Foundation Governors

  • Mr Alan Craft

    Chair of Governors

    I became Chairman of governors in summer 2016, having recently retired from 40 years of work as a consultant paediatrician in Newcastle. I have lived in Embleton since 1992 and understand the importance of a good primary school to the village and surrounding area as well as the importance of children getting the best educational start in life.

  • Mrs Sarah Coxon

    Dep Chair of Governors; Chair of Strategic Policy and Direction Committee

    A mother of four, now grown up, children I really appreciate how important it is to have a happy and supportive school close on hand. After twenty years of nursing I now work for a health charity in Newcastle and run a Sure Start family hub, including a pre-school of 40 children. Embleton School is a key part of a living village and brings our community together to support our children in fulfilling their potential both as individuals and as members of the community.

  • Rev Ian MacKarill

    I am the Vicar of Lesbury with Alnmouth and Longhoughton with Howick and am appointed as Ex-Offico Foundation Governor during the vacancy for a Vicar at Embleton Church. I have been involved with youth work through the church in the past and have been a Governor for Sledmere Primary School in East Yorkshire which, as a small village school, has many similarities with Embleton. It was where my own children began their education so I have first-hand experience of this type of primary school.

    Prior to ordination I worked as a Biomedical Scientist in the Health Service and for two Biotechnology Companies. I am also on Longhoughton C of E Primary School Governing body.

  • Mrs Jenny Smith

    I have been involved with Embleton school since my family moved to Dunstan and my youngest son spent two very happy years in class 2. As a head teacher in Alnwick I was asked to support the school for a half term and following this I have been a foundation governor. I am a member of the strategic committee and the governor with responsibility for SEND. I am committed to the success and growth of Embleton Vincent Edwards Primary School as it is important for Embleton and also the neighbouring villages to educate young children within their local community.

  • Mrs Jan Ainsley

  • Mrs Christine Hunter

    Children have been a very large part of my life. I have a large extended family, and four grandchildren.
    Education has been close to my heart for all, once received it cannot be taken away.
    I have enjoyed a variety of career changes in my life, working in medical laboratories, town council and British Coal offices and have also sold houses. However I have spent most of my working life as a nurse working in hospitals and in the Community as a Nursing Sister, later as a Public Health Nurse (last 20 years), more known as a Health Visitor. I have enjoyed working in many teams aiming to improve the health, development and safety of families within local communities. Education is a big part of health and development and it works well when families learn together in a calm, welcoming, and safe place. Village Schools can provide that and we all share that duty willingly to sustain our school.
    I became Church Warden for Holy Trinity Embleton, St Peters Craster and St Mary’s Newton By the Sea last year and I am very happy to become School Foundation Governor this term to become a strong link between Vincent Edwards C of E Primary School and Church.

  • Ms Helen Wood