Meet the Governors

Chair & Co-opted Governor

Rachel Hartley



I was co-opted as a governor in June 2015 and, having served as joint vice-chair for a year, I was appointed as Chair of Governors in September 2016.   This is a challenging but exciting role and I really enjoy working to help our wonderful school go from strength to strength. I am also lucky to have a fantastic team of staff and governors to work with.  Oatlands Infant School is a really special place and we are all passionate about providing our children with the very best start on their learning journey.  The Chair of Governors acts as a “critical friend” to the Headteacher and as such I work closely with Mrs Anderson, the governors and staff, dealing with strategy, finances and the attainment and progress of pupils.  Staff, parents and carers are also an important part of the picture, and through our Staff and Parent Forums and surveys the governors seek and listen to their views.


Outside of school, I am currently a stay at home mum, with 2 children, one of whom is in Year 4.  My eldest is currently studying for his A levels.   In my previous life, I was a lawyer in the City, acting for large multinational corporations on various contentious matters. I love reading, playing tennis and running and spend much of my free time trying to train a wilful Labrador called Poppy.


Co-opted Governors

Paula Burlison



I have been a governor at the school since 2008 and I chair the resources committee, where we discuss finance, premises and personnel issues. In this role I work closely with Mr Gill, the school business manager. Also, I am the governor representative on the Eco Committee, which I am enjoying being involved in with Mrs Barker. I am married with two children. I first became a governor when they were at Oatlands Infant School, but they are both now at high school.


Lucy-Ann Kirkham



My children have attended (and loved) Oatlands Infant School between 2008 and 2015, and I became a governor in 2010. It has been fascinating to work as part of a school of this calibre. Having spent 18 years working life as a lawyer, it has been a privilege to work within the Governing Body to help develop and implement the school’s long and short term plans for teaching and growth. We have a wonderful and very talented and committed Teaching staff, to whom we owe an enormous debt of gratitude. In addition to full time working, parenting, and being a general taxi service, I enjoy singing in my church choir, dog walking, and I am a volunteer for the Compassion Child Sponsorship program.


Richard Chambers



I have been a governor for just over a year now and I also sit on the resources committee. I am a qualified accountant with over 25 years’ experience in industry. Being a governor has given me the opportunity to be part of something which is not totally commercially driven. I have 3 grown up children, 1 little one (who has just left Oatlands Infant School to go to the Junior School) and 1 grandson who goes to school in Knaresborough. I spend a lot of my spare time with them and we are all football fans with season tickets at Leeds United!


Emma Tanner

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I joined the Governing board in July 2017, and I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee with responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding.  My eldest son left the school in July 2017 and my youngest son will hopefully attend from September 2018, so I was keen to remain close to the school and support them to give other children the great start in education my eldest son has had.  In my working life I am a Buyer for a Transport company in Leeds, and in my spare time I like to relax and socialise with friends and family.


Alison Port – Joint Vice Chair



I became a governor in 2017 and have taken on responsibility for Data and Assessment. Both my children came to Oatlands Infant school and I am a strong advocate for the school, its ethos and achievements. I originally trained as an accountant and now work as Director of Strategy at a Building Society. I am looking forward to putting my Strategy skills to good use to help the School remain a great place for children to start their educational journey.


Tom Garland – Joint Vice Chair

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I work as an Occupational Psychologist for a small local consultancy based near the school. This is great as it means I get the chance to do a number of the drop offs and pick ups for my daughter who has just started in Reception class this year. My wife and I have another younger daughter and live in the local area. Both of us have moved to Harrogate from different parts of the Country but feel this is very much our ‘home’ now.


Claire Nelson-Boden

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Parent Governors


Helen Fogerty

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Tracey D’Alessandro-Rixon



I have a daughter, Olivia, currently in Year 1 (plus  two other children: one at OJS and one at the Grammar).  In my working life, I was manager of an international membership organisation which ran various educational schemes e.g. Diplomas and accreditation schemes and also held various conferences worldwide.  Formerly as part of the pre-school committee I have assisted in grant applications and finances as well as day to day issues.


Headteacher Governor

Zoe Anderson

See staff pages for picture and information on Mrs Anderson.


Staff Governor

Jane Raymont

See staff pages for picture and information on Miss Raymont.

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