The Governing Body


Welcome to the Governor’s page of our website. 

 The Local Governing Board comprises of:

  • 2 Parent Governors,
  • 1 staff Governor,
  • 6 Trust appointed  Governors, 
  • 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.  Governors also use their personal skills to enrich our discussion and analysis.

Our Governors

Dr. Helen Snowden

Chair of Governors & Trust Appointed Governor

Chair of Governors & Trust Appointed 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

Trust Appointed Governor

Trust Appointed Governor – Term ends 01/01/2025  Committee Links: Finance. No Business Interest Declared


I’ve worked in financial services for over 35 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 operational resilience and security for a leading online stockbroking service. My role involves strategy & leadership along with stakeholder management.

I live locally in Snaith along with my wife and grown up daughter and find being a governor at the school incredibly rewarding. My interests include rugby league, military & transport 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 fantastic 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 Local Governing Board (and Trust) 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

Trust Appointed Governor


Trust Appointed  Governor – Term ends 01/01/2025 .

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.


Ms Su Gupta

Trust Appointed Governor

Trust Appointed Governor – Term ends 16/05/2026

 I have worked in Human Resources and Learning & Development for 15 years within the private sector. More recently I have been working in the Charity sector supporting people over the age of 55 to use digital technology  along with project managing. I have also had the opportunity to volunteer as a trustee at the RSPCA which has given me some exposure to my first school governor role here at Carlton Primary school.

 Having lived in Carlton for 8 years I want to support my local community and be apart of those important decisions which will influence and help to shape our young children of tomorrow. Having spent a number of years living in different countries from India, Switzerland and a short spell in the USA along with my years of experience of working in various sectors I hope to bring a well – rounded and practical approach to the governor role.

 In my spare time I enjoy gardening, travelling, volunteering for charities, spending time with family and friends and where possible I support in our local community.


Mrs Lisa Suter

Trust Appointed Governor

Trust Appointed Governor – Term ends 01/09/2026
No business interests declared.
Lisa Suter is the Executive Headteacher of Heatherwood and North Ridge Schools.
Lisa has worked in education for almost 30 years first as a Teaching Assistant, in mainstream education, supporting pupils with additional needs. Lisa went on to teach in mainstream for 10 years before joining Heatherwood, as a class teacher, in 2008 and became Headteacher in 2013.
Lisa’s passion for SEN stems from an inherent belief that everyone can be the best version of themselves – she believes. ‘Everyone is unique and everyone can shine.’ 
Lisa is a huge advocate for wellbeing and is also a Complementary Therapist, specialising in Reflexology and Reiki, a Well Being Coach and Ambassador for Tropic Skincare; but most of all – a Teacher by heart!

 Mr David Damary-Thompson

Trust Appointed Governor 

Trust Appointed Governor – Term ends 01/01/2025
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.


 Stephen Brough

Parent Governor 

 Parent Governor – Term ends 25/11/2025 

No Business Interest Declared

I have lived in Carlton since early 2017 and have two boys at Carlton Primary school. Since moving to Carlton, I’ve wanted to give something back to the Community and with my eldest son starting at the school in 2018, being able to support to the school and staff as they work hard to give all of our children a good educational start is a great opportunity.

My education and work background has been heavily centred on science, technology, engineering. I work as a forensic engineer, where problem solving is a skill that is essential, as well as having an open mind and being able to think logically. These are skill that are easily transferable to my role as a governor.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and walking with the dog.





Further information can be found on the DfE GIAS (Get Information About Schools) website:

Carlton Primary School – GOV.UK (

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