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 Philips 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.

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.

Danielle Cudjoe

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.

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.

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.

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  have had two children attend the school, one has now moved onto high 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 in value. 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. In 2018 I became a published author, in the UK and internationally, and am currently working on my second book. Later that year I returned to work as the National Development Officer for Pause for Hope and more recently have taken the post of Strategic Partnerships Manager for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, which is also a national role.

I have held volunteer posts for the last 19 years for numerous charities, including St Rocco’s Hospice, and am currently a Trustee for The Fred Pendlebury Legacy Trust.