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 5.  My eldest is currently at University.   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


Both my children attended Oatlands Infant School and I have been a governor since 2008.  An accountant by training, I have utilised those skills as Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee for several years, a role that involves working closely with the School Business Manager and the Headteacher. Managing resources well is key to ensuring the school provides the very best educational start for our children.


Apart from herding two teenagers about, I work in finance and mark professional accountancy exam papers. I also enjoy trying to keep fit, walking our dog, sing in a local community choir and am trying to learn bridge!




Emma Tanner

I joined the Governing Body in July 2017, and I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee. I am the Governor with particular responsibility for Children with Special Educational Needs, and for the Safeguarding of all children and adults within the school.


My eldest son left Oatlands Infant in 2017, and my youngest son now attends. I was keen to become involved in the school, having experienced a great start to my eldest son’s education, and support in any way I am able, the journey of present and future pupils and teaching staff.


In my working life I work in Procurement. In my spare time I run a local beaver group several of the pupils attend and when I can I like to relax with family and friends.


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

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 is at the school. 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

Picture to follow.


Parent Governors


Helen Fogerty

I became a Parent Governor in September 2018 and sit on the Finance and Resources Committee. I have three children, my eldest now at Oatlands Junior School and my youngest due to start at the Infant School in 2020.


I am passionate about the vital role our schools play in caring for our children. I am excited and honoured to be able to support the teachers, staff, and the governing body in delivering a great foundation in education and well being.


I am a Chartered Accountant with experience in practice, in industry and in the public sector. Currently on a career break, I seem to spend a lot of my time whipping up delicacies for the latest cake stall!


Geoff Huband

(More to follow)


Headteacher Governor

Zoe Anderson

See staff pages for picture and information on Mrs Anderson.


Staff Governor

Abby Shaw

See staff pages for picture and information on Mrs Shaw.

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