Rob has been Acting Headteacher of Alston Moor Federation, since January 2024.
Chair of Governors
Since buying Lowbyer Manor Country House, Alston with his partner in 2015, Jim has had roles as Chair of the Business Association, the Food Bank, is a Trustee of Alston United Charities and enjoys occasional golf at Alston Moor Golf Club. With over 30 years in self employment has a wealth of experience in sales, finance and commercial practice. Became a Governor in 2020.
Vice-Chair of Governors
Since moving to Alston with his wife Janet in 2011, Rich has been involved in many local community activities. He is currently Chair of the Alston Moor Business Association, is a Trustee of Cumbria Education Trust, with lead director responsibilities for 2 primary schools within the trust, and the treasurer of Alston Moor Fitness Club. As a former soldier & Chartered Management Accountant and Program Manager, he has over 40 years’ experience in Business Transformation, Financial and project accounting & Management of Risk for both the public and Private sector. He is currently the Costs and Benefits Lead for Nuclear Transport Solutions. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf at Alston Moor Golf Club. He became a Governor in 2022.
within the Federation for almost 3 years He is a senior teacher and head of science in Samuel King’s School. Kaj joined the Governing Body in January 2023.
Graham has lived in Alston his whole life and was educated on the Moor himself, he currently has 2 children at AMF. Graham runs the family farm at Garrigill, alongside his dad and brother. He has been a governor since 2017 & has a keen interest in making the school a success for many years to come.
Sheila has lived on Alston Moor for most of her life, educated on the Moor, before qualifying as a Primary School teacher. She worked in Alston Primary for many years before moving to North Lakes School, Penrith, teaching Year 6. Her 2 sons were educated here and she now has 5 grandchildren attending AMF. She is retired and has been on the board since 2015.
Pat has been associated with Samuel King’s School since she began teaching French here 25 years ago. She has had various roles at the school including that of Deputy Head and Acting Head. Following retirement, Pat is now the Examinations Officer. Pat loved her career at Alston and was extremely fond of the students and the community. Becoming a governor it means that she can continue to support the school the community.
Patricia retired to Alston 3 years ago from Northumberland and is an active member of the community. She is a Brownie leader and plays an active role in the local walking group. She has 40 years’ experience of teaching geography in secondary schools and has been an Assistant Headteacher for 20 years, with responsibility for student welfare and special needs. She is a competitive orienteer, keen hillwalker, and enjoys reading and gardening.
Former headteacher of an 11-18 community comprehensive school with 1700 pupils, then headteacher of an all-age special school. Central government Adviser on the education of pupils with SEND and those who have exceptionally high ability. Area inspector of education for East Cumbria, which included Alston Moor Federation.