Meet Our Governors 


Co-Chairs of Governors    





Mrs Emily Archer (Foundation Governor)








 Ms Claire Iveson ( Parent Governor)   




I have lived in Barby since 2003 and have 4 children with 1 being a pupil at Barby School. I was a Forensic Scientist for 10 years before becoming a full time mum. I aim to help support the Christian ethos of Barby School and I also have an interest in inspiring children to learn, particularly in the area of science.

As a foundation governor I aim to maintain the Christian ethos of the School and support the growth of all children both spiritually, morally and academically.



Originally from Durham in the North East of England I relocated to the Daventry area back in 2005 with work. I have 3 children, 2 of which are currently in Barby school. Before I became a full time mum, I worked in the Oncology department for Oxford University managing large scale international research projects. 

Currently I work voluntarily as the Chair of Braunston pre-school and have done so for the last 4 years. I am also a member of the Parent Association here at Barby School. 

I aim to bring the organisational and large budget planning skills that I utilised in my profession to help me succeed in the role as Governor.




Foundation Governors

Mrs Julie Elliott

I have lived in Barby since 2009 and my family and I hope to be here for a long time to come. Up until 2009, I taught at a secondary school in Sheffield. I was Head of Year 12, Head of Business Studies and Vocational Courses and also held responsibility for Business and Education Links.

I have enjoyed supporting various groups within the community of Barby  including the church and I currently work on the Barby Pre-School committee.

My strengths are in being able to help the school to make links with local people, businesses and particularly the church, to enrich the curriculum. Being the mother of two children, I offer the ability to understand parents desires and concerns








Community Governors


 Mrs Kath Huggett


I have been living in Barby since 2014 and became a Community Governor in October of that year.

I started my career in pharmacy but retrained to become a primary school teacher in 1999 and have been involved in education ever since.

I am particularly interested in vulnerable groups of children and currently work for Warwickshire’s Virtual School- a support service which aims to improve the educational outcomes for children who are Looked After by the local authority.

I currently sit on the Performance and Standards committee and have particular responsibility for overseeing Safeguarding, Looked After Children, Pupil Premium and Sports Premium.



Mrs Natalie Kimberley

I have previously worked in education as a teacher, leading departments and year groups in large secondary schools in Milton Keynes and Northampton.

I moved to Barby several years ago and wanted to stay connected with education and offer support to the School.

As a Governor I feel I can give something back to the community and support the great education that is on offer. I am the link Governor for English and Behaviour and hope that I can work with others on the Governing Body to provide the very best educational experience possible for the children at Barby CE Primary School.




 Mr Steven Benson

 I moved to Barby relatively recently in 2016. I had previously lived near Towcester where my children completed their education before starting their careers. In my work, I have spent the majority of my career in the IT industry in various roles. Currently, I work as a consultant helping to develop software to meet customer requirements. In my role as a Community Governor, I want to help facilitate the best learning environment possible for all pupils.

Parent Governors Mrs Natasha Van Werkhoven

 I moved to Barby in 2009 with my husband. We now have 3 children, all of whom attend Barby Primary School.

I am an ACCA qualified accountant with nearly 15 years experience working in finance and currently work part time as the finance manager for a dairy farming charity. I was previously on the Barby Pre-School Committee holding the role of treasurer.

I hope to use my finance skills within my Governor role having a particular interest in budgets and the maths element of the curriculum.




 Staff Governors Mrs Charlotte Saunders



I have been a staff governor here for a year and a teacher for eleven years, in both KS1 and 2. My subject specialism is English, which I lead in the school. 





Mrs Sarah Hedley                   

I have been working in schools for almost 19 years, starting as a finance assistant and eventually becoming Business Manager in a large Secondary School in Luton.

I came to work at Barby in January 2018 having moved to Greens Norton with my husband. We have 3 grown up sons who have all now left home. I was a staff governor at both of my previous schools and my main aim is to support the students and staff so that everyone here at Barby Primary can achieve their very best.

 Clerk to the Governors Mrs Sarah Stainton




The Role of School Governor