Governing Body 2019/2020

Chair of Governors                             Clare Swann


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

Geoff Hawley

I have over 30 years experience as a school governor, including 8 years at Oughtrington Community Primary School.  I am Chairman of the Premises Committee and am also a member of the Finance, Staff Dismissal, Pupil Discripline and Pay Committees.  I have one grandchild at the school in Year 6 and two other grandchildren at Lymm High School.

I have lived with my wife, Alison, in Lymm for over 49 years and am a retired dental surgeon.  I served as a magistrate in Cheshire for over 20 years and am now Deputy Chairman of Lymm Parish Council.  I was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire in 2010.

I have been Chairman of the Lymm Cancer Research Committee for 36 years and am on the management committees of both the Lymm Heritage Centre and the Lymm Youth and Community Association.

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 have been a governor for 5 years and enjoy my roles chairing the curriculum committee and being involved with the head teacher's performance management.  I work as a leader of Science at a comprehensive high school in Stockport which allows me to bring insight from a secondary perspective.  I enjoy all aspects of school management, curriculum development and pupils learning journeys.  I believe in a thoroughly broad and balanced curriculum and take pride in the fact that Oughtrington delivers this to every pupil.  I have lived in Lymm for 7 years and enjoy reading, yoga and cooking in my spare time.

Howard Nicholson

My family and I moved to Lymm in 2011 following international work assignments, first in Italy and then USA.  Our 3 boys have all been pupils at Oughtrington.  Our two eldest have now moved on to Altrincham Grammar School for Boys; our youngest is currently in Year 3.

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse in 1997, I moved to Kellogg's, where I progressed through a number of increasingly senior finance roles in the UK, Italy, US and Western Europe businesses.  In 2014 I took a step out of Finance; setting up an Enterprise Programme Management Office to ensure the successful delivery of the largest change programme in Kellogg Europe's history.

In February 2018, I returned to a Commercial Finance Director role - trading Crunchy Nut and Pringles for Original Source and Carex - joining PZ Cussons as their UK Head of Finance.

I draw on my financial and leadership experience in my role as a Co-opted Governor serving in the FInance Committee and the Full Governing Board.

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 over 30 years as this is where my three grown up children attending during their primary years.  As I work in the secondary education sector, and have worked with young people with additional needs and their families for over 25 years, I feel that my skills and knowledge serve me well as a governor at OCPS.  I am Chair of the Safeguarding Committee and SEND Governor as well as a member of Curriculum, Personnel, Staff Dismissal, Pupil Discipline, Pay and Performance Management Committees.  I am also a Governor at Lymm High School.

I am passionate about making sure every child has an equal opportunity to access school life regardless of any additional needs they may have and feel that my experience in SEND and inclusion enables me to make a valuable contribution to the Governing Body at Oughtrington.

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 Governor for 4 years and I am now in my second year as Chair of Governors at Oughtrington.  I have been Vice Chair of the Curriculum committee and I am currently Vice Chair of the Personnel Committee.

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 (as Deputy Head) and Governance in schools in the North East, serving as staff governor for two different schools.  Currently I work with students who require medical tuition.  This includes developing positive relationships with students so that they can engage with their education and teaching a varied curriculum across all Key Stages.  This is often challenging but also a rewarding role, involving collaborative work with professionals from education, the health sector (especially CAMHS) and Childrens Services, to ensure that students receive the most appropriate support and opportunities.  In 2017 I completed my Master's Degree in education from the Open University.

As a governor at Oughtrington I have taken part in a variety of training sessions, including Safeguarding, Assessment Data and Championing Vulnerable Children, to further my knowledge and understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of the role and current issues within education.  I have also been on courses on 'The Role of the Chair of Governors' and 'Leading the team', sharing ideas and experiences with other colleagues to develop my skills as Chair.  I enjoy my regular visits to school, whether it is to support staff, celebrate musical and sporting events or to be interviewed by members of the School Council!

My three children have attended Oughtrington and have benefitted from the opportunities, support and friendships offered by all the staf here.  I am proud 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.

I have recently become a Governor at St Andrews CE Primary School in Orford.

Dennis Thomason

I have been a governor since 1980 when I became a Parish Councillor which I was for over 20 years, I was also a Warrington Borough Councillor for 10 years.

I was a pupil at Sandy Lane Infants School as was my father.  My 3 children attended this school as have 4 of my 5 grandchildren.

My main involvement with this school has been with the premises, finance and personnel committees.

I am retired and was Regional Sales Manager dealing with components for the Aerospace and Defence Industry.

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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