionally throughout my career I have held various roles in IT Management, most latterly as Head of Professional Services in a large print and communications company.

Ten years ago, I made a decision to switch careers to a sector where I felt I could make a difference to the lives of children and families, and the communities in which they live. Since that time, I have worked in a Senior Leadership role as an Office Manager in a West Yorkshire Primary School where I am also a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and am responsible for the school budgets, HR & Recruitment, Data Protection and Health & Safety.

I am delighted to have been appointed to the Governing Body at Tadcaster Primary Academy and look forward to bringing my skills and experience to help contribute to the ongoing success of the school.

Term of Office 6th November 2023 to 5th November 2026

Will Harris
Health and Safety Governor
After 15 years away from the local area in first Newcastle and then London we returned to Yorkshire just over 10 years ago. My children go to Tadcaster Primary Academy and I am a Parent Governor and was appointed to the Governing Body in September 2019 initially for a 4 year term
Within my role at TPA  I have special interests in Maths as I was formerly a maths teacher in primary schools, and also Health and Safety as I am IOSH qualified. In my day job i am a senior manager at an education training and skills provider working with apprenticeships, businesses and the community and thus I can bring experience of people and budget management, long and short term target setting and review and working with third parties such as OFSTED.
I’m honoured to be on the Governing Body of Tadcaster Primary Academy, a school where I believe great things are happening, and look forward to helping the school continue on its own learning journey.
Term of Office 1st October 2023 to 30th September 2027
Derek De Vere RCIB, CEMAP, FPC
Vice Chair of Governors
I grew up in Newcastle and was educated in Ponteland. My wife and I moved to live in York in 1987 and have lived there ever since. I have two grown up children who went through York’s educational establishments.
Professionally I worked in Financial Services for 39 years until I took early retirement at 57 years of age in 2017. I am currently enjoying my retirement and play golf on a regular basis and also take interest in Cricket and Football. On the Voluntary side, I was involved in the Charity sector with a local Charity for 21 years as Treasurer and for a further 8 years as Chair until March 2020. I was invited to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 1st June 2017 for my services to Charity.
I was asked by the Tadcaster Chair of Governor’s if I would be interested in joining the Primary Academy as a Governor on leaving my Charity role and was looking for a new challenge. My experience in risk roles, business and finance in Managerial roles and senior Charity roles will be used in helping the Academy to progress further in the future and as a parent I know how important the early years of a child’s education is.
Term of Office 16th July 2020 to 15th July 2024