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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor

Lisa Wilson - Chair of Governors

I am Chair of Governors  (since Sept 21).  My two youngest children attend Bolton Primary School.  

I worked in Accounts up until my eldest was born with disabilities. He currently attends James Rennie in Carlisle and commutes daily.

We live on the family farm in Appleby.  In our spare time we enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors. My main curricular areas of responsibility are SEND and English.

Mike Innerdale - (supporting) Chair of Governors

 My role involves supporting Ruth and Lisa in the leadership of the school and making sure we have a clear plan for the future and the Governing Body actively champions the values of the school and monitors the priorities for improvement. I work full time as Regional Director for National Trust and live locally in Colby, spending our family time out and about in the Lakes. I have particular responsibility for monitoring Art and Design Technology throughout the school. 

Ric Hall - SF &P chair

Hi, I Am Ric and I have been a parent governor at Bolton Primary School since early 2019. My Family and I have lived in Bolton since 2016, having moved to the village so my daughter could attend school here. I also have a young son who currently attends the Nursery. I grew up in Penrith and have been very lucky to call the Eden Valley my home for over 25 years. I am a full time project manager for Jenoptik Traffic Solutions UK, working from home and covering all of the UK between Birmingham and John O`Groats. During my free time I enjoy exploring The Lake District and surrounding areas with my dog and my camera. My main areas of responsibility are PE and Health and Safety. 

Kaya Bennett - Co-opted Governor 

Hi I’m Kaya, I'm a co-opted governor. I am also the manager of Bolton Nursery next door to the school. I’m on the education committee and my main area of interest is in the Early Years. I currently have two children attending the school in Reception in Y3. When not working I enjoy lots of walks in the countryside with my two dogs. I have a real passion for early education and look forward to supporting the school in any way I can. My main areas of responsibility are Safeguarding and the EYFS. 

Bronwen Maxwell - Co-opted governor

Having moved into the village eighteen months ago I am pleased to have recently been co-opted onto the governing body of Bolton Primary School. I am a Professor of Education at Sheffield Hallam University where I spend much of my time evaluating educational policies and practices and researching how school leaders and teachers can make best use of evidence to support children’s’ learning. I hope to use my professional experience to support the school in achieving its aims and have responsibility for monitoring maths and religion and world views across the school. In my spare time I enjoy fell walking, trekking, and gardening.

 Governing Body Membership 2020/21


Name of governor e-mail address Governor catergory Committee Term of Office Declarations September 2020
Ruth Elstone Headteacher All Ex-officio None
Mike Innerdale mike.innerdale@bolton,


FGB  Chair

CCC 18.9.2021 None
Debbie Tinkler Staff CCC 17.6.2024 None
Lisa Wilson Parent SF&P 20.11.2023 None
Neil Austin


Chair of Finance

SF&P 18.09.2021 None
Andrew Booth co-opted SF&P 04.10.2021 None
Ric Hall co-opted SF&P 25.03.2023 None
Kaya Bennett co-opted CCC 20.01.2024 None
Bronwen Maxwell co-opted CCC 18.06.2024 None
Walter Head co-opted SF&P 15.03.2024 None


 Attendance at full Governors meetings


Name 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Ruth Elstone 4/4 5/5 4/4
Mike Innerdale 4/4 3/5 4/4
Debbie Tinkler - appointed June 2020 n/a 1/1 3/4
Lisa Wilson - appointed November 2019 n/a 4/4 3/4
Neil Austin 2/4 5/5 4/4
Andrew Booth 3/4 5/5 4/4
Ric Hall 2/2 5/5 4/4
Kaya Bennett - appointed January 2020 n/a 4/4 4/4
Bronwen Maxwell - appointed June 2020 n/a 1/1 4/4
Walter Head - appointed March 2021 n/a n/a 1/1