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Our governors


Mrs Clair Dathan - Acting Chair of Governors 

I attended Bakewell Infants School, as did my son. I have been a governor since 1993. I am dedicated to providing a good all round education to all children. I believe that Bakewell Infant School does this in a caring, professional way and in a fantastic environment. I am chair of the performance management group and chair of the resource management committee. I attend school events whenever possible and enjoy seeing the fantastic achievements of the pupils and staff. I work as a Principal Trading Standards Officer and in my spare time I enjoy singing and walking my spaniel, Ruby.




Canon Tony Kaunhoven - Foundation Governor

I have been Vicar of Bakewell with four other churches since January 2007 and joined the school governors on my arrival. I value and am committed to the important link between the church and school, looking always to strengthen and develop it. I enjoy the opportunities to share in the life of the school, leading collective worship, introducing children to the Christian life and faith and being a resource for the school. I enjoy my family time, walking and being a season ticket holder of Chesterfield FC 'Come on the Spirites!'


Mr. John Colebrook - Parent Governor

I moved to Bakewell in 2015 with my wife and three children, not forgetting a daft dog! Having being brought up in Little Eaton near Derby, I attended Ecclesbourne School, Duffield. I played football for a local team for more than 20 years, in this time I was treasurer for a number of years . I enjoyed being part of a close community within the village.


I now split my time running a steel fabrication business and working for our sister company doing noise and vibration control and thermal management systems. During this time I have studied part-time at Derby University gaining a HNC in Engineering and a Diploma in Acoustics.

I love outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and climbing, I am enjoying passing on this love of the hills and mountains to my children.


I decided to become a parent governor in order to contribute to the community in which I am part of whilst supporting this wonderful school.


Mrs. Joanne Green - Parent Governor

I have lived in Bakewell most of my life, attending Bakewell Infants, Juniors then Lady Manners. I studied Law at Durham University before qualifying as a Solicitor specialising in Commercial Litigation. 


After having 2 children, I decided on a career change to spend more time with them as they started their formal education. I am currently working towards qualifying as an Accountant with my family firm in Bakewell. 


My daughter attended the Infants before moving to Juniors, and my son has recently started on his journey through the School. I am the current Chair of the Friends, having fulfilled that role for the past 2 years, helping to raise additional funds to benefit the children of the School.


Having such fond memories of my time at the School, I am passionate about ensuring that my children and future generations have the same opportunity. 


Mrs Helen Crapper - Parent Governor

New Parent Governor - awaiting profile


Mr Sam Kerman - Parent Governor

New Parent Governor - 

I have been living in Bakewell for a while now, but have lived in the Peak District all my life. I have one very energetic son at the school.  He really enjoys school and learning new things.


The decision to become a part of the governing body was fairly straightforward for me. I wanted to be part of shaping the school vision and objectives, to ensure all the children get to be their best and learn all they can while with the school.


My background work-wise has been very varied, from retail assistant to retail manager, accounting, and HR. I am no stranger to dealing with fairly complex information and thinking on my feet.


I made the extra decision to become the governor responsible for SEND, which kind of means special needs and/or learning difficulties. This has huge significance for me as I have dyslexia and dyspraxia plus other learning difficulties, so I have a very good understanding of learning difficulties and the impact they can have. I plan to use my experience to help the school give SEND children the best possible opportunity to learn and thrive.


I look forward to working with the school and my fellow governors so that we can give the children what they need to succeed.