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 was vice-chair of the governing body from 2012 until 2017.  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.

Rev Beverley Jameson – Rev Beverley was appointed as a Foundation Governor in January 2018 and serves on the Staff & Student Wellbeing committee. She is Rector of St Mary the Virgin in Lymm and has a keen and active interest in the community including being on the core group of Lymm Neighbourhood Plan.  She is also involved in all primary schools, being a governor of Cherry Tree Primary School.  Prior to ordination she was a Corporate Director and Deputy Chief Executive of a local authority.  She has a master’s degree in theology, as well as professional business degree level qualifications.  She was a Governor of Droitwich Spa High School in her previous parish.

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 and is Vice-Chair of the Finance & Audit committee.  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’.

Mrs Vicky Proctor – Vicky is new to the role of parent governor, experience with schools previously has been through PTA involvement.  She is a Human Resources (HR) professional with over sixteen year’s experience working across different sectors including nuclear, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, engineering and car.  With experience spanning the full HR spectrum she has expertise in the areas of change management, organisation and people development and leadership development.  For the last 6 years she has run her own HR consultancy business.  She is a Fellow of the CIPD and is a CIPD branch committee member.  Vicky lives in Grappenhall with her husband and two children, who are in Year 7 and 8.  She enjoys keeping fit and eating chocolate – a winning combination!

Mrs Lauren Thomason – Lauren has never served as parent governor before but has been involved in PTA activities at both Oughtrington Primary School and Lymm High.  Lauren has 6 years HR management experience at BAE Systems and a Masters CIPD qualification.  This has been underlined by an additional 14 years’ experience in other business functions within the engineering / defence sector.  Lauren lives in Lymm with her husband (an ex Lymm High pupil) and two children, the eldest is in Year 9 and the youngest will hopefully start LHS in September 2018.  Lauren has a love of travelling in warmer climes, a keen amateur historian and regularly attends at The Box.

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

Mr Robin Spencer – Robin became a staff governor in 2018.  A teacher of maths and former Head of Year at Lymm High School, Robin has experience teaching in Primary, Secondary and Middle Schools in both the UK and USA.  He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Durham University, a PGCE from the University of Cambridge and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and School Improvement from the University of Manchester.  A keen guitarist and rugby league fanatic, Robin was born in Warrington but spent 10 years living in Florida working in Jewish Education and running a residential Summer Camp in New York State.

Mrs Yvonne Poskitt – Yvonne became a staff governor in 2018.

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