Meet Our Management Committee

Kate Yarbo


Chair of Management Committee

Kate became a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1992 and qualified as a Systemic/Family Therapist in 1996. Kate set up and registered The Ryes in 2011 with the aim of providing outstanding, nurturing Education 

James Fischer II


Area of Responsibility: Safeguarding, provision of Information

James has held many senior positions throughout his career, leading on Safeguarding and ensuring Government Standards are implemented.  "Holding leaders to account and being clear about our expectations for young people at Ryes Education is paramount. As we know, we choose these roles to make sure the children feel safe and appreciated by the adults they come into contact with when  in our  schools."

Ian Claybourn 

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Area of Responsibility: Personal Development

Ian has worked as a registered mental health nurse since 1988. More recently he has worked at director level in services providing adult mental health care and children’s services. He is passionate about the education that children receive and has a desire to ensure that every child gets the best possible education and opportunities to succeed in life.

Carly Priest


Area of Responsibility: Finance & GDPR

Carly joined our team here at The Ryes in September 2020.  As well as covering the company finances and having good business acumen, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge in relation to GDPR.

Des Reynolds


Area of Responsibility: Quality of Education

Des worked as a Teacher and Head Teacher in both the mainstream and specialist education sectors for over 20 years. Although now retired from education, Des brings a wealth of experience and commitment to educating vulnerable children.  These days, when not serving on the Management 
Committee, Des spends his time as Director of a number of not for profit enterprises, most often related to community Theatre and the Arts.