Our Governors

Natalie Lewis


I joined as a Co-opted governor in 2020 and am delighted to help and support Kirkoswaldd school, who have been such an amazing part of our three children's lives. I work part time as a HR Consultant and I'm also a Non-Executive Director on the board of a not-for-profit company that provides day to day support to people with learning difficulties. Having moved to Cumbria with my family, we love being part of Kirkoswald's village community. I enjoy spending time with my menagerie of pets and poultry, walking in the mountains and running with the whole family and our dog at Parkrun's. 

Catherine Reding

Acting Head Teacher

I teach in Class2 in Kirkoswald School. I studied music at university and love to play the piano, violin and accordion. I also love to be outside and enjoy going for walks with my dog. 

Jane Armstrong

Acting Head Teacher

April Farish

Parent Governor

I am a parent governor. My daughter and son are at school. Annabelle and Seth are the fourth generation of the “Parker” family to attend Kirkoswald C of E School, and as a parent and ex pupil myself I wanted to be part of school life. Like my father Bob, I have lived in the village all my life, after taking two years to renovate our house I have moved 2 metres up the road! Being part of the village community is a huge part of our family life, making sure our children have a nice environment to grow up in. My hobbies include making various soft furnishing (Unicorn headbands being the latest make!) attending exercise classes and walking with family and friends.

Andrew Hodgkinson

LA Governor

I am the LA governor at Kirkoswald CE School. Both of my children have attended the school with both going on to secondary school in Penrith. I am originally from London and moved to Cumbria in 1997 where I settled with my wife who is from the area. I work for a Norwegian engineering technology company in the offshore marine and energy industry which means that I am often overseas. My time at home is spent with my family and we enjoy walking, climbing, and socialising with friends in the community. 

Caroline Raine

Parent Governor

I moved to the area in 2010, after getting married into a local farming family, and have been a Governor at Kirkoswald School since September 2018. Our 2 girls attend the school.

Since leaving Newcastle University in 2005 I have run my own insurance business at NFU Mutual in Appleby and been heavily involved in the local farming community. My interests include singing, showing dairy cattle and spending time with family. I am enjoying being part of the governing body at Kirkoswald.

Lee Brown

Parent Governor

Revd Katherine Butterfield

Foundation Governor

I have been the vicar of the parish of Kirkoswald together with Lazonby, Great Salkeld and Renwick with Croglin since September 2018. I am also a joint mission community leader. I am very pleased to be a foundation governor of Kirkoswald School and thoroughly enjoy my regular visits to school. I am always impressed by the sense of community the school provides and the way the children care for each other. I am always looking to develop stronger links between the church and the school. As a church we are seeking new ways to serve the local community. 

I am originally from Keswick and have worked for many years as a optometrist in our practice there. I have three grown-up children and now grandchildren. My interests are walking, reading and spending time with my rapidly increasing family. 

Ruth Clough

Foundation Governor

Myself and my husband moved to the Eden Valley in 2012 from Newcastle. I studied Art and Design at York St. John University. We have 4 boys who currently all attend Kirkoswald School. I love to spend time exploring the surrounding countryside with the boys and our dogs.

Libby Clark

Parent Governor