Alston Moor Federation Governors 2019-2020


Ian Grey, Local Authority Governor & Chair

Ian has lived in the area for  over 14 years. He has recently retired, having owned and run a specialist investigation company for 23 years. Prior to that he worked in the radio, cinema and television sectors. Ian joined the Governing Board in 2017 to focus on the Federation’s finances and was elected Chair in April 2020.



Brian Cooper, Co-opted Governor

Brian has lived and worked on Alston Moor for over 12 years; he is married with 3 children, all of whom are, or have been, educated within AMF.  He has a keen interest in education & has been involved in school governance for 10 years. Brian was a governor of AMF before SKS joined & has remained on the board since the creation of the extended Federation.



Sally Timmons, Acting Headteacher

Sally  has been Deputy Headteacher of Samuel Kings School, and latterly Alston Moor Federation, since 2015.  She is based on the Alston site.  She has been Acting Headteacher since January this year.



GladGlad Allen, Partnership & Safeguarding Governor

Glad now lives in Garrigill, having moved from Southern England.  She was a Primary Headteacher for 17 years, and is now retired. She is involved in local community activities, enjoys travelling & recently started painting as a leisure pursuit as well as joining Alston Golf Club.  Glad has been a governor of AMF since the new Federation was formed in 2015 & prior to that was on the board of SKS for several years.


Claire Reed, Staff Governor

Claire has worked within the Federation for almost 6 years on both the Alston and Nenthead sites.  She is a part time class teacher in the Key Stage 1 class and SENDCo for the Federation.  Claire joined the Governing Body in November 2019.



Graham Carrick, Co-opted Governor & joint Vice-Chair

Graham has lived in Alston his whole life and was educated on the Moor himself. His son has recently started in Reception at AMF.  Graham runs the family farm at Garrigill, alongside his dad and brother.  He has been a governor since 2017 & has a keen interest in making the school a success for many years to come.



Emma Stewart, Co-opted Governor & Vice-Chair

Emma lives in Nenthead & is a parent of a child at Nenthead Primary. She has a PhD, and has been employed as a researcher and teacher in the university sector.  Emma has been a governor of AMF since 2015.




Ruth Harrison, Parent & SEND Governor

Ruth lives in Alston and is an active member of the community.  She is a  Biology teacher, currently working as a Lecturer at Newton Rigg College; prior to this she worked at Samuel Kings School for 5½ years.  Ruth is a parent of a child currently in AMF; she joined the board in 2018 & recently took on the role of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Governor.



Sheila Wyatt, Co-opted Governor & Health & Safety Lead Governor

Sheila has lived on Alston Moor for most of her life, educated on the Moor, before qualifying as a Primary School teacher. She worked in Alston Primary for many years before moving to North Lakes School, Penrith, teaching Year 6. Her 2 sons were educated here and she now has 5 grandchildren attending AMF.  She is retired, runs a self-catering farmhouse just outside Alston & has been on the board since 2015.


Natalie Hewett, Parent Governor

Natalie lives with her family in Garrigill and is parent of a child at Alston Moor Primary School.  From her professional life as a Technical Services Officer, she brings experience of quality management and compliance.  She was elected a Parent Governor in December 2019 and believes positive experiences at school are the foundation for emotionally healthy, resilient, confident and well-educated children.