Yarlet School | Governance and governors

Governance and governors

Corporate governance

The Board of Governors is composed of members who provide the skills and experience needed for the advancement of the school, including educational, legal, accounting and other business skills.  The full Board meets at least three times and is has particular responsibilities in the areas of Safeguarding Children, Health and Safety, Academic, Finance and Marketing.

Board members are elected at general meetings of The Yarlet Trust and come up for re-election every three years.  Committee members are elected by the full Board and include co-opted members of staff, parents and Old Yarletians.


List of governors:


Jo Betteley

Joanne BetteleyJo attended Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls and graduated in Languages from The University of Hull. Jo has worked in Education recruitment for the last 20 years; she is currently Head of Operations for ABC Teachers and Group Operations Manager for the TES Supply Group. Jo has been associated with Yarlet since 2010. She is a current Yarlet parent, with an older child who is an Old Yarletian now attending Denstone College and is married to an Old Yarletian. Her areas of expertise include Safeguarding, Compliance, Auditing, Training and GDPR, and takes a particular interest in our Early Years department and boarding provision. Jo is Yarlet's Safeguarding Governor.



Claire Jenkinson

Claire Jenkinson

Claire was invited to join the Governing Body in March 2021. Repton School has enjoyed close links with Yarlet and, as Housemistress of The Mitre, Claire brings experience in the pastoral setting, alongside expertise in maths, PE and Sport and, as a former Head of Learning Support at Repton, a deep interest in educational provision for children with additional learning needs. ‘Everyone is equally different’ is a motto Claire believes in! Claire was Head Girl at The School of St Helens and St Katharines, Abingdon, before continuing to Exeter University to read a BA (Ed) in Physical Education. Following a much loved 7-year spell at Cheltenham Ladies College, Claire experienced a range of school settings alongside relocations and the arrival of her two sons, Sam and Joe. Claire is a lover of all sports. She played lacrosse for England U21 before cruciate ligament disaster saw her move to coaching rather than playing. Career highlights include numerous international tours, accompanying senior lacrosse and netball teams to National Finals and teaching the most nervous prep school child to perform a log roll with confidence and aplomb! Claire feels lucky that, for her, teaching and coaching PE and sport at all levels ranks as highly as playing. Claire and her husband Jim are Christians who firmly believe that an aspect of their vocation is encouraging youngsters to consider their place in the wider world and to deploy their many gifts for the common good. Jim worked for the YMCA for many years, and they are still committed to supporting the work of this worthy and energetic charity through its many events and initiatives, often with a contingent of Mitre girls alongside!


Jeremy Lefroy

Jeremy Lefroy

Jeremy studied Classics at King's College, Cambridge and trained as a Chartered Accountant after a period with Ford Motor Co. Most of his working life has been spent in agriculture in East and West Africa. He and Janet, now a local GP and teacher at Keele Medical School, lived in Tanzania for 11 years. He was a school governor and borough councillor in Newcastle-under-Lyme and MP for Stafford (2010-2019). He is currently a Director of the EFAfrica Group which he and friends originally established in Tanzania in 2005 to lease equipment to farmers and SMEs. He is also Vice-Chair of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and chairs the Relationships Foundation whose main work is in schools in the UK and Australia. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire in 2020, and currently serves as treasurer of Newcastle Baptist Church and the Britain Tanzania Society.


Peter Middleton

Peter Middleton

Peter Middleton was educated at Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh and is a graduate of Bristol University where he read English. Following a year teaching at Highbury Preparatory School in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, Peter returned to the UK to teacher training at the University of Strathclyde and a first post at Loretto School in East Lothian. He moved south joining Shrewsbury School in 2008 where for eight years he was Master in Charge of The Hunt, Shrewsbury’s historic running club. Between 2011 and 2016 Peter was Housemaster of Rigg’s Hall, one of the boys' boarding houses at Shrewsbury and went on to be Deputy Head which involved overseeing the co-curricular life of the School. In January 2022, Peter took up his current role as the Headmastser at Oswestry School. Peter is A keen runner with 21 marathons to his name, Peter is married to Jenna, a local GP, and they have three young daughters who keep them busy! Peter makes a particular contribution in Marketing.


Giulia Mitchell

Giulia_MitchellGiulia (Julia) Mitchell is English / Italian dual nationality and lives in Staffordshire. Educated in Cheshire, she read English Literature & Language at Christ Church, Oxford University and has worked across a number of international sectors: finance, business development, marketing, affinity brand partnerships & brand extension programs. Most recently, she has been a Director of Bentley Motors prior to establishing her own Consultancy business. Julia is married to Julian, himself an Old Yarletian! Their 2 boys have been educated at Yarlet and Shrewsbury School. Julia takes a particular interest in Boarding and Safeguarding.


Antony Morris

Antony MorrisAntony was educated at Windsor Service Children’s School, Rheindahlen, Germany. After a short period of employment in the Civil Service, he joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in January 1998, initially as a Weapons Mechanic before being selected for officer training. He commenced Initial Officer Training in November 2000, graduating as a Pilot Officer in the Administrative (Secretarial) branch, now known as the Personnel Support branch. Following professional training, Antony was employed in a wide variety of roles, including ceremonial and disciplinary administration, recruiting, command, operational crisis management, HR, diversity and inclusion, welfare, finance, and infrastructure, achieving promotion to Flying Officer, Flight Lieutenant, and finally Squadron Leader.

During his time in the RAF, he achieved Chartered Manager status and membership of the Chartered Management Institute, holding a Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management following postgraduate studies at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Since leaving the RAF in January 2019, Antony has completed a HR Management diploma, gaining Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Antony is now employed as a Tribunal member in HM Courts and Tribunals Service. He also volunteers his time as a magistrate on the Staffordshire Bench, and is a member of the Invictus Games 2022 Team UK delegation, competing at The Hague in powerlifting, indoor rowing and athletics.

He is married to Heather, a civil servant and military veteran herself, and has two daughters, who both attend Yarlet School. His main interests are military history, learning the piano (slowly), and spending quality time with his family.

Antony is currently Chair of the Board of Governors at Yarlet.

Antony Morris can be contacted in the following ways:

By mail: c/o Yarlet School, Yarlet, Nr Stafford, ST18 9SU

By telephone: 01785 286568

By direct email: antony.morris@yarletschool.org


Chris Paget

Chris PagetChris is an Old Yarletian and Old Reptonian and went on to Durham University to study Ancient History & Archaeology before embarking on a career in the law. Chris is now a Partner in the Sports Team at the boutique West End law firm, Sheridans based in Soho where he acts for a broad range of clients within the sport and entertainment sectors. The main focus of his practice is acting for internationally renowned talent. Prior to joining Sheridans, Chris was a professional cricketer with Derbyshire County Cricket Club where for a time he was the County’s youngest player to play in the County Championship. Chris lives in London and is a husband to Harriet and father to Orla (with another on the way). Away from work and family, Chris is a keen runner and cyclist and is also the founder of a mental health charity, Milestone, which was created to assist in normalising the conversation around mental health and, by using the power of sport, to help everyone find the courage to seek support and to talk about how they really feel. Chris was invited to join the Governing body in 2019 and has a particular interest in the pastoral and wellbeing side of education.


Keith Robins

Keith_RobinsKeith was born in Liverpool and after attending Ellesmere Port Grammar School for Boys decided against pursuing formal higher education. Instead he embarked on a career in banking, retiring from full-time work in 2015. The majority of Keith’s 40+ years as a career banker were spent with Williams & Glyns / Royal Bank of Scotland and finishing with Svenska Handelsbanken (a Swedish bank). The last 25 years were spent in business and commercial banking. Keith moved to Stafford in 1991 to open a new branch of Royal Bank of Scotland in the town and was its first manager. Keith has been married to his wife Gill for over 40 years and they have two children and a granddaughter. His passion is running and being outdoors and he has completed numerous 10k’s and half marathons but now concentrates on ultra-distance events. In 2010 he completed the 250km Marathon des Sables (one week across the Moroccan Sahara Desert) and as recently as 2016 completed the 95 mile West Highland Way Race. An active Freemason, when he has time Keith also enjoys gardening (though not very well!), reading and following sport. Keith sits on the Finance Sub-Committee of the Board of Governors.


Pauline Sharratt

Pauline_SharrattPauline Sharratt was invited to join the Governing body in March 2015. Born and raised in Staffordshire she commenced her finance career in industry qualifying as a professional accountant in 1992. During her training period and since qualifying she has held a number of finance and tax related positions in the local brewing industry before moving in 1994 to a senior finance role in the Health Service. Following a subsequent period in internal audit Pauline joined Repton School as Finance Bursar in December 2002 and as Bursar at Lichfield Cathedral School in January 2020. Pauline and her husband Neil, a FD in a local food processing company have three children, all Old Reptonians. Hannah working in the City as PR Manager, twin boys, Bradley and Max. Bradley is studying Industrial Economics at Nottingham University and Max is training to become a chef. Outside of her professional life Pauline enjoys running, having completed, Great North, Great South and London Marathon, together with numerous overseas and UK races of shorter distance. In addition, she enjoys cooking, gardening and attempting to play the piano! Pauline sits on the Finance Sub-Committee of the Board of Governors.