Meet the Governors

Please find below information about all of the members of our Governing Body.

Neil Brocklehurst

I joined the Governing Body here at St Philip’s as a Parent Governor in 2016 and was subsequently elected as a Foundation Governor in 2020. I currently sit on the Curriculum Committee. My wife and I have had close links with the school since 2002. Having had four children already go through the school, our youngest daughter now attends.  I started my career in financial services, spending over 17 years in the industry. For the past 19 years I have run my own garden design, maintenance and landscaping business.  I am committed to making a positive contribution to all our children’s education.

Danielle Cudjoe (Vice Chair)

I was elected to the Governing Body in April 2016 as a Parent Governor and then subsequently elected as a Foundation Governor in 2020. I have had two children attend the school, one has now moved on to high 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.

Lynne Davidson

My name is Lynne Davidson and I am in my third term as Staff Governor.  I have been teaching for over 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.  I have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team for many years and I am Assistant Head Teacher in Key Stage Two, a role 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.

June Dunning

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.

Lauren Chinnery

I have a BA Hons degree in Sports Journalism as I am a sports enthusiast. I played football and netball to a very high standard as a youngster, which I continue to play in my spare time. I also have a passion for acting and for the past 4 years I have acted in commercials, soaps and TV dramas with a lot of famous faces. One day I am a paramedic delivering a baby in Emmerdale and the next I am a shoplifter running down the cobbles in Coronation Street. For the past 13 years I have also worked in Custody for Greater Manchester Police dealing with a diverse range of adults and juveniles from all walks of life. 
I would like to thank St Philip’s in appointing me as one of the parent governors. The school were seeking someone who is passionate and enthusiastic and that pretty much sums me up as an individual and as a parent. I want the best not only for my 3 children but also for all the children who currently attend St Philip’s and for the children that will attend St Philip’s in the many years to come.  I am very happy to be part of the team that helps develop and shape St Philip’s, not only as a school but as local community. 

Clare Grimes

I started my term on the governing body in May 2020 as a foundation governor. I am Mum to three children, two of whom attend the school and one who has now moved through St Philip’s and onto high school. 

I work within the engineering sector in an environmental capacity and dedicate much of my spare time to community work, including the position of chair for the Friends of St Philip’s PTA and as the safeguarding officer and Sunday school leader of our family Church. My children very much enjoy attending St Philip’s and I look forward to being able to take a more active role in supporting the school and its leaders.

Alan Guthrie

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.

Lee Herridge

I have been a Business and Economics teacher in secondary and sixth form education for the past 13 years and have been a Head of Department for the past 7 years. Having grown up locally and worked in and around the local area all my career, I look forward to taking an active role as parent governor.  My two children have progressed massively attending the school and I am really looking forward to working alongside the governors and Head Teacher in helping to support the development of St Philips moving forwards.

Victoria McDonnell

I am delighted to have been asked to join the Governing Body, it is a real privilege to be able to contribute to the school’s future successes.  My son thoroughly enjoys attending St Philip’s and I feel blessed to be part of a school that is committed to providing a safe, supportive and fun environment in which children can grow and flourish. I have a BA Hons Degree in Business, Marketing and IT and work as Head of Marketing in a large private sector business which specialises in employee engagement.  This has provided me with extensive experience in a number of areas which will hopefully add value to my role as Governor.

Jane Pearson

I was elected as a Foundation Governor in October 2021. I have 2 children who have attended St Philip’s, one has now progressed to Secondary school and the other remains in the Juniors. My employment history of working as a Careers Adviser across schools in Merseyside and Lancashire for the last 20 years, combined with combined with specialist roles such as supporting looked after children with career progression, mean that as well as sitting on the full governing body I am also a member of the Curriculum Sub Committee. In my spare time I enjoy getting involved in my local community and am a Sunday School Leader at my Parish Church. I hope to be able to make a contribution to the future success of an already amazing school.

Sarah Peppiatt

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 20’s and 30’s group.

Lindsey Savage

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.