Meet our governors

Donna Young
I have lived in Crowle since 2001 and have 2 children who both attended this school from nursery to Year 6. They are now at Axholme Academy and John Leggott College. How time flies!

I have a background in nursing and became a governor in 2011 as I wanted to find out more about the education of my children and how schools worked. I didn’t think I would still be a governor all these years later.

I have found it extremely interesting and challenging at times, but the time spent in school with the children has been the most enjoyable.

Donna Rowbottom
I’ve been a governor at Crowle primary for 3 ½ years. I moved to Crowle in 2005 and grew up in a village near Leicester. 

I am a qualified nursery nurse (NNEB) and have been qualified for 27 years. I have worked in day nurseries and have 19 years’ experience of working in the community with Surestart, Children’s centres and health visiting. I am currently a community nursery nurse with the health visiting team on the Isle. 

In my spare time I enjoy swimming, meals out, spending time with friends, shopping and days out with my daughter who is currently in year 6. 

The best part about being a governor is spending time in school with the children who are always happy to talk to us!

I hope as a governor I can continue to play a part in preparing our children for an exciting future and getting the best opportunities for them to learn and succeed.

Trudy Parkin
I have been a teacher at Crowle Primary Academy for 22 years. I started on supply after finishing my degree and have never left! My time at Crowle has seen me get married and have my own son, Lewis, who thoroughly enjoyed his time at our school (maybe because he never had me as his teacher!). 

I became a staff governor about 2 years ago as I felt I had a lot of experience to bring, not only teaching experience but also a good understanding of what makes our community tick, as I have lived here for nearly 20 years and I now call Crowle 'home'. 

The best part of being our staff governor is that I can be the voice of everyone who works in our school and be the link we need between the 'coal face' and the governing body.

Susie Bowker

I have lived in the area with my husband and two girls since 2016. Our eldest currently attends Crowle Primary with our youngest hopefully starting in 2022. 

I am originally from Huddersfield where I studied Forensic Analytical Chemistry and Pharmacutical formulations. I now have over 10 years experience in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industry. 

I became a parent governor earlier this year as I wanted to become more involved in our community, have a better understanding of my children's education and how the school works. 

So far I have found the governor role very interesting and something that takes me out of my comfort zone in a very positive way. It is a pleasure to get to know the staff on a more personal level and I look forward to working with school going forward. 

Charlotte Leach

Originally from Doncaster, I gained a BA in Education from Durham University. Having been educated throughout my school life in my hometown, I was keen to return and give something back. I have been a Junior school teacher at Hill House School since 2003 and I have been part of his huge transition from a small school in the centre of Doncaster to the much larger school in its current rural location. I have been in my current position of Deputy Head of the Junior School since 2013.

I have two children; my son is in Year 6 and my daughter is in Year 4. They both keep themselves very busy! When I am not at school, you can often find me out on the cricket field, football pitch or in the dance studio. Spending time with my friends and family is incredibly important to me. I enjoy going on holiday with them and I love to shop!

I have recently become a governor at Crowle Primary as I am very interested to see how schools work across all sectors.​I hope that my time spent as a governor is valuable to the school and I hope to gain experience and flourish in my role. 

Charmian Roberts MBE 

I originally trained as an Art Teacher and after teaching in Lincolnshire, I spent several years in Nigeria, as an ex patriate, bringing up my young family. Upon returning to the UK, I went into retail management and then back into education supporting business into education. 

My love of work experience and its immense value for young people started in 1999, I started in the Careers Service in Scunthorpe, then set up the work experience programme across Lincolnshire & Rutland in 68 schools and colleges. 

I was privileged to chair several significant National Work Experience Groups advising and consulting with Government on work experience and other key Work –related Learning issues and policies.  

In recognition of this work I was awarded an MBE in 2011 for Services to Education. 

I have undertaken consultancy work for many Local Authorities, private businesses as well as a large project for Barclays and enjoyed delivering their Money Skills sessions in primary, secondary, colleges, PRU’s and Young Offender Institutions. 

I wanted to continue my enjoyment in schools and Crowle Primary presented a great opportunity to support a wonderful local school with my business and education expertise. 


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