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Meet the Governors

Mr Jim Campbell (Chair)


Jim's background is as a forensic scientist. In his career, he has worked for the Home Office, and the University of Derby, lecturing, advising and supporting in this field. He comes from a family of teachers, and understands the busyness of schools. Jim now runs The Retreat in Morley, which houses forensic science laboratories, and also investigates potential treatments for illnesses such as cancer. Jim is very interested in the science curriculum, and supports school by hosting our Easter Event, and our First Aid work with our older pupils. Jim has been a governor at Morley for 2 years, and became our Chair in October 2019.


Mrs Caroline Harahan (Vice Chair)


Caroline is a parent governor, and also our Vice Chair. She has been involved in school for several years, notably supporting with swimming sessions, and, with her husband, running the barbecue for our annual sleepover. She works at the University of Derby in the Health and Social Care department. Although her daughter has now left Morley, she still has a son in Year 4.

Kate Marsland (Headteacher)


Kate Marsland has been Headteacher of Morley Primary School for 12 years. Originally from West Yorkshire, where she taught for over 20 years in both city and more rural schools, she moved to Derbyshire in 2007 to take on the role, and to be nearer to her younger sister who had been ill. Kate has taught every year group in primary education, and particularly loves those days in school where she can get into class and work with the children. The teaching side is the part she likes best. Her favourite subjects are history, environment/citizenship/PSHCE, music, maths and English. She prefers not to have to cover anyone’s art lessons as the children are well aware of her skills in this area!


Kate works part time as a Local Authority advisor. She is also a National Leader in Education, supports the DfE's work on recruitment and retention, and leads on Initial Teacher Training for 4Derbyshire Teaching School Alliance where she sits on the Executive Board. All of these roles bring additional funding into school which supports the children’s learning. She also serves on the Executive Board of the National Association of Headteachers, and with the Skylark small schools cluster.


Kate has served on 3 different governing bodies in various roles. She quite enjoys number crunching, but prefers to be outside with the children. Kate is incredibly proud of the children and staff of Morley Primary, and is honoured to serve as their Headteacher.

Mrs Heather Richards


Mrs Richards is our teacher governor. She first came to Morley as Miss Carroll 11 years ago, and at the moment she is spending time with her new baby. She has taught in both Class 1 and Class 2, so has taught almost every child in school - and some of their brothers and sisters. Mrs Richards is in charge of maths, PE and RE in school.  Mrs Richards likes running in her spare time.

Mrs June Elwell


I have been a Governor at Morley appointed by the Local Authority for many years. My home town is Blackburn in Lancashire and, after studying for a degree and working as a teacher, I came to live in Morley Almshouses Lane with my family. My three children are now grown-up and have fled the nest – so have I, since I now live in Breadsall.


To help my fitness I go swimming with friends twice a week at Heanor Leisure Centre, but it could be said that we exercise our tongues as much as our bodies.


I am a member of St. John's Methodist Church in Allestree and my interests,other than education, include politics, football, which I like, and cricket, which I love. And, I must confess, I prefer the music of Cole Porter to that of Coldplay.


Mrs Eileen Swan


Eileen is Principal of the Broomfield College site for Derby College. Eileen has been a parent at Morley School, and now serves as a Co-opted governor from our local community. Eileen supports our safeguarding and child protection work in school.

Mrs Christine Doyle


Chris is an ex primary teacher, working for some time at one of our neighbouring schools. Chris is an Associate Governor, being appointed by the Governing Body due to her involvement with the local community, and in particular, with our local Church. Chris is involved with the PCC at St Matthew’s Church in Morley. Her background is in safeguarding, and she supports the governors with SEN and Early Years.


Ms Tracey McKinley


Tracey is a parent governor.  She supports the governors with Health and Safety. Having previously worked as a riding instructor and with 3-day event horses across Europe, Tracey decided to study for a Diploma at Manchester University. She moved in to construction becoming Head Office Manager of a large construction merchant, which brought her training in all aspects of construction, property management and Healthy & Safety. As she had enjoyed working with children previously, she decided to become a Foster Carer for The Adolecent & Childrens Trust (TACT) before moving to Derbyshire in 2008. She has completed EYFS training with our local authority. She currently runs her own online retail business and has her daughter, Kiera, in Year 5 of Morley Primary.

See our 'Safeguarding' page for all Government, Derbyshire, and NHS information on the Coronavirus outbreak. See 'Children - Learning at Home' to see our Rainbow Wall tribute to key workers.