at Cockermouth School

Accounting Officer:          Dr R P Petrie

Chief Financial Officer:    Mr R J King

Chair of Trustees:            Mrs S Moses (write c/o Cockermouth School or

Trustees:                           All Governors

Members:                          Mr I Baldwin, Mr L Cockcroft, Mr A Graham, Mr L Studholme

Clerk to Governors:          Miss J Blacklock

Cockermouth School Governing Body


Co-Opted Governors


Helen Connolly

I joined the Governing Body in February 2018. I have held leadership roles as a specialist in communications and engagement in industries that are highly-focused on safety, performance, under public scrutiny, sensitive to politics and public funding. These roles have included setting a strategic vision, performance management, skills development, stakeholder management and budgetary responsibilities as well as the delivery of communication and engagement programmes. Outside work, I am interested in languages and drama. I speak fluent French having lived and worked in Paris for many years and been a member of improvisational theatre groups.

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Bob Crozier

I served as a Community Governor for several years at Cockermouth School, and am now happy to continue serving on the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor, Chairing the Finance & Staffing Committee. I am married with two children who have been through the school. Now retired, I worked as a qualified Accountant plus some IT projects. I attend Christ Church in Cockermouth. My hobbies include fell walking and railways.

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Sue Moses

I have been a Governor at Cockermouth School for 17 years and am a member of Cockermouth School and Community Association (CSCA). I was elected Chair of the Governing Body in November 2019. I have a specific interest in Pupil Premium. I retired from secular employment (insurance brokering and administration) in January 2012 which leaves me more time for my hobby of fly-fishing and walking the fells. I have lived in the Cockermouth area for the whole of my life (educated at Cockermouth Grammar School) and have a passion for this place and its people. I am proud to support the school and help to maintain its ethos: aspire – enjoy – include – respect – community.

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Alan Rankin

I have been a Governor at Cockermouth School since January 2016 and am Vice Chair of Governors as well as Chair of the Safeguarding & Welfare Committee. I am married with two daughters who currently attend Cockermouth School. I work in the HR team at Sellafield, having been involved in a broad range of HR Management roles for over 25 years in both nuclear and manufacturing industries. I am Chair of the Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner’s Ethics and Integrity Panel. Cockermouth school is an integral, valued and vital part of the local community and its continued growth, development and success is fundamental in supporting and providing the best of opportunities for all students. I have a specific interest and role within the Governing Body in Safeguarding, SEND issues, and Health, Safety and Security.


Andrew Ward

Having spent thirty three years in education I am really pleased to be starting a new chapter as a Co-opted Governor at Cockermouth School. I have recently retired from full-time education, having spent the last seven years as a teacher of mathematics at Cockermouth. My association with the school, however, is longer than that as both my sons attended the school and my wife has also worked here. I hope to use my experience to help the school in its continuing journey in providing a truly world class education for all its students. My particular area of interest/expertise is in ensuring all students achieve their potential through an imaginative curriculum and through excellent teaching. I am Chair of the Quality of Teaching Committee. I was a very proud member of the teaching staff and I am looking forward immensely to representing the school in the Cockermouth community.




Parent Governors



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Paul Moody

I have been a governor at Cockermouth School since 2013. I have four children who have all attended the school. I am keen to support the school and always want to know what is going on. Our family moved to Cumbria in 2007 from Yorkshire and we have settled in Dearham. I am also on the Governing Body at Dearham Primary School. I have worked in a wide variety of roles within the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Covering roles such as operational delivery, project management, governance, stakeholder management and policy work enables me to bring a wide variety of different management skills to the Governing Body.

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Kate Parry MBE

With two children currently in the school, I became a parent governor in January 2017 and am Vice Chair of Governors. For the last 20 years I have worked in the culture and heritage sector, managing Wordsworth House for the National Trust in Cockermouth and then the town’s arts centre - the Kirkgate Centre. I am currently Manager of the Cumbria Museum Consortium, working with museums across the county. I offer skills in fundraising, community engagement and arts project management. I believe that experiencing cultural activities of any kind makes a long-term difference to the wellbeing of young people and I hope to support and further the school’s excellent record in this area.

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Lynne Swain

I became a Parent Governor in May 2019. My three children currently attend Cockermouth School. My background is in the legal world. I have over 25 years’ specialist experience as a lawyer in the field of commercial property. I moved to Cockermouth with my family in 2007 and until recently worked with a leading commercial legal practice in Carlisle. In September 2018 I took the opportunity to change careers and move closer to home and now work as a Business Operations Manager for a Cockermouth based training company. As a parent of Cockermouth School students I believe I have a good understanding and experience of the school to enable me to have an informed conversation around the issues affecting the students and staff here, as well as the requisite commercial and legal skills to complement the skills of the current Board.


Staff Governor

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Paul Heap

I have been at Cockermouth School since 2004 as the Premises Manager. I returned to the Lakes after living all over the UK and as far afield as Australia. I have two children, both of whom came to the school. I took up the role as a Staff Governor in September 2013. I’m a keen outdoor person and love all sports. I currently play, coach and umpire hockey during the winter months and run Cockermouth Academicals cricket team in the WACCA League during the summer. I am also one of Cockermouth’s Retained Fire Fighters.