The Governing Body


Welcome to the Governor’s page of our website. 

The Governing Body comprises of: 2 Parent Governors, 1 staff Governor, 6 Co-opted Governors, 1 LA Governor and the Headteacher. The School Business Manager is an Associate Governor . When vacancies arise, we use a skills audit to identify required skills and match those to available volunteers. Each class has a link governor who follows them up though school to give a well-rounded view of their time with us at Carlton. Governors also use their personal skills to enrich our discussion and analysis.

Our Governors

Dr. Helen Snowden

Chair of Governors & Parent Governor

Chair of Governors & Parent Governor – Term ends 01/01/2025. Links: SEND. No business interests declared.

I have just started my second term as a parent governor, having been a parent here since 2005. I really enjoy the roles of Chair of Governors and SEND governor. I have just completed my Chair of Governor NGA training course in Leeds, funded by the Department of Education. This has allowed me to develop the Chairs role and the role of the Governing board further. I also use my personal skills as the SEND Governor. I hope that by using my years at medical school, and in working with children with SEND needs at high school and in being a parent of a child with a disability, that I bring a well-rounded view to the SEND governor role. I also work for a medical charity in my spare time ensuring that children with medical needs in schools are treated fairly and with equality.

I support our local school in our community wherever I can and hope to bring the views of parents to the Governing board.


Mr Andy Knight

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor – Term ends 01/01/2025 Currently serving on Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee Links: Finance. No Business Interest Declared


I’ve worked in financial services for over 30 years and bring my experience in people, risk, operational and regulatory compliance management to the role. I currently lead a team responsible for the delivery of regulatory change projects for a variety of investment services products. My role involves strategy & leadership along with regulatory compliance.

I live in Snaith along with my wife, 2 grown up daughters and a 1 eyed pooch! My interests include rugby league, history and walking in the Lakes & Dales.


Mr Jon Watson


 My name is Jon Watson and I am the Head teacher at Carlton Primary School. I am proud to lead our school – we have a fantastic group of pupils, dedicated staff team and supportive school community.


My philosophy for education is one which is based around the edict of the ‘best by every child’. I hold a strong child-centred approach to teaching, where consistency, praise, encouragement yet challenge are key. I believe that all children are amazing and have unique potential waiting to be unlocked – it is a privilege, as a teacher and a leader, to be able to inspire, enthuse, motivate and nurture children to fully achieve this.

I joined Carlton Primary School in September 2015, from Welton Primary School, East Riding, after four successful years. I am originally from Sunderland and now live in Doncaster, following seven wonderful years in Dubai, U.A.E I am married and have two wonderful twin girls. I love playing and listening to music and I’m a passionate Ipswich Town fan.

As head teacher I work closely with the Governing Board to help strategically lead the school forward.


Mrs Eleanor Craven

Staff Governor


I have been a teacher for 7 years after completing a Primary Education degree at Sheffield Hallam. This is the 4th school I have worked in full time, having also spent some time supply teaching in various education settings. I started as Year 6 teacher at Carlton Primary School in September 2020. I have worked in a diverse number of schools within very different catchment areas and it is all of this experience I believe I can bring to the governing body to help improve the school as a team by asking relevant questions and challenging where appropriate. I currently live in Thorpe Willoughby and also grew up there as a child so feel I know the wider community of Selby and its surrounding villages well. I enjoy spending time with my friends, eating out at nice places and will often be found baking something nice in my kitchen. I look forward to taking on this new role as the school also starts a new chapter of becoming an academy.




Mr Michael Thomas

Co-opted Governor


Co-opted Governor – Term ends 01/01/2025 Currently serving on School Development Committee Links: Safeguarding and IT. No Business Interest Declared

I work at the University of Leeds, leading a team responsible for the delivery, support and development of the institutions virtual learning environment. My role involves strategy, finance & leadership.

It is these areas, along with my background in IT within education, that I hope to bring to the governing body.

I live in Carlton and my interests include coaching swimming, cycling and spending time with my family.


Mrs Hollie Cregan

Co-opted Governor

Term ends 01/01/2025


Co-opted Governor. Serving as equality and diversity governor with links to Y6 class. No business interests declared.

I have worked in the rail and construction industry for 15 years as a Quantity Surveyor and more recently in Project Management. My current role is Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and I am responsible for  implementing and embedding strategic objectives to improve the diversity and inclusive culture within our business and the wider construction and rail industry. I live in Snaith with my husband and daughter, who also attended Carlton Primary School. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and eating out.


 Mr David Damary-Thompson

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor – Term ends 01/01/2025
Currently serving on Health and Safety. No business interests declared.


I have just been successfully appointed for my first position as a school governor at this fantastic school. Having worked for Eddie Stobarts for the last few years as a contract manager, I have good experience of managing teams through operations, logistics, planning, finances, health and safety whilst controlling our own budget as well as the budgets for one of the major retailers we distribute across the county for. I live with my wife who is a teacher and I’m eager to get more involved within an educational setting and hopefully make an impact within the school and local community.


 Mrs Sue Langton

Parent Governor


I am a retired mother of three and Nana to 12 beautiful grandchildren, 4 grandsons who are presently attending Carlton Primary in four different years at KS1 and KS2 and one who has just left for High School. I have lived in Carlton 17 years and at present live with my husband, youngest son and his three lively boys. I have been on the committee of Carlton Friends and thoroughly enjoy all the fundraising, organising and attending all the fantastic events that play a crucial part in our schools success.
I was elected Parent Governor in March 2020 just as lockdown began! It has been a strange introduction to the role, with virtual meetings and electronic contact being the only involvement as yet. I am very excited at being involved as the school moves into the Academy chapter of its life.
I am passionate about the education of our children and the potential for all pupils regardless of their academic abilities and that it is important to involve the community that so warmly surrounds our school. I hope to bring my life skills as a parent and grandparent along with my work skills in senior management in the Leisure and Hospitality industry to move our school forward with the rest of the team of dedicated professionals who clearly have the best interest of our children at heart.







A paper copy of the Governing Body Minutes are available on request from the school office