Meet the Governors
Who We Are
Mrs Sarah Howard – appointed in July 2014
Sarah is currently Chair of Governors and is the Looked After Children Governor, the E-Safety and PSHEE Governor, British Values Governor, Pupil Premium Governor and the Deputy Safeguarding Governor. She is a secondary school teacher with pastoral responsibilities, a former pupil and a current parent.
Mrs Jenny Downham – appointed in March 2014
Jenny is the Safeguarding and SEND Governor. She is a retired Head of a Sixth Form College and has many years teaching experience.
Mrs Val Eustice – appointed in September 2016
Val is the Early Years Foundation Stage Governor. She is a retired Head Teacher.
Mrs Elma Hoyle – appointed in September 2016
Elma is the Link Governor and the Bury Governor Association Representative. Elma is a retired Local Authority Officer and is presently the Administrator and Treasurer of Bury Governor Association; and PCC Treasurer of St Stephen’s Church.
Elma is also a Governor at Ribble Drive Community Primary School, Whitefield.
Revd Kathy Selby – appointed in September 2016
Kathy is minister of Bolton Road Methodist Church and is formerly a teacher.
Diocesan Foundation Governor
Mr Harold Baxter – appointed in September 2013
Harold is the RE and Christian Values Governor. Harold was a British Telecomm man and boy, but is now long retired.
Revd Steve Openshaw – appointed in February 2016
Steve is Priest in Charge of St. Stephen’s Church And Christ Church, Walshaw. Prior to 2012 Steve worked in the public sector including as a senior manager in education and leading north-west education projects for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and for the Department for Education & Skills. Steve is married and has three grown up sons.
Local Authority Governor
Position currently vacant
Mr Chris Ryan – appointed in September 2015
Chris is the Numeracy Governor.
Mr Matthew Ablett – appointed in April 2016
Matthew is Vice-Chair of Governors and the Literacy Governor.
Mrs Jane Parsons – appointed in September 2016
Mrs Parsons is Head Teacher of St. Stephen’s CE Primary School
Mrs Annette Riley – appointed in September 2015
Annette currently works as a HLTA/TA in Year 1.
Mr Robert Haigh - appointed in November 2016
Robert is a Diocesan School Advisor, a SIAMS inspector and a former Secondary School Head Teacher. Robert has voting rights on the Curriculum and Staffing/Finance Committees. Robert will serve as an Associate Member of the Governing Body until December 2017.
Former Governors (2015/16)
Mrs Susan Nuttall (LA Governor)
Sue served as Chair of Governors in the summer term of 2015/16 and at the beginning of the autumn term of 2016/17.
Sue was appointed by the Local Authority in November 2012 and she stepped down in October 2016.
Mr Tony Parsons (Foundation Governor)
Tony served as Chair of Governors for two years until the summer term of 2015/16 and was Chair of the Finance/Staffing Committee. Tony also served on a number of other committees.
Tony was appointed by St. Stephen’s PCC in July 2014 and stepped down in May 2016.
Mr Harry Martin (Foundation Governor)
Harry is a former Chair of Governors and had responsibilities for Health & Safety. He also served on various committees.
Harry was appointed by St. Stephen’s PCC in July 2014 and he sadly passed away in June 2016.
Mr James Roe (Foundation Governor)
James was Chair of the Health & Safety Committee and served on various committees. James was also formerly a Parent Governor.
James was appointed in July 2014 by St. Stephen’s PCC and stepped down in August 2016.
Mrs Julia Rowlands (Head Teacher)
Mrs Rowlands was Head Teacher until January 2016 and served on the Governing Body in this role.
Ms Rachel Pars (Acting Head Teacher)
Ms Pars was Acting Head Teacher from January 2016 until August 2016 and served on the Governing Body in this role. Ms Pars was also an Associate Governor from September 2015 to January 2016 in her role as Deputy Head.