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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


The Governing Body is made up of parents, school staff and members of the local community in Hebden Bridge.  Governors volunteer their time and can remain as members for up to 4 years before they have to reapply.

Our governors are:

Jon Harsaine (Chair)
Emma Ingham (Deputy Chair)
Ben Cliff (Co-opted Governor)
David Winters (Co-opted Governor)
Giles Dring (Parent Governor)

Jo Doherty (Parent Governor)

David Howes (Acting Headteacher)

Jane Boardman (Clerk to Governors)

Our main role is to help improve the school and make sure that it is run well. We work with the Head to ensure that all the children at Riverside have a good quality of education and that all their needs are met. We are accountable to you and the wider community for the performance of the school. Our main responsibilities are:

  • Planning the future direction of the school
  • Recruiting key senior staff including the Headteacher
  • Making decisions about the school’s budget and staffing
  • Making sure that the National Curriculum is taught effectively
  • Deciding how the school can encourage the pupils’ spiritual, moral and social development
  • Making sure that the school meets the needs of all the children it teaches, including those with special needs

The full Riverside Governing Body meets at least once a term. It also has a number of committees which have their own chair and meet regularly to look at specific aspects of the school management, such as teaching and learning, the school budget, the school premises and buildings, and staffing. For further information about the school Governing Body, please ask at the school office or email chair@riverside.calderdale.sch.uk.

Meet Our Governors

Emma Ingham

Emma has worked in the Education sector for over 20 years as a teacher, school leader and school improvement advisor. With a strong inclusion background, Emma champions the needs of all children and ensures that the schools she works with focuses on the whole child. She currently works in Leeds' Statutory Assessment team but has worked across numerous Local Authorities in her school improvement roles.

Emma lives in Hebden Bridge has been a Governor at Riverside for the past 3 years.

Jon Hairsine







After over 30 years working in commercial businesses, leading change and    transformation programmes in the legal, insurance, financial services and technology services sectors, Jon now works full time in both a professional and voluntary capacity in the education sector.

As a governor, Jon has 18 years experience in a range of schools in varying settings across West Yorkshire and currently serves on several governing bodies.

In his work, Jon is able to make good use of the experience he has gained in board level positions, which have included responsibility for areas such as strategy, human resources, finance, IT, project management and business operations. He also draws upon extensive experience in education, including participation in the National College of Teaching and Leadership’s ‘Tomorrow’s Heads’ and ‘NPQH’ programmes. Jon also holds a Masters Degree in Education.

Recognising that excellent teaching changes lives, Jon is passionate about improving the quality of education and about the important role governors can, and must, play in driving up standards.

Jon, and his family, have lived in Hebden Bridge for most of the last 25. An obsessive cyclist and fell runner, he spends as much of his spare time as possible taking the steepest possible routes up and down the valley sides!

Ben Cliff


I have lived in Hebden Bridge since 2003 and with two children, Harry and Lottie, I am extremely keen to play a part in working with the school to help it achieve a strong performance for all pupils. Professionally, I hold a PhD in chemistry and am passionate about science and its application in the real world. My role these days is as a business manager within a scientific services company, and my aim is to bring this combination of skills of both science and business to the Riverside Governing Board. Outside of work I am a keen fell runner and cyclist and just love living in Hebden for having the hills on our doorstep.
David Winters

My name is David Winters and I am a Governor for Riverside Junior School within Hebden Bridge. My son Gabriel (8yrs) is currently in Year 4, and I also have 2 other children, Ruby (6yrs) and Bodhi (3yrs) both attending Central Street Infants.

I have lived in Hebden Bridge for 4 years with my wife and family. Being a governor is a real privilege as I believe its an opportunity to support the staff and pupils at Riverside School; to help the delivery of the best we can achieve for our children and future generations. Personally I am a Registered Hospital Manager with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and work in Healthcare where my responsibilities include finance, quality standards, health and safety, child and adult safeguarding and management of large teams.

There are many similarities between health and education and I hope my experience over the years will aide the school and support the staff every way I can.

Jo Doherty




I have been a Parent Governor at Riverside since early 2016 and was previously a governor for the Federation of Infant Schools in Hebden Bridge. I have three children: Ruby, the eldest used to go to Riverside and is now at Calder High. Edith is currently at Riverside and her younger brother, Solomon, will join her here next year. I became a Parent Governor so I could become more involved in my children’s schooling but also to put something back into the schools that they attend and have flourished in. Working in the education sector myself (as a lecturer in Education at the University of Central Lancashire) I also find being a governor useful for keeping up to date with relevant educational policies and developments and observing their implementation in a school setting.



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