Bob England (Chair)

Bob joined the School Council as a governor in 2013 having previously been a community governor elsewhere in Lincolnshire. Bob has a son Alexander who has been at St. James’ for over 8 years now. Bob was born in Northampton and attended grammar school there before moving to this area in 1985.

He has had a varied career; initially working in Local Government for over 30 years in Finance, Social Care and Housing. Bob then ran his own business as management consultant, specialising in interim management. He has also worked for a local charity for over three years as a Facilities Manager. His particular areas of interest are finance, health and safety (Bob is the lead governor) and marketing; From a personal perspective his main interests, other than his family are sports and music. Bob was appointed as Chair in 2017.

To contact the chair of governors Mr R England please send written communication confidentially to Mr R England, St James School, 22 Bargate, Grimsby, DN34 4SY.

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Judith Bass (Vice-Chair)

Judith Bass, BA (Hons), DPSE, PGCE has been involved in primary education for over 30 years starting her teaching career in a small village school and working through the professional career ladder to be Head of a large primary school (440 pupils) in Bridlington. For the last 17 years she has worked part-time as a tutor at Bishop Grosseteste University (formerly College) supporting trainee teachers at both undergraduate and graduate level.  Judith is an active member of a large and thriving local church, involved in a wide range of Christian ministries with a focus on evangelism, discipleship, training and children’s ministry.  She is a member of the local branch of Gideons International along with her husband Jeremy, a local business man.  She is an avid reader – mainly theology, enjoys cooking, travelling and ‘dabbles’ in art in her studio at the bottom of the garden!  Now mainly ‘retired’ she has just become a volunteer at Princess Diana of Wales Hospital attached to the chaplaincy and looks forward to this new and challenging role. Judith was appointed as vice-chair in 2017.

Andrew Whitworth

Andy joined the Governing Body in 2011. He was educated at the King’s School, Macclesfield and Hull University from where he obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Business. Andy’s post graduate business life began in 1981 ‘carrying the bag’ for Ross Foods. He has subsequently pursued a career in the food industry working at senior level in marketing, strategic management and consultancy for some of the UK’s largest food companies throughout the UK and Europe. Andy has extensive commercial experience having developed, launched and managed multi million pound brand portfolios in the food industry that are still household names today. He has commissioned and produced national and international TV campaigns for a variety of well-known brands. These days, Andy is the owner of the region’s leading commercial laundry and employs 12 people. Andy is married to Diana who owns Stagecoach Theatre Arts School, Grimsby and is also a self-employed music teacher. They have 3 children, 2 of whom were educated at St. James’ School. Both Andy and Diana are keen supporters of the school’s long standing musical tradition. When he is not working, Andy is a keen Grimsby Town fan and enjoys cheering the Mariners on from the terraces.

Jerry Woolner

Jerry joined the School Council in 2015. He has been involved in school and college governance for 20 years, and was appointed a National Leader of Governance in 2016. A Masters business graduate, Jerry works as a professional management specialising in logistics and large-scale project management for several global and national food brands. He is also MD of 3 local companies that deliver Government delivering education, training and work-related skills contracts to adults across the Yorkshire & Humber regions. Jerry is a member of the School’s Finance and Facilities committees, and chairs the HR Committee. His personal interests are sports, music, allotment gardening, beekeeping, reading, and spending time with his family.


Alex Baxter

Following a successful career in the Royal Navy, Alex moved to the world of commercial aviation subsequently building on these unique skills combination to take up post as a senior Director at a UK information technology firm developing business in UK, Canada, United States, Australia and Hong Kong, thereafter assumed appointment as Chief Executive (ROW) for a United States company based out of Rochester N.Y.   Alex moved to join Smiths Detection UK Civil Businesses (a division of Smiths Group plc (FTSE 100 Company) as its President, also serving as a Director of Smiths Military Division.  Currently MD of the Armed Forces Major Events Team for North East Lincolnshire and Armed Forces Champion for North East Lincolnshire Council, a member of the NHS Armed Forces Network.  Served through 2014/2015 as Mayor and Chairman of North East Lincolnshire Council.  Holds public service appointments as justice of the Peace, Vice Chairman for the Veterans Advisory & Pensions Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber and member of the Reserve Forces & Cadet Association for Yorkshire & Humber.

David Palmer

David attended Waltham Toll Bar School before studying for a B.A.(Hons) in Geography. He went on to gain an M.A. in Social Work from Hull University. David has worked in Child Protection for over 25 years in a variety of roles. He also worked with the RAF in Germany where he was employed by SSAFA.

David is married to Clare and their daughter is a pupil at St James’ School. He is currently spending his spare time renovating a property he recently moved to in Grimsby. David also enjoys walking, gardening and music. He joined the Governing Body in 2015.

John Pridgeon

John Pridgeon joined the school council in September 2015 and is very enthusiastic in contributing to school matters. He was born in Louth and attended St. James’ from 1966-1968, he then attended Riseholme Agricultural College in Lincoln. John is a farmer and farms at Keddington which as been in his family for five generations. He took over the mixed farm when his father died in 1984.

He is married to Sue with two sons, John and William. John is a partner in the farming business and William works in the oil industry.

John was Church Warden for many years at St Margaret’s Church, Keddington until its closure in 2004.
When not working John enjoys Rugby Union and is a supporter of Leicester Tigers. He can also be seen standing on the sidelines at Louth Market Rasen Club.

John Shaw

John Shaw is Managing Director of Cravenglow Consultants and his key specialisms are :-

  • Marketing and business growth strategies
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Management and Personal Development programme

He is retained by client companies throughout the UK and has global experience in a wide range of market sectors. He is a member of the British Institute of Management and is the author of 5 best selling management books including one which was successfully translated in to Mandarin Chinese. His hobbies include cycling, walking, tennis, skiing and writing.

Ian Sanderson

After graduating from Selwyn College, Cambridge in Modern and Medieval Languages and a PGCE at the University of Bath, Ian Sanderson started his teaching career in Tavistock and moved to Trent College, Long Eaton, as Head of Modern Languages in 1991. He was appointed as Director of Learning and Teaching at Hymers College, Hull, in 2009 and his professional interests include the use of ICT in learning, as well as developing learning skills and habits of mind. He joined the governing body in April 2012 and advises on educational matters, with a particular focus on learning and teaching. Ian sings in the East Riding County Choir, umpires cricket for the local leagues and is a keen Scuba diver and gardener.


Rachael Haith

Rachael was previously on the School Governing Body from 2003 to 2006 and re-joined early 2016.

A local business woman Rachael has 4 children who have all, at some time, attended St. James’ School. In the past she has been an active member of St. James’ PTA and has been a Parish Councillor and a founder member of the Bird Care Standards Association. She has held the post of Secretary to St Georges DCC for 19 years.

Rachael has been involved with boarding schools and has hosted international students during exeats and holidays. Hobbies are gardening, flower arranging, arts and crafts and she enjoys walking to keep fit.

James Lockwood

Originally from Grimsby, James studied at Cardiff University before qualifying as an architect in 2008. Having spent four years working at a conservation practice in Wales he returned to Lincolnshire in 2012. He is a director of local firm id architecture, an award winning practice with projects across the region in both the public and private sectors. In 2015 he was made a trustee of Doorstep, a local youth homelessness charity.