Mrs Sue Hartropp  

Governor Category:

HAT Trustee  - Chair of DIS LGB


Dates of office: 1/12/2020 – 

“I am now retired after a long career in education – as a teacher, a SENCO, an Assistant Headteacher, an Ofsted Additional Inspector and an educational consultant.   I have also been a school governor in several schools over the course of many years.


I am very much enjoying being involved with Dogsthorpe Infant School, and have already seen many positive changes since my appointment.  It is a school which is consistently improving as fast as it can and ensuring that it provides the very best education and start to life for all its children. I am proud to be associated with it.”

Mrs Rebecca Waters  

Governor Category:



Dates of office: 1/12/2020

I love being the Headteacher of Dogsthorpe Infant School.  I started at the school as a newly qualified teacher in Sept 2001 and have been instrumental in school improvement throughout those years.  I am proud to have been at the helm as full-time Headteacher since April 2015 and in less than a year led the school out of 'Requires Improvement' into becoming a 'Good' School' in February 2016.   

I feel very privileged to work with such an amazing staff team and very supportive governors all of whom have the school at heart.  Our aim is to make the school the very best it can be and to ensure that as one team all of our children and their families Dream, Believe, Shine."

Mrs Julie Tate

Governor Category:

Local Governor/ Vice Chair of LGB


Dates of office: 1/12/2020

I am a retired as a teacher of Religious Studies at a local secondary school where I also held pastoral roles. I am married to a retired English teacher and have 2 grown up daughters, one of whom is a teacher in a Special School. In the past I have been the chair of governors at my daughters’ primary school and a staff governor.

I believe that every child deserves a really good start to their education and I have been very impressed by my experience of Dogsthorpe Infant School. I hope I can use my educational experience to help the school continue to from strength to strength."

Mrs Gaynor Mansell

Governor Category:

Local Governor


Dates of office: 1/12/2020

“I started my teaching career in Peterborough and spent a significant number of years working in local schools. I have always had a particular passion for promoting and supporting the care, wellbeing and safety of our children. I was local lead for the National Healthy Schools programme for a number of years, before taking up my current post within Children’s Services at the LA.


I have enjoyed involvement with Dogsthorpe Infant School since the days of the ‘Healthy Schools’ Programme, when I had the pleasure of supporting them through their action plans to achieve status. This school is fully committed to improving outcomes for the children, and the positive changes that are now taking place are having an even greater impact in this area. of Peterborough. It is an absolute joy to be a part of this school community.

Mrs Yi White

Governor Category:

Local Governor


Dates of office: 1/12/2020- 

“ I currently run my own business, working with parents in China to provide their children with a private education in the UK. This means I work with a large number of independent schools, and need to understand and explain to parents what makes a good school and provides the right start in life for their child.


Prior to this I worked as a finance manager for a Financial Advisor in London and have a Masters in Business Management and Finance.


I speak two languages and understand the challenges of being bilingual especially as my early education was in China. I also have a 5 year old daughter currently in Primary school."


Dr Lee Botrill

Governor Category:

Local Governor


Dates of office: 21/09/21– 

After periods working in Higher Education at the University of Exeter and following a short period working in the Head Offices of the Dixons Stores Group, where I realised the corporate life was not really my thing; I qualified as a teacher and moved to Peterborough in 2000. I have lived in Dogsthorpe since 2007 and am currently the Head of the Humanities Faculty and a long serving staff governor, in a local secondary school.


I first became involved with Dogsthorpe infants in 2014, when the first of my children started the school. My son and daughter went on to enjoy their time at the school immensely. As a parent, I felt it did an excellent job in identifying their individual needs and tailoring the teaching and learning they received, enabling both to get the best possible start to their formal education. At the same time it provided the care centred, school environment we were looking for as parents.


Now it is time for me to offer what I can in return, supporting the school and its staff to continue the good work and to further grow, in order to offer the best possible provision to our local community.

Mrs Sara Hemp

Governor Category:

Parent Governor


Dates of office: 6/12/21 -

Since 2002 much of my time has been spent working with educational publishers such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Pearson, Folens and independent publishing companies. I have been actively involved in the development of resources for pupils, teachers and parents for Key Stage 1&2, 3&4 and 5&6 online and in print.


For the 14 years I have run my own business locally providing website design and development services, social media marketing training. I have practiced Tae Kwon Do for nearly 20 years. As a qualified instructor, I support my local club teaching children and adults from age 4 to aged 74! I continue to train whilst working towards my 4th Degree black belt.


I have one daughter currently attending Dogsthorpe Infants school and another who has attended and benefited greatly from her educational experiences here.

Miss Toni Gattuso

Governor Category:

Staff Governor


Dates of office: 6/12/21

I am the Deputy Head teacher at Dogsthorpe Infant school and am passionate about how children learn.

I work closely with the KS1 staff and children in my role as a Learning and Teaching Manager and love teaching in class too. 

Prior to working at the school, I completed a degree and Masters in Education whilst raising three children as a single parent. I started at Dogsthorpe Infant school as a teaching assistant ready to put all the theory that I had learnt into practice! It wasn’t long before I wanted to be a fully-fledged teacher! 

I am committed to community that our school serves and believe every child deserves a positive school experience that will provide a toolkit that can be used for the future.

Mrs Tina Gardner