Meet Our Governors

Mr Stuart Jackson - Chair
I became a Community Governor in 2013 and Chair of Governors in 2017, after previously being a Foundation Governor for six years. As Chair it is important that I attend all meetings of the two important committees - Finance & Resources and Standards & Effectiveness Committees.

I also serve on the Head Teacher Appraisal Committee and the Appointments, Pupil Discipline and Complaints Review Committees. I meet regularly with the Head Teacher every Friday afternoon.

Now retired, I was a Head Teacher of two primary schools in Bolton and then worked in the Education Department of Bolton LEA.

For nearly 30 years I served as a Magistrate, firstly on the Bolton Bench and then on the Ormskirk Bench.

I am a committed member of Christ Church Aughton and very committed to our 7 grandchildren! Two of them attend our primary school so don’t hesitate to approach me when I’m either bringing them to or collecting them from school if you wish to know more about the workings of an excellent Governing Body.

Mr Mark Abbott - Vice-Chair
I joined the Governing Body nearly 20 years ago as a LEA governor and I am presently the Vice- Chair of the board. I am a member of the Resource & Finance and Appraisal & Pay committees.

I became a governor as I wanted to give something back to the community. I have many interests which include Military History, collecting medals and being an Officer in a school Combined Cadet Force.

Mr David Kennedy - Headteacher
As Headteacher of Aughton Christ Church C of E Primary School, it gives me great privilege to serve our school community through my positon on the Governing Body. I have enjoyed many years as both a staff governor and an observer on governing bodies in two different schools giving me valuable experience of school finance, policies, building projects and accountability. I especially enjoy the opportunity to work as part of a body which strategically plans to move the school forward for the benefit of all children.

My experience in education over the last 15 years clearly supports this role. My experiences include class teaching across Key Stages one and two, leading on assessment, creativity, curriculum design and curriculum projects, supporting other schools in consultancy roles and leading projects locally, nationally and internationally with other educational establishments.

Outside of school, along-side spending time with my wife and two young children, I especially enjoy art, music, sport and the outdoors. These areas often support my work in school and contribute to my knowledge of education when supporting the governing body in its strategic role.

Miss Clare Geeson
I have been a member of the governing body since 2012. As a staff governor I have a unique insight into the activities of the school, bringing to the governing body an understanding of the school’s ethos and culture as well as a close, professional knowledge of its strengths and weaknesses. Staff must have a voice on the governing body so that they can contribute, in partnership with other governors, to the strategic development of the school.

I am a member of the Standards and Effectiveness Committee which focuses on driving forward the changes and development to the school curriculum, progress and attainment.

Mrs Heather Croft
I have been a member of the governing body since 2013. As a co-opted governor I have been appointed by the governing body on the basis that I have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. I have worked across the school in my role as HLTA teaching and supporting in many classes. I also manage the school website keeping it up-to-date with the events that the children are involved in and also ensuring that it is an effective source of information for our school.

I am a member of the Standards and Effectiveness Committee which contributes to the development of the school curriculum.

Mrs Debbie Clark
I initially became a Parent governor in 2010. This is now my third term of office as I was co-opted, I became a governor to help give back some of the support we have received as a family with our two children coming through Christ Church. I am a head teacher of a Nursery School in Liverpool. I have been teaching for 26 years and have a special interest in Early Years and Special Educational Needs and I hold additional post graduate qualifications in these areas.

I have experience in HR, budget management, curriculum planning, facilities management and leading training, among many other skills it takes to lead staff team and a family at home! I am currently part of the resources committee and the SEND governor. My spare time is taken up with our children Meg 12 and Charlie 18 who has recently started university. - enjoying their very busy social calendars!

Mr Neil Heyes
I joined the Governing Body at Christ Church School in 2009 as a Local Authority Governor and am now a co-opted member. Since joining I have been a member of the Finance and Resources Committee. As a self-employed Optician, I began with little knowledge of running a school. However I found my local business experience was helpful in the Finance and Resources Committee.

I originally volunteered as a Governor after my son started school and my daughter is currently a student. I have found it to be hard-work, but enjoyable and rewarding at the same time.

Dr. David Dennison
I was born in Ormskirk and live quite close to our school.  I am an active member of Christ Church Aughton where I am a Deputy Warden.

I began my teaching career at Formby High then moved on to become the head of biology/science at Hutton Grammar School Preston. Between 1989 and 1995 I served as Headmaster of Archbishop Temple Preston before moving to St Margaret’s Liverpool.  Since retirement in 2013 I have been an Associate Principal of two large schools and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Liverpool Hope University.

I am a member of the Liverpool Diocesan Board of Education and also serve on the DSSAC and the HE sub-committee. I am also a Liverpool Diocesan Trustee and Governor of Lathom High Skelmersdale and Trustee of St Michael's Church of England High School, Crosby. 

Mr Andy Graham
I am looking forward to playing an active role as a parent governor. My son is currently in Year 4, and I am particularly pleased to be able to give something back to our amazing school. Right from the first time I came to look around the school, as a prospective parent, I have been impressed at how friendly and caring the feel of the school is, as  well as the academic ethos. I look forward to helping in any small way to further support this.

I am a community pharmacist and I am used to working with complex information in a methodical way, whilst acting with compassion, hopefully this will help me with my work, as a governor. I also have 24 years experience working with young people through the local Boys Brigade Company and in my spare time enjoy watching football, cricket and the outdoors.

Miss Rachel Ironside
My daughter is in Year 4 and as a former pupil of the school myself I am excited to join as a parent governor.  I have seen many exciting developments and changes over the years and am keen to take an active part in supporting the schools future.  I am a primary teacher and have taught across foundation stage, KS1 and KS2, mostly in an inner city school in Liverpool.  I currently work as an Early Years teacher across the West Lancashire Cluster of Children's Centres.  I have a varied role working with babies, children and families, supporting and advising the attached nurseries and managing the Early Years’ team.  I have a particular interest in early speech and language development and developing outdoor learning.   By joining the governors, I am hoping to be able to give something back and to take an active part in the exciting future of the school.

Miss Anna Wormleighton
I am fortunate to have two children attending this fantastic school and I am excited to join the Governing Body as a Parent Governor. As a Parent Governor I will be dedicated to supporting and maintaining the school’s high standards, working with the Governing Body to make strategic decisions to inspire and enable every child to fulfil their potential. I believe a child’s primary education is vital in nurturing and developing fundamental life skills and later academic achievements. Giving children an environment where they are happy can pave the way for kindness, consideration, independence, strength and achievement.

Professionally I am a freelance Graphic & Web Design Consultant. Working daily with web technologies and computers highlights to me the importance of ICT in education and the security and awareness that must go with it.

I have previously volunteered as a Teaching Assistant in another local school.

Mr Rob Macleod

I have 2 children at Christ Church School (currently in Y2 and Y5) and this has given me the exciting opportunity to be appointed as a Parent Governor. As a new member of the Governing Body my intention is to learn as much as I can about the role as soon as I can which will then allow me to actively contribute to the excellent work that has been ongoing, and the exciting new projects that will no doubt arise.

My professional experience includes many different fields from technology and project management consultancy to the sports and event organising business - and I hope this wide and varied knowledge will allow me to be an effective Governor who can assist in continuing the great work that the Governing Body has already undertaken to help make Christ Church School a place that our children can learn and grow in a positive environment.

Mrs Jenny Roberts

I was delighted to join the Governing Body as parent of governor in October 2018. I have 2 children in our fantastic school  who are benefitting from a great experience and I will enjoy the opportunity to be able to give something back to the school.  As a new member, I will be learning as much as possible so that I can contribute to the excellent work and high standards which are in place in our school.  

I have worked in leadership roles in Finance and HR across several industry sectors over the last 20 years and hope that these skills will benefit the strategic role of the Governing Body.

Rev'd Sarah O'Donoghue

As Vicar of Christ Church Aughton since 2019 I am keen to ensure the long-standing partnership between our church and school remains strong. I am passionate about supporting Christian values and offering support to families in our community.

Having served as Chair of Governors and as an ex teacher I am committed to supporting the staff and pupils in maintaining high standards of Education within a caring Christian community. I visit school weekly to lead collective worship and support the Religious Education Curriculum.

I hope that all who attend our school will know that Christ Church is also their church and that they are always welcome. 

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