Burton Green Governance

A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is a legal entity accountable for the running of the organisation and all the academies within it. The MAT is a charitable company limited by guarantee, and has multiple layers of governance: the Members, the Board of Trustees and Board Committees, which include a Local Governing Committee for each school within the MAT.

Burton Green Primary School and Skelton Primary School are working closely together under the executive leadership of Ash Atherton. As a result it has been agreed that there is a joint Local Governing Committee (LGC) for the two schools.

The Local Governing Committee serves as a sub-committee of the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust York Board of Trustees, and their responsibilities are set out within the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation. If required, the Board can either delegate more powers to the Local Governing Committee or withdraw powers in exceptional situations. Governors are not involved in the operational running of the school; the daily management of the schools is the responsibility of the Executive Head Teacher. All decisions are made as a group; governors are there as a corporate body responsible for the governance of the school and not to represent their own interests or the interest of others.

What does the Local Governing Committee do?

Local governors have three central duties:

i) setting the vision of the schools
ii) holding the Executive Head Teacher to account
iii) and ensuring the schools’ financial management is to the highest possible standard.

Governors carry out their tasks in a number of different ways, through regular meetings and visits to the schools. Meetings are held at least once a term. For a full list of Trust Board and LGC meetings, please click here.

The Local Governing Committee provides the school with a wide range of skills and experience which supports the Senior Leadership team in vital decisions thatenhance the schools’ environment, curriculum and delivery of the best educational experience possible.

If you are interested in becoming an LGC member do contact the school to find out about the current vacancies.

Skills and Training

Governors do not need specific skills, but many of the tasks they are required to undertake can benefit from general business knowledge such as understanding management systems, budget planning and HR functions. Local authorities are required to ensure that training for governors is available and most governing bodies buy into their local authority training packages (which may include online learning) to ensure that governors are properly inducted to their role and trained for specific tasks such as appointing the Executive Head Teacher and then carrying out the Executive Head Teacher’s performance review.


Burton Green and Skelton Primary School Governor information

The LGC is made up of:

The Executive Head Teacher, one Parent Governor and two Staff Governors. The remaining governors are co-opted and all the above governors have full voting rights at Local Governing Committee. Information on the governors is below with detail of their specific responsibilities, business interests and terms of office. The Chair of Governors is Judy MacDermot – to contact her please email:


NameGovernor PostFromToCommittee Responsibilities
Judy MacDermotTrust Appointed23.01.1719.01.25Chair
Ash AthertonExecutive Headteacher (ex officio)01.09.18
Elaine BoyesTrust Appointed23.07.1723.07.25Pupil Premium
Tom ButtonParent (Burton Green)01.02.1801.02.22
Chris LinfootTrust Appointed25.01.2024.01.24Vice Chair and H&S
Tim SteadTrust Appointed25.03.1925.03.23
Hazel GreenwoodTrust Appointed23.01.1719.01.25SEND
Keith HaytonTrust Appointed13.03.1719.01.25Safeguarding
Sarah BrownhillStaff01.11.1901.11.23
Nicola TerrettParent (Skelton)07.12.2006.12.24
The following governors have left the Governing Body in the past 12 months
NameDate stepped down
Nick O'KeefeJuly 2021
Sue FauldsJuly 2021
Catherine BromleyJuly 2021


Governor business interests and attendance

Name of GovernorNature of any business interests including details of the company or organisationDate of start of interestDetails of governor membership at another school or academyDetails of any relationship between governor and member of school staff
(eg spouse)
Ms Ash Atherton
Mrs Sarah Brownhill (Staff)NONENONENONE
Miss Elaine Boyes
(Trust Appointed)
Executive Director, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)January 2016NONENONE
Mrs Judy MacDermot (Chair)NONENONENONE
Mr Tom Button
Mr Christopher LinfootPending ReturnPending ReturnPending Return
Mr Tim SteadPending ReturnPending ReturnPending Return
Mrs Hazel GreenwoodNONENONENONE
Mr Keith HaytonPending ReturnPending ReturnPending Return

Click here to download the Burton Green and Skelton LGC Attendance Register 2020-21