Governor Biographies

Governor Biographies April 2017

Ruth Boyd- Foundation Governor

I am a foundation governor, currently in my second term. I am vice-chair of the governing body and also chair the Pupil Progress and Curriculum committee. I also sit on the pay, personnel and performance management committee and am the link governor for Literacy.

I am a secondary music teacher, and I am the musical director of Flixton Community Choir. I am a church organist at St. Michael’s church.

I am committed to maintaining the strong Christian ethos of the school, where every child is encouraged to reach their full potential in a safe and caring environment.

Kate Rackham – Parent Governor

I am a parent governor and my two daughters attend St Michael’s Primary School. I currently teach at a primary school in Salford, where I am English, Computing and Online Safety Lead.

Prior to my current position, I worked as a Computing Consultant, supporting numerous primary schools across Greater Manchester with the implementation of Computing across the curriculum. I am a qualified Online Safety Mark Assessor and have successfully supported schools through the accreditation process.

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 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.

Lucie Flood – Staff Governor

As staff governor it is my role to provide a class teacher’s perspective on the governing body. I have been a teacher since 2011 and have worked in 2 different schools in Trafford. I attended MMU where I studied Primary Education and completed school placements around the North West. After completing two placements at St Michael’s Primary School I knew this was the school I wanted to work at. I am passionate about science and I am proud of how I have raised the profile of science at St Michael’s through my role as Science Coordinator. I also very much enjoy my role as KS1 leader. St Michael’s is full of hardworking, devoted staff, children and parents and I am proud to be part of our happy, caring, Christian community.

Pip Williamson – Foundation Governor

Pip has a long association with St Michael’s school as her children attended some years ago. Pip also attends St Michael’s church and sings with the choir for the Christmas services.

Pip now works in education as part of a finance team covering a number of schools in the Merseyside area. She is therefore able to support the Head Teacher and Finance committee using her specialist skills and knowledge.

Pip has been a Foundation Governor since July 2017.

Chris Gallagher – Parent Governor

I am a parent governor, with 3 children currently attending St. Michael’s. As Chair of Governors I work in partnership with the Headteacher, staff and Governing Body to support the delivery of outcomes focused on teaching and learning, curriculum, and pupil development. This is all done with keen focus on maintaining the core ethos of a happy, caring, Christian School and our shared values of excellence, perseverance, care and collaboration.

Outside of School I have a 20 year career as a management consultant, which involves working with a wide variety of businesses and public sector institutions, advising on a variety of areas such as Finance, IT, Risk and Operations. This experience helps me provide effective support and oversight in relation to the broad nature of operational challenges facing Primary Schools such as finance, facilities, personnel / HR, safeguarding and admissions.

As a former pupil of St. Michael’s, I am proud to be associated with the school, and enjoy watching it grow and develop as a true community institution.

Naomi Kinsey – Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor, currently in my second term. I sit on three committees; Admissions, Pupil Progress and Curriculum, and the Finance Committee. I am also the link Governor for SEND and meet regularly with the SENCO. I am committed to ensuring that each pupil reaches their potential. My youngest child attends St Michael’s Primary School.

I am currently employed as a specialist teacher for pupils with social and communication difficulties at a local secondary school.

Rachel Alves – LA 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.

Paul Middleton – Foundation Governor

I was honoured to be elected by the PCC in 2018 for my first term of office. As a retired teacher I am looking forward to being involved in school life again. My career was spent in primary schools in Trafford and Manchester where I had managerial experience as well as having taught all primary age groups. I have attended St Michael’s Church since 1980 and am an active member the congregation. I have various Church roles including preparing prayers and assisting with Communion. I am also closely linked with the Church Eco Group. I look forward to maintaining and developing School/Church links and I am totally committed to the happiness, well being and learning of all children.

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.