Our Governing Body

Mrs Lynn Wild- Chair of Governors

Lynn has 30 years experience in the education sector, in roles as School Governor and School Business Manager, giving her a secure understanding of school finance, safeguarding, leadership and management, and health and safety. Now retired, she plays an active role as a Governor of South Otterington CE Primary School.

Reverend David Johnson

Previously a curate in the Parishes of Monk Fryston and South Milford in the Diocese of York, David has recently worked as a ‘Multiply’ minister within the Northallerton area. This role involved establishing new worshipping communities as part of the Diocese of York’s wider mission to re-balance the skewed demographics within a significant proportion of our churches, and to accelerate the re-invigoration of the diocese. David has very recently been installed as the Vicar of All Saints Parish Church in Northallerton.

Ms Joan Dyke

A committed Christian who has worshipped at All Saints Parish Church in Northallerton for 20 years, Joan has been a Governor in both Allertonshire School and Northallerton College. She worked in the legal department of North Yorkshire County Council and is now  Chair of Northallerton Business Improvement District (BID).

Mrs Hannah Layfield

Hannah joins our governing body with a wealth of education experience, including as a teacher, school leader and headteacher. She was part of a leadership team who opened a free school in 2019, with direct involvement in shaping the curriculum and making links with the local community. Hannah currently works as an education consultant and DfE Literacy Specialist, specialising in Phonics, early reading and Early Years. Hannah also owns a business aimed at developing Early Years experiences for children.

Mrs Nikkie Godbold- Executive Headteacher

Nikkie joined Dales Academies Trust in April 2023 as Director of Primary and Deputy CEO. She has a wide experience in school leadership, including as headteacher, executive headteacher and in school improvement roles. Nikkie is particularly passionate about curriculum development and ensuring barriers are removed for vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.

Mrs Joanne Burgess- Staff Governor

Joanne is an experienced Early Years teacher and Ealy Years Lead Teacher for Dales Academies Trust. She was previously involved in the opening of a successful free school in Greenwich. She believes every child is unique, and through strong partnerships with home and an enabling school environment, she knows every child can have a secure foundation at Oakbridge and flourish.