Meet Our Governors
Mr Neil Heyes - Chair
I joined the Governing Body at Christ Church School in 2009 and since then I have been a Local Authority Governor, a co-opted member and a Foundation Governor. 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 after my daughter left Christ Church School in 2021 for the first time in 13 years I don’t have a child in our school.
I have found being a Governor hard-work, but enjoyable and rewarding at the same time. I was elected Chair of Governors in 2021.
Mr Mark Abbott - Vice-Chair
I joined the Governing Body over 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 position 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 staff since 2000 and 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 particular responsibility for Online safety in school and maintain the policy and monitor adherence. I have worked across the school in my role as HLTA, teaching and supporting in many classes and I am Pastoral lead across the school. I 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 about 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 29 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 who is in year 11 now and Charlie who has recently graduated from university and is now a qualified Biomedical scientist . I now have experience of all the stages of education and the importance of lifelong learning.
Mr Andy Graham
I am looking forward to playing an active role as a parent governor. My son is currently in Year 6, 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.
Mr Rob Macleod
I have 2 children at Christ Church School (currently in Y3 and Y6) 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.
Ms Kerrie Norman
I have joined as a parent governor in 2021 in the first term of my daughter starting Reception. I left Australia as a teenager with a backpack and told mum I’d be back in six weeks. She’s still waiting for me to return, more than twenty years later.
I trained as a civil engineer and have a masters degree in law. I run a small civil engineering and project management firm in Liverpool and have delivered more than fifty school and college rebuilds.
I wanted to join the Governing Body to help support the school maintain their strong standards and encourage collaboration with others.