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Kerry Lee
Chair of Governors, Safeguarding and SEND Governor

I have lived in Tadcaster for over 10 years and have served as a Governor at Tadcaster Primary Academy since 2015.  I am new to the role of Chair from September 2021 having previously acted as Vice Chair.  I have 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 – 17th September 2024



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 2019 to 30th September 2024
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