Meet Our Governors


Chair of Governors                                                       

Mrs Emily Archer (Foundation 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.

 Community Governors





Mr Nigel Gove


I have lived in Barby for 35 years, and before my retirement in 2013 was a Finance Director of a large Aerospace Company in Wolverhampton. I am a qualified accountant, my wife is a teacher and we have two children, both having attended Barby School, who have gone on to successful careers.

After my retirement I became a Parish Councillor for Barby & Onley and was a School Governor for a Rugby primary school for three years, standing down when the school merged with a larger Academy Trust.

I am delighted to be able to contribute to our local community now that I have the time and hope to support and help develop Barby School as a Governor in the coming years.




 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