Governing Body 2017/2018

Chair of Governors                             Clare Swann

Vice Chair of Governors                     David Hester           

Chair of Personnel Susan Allanson
Chair of Curriculum Joanne McLaughlin
Chair of Safeguarding Yvonne Poskitt
Chair of Pay John Duncan
Chair of Premises Geoff Hawley
Chair of Finance John Duncan
Chair of Performance Managment John Duncan
Chair of Pupil Discipline to be appointed
Complaints  to be appointed
Staff Dismissal to be appointed


Susan Allanson

have served on th School Governing Body of Ougtrington Community Primary School for over 15 years.  I am currently Chair of Personnel Committee and Vice Chair of the Finance Committee.  I am also a member of both the Pay Committee and Head Teachers Peformance Management Committee.  During my 15 years as a Governor, I have also been Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of Finance.

I am a qualified Accountant and have over 20 years of both financial and management experience in Industry and use this financial professional experience, skills and knowledge when serving as a Governor.  I also have many years of experience within the voluntary sector utilising both financial and management skills for organisations which benefit children.

I have lived in Lymm for over 20 years and have three grown up children who all attended Oughtrington Community Primary School throughout their primary years.  Initially commencing my role as a Parent Governor, I became a Community Governor when my children moved on to Secondary education.

I am committed to giving children the best possible education and am a proud member of Team Oughtrington.

Ying Ying Chen

I taught in the secondary sector for 10 years before joining the pharmaceutical industry where my main role as an area manager covered training, recruiting, and man management skills as well as sales and marketing.  I believe education is a great gift and that everyone should have the opportunity to give of their best in an environment that allows them to do so.

Helen Davison

I am a parent governor and mum of twins Tilly and Poppy.  I am busy running my own busines and am currently launching a second business with my husband.  I have been a parent governor for 12 months and am an active member of the PTA helping raise money for the school.

My hobbies including keeping fit, walking and circuits and I have just completed my first 5k programme.

I have lived in the village for most of my life and was a pupil at both Oughtrington and Lymm High.  Therefore I am extremely passionate about the school, Lymm village and its surrounding beautiful countryside.

John Duncan

I am proud of my long standing association with Oughtrington Community Primary School and have been a governor for many years.  I am currently Chair of the Finance, Pay and Performance Management Committees and a member of the Pupil Disciplinary and Staff Dismissal Committees.

Geoff Hawley

I have been a governor at Oughtrington Community Primary School for many years and am currently Chair of the Premises Committee, as well as being a member of the Finance, Staff Dismissal, Pupil Discipline and Pay Committees.  I live locally and have grandchildren who attend OCPS.

David Hester

I have been a governor at Oughtrington Community Primary School since September 2011 and have lived in Lymm since 2003.  Currently I am a member of the Finance, Pay and Personnel Committees and previously served as Chair of Governors from September 2014-October 2017.  I have also been serving as a parent governor of Lymm High School since November 2016.  Following completion of a Management Degree, I began my career in financial services in 1999 and established my own firm in 2006 as a qualified independent financial adviser.  In my spare time I am a keen runner and swimmer and also love driving.

Gill Marsland

I have had the pleasure of being the Head Teacher at Oughtrington since 2007.  We have such a wonderful school with a knowledgeable and dedicated staff and governor team, along with superb children and extremely supportive parents.  It really is a great community to work in.  We all work tirelessly to ensure that we retain and further strengthen our consistently outstanding provision for the children in our care.  As Head Teacher I am on all the governor committees.  Since 2015 I have been recognised as a LLE (Local Leader of Education) which had led to me supporting many schools within Warrington and to me being a primary consultant with Cheshire East.

Joanne McLaughlin

I am a teacher at a High School in Stockport and I have a great passion for ensuring that each child receives the best education possible.  I am currently Chair of the Curriculum Committee and a member of the Performance Management Committee.

Marie McMahon

I have been a parent governor for 2 years and I am delighted to be a member of the Curriculum Committee.

Fleur Middlebrough

I am a parent governor and currently serve on Curriculum, Finance, Performance Management and Complaints Committees.  I teach in a University and I am delighted that my children currently attend Oughtrington Community Primary School.

Howard Nicholson

I am a parent governor and am proud that my children have either attended or are still attending Oughtrington.  Due to my financial background, I am a serving member on the Finance Committee.

Laura Paddock

I am delighted to take up my first governor role at Oughtrington.  I am currently Key Stage 2 Deputy Head and I have worked at Oughtrington for 7 years.  I am passionate about helping children to achieve their full potential and ensuring they have the best opportunities to succeed.  I am really looking forward to continuing to support and develop school in my role as a staff governor.

Yvonne Poskitt

I have been connected to Oughtrington Community Primary School for numerous years which my grown up children attended during their primary years.  As I work in the education sector, I feel that my skills and knowledge serve me well as a governor at OCPS.  I am Chair of the Safeguarding Committee and I am also a member of Curriculum, Personnel, Staff Dismissal, Pupil Discipline, Pay and Performance Management Committees.

Karen Rurlander

I have been priviledged to have been on our governing body for over 11 years, originally elected as a parent governor when my own daughters were at Oughtrington Primary.  Since then I have been reappointed as a community governor and am now a co-opted governor for our school.  I enjoyed a career with British Airways for over 23 years and was also part of their promotional and recruitment team.  After base closure I retrained and have been very fortunate to enjoy a second career as a member of the teaching assistant team at Oughtrington.  I have a strong pastoral focus and have seen the school grow and rightly promote itself as one of the strongest primary schools in the area.  I am a member of the Curriculum and Health & Safety Committees and am also the training link Governor.  I enjoy building good relationships, networking and promoting our school.  I love supporting our wonderful children.

I feel very proud of what we've achieved, how we've grown and moved forward as a school and governing body and look forward to our next steps.

Helen Smith

My name is Helen Smith and I am a Staff Governor at Oughtrington Community Primary School.  Having worked at Oughtrington as a class teacher for more than 10 years, I am extremely proud of our school and am thoroughly committed to providing our pupils with a rich, broad and exciting curriculum which inspires them to love learning and to achieve their full potential.  During my time as a governor, I have been a member of various committees, and currently sit on the Personnel and and Curriculum committees.  As a Staff Governor, I regularly report back to our Governing Body on the progress and achievements of our pupils and staff, as well as helping to keep Governors up-to-date with the day-to-day life of school.  I have a special interest in promoting children's social, emotional and mental health.

Clare Swann

I have been a Parent Governor for 3 years and I am currently in the privileged postion of being Chair of Governors at Oughtrington.  I am also Vice Chair on the Curriculum and Personnel Committees.  My professional background has always been within education and I have taught in both the Primary and Secondary sector.  I have had previous experience of Senior Leadership and Governance in schools in the North East and currently I work with students who require medical tutition.  This is often challenging but also a very rewarding role.

My three children have attended Oughtrington, (my youngest is currently in Y6) and have benefitted from the opportunities, support and friendships offered by all the staff here.  I am proud to be a member of our Governing Body and to be involved with such a warm and welcoming school where every child is valued and encouraged to achieve their full potential in all aspects of school life and the wider community.

Dennis Thomason

I qualified as an electrical technician for most of my working life and was a regional sales manager specialising in the Aerospace and Defence Industry.  I built my own house in 1974, I became a Lymm Parish Councillor in 1980 and served for 22 years during which time I was also a Warrington Borough Councillor for 10 years.  I attended the original Sandy Lange Infant School and have 3 children who attended this school, I also have 5 grandchildren 4 of whom have attended this school, the 4th is currently in Year 6.

I became a governor in 1970, my main involvement has been Premises, Personnel and Finance.

Following retirement from the Aerospace Industry in 2003, I managed my own Business specialising in Electrical Connectors, this has since been overshadowed with my interests in supporting my family, enjoying gardening and travelling to experience new destinations.

Sarah Wilkins

I joined Oughtrington Community Primary School in January 2003.  I represent the teaching staff on the Governing Body and I am a member of the Curriculum Committee. Currently, I am a Year 6 teacher/Team Leader (0.5) and I am passionate about achievement for all so every child reaches their potential.  I am the Mathematics subject leader at Oughtrington and I am currently working with North West Maths Hub 3 as a Maths Mastery Specialist.  This has involved developing the Teaching for Mastery approach at Oughtrington and also working alongside other primary schools across Warrington and Halton.  When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and coaching/competing in athletics events.








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