Dorothy Phillips - Chair of Governors and Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Foundation Governor elected by Charlesworth Independent Chapel (Top Chapel)


I am a Trustee and Deacon of Top Chapel and have been a Governor at Charlesworth School for 12 years. Since 2012 and until the COVID restrictions, I have been a weekly volunteer at the school assisting with the libraries at both sites.

I was elected Chair of Governors in September 2019 - having been Vice -Chair for three years. By profession I am a qualified Social Worker and before I opted for early retirement, I had been Head of Adult Social Care with a Local Authority for 12 years, managing a multi-million pounds budget.

As part of my role, I was responsible for numerous service and staff development projects, as well as managing staff, handling complaints and dealing with issues of abuse and safeguarding.

I was also the Adult Social Care representative on the Children’s Serious Case Review Panel and the main link person with the Local Health Authorities and Hospice. I am passionately committed to ensuring that Charlesworth School remains a centre of educational excellence for local children and an integral part of village life.

My grand-daughter is currently in Year 5 at Charlesworth School and my grandson attended the school from Year 1 until he left to go to a local secondary school

Philip Whiston – Headteacher

I have been the headteacher of Charlesworth VC Primary School since my appointment in November 2020. This is my second headship, having being the Head of a primary school in East Cheshire for five years previously. I am passionate about delivering the best for each and every child that is part of our special community here at Charlesworth.

Imran Kassim - Parent Governor

I have worked for a large architectural practice based in Manchester for the last 20 years and during this time have specialised in the design of schools and college buildings.

I have sat on the school governing body as a parent governor and more recently as Chair of the Resources Committee. In this role I support the school leadership in steering an approach that contributes towards developing well rounded individuals and which encourages every child to fulfil their full academic potential.

My daughter has now left Charlesworth to go to high school but my son still attends.

Councillor George Wharmby – Local Authority Governor

I started my working life as a stone mason and after marrying my wife, Jean, we jointly went into hospitality. After retiring, I went into Politics in 2005.

I have been a local authority councillor for Glossop and Charlesworth since 2005.  I have been on High Peak Borough Council from 2011 to present.  I was a Derbyshire County Councillor from 2005 to 2013 and from 2017 to present. I was Chairman of the County Council for the year 2018/2019 and currently sit on the Improvement and Scrutiny Resources Committee as well as the PDNPA.

I am Chair of High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership for the County Council and am the LEA Governor at Charlesworth School in my electoral division. My personal interests are the Royal British Legion and I am the Poppy Appeal Organiser for Glossopdale.

Joy Wright - Foundation Governor elected by St John's Church, Charlesworth

I have lived in Charlesworth for 7 years since retirement and during that period my grandchildren who were resident here for a short period attended Charlesworth School where they were very happy My husband and I are active members of the St John's Church Family. 

 I am a Social Worker by training and practiced for many years in Hospital, Children's and Families settings. In more recent years I have worked for 'Care for the Family' - a charity working to support families in several different contexts and prior to my retirement I worked as Children and Families Worker at St James and Emmanuel Church, Didsbury. I served as a member of the Council for Scripture Union, England and Wales for 7 years until 2018.

 I feel privileged to be able to serve the staff, children and our local community as a member of the School Governing Body and look forward to working with an already effective and excellent group of committed people.

Kathryn Barton – Staff Governor

I have worked at Charlesworth Primary School since 2002 teaching Early Years and Year One, I am passionate about giving our children the best start to their school life, I feel privileged to be able to help develop their skills and knowledge and to encourage their enthusiasm in a safe and stimulating environment . 

I am SENDCO and a Senior Lead and really enjoy the challenges these bring, I am pleased to be able to bring my experience to the Governing Commitee to help our school to always improve and develop.