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Meet the Governors


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Rob Gordon

Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor

Together with my wife Anthea, we run our own Chartered Accountants firm, Gordon Consultancy. Three of our children have now moved on to secondary school and college but our youngest child is in class 4. Outside of being treasurer for a number of charities, included the school PTA for over 10 years, I play league hockey for Carlisle each week and play the saxophone in the Brampton Community Orchestra.

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Sarah Cooper

Vice Chair of Governors 
Co-Opted Governor

(EYFS Governor and Safeguarding & Online Safety Governor, Governor of Well-being)

My name is Sarah Cooper. I live local and I’m married with 1 daughter who attends Crosby on Eden school.

I am a busy working mum as I manage a local private nursery, but in my spare time whilst juggling the busy life of a 6 year old I enjoy socializing with friends, dog walks and enjoy family time.

The school values really give the pupils a sense of ownership and belonging which in turn highly promotes their well-being and achievements.

Martin Plummer

Martin Plummer

Co-opted Governor

Health & Safety Governor

Attendance Governor

I am extremely honoured to be a Governor with our school and as such I intend to help and support all involved looking to ensure every child gets the very best start on their educational journey allowing them to achieve everything they strive to achieve.

My gorgeous wife Emma and I have two boys who are former pupils of Crosby On Eden school and live in a nearby village.

As a retired Police Officer, I would like to see all our children embracing openness, honesty and integrity and I am a firm believer that a healthy body enhances a healthy mind.

Rachael Martin

Rachael Martin

Parent Governor

My name is Rachael Martin, I have a long history with Crosby On Eden Cof E Primary School and the village. I lived in the village until I was 18 leaving to attend university, then moved back in 2014. My dad and I went to the school and I now have two of my three children attending currently.

I am a qualified Podiatrist and worked in the NHS for 11 years but my passion has always been gymnastics. I am now one of the directors and coaches at Carlisle gymnastics club which I have been a part of since I was 6 years old. We have a very busy family life but if any spare time appears I can be found eating cake!

David Taylor

David Taylor

Parent Governor

I am a married father of three girls at the school. Originally from Carlisle, I studied Engineering at Birmingham University and then Physics in Grenoble France before re-qualifying as a solicitor in the UK.

I‘m a partner in the international law firm Hogan Lovells and I returned to Carlisle last year after 22 years living and working in Paris, France. Whilst France has much to offer, nothing beats the sheer beauty of Cumbria and the Lake District so we spend as much time as we can enjoying the fells. I am a firm believer in technology and agile working - which enables me to be in Cumbria yet work around the world.

Kerry Paterson

Kerry Paterson

Parent Governor

I'm excited to be joining as a parent governor at Crosby on Eden. My husband Gregg and I have three girls coming up through the school and we've loved getting involved in this community. 

I have a BA in English from my native USA, and have lived in the UK since 2013. Our family loves walking, cycling, camping and exploring the Lakes. We also love being part of a local church where we've got to know people from all around the world, as well as those with roots right here in Cumbria. 


Lucinda Keelan

Parent Governor

My name is Lucinda Keelan and I have 2 daughters who attend Crosby - on -Eden Primary School. I have worked as a teacher for 17 years and have a particular interest in SEND. In my spare time I enjoy dog walks and horse riding.

Mrs J. Dalgleish

Mrs J. Dalgleish


I’m Mrs Dalgleish. I’m the Head Teacher and I joined our school team in September, 2019. I’m passionate about giving children an amazing and inspiring start in life. When I’m not in school I enjoy walks in the woods with my family and our bouncy springer spaniel, Lyra. I also, enjoy curling up with a good book.

Miss Fox

Debbie Fox

Staff Governor & SEND Governor

My name is Miss Fox and I am really excited about teaching in Class 4. Most of my spare time is taken up spending time with my two lovely children although I do enjoy meeting friends, shopping and rock climbing. I enjoy teaching fun, creative and messy lessons!

Mrs Sinwoodie

Sorrel Dinwoodie

Staff Governor

Working at Crosby for many years, most of you will probably know me quite well already, for those that don't, I work mostly in Class 4 but spend some time in Class 3 and 2 during the week.

As my girls, (who are now in their twenties) were Crosby pupils, I have been in the unique position of seeing how decisions made as staff and governors directly impact the children. To see how parents’ and pupils’ views are listened to, and how it shapes changes in school.

mr ditchburnJonny Ditchburn

Academy Member

All three of my children have attended Crosby on Eden Primary School over a period of around 11 years. I was a member of the governing body from November 2013 to July 2022 and was Chair of Governors for part of that time. I am now a Member of the Academy Trust.

Lydia Wood

Lydia Wood

Clerk to Governors

Hello, my name is Lydia Wood and I am the School Business Manager & Clerk to the Governors. If I’m not looking at spreadsheets or under a mountain of paperwork, I am spending time with my family, browsing antique shops, gardening or walking.

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Rob MacKenna

Academy Member

My name’s Rob MacKenna. Originally from the south of England I’ve spent time living in Wales and Scotland before moving to Cumbria a number of years ago. I’m married and have two daughters both of who previously attended Crosby on Eden school.  I am a former Governor of the school.

Having studied for degrees in forestry and business I work in the forest industry as a senior manager for a timber processing company in Lockerbie. I participate in a range of outdoor pursuits and enjoy spending time in The Lake District, out on the water or up in the fells.

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Dr Michael Briggs

Academy Member

I am a retired GP and a retired medical Director of Eden Valley Hospice of which I am a founder member. I set up the Palliative care service for North Cumbria at the Hospice.

I have been on the governing body of Crosby for about 30 years. I was chairman for 20 years.

I am now a volunteer of The Fellrunner Village Bus Ltd of which I am the Financial Director

Charlotte Tudway

Charlotte Tudway

Academy Member

Before retraining to be a teacher, I started my career as a solicitor in a London law firm. In 2019 I moved to Cumbria from Hertfordshire, where I was headteacher of a village school. I am now Director of Education for the Diocese of Carlilse and have the privilege of supporting 104 Church of England schools across Cumbria.

Married to a vicar. Mum to two grown up children. Avid reader and watcher of films. Very amateur musician, singing in various groups and playing various instruments badly. Enjoy crafts (including sewing, gardening and all kinds of DIY) and holidaying in France.

Louisa Day

Louisa Day

Academy Member

My name is Louisa and I am a Member of the Academy Trust. I have been involved with the Governors for over 12 years, and was honoured to serve at the Chair of Governors for over 3 years. Both my own children attended Crosby-on-Eden school and we all remember their time their very fondly.

I am proud to still be involved with our wonderful school, and love to see all the children flourish, develop confidence in their unique abilities and embrace all that life has to offer.

If you would like to contact any of our Members or Governors, please do so through our Clerk to Governors, Lydia Wood, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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