Below you will find a list of all our Governors and a brief outline of who they are and their current responsibilities.  The governors come from a diverse background but work together with a common aim – to be a “critical friend” and help support staff, pupils and parents going forward.


Anthony Tierney I am very proud to be the Headteacher of our wonderful school.  I became the Headteacher in September 2015, moving from Curbar Primary School in the Hope Valley where I had been Headteacher for three years.  I am looking forward to leading the school as we build on its strengths and work together to achieve the best outcomes for our children.


Jessica O’Dwyer – Commenced 3 January 2018 I’m a mum of two children at Burbage School. Since having children I’ve enjoyed being involved in whatever stage they are at, so I’ve volunteered at SureStart, ran playgroups and helped out at Pre-School. Since my eldest started at Burbage I’ve been involved with the PTFA. My role as Clerk to Governors is similar to what I used to do for various Local Authorities in the area.

Co-opted/Community Governors


Catherine Oliver – Commenced 13 March 2019 (Appointed by governing body)

Catherine Oliver has been a teacher at Burbage Primary School since 2006.  She is our deputy headteacher, safeguarding lead, head of Year 5 & 6, English lead and has been a school governor since 2019 sitting on the Resource Management Committee.

John Rothery (Joint Vice Chair) – Commenced 16 February 2018 (Parent appointed by governing body due to no election candidates)
I became a parent governor to help to make the school as good as it possibly can be for the benefit of all the children at Burbage. Originally from Newcastle we chose Buxton as our home as it such a great place to live and bring up children.
I qualified as a physicist and have worked in most EU countries, the U.S. and China in the Lighting and Electronics industries most recently working as a project manager for large UK infrastructure projects.
I have served on UK government and EU advisory panels and in EU directorates and been responsible for agreeing numerous standards, legislation and codes of practise. I would hope that some of my experience may be of some use to Burbage.
As a parent, I am passionate in my desire to help achieve for all our children the best possible start and foundation for a happy and healthy life ahead.



Will Throssel (Joint Vice Chair)  – Commenced 10 September 2018 (Elected by parents)
I am a parent of two girls at Burbage Primary School; both in Infants.
As a technical project manager I am experienced in managing complex projects, leading teams based in countries around the world and often with competing priorities. A critical aspect of my role is to drive continual improvement and develop innovative solutions.
I became a governor to support the school in helping our children to be the best they can be; both academically, but more importantly as caring and enthusiastic members of our community.

Jonathan Faulkner – Commenced 10 September 2018 (Elected by parents)
I have 3 children at Burbage who really enjoy their time at school and I love hearing about all the stimulating activities they do on a daily basis.
I am Head of Science at All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield and have been teaching for over 15 years, so I understand the pressures the school is under on a daily basis.
Hopefully I can bring some of that expertise to my role and support the school to the best of my ability and help the school continue on its upward trajectory.

Elizabeth Crisp (Joint Chair)  – Commenced 16 February 2022 (Appointed by governing body)

I have worked as a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at a university for a number of years.  My background is midwifery and I still maintain my midwifery practice and registration.  I have an interest in education and I am currently doing a PhD in simulated learning.  I look forward to using my passion for education to give back to the community.  I was a Burbage School student myself and I cannot wait to be part of a journey to help students at the school to thrive academically and become kind, compassionate and caring members of our community.

John Akrigg – Commenced 25 May 2021  (Appointed by governing body)
I have worked as an actuary in the insurance and pensions sectors gaining varied experience in areas including financial reporting and data analysis, which I hope will be useful in serving the school. My wife and I recently moved to Buxton in 2020. We have three adult sons and our family have always enjoyed the outdoors, particularly camping, hillwalking, cycling, sailing and skiing.
I am looking forward to getting involved as a governor and giving something back to the community. Education is so important for all our children and hope I can help the school in doing the best it can for each child.



Tim Boardman – Commenced 17 November 2021

I have worked in Software Development for over 15 years, mainly in supporting research and the Civil Service and want to use my digital, data and technology knowledge to assist the school, as well as my experience of the pastoral care of students from my time at university. I have lived in Buxton for the last decade and as a parent, want to help every pupil be the best they can.

Local Authority Governor

Greg Windows – Commenced 16 February 2022 (Appointed by Local Education Authority)

Parent Governors

Helen Goodman (Vice Chair)– Commenced 10 February 2020 (Elected by parents)

I was elected in February 2020 as a parent governor, I have one child at school in Year 1. My background is in arts management and production, having worked on large scale events and touring shows. Prior to this I was Head of Drama in Secondary and Primary education. I hope to bring experience and expertise to support the creative elements of the Burbage curriculum.

Charlotte Christie – Commenced 16 February 2022 (Elected by parents)

I am a former secondary school teacher who moved into qualification and training development several years ago, with the exam board AQA and the charity Teach First, amongst others. I now work for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, part of the Department for Education. I have experience of working on educational projects for schools, exam boards, charities and governments in the UK and overseas. I have previously held governance council roles for organisation such as NEBOSH.

My daughter attends Burbage, and I was a pupil too back in the days of Mr Walsh’s guitar lessons and trips to Beamish.  I hope by becoming a parent governor to be able to support Burbage to continue to be a happy and thriving school.

Katherine Kilbane – Commenced 16 February 2022 (Elected by parents)

My son attends Burbage Primary School and it has been lovely to see how much he has grown in confidence due to the support and care that he has received at the school.
I am a secondary school teacher and currently work in a large Manchester high school. I am an Assistant Headteacher and have whole school responsibility for safeguarding, SEND and Inclusion, admissions, attendance and alternative provision. I am also a long serving school governor at the school.
I am passionate about ensuring that all learners, irrespective of ability and background, are enabled by their school experiences to thrive and succeed.
I sincerely hope that my expertise will help Burbage to continue to go from strength to strength.



Staff Governor

Lindsay Adams – Commenced 10 February 2020  (Appointed by governing body) I joined Burbage as a Newly Qualified teacher and have now been a Year 5 teacher for three years. In my teacher training, I gained teaching experience across all key stages in Derbyshire and Sheffield schools. I am very proud to work at Burbage and keen to provide input to the curriculum development. I am particularly passionate about the arts and the environment. In my role as a Staff Governor, I will be a member of the Teaching, learning and assessment committee.

Recently Resigned

Suzanne Blackledge – Commenced 15 July 2020  (resigned 16 June 2022)

Catherine Pamplin (Chair) – Commenced 01 Feb 2016 (resigned 16 March 2022)

Heather Toomey – Commenced 10 Jul 2018 (resigned January 2022) 

Julie Kawalek – Commenced 10 February 2020 (resigned December 2021)

Jane Poulter – Commenced 15 July 2020  (resigned 29 October 2021)

Paul Hodge (Co-Chair) – Commenced 11 November 2016 (resigned 21 Sep 2021)

Heidi Bryan – Commenced 10 February 2020 (resigned 20 September 2021)

Pippa Bradbury – Commenced 11 Nov 2016  (resigned 31 Dec 2020)

Lisa Edwards – Commenced 03 Dec 2012 (resigned 15 Jul 2020)

Emma Moore– Commenced 25 Apr 2015  (resigned 15 Jul 2020)

Richard Brown – Commenced 01 Feb 2016 (resigned Feb 2020)

Peter Ambrose – Commenced 10 Feb 2016 (resigned Feb 2020)

Register of Interests

Details of any relevant business and pecuniary interests held by Governors can be found in the Register of Interests, a summary of which, is available below:

There are currently no declared interests.

Governor Attendance Figures 2021 – 2022