Governor Biographies

Governor Biographies April 2017

Debbie Gould – Foundation Governor (Chair)

I have been involved with St Michael’s school since my first child began attending the nursery in September 2003 and I have been a governor since 2005. I started as a parent governor but became a foundation governor in my current term of office. I acted as Vice Chair for over 6 years until I became Chair of Governors in June 2015. My eldest son is now in Year 12 and my youngest is currently in year 7. I am a regular worshipper at St Michael’s church and I am one of a team of Sunday school teachers.

Away from St Michael’s I work part time as a Highly Specialist Speech and Language therapist in clinics and schools across Warrington. The children I support have a range of speech, language and communication difficulties including conditions such as cleft palate. My experience working in many different primary schools has helped me appreciate the commitment of our teachers and understand the challenges they can face. As a committed governor, I strive to support and challenge the school staff to deliver the best possible education to all of our children.

Ruth Boyd- Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor, currently in the third year of my first term of office. I sit on two committees: Pupil Progress and Curriculum, and Pay, Personnel and Performance Management. I am the link Governor for Literacy. I have three children at St. Michael’s school.

Kate Rackham – Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor and my elder daughter is currently in Reception class at St Michael’s. I qualified as a primary school teacher in 2005, and am currently working as a Senior Computing Consultant, supporting numerous primary schools across Greater Manchester with the implementation of Computing. I am a regular worshipper at St Michael’s church and am a member of the Sunday school team.

Emma Bailey – Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor since 2008 and have am in my second term of office. Both of my children attended St. Michael’s and are now at high school. I currently sit on the Admissions committee, Pupil Progress progress & Curriculum committee, the Performance Management committee and I am the named governor for science . I am a regular worshiper at St. Michael’s and part of the Sunday school team and that I am a Teaching Assistant at a school in Trafford.

Cathy Prole – Staff Governor

I am the teacher governor; it is my role to provide a class teacher’s perspective on the governing body. I qualified as a teacher in 1991 and have taught in a variety of primary and secondary settings in Birmingham, Stockport, Trafford and even 3 schools in Tanzania. I have been employed at St. Michael’s Primary school since January 2004, and as Deputy since September 2013. My personal link with the school is that my daughter (who is now in her final year at secondary school) attended the Juniors at St Michael’s School.

Lynda Sandbach – Diocesan Governor

I serve on the Governing Body of St. Michael’s C. E. (Aided) Primary school as a Diocesan Governor, which means the Diocese, as their representative, elected me. My role is to provide a link between the two bodies and ensure effective communication takes place.

I serve as the Chair of the Admissions Committee and I am the Faith link governor.

I am employed by St. Michael’s School as a school secretary in a job share role, working four days a week. I worship at St. Michael’s Church and my links with the school go back along way as both my grown up children where educated there.

Chris Gallagher – Parent Governor

I am a parent Governor, with 3 children currently attending St. Michael’s. In addition to working as part of the Full Governing Body, I chair the Finance and Buildings Committee, working with in partnership with Mrs Drayton to maximise value for money and ensure rigour over the financial affairs of the School. I am also the link Governor for Mathematics across all year groups. Having been a pupil of St. Michael’s Primary, I enjoy watching and contributing to the continued growth and development of the School.

Naomi Kinsey – Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor, currently in my second year. I sit on two committees; pupil progress and curriculum, and Finance and Buildings. I am also the link governor for special educational needs (SEN). Away from school I am an experienced teacher, working with children who have a range of emotional, social, and behavioural difficulties. I have two children at St Michael’s school.

Rachel Alves – Local Authority governor

I am the Local Authority Governor having joined in June 2017, to provide an independent perspective with a specialist focus on HR, Pay & Performance. I live in Sale and have 2 sons who attend a local primary school in Sale Moor. I have over 15 years experience in Human Resources, across a wide range of organisations in the North West, having specialised in Reward, Pay and Performance and I hold a full professional MCIPD qualification. More recently, I have changed careers to better support my family as one of my sons has SEN, and I now work with a local Apprenticeship training provider, managing the Functional Skills provision & provide bid writing and HR support. I also have significant personal experience of working with the Admissions, EHC and SEN teams at Trafford.

Cheryl Jennings – Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor (appointed by St Michael’s Parochial Church Council) since 2007 however I have had links with St Michael’s CE Primary School for over 30 years, being a pupil here myself! When I had my own children I knew there would be no better place from them than their local church primary school. I currently have two children in St Michael’s (one in each Key Stage) and I am proud to be part of the strong Christian ethos and warm, friendly atmosphere.

During my time as a Governor I have been involved in a range of different committees. I am currently on the Pay, Personnel and Performance Management Committee and the Chair’s Steering Committee. I am also the named Link Governor for Safeguarding.

In my working life I am employed as an SEN Caseworker in a neighbouring Local Authority and have also worked in Human Resources and customer services.

I am committed to the children and families of St Michael’s, with a particular interest in emotional well-being and health and in developing the diverse interests and strengths of all children, ensuring each is treated as an individual and has access to a range of opportunities.

Rev Huw Thomas – Priest in Charge

Rev Huw has been in post since August 2016. He is the link governor for sport. He has a child in St. Michael’s school.
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