Governors

Simon Thain

Chair of Governors

Role: Community Governor I am currently the Chair of Governors. I became a Parent Governor in November 2003, when my daughter was in Year 2. I was elected Vice Chair in October 2005 and Chair in May 2007. I am also Chair of the Resource Committee. I regularly pop into School. Background: I was born in Enfield, North London and attended Sheffield University from 1986 to 1990 obtaining a Masters Degree in Civil & Structural Engineering. I have been living in Chorley since 1991 and worked on a variety of Civil Engineering Projects throughout the UK. These include the Metrolink Extension from Salford Quays to Eccles, Rail Station improvements, BT Infrastructure works, widening the M6 near Preston, improving the Original M4 Severn Crossing Bridges and various Highway Improvements & Maintenance Schemes. I have been looking after the motorways in the Northwest since 2001 and I am responsible for keeping them safe and running smoothly, even during winter. When accidents do happen, I ensure they are cleared up as quickly as possible so that any delays are kept to a minimum. Interests: I enjoy walking, reading, motor sport, D.I.Y., football, gardening, golf and especially holidaying in Greece. I even took evening lessons from 2007 to 2010 to learn Greek. As they say in Greece “Yaah Sas” - which means hello and also goodbye. Business Interest: Network Manager for Balfour Beatty, a Civil Engineering Company My role is Network Manager.

Carol Johnson

Vice Chair of Governors

Carol Johnson Role: Community Governor I have been a Community Governor at Gillibrand for 5 years. I am Vice Chair of the Governing body, Chair of the Curriculum Committee and the Governor with responsibility for children with Additional Needs at Gillibrand. I see my role as a Governor as being a supportive friend to the children, all the staff and parents at Gillibrand so that the school meets the needs and educational aspirations of all those involved in the school. Background. I am a retired high school teacher. I trained as a PE/English specialist but spent most of my career as a teacher and Faculty Manager of children with a wide range of Additional Needs in high schools. Interests. I have two young grandchildren who I like to spend time with and who remind me how tiring but worthwhile looking after young children can be! I spend time gardening, reading and walking my dog. I am an avid Wigan Warriors fan. I also work as a volunteer case worker for the teacher's union I belonged to as a teacher. Business Interest: Retired High School Teacher (SENCo)

Julia Kerfoot

Co-opted Governor

Role Co opted Governor I have been a Governor at Gillibrand for one year. During that time I have participated in Governor training with Lancashire County Council. I am a member of the Curriculum Committee with a special interest in Science. Background I retired from teaching in the 11 to 16 sector in December 2009 after 36 years having taught in several schools in different local towns. I was a Science teacher with a special interest in Biology. My major management roles were Careers Coordinator (I have a specialist qualification in this area acquired during my service), Able and Talented Co-ordinator and a responsibility for Health and Safety in Science. Interests I enjoy travelling, reading, cooking, my involvement at Gillibrand and following my immediate and extended families route through education. Business Interest: Retired Teacher

Jeanette Garwood

Teacher governor

Role Teacher Governor I have been teacher governor at Gillibrand for the past 4 years and I have recently begun my second term. Background: I have been a primary school teacher for 17 years and have taught across all of the Key Stage 2 age range. I have been at Gillibrand for the last 14 years and during my time here, I have taken on various roles. I am currently Key Stage Two leader, Science and History subject leader and mentor for child care students. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and I thoroughly enjoy my job. No two days are the same and the satisfaction I get from seeing the small and big achievements of the children is unbelievable. Interests In my spare time I enjoy a range of activities. My main passion is reading and I always have a book on the go. I enjoy the theatre, comedy shows and watching live music. I also love to spend time with my son and other family members. Business Interest: Member of SLT at Gillibrand Primary

Louise Robertson

Parent Governor

Role: Parent Governor newly elected to the board. Background: I am originally from South Shields but have lived in Chorley for the past 13 years. I am a qualified primary school teacher currently teaching in Year 1 at a large school in Preston. I completed my teacher training at Liverpool John Moores University over 20 years ago and have been lucky enough to teach in both key stages and most year groups. My role in school includes being responsible for leading English and I am a Specialist Leader of Education for English and phonics. In my role as Governor I will serve on the curriculum committee and I am hoping my first-hand knowledge of teaching will benefit the school and children. I have two children who attend Gillibrand Primary, my youngest just starting this year. My interests include having as much fun as I can with my family as well as cooking, swimming and football. I am a keen football fan who reluctantly gave up my season ticket for SAFC when I left the North East for Lancashire. I also love travelling and have been fortunate enough to visit many places in the world, though I find nowhere compares to the Cornish coastline. Business Interest: Key Stage One English Subject Leader Queens Drive Primary School.

Michael McNulty

School Governor

Role: Co-opted Governor Background: I have lived in Chorley all my life going to school at St Joseph's followed by Holy Cross High School. I have served nearly seventeen years as a Police Officer with Greater Manchester Police in various ranks and roles. I have recently taken a new career path starting my own business as a mechanic which has always been a passion of mine. My role within the Governors is serving on the curriculum committee. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, playing music and working on my hand built car. I have two children one of which is still at Gillibrand Primary School. From the first moment my wife and I entered Gillibrand we knew that it was the school to teach our children and have been nothing but impressed ever since. Business interests; Self employed mechanic.

Sandra Gallagher

Co-opted Governor

ROLE: Co-opted governor. I have lived in the Chorley areas for 40 years and have 4 children and 2 grandchildren with another due imminently! When my children were growing up I was a volunteer at Derian House Children's Hospice which was very rewarding. As I like dogs I have strong ties with the Guide Dog for the Blind association having puppy walked, boarded and re homed Labradors for them over many years. I have worked within the NHS for over 20 years. Recently being made redundant from my role as Audit Manager, I am currently working in the Urgent Care Centre at Chorley Hospital. Hobbles include family time, practising yoga, walking, reading and traveling. I am looking forward to assisting with the Year 6 pupils. Business interests: NHS

Helen Partington

Co-opted Governor

Role: Co-opted governor, Background: I’m originally from Burton-On-Trent but have lived in the North West for 25 years since attending Lancaster University in the 1990s. In 1997 I accepted a teaching position at Parklands High School as a teacher of Religious Education and have spent the last 20 years working at Parklands getting to know a great variety of pupils and carers. I’m currently an Assistant Head teacher with a responsibility for Teaching and Learning as well as having an overview of the professional development of colleagues including new staff. As a teacher I’m passionate about the rights of children and understand the difference and excellent education can make to lives. Outside of work I spend a lot of time watching sport including supporting my adopted team of Bolton wanderers and enjoy walking my very excitable Jackapoo. Business interest: SLT Parklands High School.

Louise Docker

Co- opted Governor

I am a co-opted governor at Gillibrand Primary School. I have worked in broadcasting for 15 years across television, radio and online and spent the last ten years making programmes for children. I have worked across a variety of website campaigns, which range from encouraging children to design a computer game to being inspired by classical music. I work in a creative environment and work closely with primary and secondary school pupils to ensure programmes I am making are both informative and enjoyable. I grew up in Lancashire, moved to London with work and spent 11 years there and have lived for the past 7 years in Chorley with my husband and two children aged 4 and 2. The elder having started school last September and the younger being in nursery. I like to spend as much of my free time as possible with my family and make the most of our weekends together, with days out and trips to local parks. Despite my busy schedule, I like to keep fit and still find time to visit the gym several times a week.

Ashley Clayton

Ex officio governor
Head teacher