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Meet the Governors



Miss M. Thacker - Chair of Governors

I have been a Foundation Governor at the school since September 2013 and was appointed Chair of Governors at the end of 2015.  Previously I was a Head Teacher at a local school for 17 years and also support the Southfield Community Action Forum as a committee member.  I have lived in Lancashire since 1979 and moved to the Pendle area in 1996.  My interests are local history, walking and travelling.


Revd. L. Hilliard - Vice Chair of Governors

Hello I am the Vice Chair of Governors and the Vicar of the Church linked to the school.  I have been in Nelson 8 years.  Prior to that I worked in a church in Hull.  Before training for ministry in Durham I lived in Surrey and worked as an engineer developing instrumentation for the oil and pharmaceutical industries.  My first degree was in physics and I am still keen on astronomy.  My biggest leisure interests are hill walking and travelling.  I am passionate about the opportunities in church schools to provide excellent all round education.


Mrs. J. Hartley - School Staff Governor

I am the School Staff Governor and have been so for the last 10 years.  I was born in Nelson and currently live in Colne and with the exception of 5 years in France have lived in Pendle all my life.  My daughter went to primary school/high school/college in Pendle and I have a keen interest in local education and the local environment. 


 Mr. H Simpson - Chair of Resources

I was born in Kent but have lived in Barrowford since 1979 and been involved with a number of community organisations, including Pennine Community Credit Union (PCCU) and Pendle Heritage Centre.  I was a local government officer with Burnley Borough Council almost all my working life but I am now retired.

I was a Governor for many years at my son's school Edge End Secondary School.  Between 2008 and 2015 I worked for Lancashire County Council, Governor Services, supporting nursery, primary and secondary school governing bodies in Burnley and Pendle.

I am passionate about education's role in tackling disadvantage and discrimination and about every child realising their full potential.



 Mrs W Harvey - Chair of Curriculum & Standards

Miss S Spencer - SEN link Governor