Asby Endowed School

Meet Our Governors

Governor Profiles


Graham Parkin
Co-Opted Governor
Chair of Governors


I am Chair of the Governing Body and serve on the Resources committee.


I believe Asby Endowed to be an excellent school providing quality learning within a stimulating, nurturing and safe environment, and I hope to be able to contribute to its continuing success.





Rosie Collin

Co-opted Governor


I moved to Great Asby in 2021 and with my degree in Visual Communications from the University of Leeds (2009) and a background working in the education sector, I hope to offer a broad range of experience in graphic design, video production and content marketing - ultimately whatever I’m able to contribute in order to support my local school to thrive.




Elaine Barnes

Local Authority Appointed Governor

Vice-Chair of Governors


I moved to the village in 2021 having previously worked for a bank for 35+ years.  My role was in the commercial banking sector, responsible for the project management and delivery of banking services and training to clients with annual turnover in excess of £75m. 


I believe that primary schools are so important in providing a strong foundation for children's futures which cannot be underestimated. I hope that the skills I obtained from my time in banking will help me to support and grow the excellent work and teaching at our school.




Carole Cozens
Foundation Governor


Following a move to Little Asby , I have was appointed as Foundation Governor and enjoy supporting Asby Endowed School.


I graduated from Greenwich University in London and taught in challenging schools mostly in year's 2,3, and 4. I enjoyed meeting individual needs and went on to work with Looked After Children and Children with Special Needs.




Denise Frisby
Foundation Governor


I have lived in Little Asby since 2006 and during this time I retired from the NHS after 38 years working as a Dietitian and in services management. My particular focus and interest was working with diverse communities to promote health and well-being.


As a parent, I have previously been a school governor at a secondary school near Preston. More recently, I have been able to support AES through joint ventures with St Peter's Church, Great Asby. 




Kathryn Braithwaite

Parent governor


I am originally from Penrith however now live on the outskirts of Great Asby and have done so for the past 13 years. My 2 children attend Asby School and are the 5th generation of Braithwaites to attend there.  I enjoy hiking in the Lake District. 




Michelle Clark



I completed my PGCE teaching training in 2008 after graduating from Bournemouth University with a degree in Archaeology. I have taught in a number of different school, both large and small schools in Coventry, Cyprus, Italy and North Yorkshire.  I moved to Cumbria in 2016, and returned to teaching after maternity leave at Long Marton Community School.  I started teaching at Asby Endowed School in September 2017 as the Senior Teacher teaching KS2.  In September 2019 I was appointed the school's headteacher.   




Jack Davis
Staff Governor


In 2015 following the successful completion of a BA in International Relations at the University of Leeds, I spent some time teaching English as a foreign language in Shanghai. This was a hugely positive experience and pushed me to pursue a career in education. In 2019 I completed my PGCE course at the University of Sussex and, prior to joining Asby Endowed School, I worked at Chesswood Junior School in Worthing, West Sussex. 




Jackie Smart

Associate Governor


I have lived in Great Asby for seven years. I previously lived in London and Wiltshire  with my family where I taught 11 to 18 year old students for more years than I care to remember. I very much enjoyed teaching and I still enjoy being involved with young people and the experiences they have in the education system.  I have previously been a Governor at Asby School and look forward to being involved again.




Louise Ryan

Clerk To The Governors


I moved to the Appleby area in 2000 and live on a farm near to Appleby.  I have two children - my son works in agriculture and my daughter as a Teaching Assistant in a primary school. I have over 20 years experience of working in educational settings.  During my spare time I love to garden and read.