Crossley Street Primary School

Inspiring Today to Achieve Tomorrow

Meet the Governors

Richard Meadmore - Chair of Governors (Foundation Govenor)

I was pleased but a little daunted to be elected as a parent governor in 2006 now my Crossley Street children are off and in the world of work but I am still here. I was elected as chair in 2019 and am now also chair of the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership of which the school is a member. Over the years I have seen and been involved in many changes but I am beyond proud to say that throughout, the wellbeing of our children, families and staff has remind paramount in everything we do.  I like to think I'm approachable, so should you want to reach me please do so either via the school or by email to

Gavin Hirst - Headteacher


I first joined Crossley Street in 2009, before taking over as the Deputy Head and SENCO in 2011, and 6 years later, in September 2017, I began my current role as Head Teacher. I have been a part of this committed governing body since I first joined the school all those years ago! I look forward to working together to take the school forward and continue to provide the best possible primary experience for all of our pupils.

Helen Young - Parent Governor



I have two young children at Crossley Street and first became a parent governor in November 2020. I am a Teacher and I previously taught in the classroom for ten years. I currently work as part of the Special Education Needs and Inclusion Team supporting very young children to access education across a range of settings.

Ang Hynes - Parent Governor

I'm very happy to be elected as one of the parent governors at such a wonderful primary school. I have a wealth of knowledge and experience in management and the early year's sector so naturally, I'm delighted to be the named governor for the nursery class. I am also part of the curriculum and buildings committees for the school.  In my professional role, I am a senior manager in a childcare centre and am fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the highest quality provision and outcomes for children and families.

Linda Richards - Foundation Governor



I have been involved in Education since 1985. As a History Teacher I wanted to enthuse students about the past. I specialised in working with 16-19 year old students in challenging circumstances. I was elected as Ward Councillor for Wetherby in December 2019 and it is my great pleasure to support Crossley Street primary School in its journey to provide the best learning environment  for all students.

Dan Mawer - Co-Opted Governor


I joined Crossley Street in 2019 and since then I have led whole school projects aimed at improving pupil engagement in Reading and Writing. Alongside this, I am responsible for leading History and Geography, with the aim that all children are engaged in brilliant learning opportunities throughout their time at our school. I am excited to be part of the Governing body and continue the great work they already do to support pupils and staff.

Gilly Laverty - Staff Governor


I started my journey at Crossley Street Primary School in September 2017, where I was immediately keen to get involved in all aspects of school life and to learn as much about the school as possible. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work as part of the Governing Body and as Assistant Head Teacher, to help to maintain our 'Outstanding' status. I currently sit on the Resources committee as well as being involved in staffing and other projects.

Katherine Holden - Co-Opted Governor

Having lived in the Leeds area for many years while my daughter was at school initially at Gateways and latterly at Leeds Grammar School I moved away with my work to the south when she left for University and eventually as a "newly retired “ person I moved to the Isle of Wight .


Although a somewhat idyllic location it soon became clear that the retired life had come too soon for me and I started to once again become involved in the business arena. In the last few years I have created a new business in the Emergency Medical Sector and currently supply a 999 Frontline Response  Ambulance Service contracted to the NHS with dispatch bases in Oxfordshire and East London.


As my daughter has a business herself based in Wetherby and Tadcaster I came to live up here at the start of Covid to help her in any way required and have never gone back south ! This has been further compounded by the arrival of my first granddaughter in December of last year and I intend to remain based in this area to enjoy her time growing up.


I am a firm believer of "giving back “ wherever possible and therefore applied for a Governors position in order to do so. Having been in business all of my life I consider that I have some useful abilities especially in the organisational and the fund raising sphere and hope that my abilities can be put to good use.

Caroline McGrath - Local Authority Governor



I am delighted to join the Crossley Street School Team as LA Governor.  I have lived in the local area for a few years now and I am passionate about giving something back to our local community and helping to shape the future of Crossley Street School and the children it serves.  I am a Senior Operational Deputy Director within the NHS and also a 5th Dan Black Belt and International Karate Athlete competing for the Karate Union of Great Britain.

Helen Hall - Parent Governor


I have two children at Crossley Street Primary School and was delighted to become a Parent Governor in January 2022. We thoroughly enjoy being part of the amazing school community and I’m looking forward to using my experience from my professional life, as a chartered accountant, to help Crossley Street Primary achieve its aims and objectives.