Meet Our Governors

Governing Body 2021/22

Chair of Governors                             Sandra Donnelly

Vice Chair of Governors                     Andrea Thomason


Chair of Safeguarding Yvonne Poskitt
Chair of Pay Yvonne Poskitt


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.

Laura Paddock

It is a privilege to be part of the governing body team at Oughtrington and this is a role that I really enjoy.  I am committed to supporting and developing school in my role as a staff governor.  In addition to this role, I am also Key Stage 2 Deputy Head and a member of the resources and curriculum sub-committees.  In my role as a staff governor, I regularly report to governors on the progress and attainment of pupils as well as developments that are taking place within school.  I love playing an active role in the life of the school and strive to ensure all children achieve their full potential and have the best opportunities to succeed.

Yvonne Poskitt

I have been connected to Oughtrington Community Primary School for over 30 years as this is where my three grown up children attended 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 the SEND Governor, as well as a member of the 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 15 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 Resources committee 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.  I am very excited about our next steps within The Beam Trust.

Helen Smith

I am currently a Year 2 teacher and the Deputy Head of EYFS and Key Stage One.  Having worked at Oughtrington Primary School for more than 10 years, I feel extremely proud of our school community and the rich, broad and exciting curriculum we provide our pupils with.  As a Staff Governor, I regularly report back to our Governing Body on the progress and attainment of our pupils as well as keeping them up-to-date with the day-to-day life of the school.    I am committed to helping pupils achieve their full potential and have a special interest in promoting children's social, emotional and mental health.

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 am an associate member of 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 Liverpool and Knowsley.  When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and coaching/competing in athletics events.

Sandra Donnelly

For my day job I am Head of Economics at William Hulme's Grammar School in Manchester, a senior examiner of A Level Economics and am midway through a MEd in Senior Leadership.  I am a member of the Chartered College of Teaching.  For the last five years I have been a Non-Executive Director of Chester Zoo and trustee of the North of England Zoological Society, where I serve as Liaison to the Youth Board, on the Curriculum Advisory Panel and on the Conservation Masterplan Committee.  I am a strong advocate of evidence-led approaches to education that build inclusivity.

My passion for education, economics and conservation is the result of years of backpacking holidays; visiting schools, zoos and conservation projects.  

Andrea Thomason

I was given the opportunity to join the Oughtrington governing body as a Parent Governor.  My role is to represent the parental viewpoint here at Oughtrington and I have two young children currently at the school, both amid their primary school experience and thoroughly enjoying it!

My passion is strong for the education sector and the wellbeing of our young people.  I wanted to be part of the governing body to help drive how education prepares children and young people to succeed in the world.  I have a wide skill set and professional experience across multiple industries and with the rapid change across the world I wanted to support the education sector in meeting these new demands. 

I am a company Director of our family business.  I work alongside my husband delivering large scale construction programmes across the UK.  In my downtime I spend lots of time with my family, I love to read and get lost in the peace and tranquillity of training my horses. 

I am very excited to be part of the Oughtrington team and look forward to the months ahead supporting the school, children, and parents in our Oughtrington journey. 

Andrew Abernethy

I was co-opted as a Governor in December 2020. I am a practising employment lawyer with a background in accountancy and finance.  I previously held a voluntary position of Treasurer for Oughtrington Pre-School and as Trustee for Ethiopiaid, a charity advancing education in Ethiopia.  I am looking forward to making a contribution in my new role in the months and years to come.

In my short time as part of the team, I have already been hugely impressed with the dedication and innovation of the staff and my fellow governors.  My two children both attended Oughtrington, one of whom has special educational requirements, and both have benefitted hugely from the support and education they have received.

Sara Frith

I am a parent governor with one child remaining at the school.  I have lived in Lymm for 12 years, during this time I have undertaken the role of secretary at the village pre-school and events co-ordinator for the Lymm Festival.  My professional background is education having worked in the sector for 18 years - my current role being a department leader at Stockport Secondary School.  I am very interested in the quality of education with particular focus on curriculum, teaching and learning.  In my spare time I enjoy reading and theatre.  I very much look forward to working with the dedicated team at Oughtrington in their quest to provide the very best that education can offer.


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