The Local Governing Body

Philip Turnpenny

Trust appointed Governor – Chair

Philip has had links with Tadcaster Grammar School for many years, initially when he was a Director of Moores Furniture Group. At present he is also involved as trustee to charities linked to the criminal justice system and prisoners, trustee of a charity primarily involved in mental health, housing and domestic abuse, and trustee of a pension scheme.

Dr Jeremy Airey

Trust Appointed Governor – Vice Chair

Jeremy has lived in the Tadcaster community for 15 years. He is a former school science teacher. He currently works at the University of York, where he is a lecturer in the Education department and the Director of Studies for the university undergraduates, he also works with trainee teachers.

Christine Burt

Trust Appointed Governor

Christine has a long association with Tadcaster Grammar School and has served on the Governing Body for many years . Previously serving as a primary school governor. She has one adult Son who attended the school.
Christine lives in York and works part time as a Radiographer and Sonographer. She volunteers for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service as a community first responder. She is also a trustee for a charitable educational foundation in York, which was established over 400 years ago.
Christine enjoys boating and sailing and is a qualified to RYA coastal skipper standard.

David Gluck

Trust Appointed Governor

David is a Self employed Director for YorPlan, he has worked in Tadcaster for the past ten years in the community sector, managing a local social enterprise at The Barn.
He has two children who have gone through Tadcaster Grammar School, one still there attends in year 12.

Ewan Merer

Parent Governor

Ewan has two children at Tadcaster Grammar School. He owns and manages a property business working in the retail, commercial and residential sectors. Prior to this he worked in project management and served in the British Army.

Sue Quirk

Parent Governor

Sue is in paid employment as a School Business Manager for 2 primary schools in Leeds. She has 2 children, the eldest of whom is currently at TGS and is hoping the youngest will attend TGS when he’s old enough!

Heather Smith

Trust Appointed Governor

Heather is retired, she has been a governor for many years, and has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Heather has two daughters, both attended Tadcaster Grammar School, they are both now working in education.
She is a keen golfer, playing a least twice a week.

Elizabeth Wilson

Trust Appointed Governor

Elizabeth has one child in year 11. She has been a parent Governor since her daughter was in year 7.
She works for Lloyds Banking Group.

Mike Dunphy

Staff Governor

Mike has taught Design Technology and Electronics for 19 years here at Tadcaster Grammar School. He is also an Assistant Headteacher

Andrew Parkinson


Andrew started teaching as a geography and science teacher in 1996 as a second career after training in the south-west of England. Since 2004 he has been employed in senior leadership positions in numerous schools in West Yorkshire. He started his headship at Tadcaster Grammar School in 2019.