Meet Our Governors 

(please see table at the bottom of the page for dates of appointment and meetings attended)


Chair of Governors                                                         Mrs S Roberts                                                                                                                                                                 

Resources & Admissions Committee 

I have lived in Barby since 1999 and run a smallholding on the edge of the village populated with rare breed sheep and rather too many ponies! Before taking up the rural life I was a flavour development chemist, computer programmer, banker and finally a management consultant. I have been on the Governing Body since 2010 and try to bring the skills learnt in my various professions to help support the school.

Foundation Governors

Mrs K Holman

Resources & Head Teacher Performance Management 

I have lived in Barby for 32 years and been associated with Barby School for 30 of those years. My daughter attended the school, during which time I was a Parent Helper, PTA member and officer and for 28 years I have been a Brownie & Rainbow Guider meeting at the school. I believe that Barby School is an asset of the village to be very proud of.
I am a retired teacher with experience of teaching in KS1, KS2 and as head of a DSP (Designated Special Provision) Nursery Unit. I have a keen interest in children with special needs. I have a Masters Degree in Education Management. Having been a Governor since 2010, I am bringing life skills, my teaching experience and educational studies to this role.


Vice Chair of Governors                    

Mrs E Archer                  

 Safeguarding Governor, Performance & Standards & Admissions Committee 

I have lived in Barby since 2003 and now have 4 children, 2 are pupils 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.           


The school has good links with the local church, St Mary and parish council. The school visits the church regularly in conjunction with the curriculum and we hold regular services in the local church.         

  Mrs J Elliott

Resources & Head Teacher Performance Management 

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.

This is my first year as a Governor and I am embracing the opportunity to undertake training and guidance so that I can be of useful service to the Governing Body and the school.


Community Governors

Mrs C Sabine


Currently on sabbatical

Resources & Head Teacher Performance Management 

My family moved to Barby back in 1987 when I was only 5 years old and except for a couple of years of town living I have been here ever since. I am an active member of the village community and have become a governor to try to give something back.

I am a busy mum to a toddler, working from home as a medico legal PA as well as a Clerk to Governors for 5 schools in Warwickshire. Prior to having my son I was a Client Services Manager with a strong financial background. I am hoping that my analytical skills & clerking experience will help support the school.


Mrs K Huggett


Performance & Standards Committee 

I have lived in the Rugby area since 1997 but moved to Barby only 18 months ago.  I became a Community Governor in November 2014 and am looking forward to my association with the school.

I started my career in pharmacy and worked in retail for many years. My interest in education began when my own children were young; I retrained and qualified as a primary teacher in 1999.

I am particularly interested in vulnerable groups of children and currently work for Warwickshire’s Virtual School for Children in Care. My role is to work with young people, carers, schools and other supporting agencies with the aim of promoting the attainment of children in foster care and enabling them to be the best they can be.

Parent Governors

Dr D Macmahon


Performance & Standards, Admissions & Head Teacher Performance Management 

Dr. Doug MacMahon FRCP (Lond.& Edin) moved to Barby in 2010 with his wife, Andrea. They have 2 children. He is a retired Consultant Physician - in Coventry and previously in Cornwall, specialising in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Dementia. He still lectures and performs advisory work, and is a Trustee for Parkinson’s UK.

He has written over 100 publications and 25 book chapters, and has researched most of the drugs currently used, and presented at numerous national and international meetings and established the Parkinson’s Academy. He became a School Governor in 2014 being keen to bring his expertise from other areas to the School’s Governing Body.

Ms C Iveson

Resources Committee

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 preschool and have done so for the last 3 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.


Staff Governors


Mrs C Cope

Resources Committee

School Business Manager


  Mrs T Morris

Performance & Standards & Resources Committee 

Teaching Assistant, Squirrels (Year 1 & 2), Parent Link.



Mrs C Close                         

SEN Governor, Resources Committee

Before retirement I was a teacher and then a special needs assistant, the latter being at Daventry William Parker School. I was initially appointed as a Community Governor at Barby in 2011. I lived in Barby for 24 years and my three daughters all went to the School. Although I now live in Bilton, I remain strongly committed to the continued success of the school.

  Mrs S Pallett

Performance & Standards & Head Teacher Performance Management

Born and bred in Rugby, I am now delighted to be part of Barby C of E School, where my daughter is a pupil. I currently head up a Training Academy for a local water treatment company and am also responsible for the marketing activities across the business. I am also very experienced in working with qualification frameworks and wrote several articles on the importance of the Qualifications Credit Framework when it was first introduced by the Qualifications Curriculum Authority (now Ofqual). With over ten years’ experience in developing qualifications; working with Ofqual and designing training solutions, I hope to bring some of the skills from my day job to my role as Co-opted Governor at Barby School.

Outside of my role as Marketing and Training Manager, I am also a busy mum to Grace and a Snowy Owl for 1st Barby Rainbows.


Clerk to the Governors

Mrs S Stainton  

 Governing Body PSC (Person Significant Control) and Business Interest Register 2017 

Governing Body Meeting Schedule 2016