School Governing Body

The Governing Body is made up of parents, school staff and members of the local community in Hebden Bridge.  Governors volunteer their time and can remain as members for up to 4 years before they have to reapply.

Our governors are:

Emma Ingham (Chair)
Jon Harsaine (Deputy Chair)
Jo Doherty
Elina Nindha-Latvio (Parent Governor)
Tess Leigh (Parent Governor)
Richard Young
Andrew Raven

Our main role is to help improve the school and make sure that it is run well. We work with the Head to ensure that all the children at Riverside have a good quality of education and that all their needs are met. We are accountable to you and the wider community for the performance of the school. Our main responsibilities are:

  • Planning the future direction of the school
  • Recruiting key senior staff including the Headteacher
  • Making decisions about the school’s budget and staffing
  • Making sure that the National Curriculum is taught effectively
  • Deciding how the school can encourage the pupils’ spiritual, moral and social development
  • Making sure that the school meets the needs of all the children it teaches, including those with special needs

The full Riverside Governing Body meets at least once a term. It also has a number of committees which have their own chair and meet regularly to look at specific aspects of the school management, such as teaching and learning, the school budget, the school premises and buildings, and staffing. For further information about the school Governing Body, please ask at the school office or email

Meet Our Governors

john_dermo John Dermo

Born and bred in Bradford, I moved to Hebden Bridge about 10 years ago, after several years working in education in Europe and the Middle East. I am married and have two children: Alfie currently goes to Calder High, having attended Central Street and Riverside, and Hetty is at Central Street and will soon be following her brother to Riverside. I have been involved in education all my working life, as a teacher, trainer and lecturer, and currently work for the University of Bradford in their Centre for Educational Development. I have been a governor at Riverside Junior School since 2010, first as a Parent Governor, and now as a Community Governor.

john John Hairsine

I’m 51 years old. I’ve lived in Hebden Bridge for most of the last 20 years and I can’t imagine living anywhere else, though I’d prefer a bit more sunshine and a bit less rain! I’m married and have two teenage children who used to go to Central Street and Riverside when they were younger. I’ve worked in business for 30 years but I now work full time in education, both as a volunteer and a paid consultant, helping schools improve. When I get any free time, I like to go running and cycling in the wonderful countryside around here.

john Richard Young

With two children at Riverside, one current and one recent, I care about its progress. As a school governor of 14 years at two other schools besides Riverside I bring some experience to the role. Professionally, I am an accountant at Bradford Council, where I work on financial aspects of major Transport, Regeneration and Culture projects. This, I hope, brings skills useful for the governing body. I became a governor at Riverside because I want outstanding standards of education for all at the school.

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