Who’s Who

The Chair of the governing body is Dr Kieran Walshe.

You can contact the clerk by email at hheadon@lymmhigh.org.uk or telephone 01925 755458.

Academy Governor Appointed by the Academy Trust

Dr Kieran Walshe – Re-appointed as academy trust governor for term from September 2017 to August 2021. He has been chair of the governing body since 2012, and was a parent governor from 2005 to 2013. Kieran is a parent of four children, all of whom have attended Lymm High School and he currently has one child at the school. He and his family have lived in Lymm since 2001, and he works as an academic at the University of Manchester. He is also a non-executive director of the Christie NHS Trust and a trustee of the Lymm Grammar School Trust, as the nominee of the University of Manchester. Apart from family life, his interests include ultradistance running, old cars and his allotment.

Email: Kieran.walshe@manchester.ac.uk  Telephone: 01925 759687

Foundation Governors:

Mrs Liz Green – Liz Green was elected as a parent governor in 2013, and is now a foundation governor.  Liz has recently been appointed vice-chair of the governing body. Liz was a governor at Ravenbank Primary School for 10 years, serving as Chair of Governors there for 8 years. In 2013 Liz was designated a National Leader of Governance. She has 2 sons; one who attended LHS and is now in his final year at Birmingham University and the other in Year 10. She has lived in Lymm for 18 years. As a Speech and Language Therapist in Salford for 19 years, Liz led a variety of government funded projects and staff, supporting children in schools and training education personnel. She has since published several resource books for teachers and parents. Liz is Youth Overseer at her church in Manchester and also Non Executive Chair of a small software company. Apart from family life, Liz also enjoys singing in a local choir.

Email: liz@evisionservices.co.uk     Telephone: 01925 755058

Ms Rebecca Knowles – Elected as a parent governor in 2009, Rebecca is now a foundation governor and has been vice-chair of the governing body since 2012.  She is a former pupil of Lymm Grammar School and lives in Grappenhall. Her two older children were educated at Lymm High School and her younger son is a current student.  She is a borough and parish councillor in Warrington and a non-practising solicitor. Her interest in school governance is longstanding; she has worked with other local schools since 1994 as a local authority and community representative.  Her other activities and interests mainly centre around music, politics and culture.

Email: rebecca.knowles4@virgin.net     Telephone: 01925 600655

Mrs Kath Buckley – Kath currently serves on the full governing body, is a Trustee and is Vice Chair of the Curriculum and Standards committee. She has served on a variety of school governing bodies and PTAs at both secondary and primary level. Most recently she has been a Chair of Governors for ten years for a Warrington primary school. Kath’s background is in industry and education. She has been an acting Head of a secondary school in Warrington and has been a Deputy Headteacher in both Warrington and Wigan. She was also the Senior Secondary Advisor for Wigan authority.

Cllr Sheila E Woodyatt – Sheila has been a governor for 40 years and has a very long association with what is now Lymm High School. Sheila and her husband are former pupils, and their 4 children were all former pupils, and they now have 2 grandsons and a granddaughter in school. For many years Sheila has been a Trustee of the Lymm Grammar School Trust which owns Ty’n-y-Felin, and she is Chairman of the Trustees. In her professional life Sheila was a Primary School teacher for more than 20 years and education has always been one of her main interests. She was elected to Lymm Parish Council in 1979, Warrington Borough Council in 1983 and also served on Cheshire County Council for 9 years until Warrington became a Unitary Authority. During that time she has served on all the committees relating to Education from pre- school to higher education. For 6 years she was Warrington Borough Council’s Lead member for Children and Young People’s Services. Presently Sheila is the Conservative Spokesman for Children and Young People’s Services and vice Chairman of the Looked After Children’s Forum. She is a member of St Peter’s Church, Chairman of the Warrington and District Citizens Advice Bureau, a member of the executive committee of the Warrington Visually Impaired Peoples’ Society (formerly The Warrington and Widnes Blind Society), Chairman of Mission in the Economy Warrington and a member of Lymm Clothing Charity. Sheila was Mayor of Warrington in 2000 to 2001 and was awarded an MBE in 2000 for services to the community in Cheshire.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, doing puzzles, playing with her 7 grandchildren and listening to classical music. Sheila and her husband enjoy river cruises and visiting Crete.

Fr Micheal Burgess – Fr Michael has been a Foundation Governor since 2012 and serves on the Staff & Student Wellbeing committee.

Parent Governors:

Mrs Nicola Woodyatt – Nicola Woodyatt took the position of parent governor in Nov 2011 and is Vice-Chair of the Buildings & Facilities committee.  She has two boys at the school, representing the third generation of the Woodyatt family to be educated there. She is a Forensic Scientist by profession, currently holding the role of quality manager at a Forensic Services Provider in the North West.

Mrs Julia Graham – Julia was elected as a parent governor in February 2011 and is currently a member of the Staff & Student Wellbeing committee and Curriculum & Standards committee.  

Mr Ingolf Kirsten – Ingolf Kirsten was elected as a parent governor in October 2015. He lives in Lymm and his eldest daughter is at Lymm High School. Ingolf has a degree in Physics and works in nuclear engineering at the Birchwood business park, where he leads teams or projects. As a father of five, he is often busy as dad’s taxi. Ingolf used to be a governor at a primary school some years ago.

Email: inkirsten@gmail.com     Telephone: 07879 565642

Mr David Hester – David joined the Governing body in November 2016. He has a daughter that joined the school in September 2016. David’s family have been resident in Lymm since 2003 and have another daughter at primary school. David has been a parent governor at Oughtrington Community Primary School since 2010. He is a member of the, Finance, Pay and Personnel committees. He has been serving as the chair of governors since September 2014. Following completion of a Management Degree, David began his career in financial services in Manchester in 1999, he subsequently went on to establish his own firm in 2006 and is a qualified independent financial adviser. In addition to his professional life David is a keen runner and swimmer.

Mrs Emma Hutchison – Emma joined as a parent governor in December 2016.  She has 2 boys, one already at Lymm High and one who will join in 2017.   Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, Emma spent 8 years at BT in various finance roles before the family moved abroad, then relocating to Lymm in 2013.  Currently Head of Finance at a software company, Emma is vice chair of the Finance Committee.  Emma enjoys cooking, walking, and spending time with her family, though is a reluctant ‘football Mum’.

Staff Governors:

Mrs Ruth Ball – Ruth is Head of the Lymm High School’s Student Services Team, elected as Support Staff Governor in 2011. Ruth has a strong pastoral focus, having amassed experience working in a teaching and learning context building good relationships across the staff team and different subject areas providing a broad knowledge base. Ruth has established trust working with students and parents and members of the community in her role within in Student Services and is proud to support the welfare, progress and achievement of the school community. She enjoys the scope given to build and foster new initiatives such as The Princes Trust, Nurture Groups and the Allotment Project. Ruth has the benefit of experiencing Lymm High School from the perspective of a parent, having three of her own children attend Lymm High school and move successfully onto University. Apart from family life, interests include the Arts, Literature and Music.

Email: rball@lymmhigh.co.uk     Telephone: 01925 755458 ext 258

Community Governors:

Mr Len Davies – Retired teacher of 38 years, all spent at Lymm High School. All 3 children came through the school via Statham Primary. He still lives in the village with his wife Rachel – another ex-student of the then Lymm Grammar School. Rachel and Len are passionate about Ty’n-y-Felin and that students and staff are encouraged to use the facility as often as possible. Len is still involved with rugby, being Chairman of the North of England U18’s, a vice president at Lymm RFC and still helps out with teams at school when required.

Mr Adrian Gare – Elected as a community governor in 2013. He is chair of the Finance and Audit committee and linked to Moreton Hall. Adrian is a qualified chartered accountant and currently holds a number of senior finance roles within industry and practice. He has a son in year 12 and a daughter in year 10. In his spare time Adrian is a keen runner and golfer and also is an avid supporter of Stoke City FC.

Mr Simon French – Simon French is a Community Governor and Link Governor for the Technology faculty.  He previously served as a Parent Governor, originally joining the Governing body in 2005.  He has three children, the youngest of which is currently in year 9, the older two having passed through Lymm High School in recent years.  He has lived in and around Lymm for the last 30 years excluding a period in the Far East in the late 90’s and works as Technical Director for an International Technology company employing several former pupils from Lymm High School.  Outside of work Simon’s interests include Motorsport, the Lake District and pottering around in the garden.

Dr Christine McLean – Parent Governor since December 2012, Christine was elected as a Community Governor this year.  Christine has one child in Year 12 and one in Year 10. Christine’s specific link roles as a governor within Lymm High School include curriculum and special educational needs.  Christine is currently chair of the Curriculum & Standards committee and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. She is also a lecturer in Organizational Analysis at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester and has conducted research into the Local Management of Schools Initiative and Personal Finance Education. Finally, as a part qualified accountant, she has previously worked for The Body Shop in an internal audit role and has worked in other public and private sector industries.

Email: chris.mclean@manchester.ac.uk