Please find below information about all of the members of our Governing Body.
I am delighted to have recently joined the Governing Body here at St. Philip’s as a Parent Governor and currently sit on the Curriculum Committee. My wife Denise and I have had close links with the school since 2002. Having had three children already go through the school, our two youngest daughters now also attend. I started my career in financial services, spending over 17 years in the industry. For the past 15 years I have run my own garden design, maintenance and landscaping business. I am committed to making a positive contribution to all of our children’s education.
Ian Critchley (Vice Chair)
I am originally from St. Helens but have lived in Great Sankey for over 10 years and i am serving as Vice Chair for the third year. I am currently Principal at The Grange Academy in Runcorn which is an all through school for children aged 3-16. Prior to this I worked at Wade Deacon High School for 13 years and held numerous roles; latterly the role of Vice Principal. I am also the Vice Chair of the management committee at The Bridge School, a local Pupil Referral Unit (PRU). I have completed an MA in Educational Leadership, NPQH and I am a qualified SENDCo. I am married and have two children who attend St. Philip’s, which they really enjoy. I have a real passion for education and believe that every child should have the best teachers and opportunities, in a safe and secure environment, to enable them to reach their full potential. I am proud to serve and support such an excellent school and I am grateful for the opportunities they provide to the children.
I was elected to the Governing Body in April 2016 as a Parent Governor. I have two children who attend the school. My position as a HR Business Partner within a multi-national organisation has provided me with extensive experience dealing with diverse issues with confidentiality, integrity and discretion.
I enjoy my role as Parent Governor as I believe I play an active part in shaping the direction of the school and in doing so, help to provide the best possible environment for our children to develop.
My name is Lynne Davidson and I am in my second term as Staff Governor. I have been teaching for almost twenty years, having taught previously in a school in Manchester for three years, then here at St Philip’s ever since. I love working at St Philip’s as the staff and the pupils are so hardworking and supportive. In fact, I love it so much that my own son attends the school too! I have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team for the last ten years and I am also Assistant Head Teacher in Key Stage Two, a job which I really enjoy as I have the opportunity to work with our Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, governors and staff to help shape the future of our school.
My name is June Dunning and I am a Church Governor. I am the Local Missional Leader for St Philip’s church. In a former life I was a teacher for 37 years. I am married with a son who is a journalist.
My career has been in social care, as a qualified social worker since 1973, and was employed for over 32 years by St Helens Council until my retirement in April 2011. I have held a variety of managerial roles in both children’s and adult services, including day and supported living services for adults with learning/physical disabilities and elderly people with dementia. Latterly, I was seconded to lead staff training and public awareness for the emerging personalisation agenda in social care. During my career I was a Visiting Lecturer at John Moores and Chester University, and also a Magistrate in Warrington for over 10 years.
Since retirement I have taken a keen interest in community issues. I have been a Parish Councillor for the Burtonwood and Westbrook Ward since 2011 and am their representative on the Warrington Public Rights of Way Forum as well as via my Governor position at St Philip’s. The former reflects my leisure interests in fell walking, I also have a keen interest in cycling, music, reading, current affairs and gardening. I am a Public Governor with the Bridgewater NHS Trust.
I am Vice Chair of LiveWire and also Chair of ‘Westbrook & Callands Communities’, a group of residents working closely with LiveWire to develop a Neighbourhood Hub at Westbrook Library. I was the Co-ordinator of the successful ‘Westbrook Big Party’ at Gulliver’s World in June 2016 where St Philip’s Choir were well received by an attendance of over 1800.
I am married with two adult children and close family ties and feel privileged to enjoy an active role as Granddad to two children at St Philip’s.
Cllr Judith Guthrie
I am a Borough Councillor representing Westbrook and a retired Nurse and University Lecturer. I have many years of teaching experience and have lived in Westbrook for over 28 years. As a Mum and Grandmother of children who attended and still attend St Philip’s, I am very appreciative of the work that Governors do. I want the best education for all of St Philip’s pupils and as a Governor will make sure that this happens.
I joined the Governing Body in early 2017 and I am honoured to be part of an excellent and committed governing body, that share the schools behaviours and values. My wife and I have three boys at the school and our twin daughters will start in 2019. Since our eldest son started school I have always been keen to be part of the educational system. I was a Governor at his previous school in the UK and I was also part of the PTA during our years living in California in the USA.
I am the Managing Director of my own management consultancy practice which I founded in 2007 after a long career in marketing, publishing and events. I am also Chairman of a large events agency based in Manchester.
I joined the Governing Body in February 2017 as a Foundation Governor. I have a son and daughter, both now adults and a granddaughter who attends the school.
After university, I worked in the IT industry for 34 years for retail, financial and software companies, but when my granddaughter was born I wanted to spend more time with her so now work as a customer advisor at United Utilities. I enjoy playing touch rugby, knitting, sewing, DIY and taking on new interests. I welcome the opportunity to help and support all those involved with St Philip’s in any way I can.
Kate Strickland-Wright (Chair)
I am now in my third year as Chair of Governors at St Philip’s and my seventh year as a governor. During this time I have seen and been involved in the development of the school to what it is today and am honoured to lead the board in their duties and support the hard-working and committed staff. Volunteering in my role as Chair, to seek the best outcome for each and every pupil at St Philip’s, is a privilege that I enjoy and value. I currently have two children at the school.
My work experience is varied. After University I spent a decade managing an Architects and CDMC Practice, working closely on building projects up to £5 million. This role involved all financial, staff oversight and international stakeholder management. When I had my first child I took a part-time role and became a Manager at a FTSE 100 – United Utilities, managing onshore teams. I later stopped my commercial work when my second child was born. I recently returned to work as the National Development Officer for Pause for Hope at Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
I have held volunteer posts for the last 18 years for numerous charities and am currently a Trustee for the Fred Pendlebury Legacy Trust
I’m the vicar with responsibility for St Philip’s Westbrook (and also St Paul’s Penketh). . I used to work as a children’s and youth worker in south Manchester and have been a governor in a community school in North Manchester. I’m really enjoying getting to know St Philip’s school and look forward to building on our church/school partnership. When I’m not doing vicar stuff I’m a keen hill walker & lead regularly for the Manchester 20s and 30s group.
Jacqui Wightman (Headteacher)
I joined St Philip’s as Headteacher in January 2015, having been a Headteacher at three previous primary schools. I have a First Class Honours Degree in Mathematics and an extensive and varied teaching background. I have lived in the local community for over twenty years and have a granddaughter who attends our school – she thinks it is amazing! I enjoy my role as Headteacher of St Philip’s immensely as we are blessed with a committed, hardworking staff, wonderful pupils, supportive parents and strong links with our church. It is a huge privilege to contribute towards shaping the successful future of our school aided by a highly effective governing body.
I have over 32 years experience in Education, and taught at Wade Deacon High School, where I worked as Assistant Headteacher. I then moved into Education Consultancy, focusing on developing aspiring leaders and driving school improvement in Secondary, Primary and Special Schools across the North of England. I am currently mentoring candidates who are working towards their National Professional Qualifications. As a Governor of St Philip School, I am committed to driving school improvement, enabling all pupils to reach their true potential.
I am very pleased to have joined the Governing Body as Foundation Governor. I have lived in the local community all of my life. I have two children who both attend St Philips. Both children thoroughly enjoy attending the school and are both making great progress in their educational and social development. I studied Law at University and my experience gained from working in the Legal Profession has enabled me to develop many interpersonal and professional skills, which I hope will be a real asset to the Governing Body. This is my first appointment as a School Governor and I am really looking forward to working alongside the other Governors and the exciting challenges the role will bring.