Governor Information

Governors are approachable at all times. Please do not hesitate to contact us through our Clerk to the Governors - Pauline Challinor, at School. Please click the images below for more information on our our school Governors.

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Christina Burgess

Chair of Governors & Community Governor

Many members of my family have benefitted from attending HCCS since it opened in 1978; younger ones who are currently in local primary schools will join the school in the near future. My own sons achieved qualifications which allowed them to study at Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities and they now have successful careers, one in Ophthalmic Surgery and the other in Medical Technology. Both boys enjoyed the strong sense of community in the school which encouraged them in musical and sporting activities as well as academic work.

 

After studying at Durham and Oxford Universities, I pursued a challenging and rewarding career in Education. For 20 years before I retired, I taught at a local Sixth Form College where I became Head of Science. In addition I am an active member of local musical groups and the team which organises Goostrey Rose Day. I still live in the school catchment area so I was delighted to be appointed a community governor in 2014. I am keen to use my knowledge and experience to support the school.

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Jo Lawrence

Parent Governor

I have lived in Cranage for 11 years, and have two boys; Ben who attends HCCS and Danny who attends Hermitage Primary.

 

I have worked in Financial Services for over 25 years, the last 8 of which I was a Business Architect, working with Senior Leadership teams in order to help determine a clear company strategy, agreeing the plans to deliver that and ensuring that the plan was adhered to in order to achieve the required strategy, also ensuring that things happened on time as agreed and to cost and quality. In addition, I am an experienced Process Improvement analyst.  Three years ago I took the decision to work as a freelance consultant, which puts me in the very fortunate position of being able to be around more for our boys out of school hours and in the holidays.

 

I am delighted to have the opportunity to work as Parent Governor at HCCS, and am really looking forward to this new challenge. I hope to be able to use some of my experience and knowledge to support the school in becoming even better over the coming years. 

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Tracey Goodwin

Vice Chair & Parent Governor

I am a parent governor with many years’ experience as a governor at both primary and secondary level.  As a parent of 4 children, I also have plenty of experience of life at HCCS through all year groups.  

I have a good understanding of the strategic role of a governor, experience at analysing school performance and financial data and can offer challenge and support to the senior management team.  I have attended many governor training courses gaining skills in strategic management, financial management, safeguarding, safer recruitment and leadership (to name a few). My background in finance contributes to the broad and balanced skills base of the governing board.

HCCS is an excellent school with consistently good results, and I welcome the challenge of helping the school to maintain their reputation and provide an exceptional provision for all the children who attend the school.

In my spare time you will find me walking my dogs or riding my bike!

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David Bryant

Parent Governor

I have lived in and around the Holmes Chapel area for nearly 20 years and currently have a son in year 10 at school. 

 

My original background is in Science where I graduated in Chemistry and worked for the Forensic Science department of the Metropolitan Police.  After taking an MBA, I saw the light and moved into the more commercial role in the Pharmaceutical Industry.  I currently run a skin care business selling to Doctors and other Health care professionals.  The business is mainly export with offices in Toronto, Tampa and Bogota.  

 

I played Rugby until I got too old and love all sports, though it is only watching nowadays.  

 

We are truly privileged to live in an area with quality schools and I hope to be able to be able to continue to help with the fine work that has been done to date, ensuring that all our children have the best possible education. 

I am a strong believer in education being the foundation for people, but also believe that education should be fun and inclusive for all.  I hope to contribute to ensuring Holmes Chapel Comprehensive continues to produce well educated, rounded individuals.  

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Kerry Comb

Community Governor

Having moved to Cheshire (Goostrey) ten years ago, as part of a career move, it is safe to say we would never want to move away. Cheshire is a fantastic place to bring up a family. I believe that we are very fortunate to have such a fantastic school in our area ensuring our children get the best possible futures. I believe community is very important and have been involved with several organisations in the area during my time in Cheshire.

I am an equine vet (surgeon) and clinical director at Ashbrook equine hospital and although this keeps me very busy, I believe it also gives me a number of skill-sets which will be very useful as a governor of this school.

I have 2 children; Zara has just joined in 2019 and Isobel I hope will join in 2023. This results in a large driving force for me to ensure the school continues to grow, develop and strive to be the very best it can be.

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Jim Grace

Community Governor

I have lived in the local area for over 20 years with my wife Angela and we have Myles and Paige who attend the school and 6th form college.


I’m a chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and have worked throughout the UK nuclear industry for over 25 years.  I therefore come from a highly regulated industry where governance and assurance are vital to ensure the safety of the workers and members of the public.  This rings very true for the pupils and the community in which we all live.


I believe a balanced education and upbringing is so important in today’s society.  This comprises not only of good academic teaching and qualifications, but also valuable life skills, in order to succeed.

 

These softer skills can’t necessarily be taught in a classroom.  Our children gain and hone these over the years from the environment in which they are brought up.  The school plays a vital part in influencing that environment and my aim is to ensure that HCCS excels so that the staff and pupils alike are able to fulfil their dreams and potential

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Sophie Lavin

Parent Governor

Thank you to the school community for electing me to join the board of governors. I am proud of our school and the creative and progressive work being done to support the education and development of our teenagers. 

 

I work in a safeguarding and counselling capacity with NSPCC Childline and also as a writer of fiction. I am a psychology graduate with a particular interest in teenage development, wellbeing and opportunity. I also volunteer as a Parish Councillor for Cranage. I have two older teenagers, both of whom have negotiated their education with specific learning difficulties. Our family has been fortunate enough to be offered social housing in our area and view this opportunity as a privilege to invest in our community. 

 

I feel that the position of Parent Governor is one of listening and learning, and I look forward to it.

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Christine Lewis

Parent Governor

I have lived in Holmes Chapel for 20 years and have a son in Year 8 at HCCS and a daughter in Year 6 at Hermitage Primary School.

As a recently retired senior police officer, I have a strong background in safeguarding; not only having been in charge of a safeguarding unit for more than six years, but also personal mentoring work in schools, encouraging high standards of educational achievement in a safe environment.
I am keen to use my skills to benefit my own and others’ children and am delighted to have the opportunity to be a Parent Governor at HCCS.

I look forward to this new challenge and seek to ensure the welfare and best interests of all the students in the school.

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Nigel Bielby

Headteacher

More information coming soon....

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Jamie Otter

Community Governor

I am former resident of Holmes Chapel, having lived in the village between 2013 and 2018. I have three daughters and the eldest two, Rosie and Verity, are former pupils at HCCS.

I am an education lawyer and a partner at Stone King LLP, which is one of most prominent education firms in the country. I advise schools and academies on commercial and governance issues and am particularly interested in how schools can collaborate to drive success.

I am particularly keen to ensure that the school continues to excel and provide a supportive environment for its pupils to thrive.

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Gill Preece

Parent Governor

I moved to Holmes Chapel eighteen years ago and have always supported and been involved within the local community.  I worked at Holmes Chapel Fire Station, serving as an on call firefighter, where in addition to fire-fighting duties, I also helped organise and deliver community events. 


I am committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people, given my previous pastoral role as a Head of House at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive.  I have two children, one in year 8 at Holmes Chapel and one in year 5 at Hermitage Primary and as a parent, I am keen to be involved with the school in promoting the best for our children in Holmes Chapel and surrounding areas.

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Phil Redford

Staff Governor

I joined the school in 2009 and knew straight away what a fantastic school this was. The ‘buzz’ that exists from staff and students in day to day lessons and the absolute dedication from all stakeholders that turns that buzz into high quality outcomes makes this a terrific place to work.   In my time here I have been a Head of Department, Head of Faculty and now, as Assistant Head, work with the leadership team to maintain and improve CPD opportunities for staff and the quality of teaching and learning in school. 

 

Through my role as a CPD lead I have extensive experience in working with many schools in Cheshire East and beyond and see a variety of approaches different schools have to the changing landscape our learners face. I hope to use my position as staff governor to constantly review, challenge and build upon the high standards we set ourselves at Holmes Chapel. 

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Laura Simpson

Staff Governor

I have worked at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School since 2012, predominantly teaching Music and Music Technology at KS3, 4 and 5. I enjoy the practical nature of the Arts subjects, and the fact that my job reflects my own passion for music.


I am proud of the extracurricular Music activities which we offer at HCCS. We work hard to provide regular rehearsal and performance opportunities for our students and take part in numerous local and national events throughout the academic year.


I also enjoy being a Tutor. Having said goodbye to 11LS after 5 years of being their Tutor, I now begin the cycle again - guiding another cohort through their HCCS journey. 


I am very pleased to be a staff governor and enjoy the opportunities that the role provides – learning about the school from a different perspective and making my own contributions to the team.

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Caroline Morgan

Staff Governor

I started working at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School in Student Services dept as The Alternative Provision Manager in March 2019, however, I was no stranger to the HCCS family as my son had attended here previously when we had relocated from Bolton.

 

I have worked in education for 17 years with both primary and secondary educational settings. During this time I have worked with many students with various needs including, educational, behaviour, welfare and pastoral needs.

 

I have recently become Head of House for Tatton a role which I share with Mrs Challoner-Mattin. Student Services is like the A&E of the school, work is always varied, fast paced and definitely keeps you on your toes dealing with a range of issues, needs and celebrating even the smallest of achievements.

 

I love being part of the HCCS family and what we stand for and I feel proud to be elected as a staff governor which enables me to be involved in all aspects to which I am able to contribute.

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Andrew Middleton

Staff Governor

I joined Holmes Chapel, as Director of Computer Science, in 2020. My immediate impression was the warmth of the welcome to what is clearly both an academic and caring school. As you walk around the building, you feel that real sense of calm and purpose. As a teacher, it is lovely to support children who say ‘thank you’ as they leave the room. 

 

My own teaching began in 1997, in Nantwich, where I was quickly promoted to Head of Department and served as a staff governor for around 5 years. In this role, I worked as vice chair of finance which opened my eyes to the completing pressures within schools. In 2005, I moved to Chapel en le Frith as an Assistant Headteacher responsible for technology college status. This role gave me the opportunity to work beyond the school gate with a range of employers and primary schools, in the town that had invented the brake and is still the home of Ferodo. 

 

I became a father and now I have three children, who are all in school, while my wife works in a local primary school. In 2008, I moved to Knutsford Academy as a Deputy Headteacher. At Knutsford, I had a range of curriculum and pastoral responsibilities (particularly, the oversight of KS3). At Knutsford, I was also a co-opted governor at Bexton Primary School and I was the vice-chair of governors at the Dingle Primary School. In 2016, I moved to an all-through academy in Northumberland where, as a vice-Principal, I was responsible for pastoral provision. After a short spell in that land of castles and coastlines, I moved back home to Cheshire and was keen to return to the classroom, where I feel my own talents lie. 

 

I believe that teaching is the greatest job in the world. You are given a gift, by parents, of the chance to shape and direct the life of their child. A great teacher has an impact far beyond their classroom and a great school in a huge asset to a community. I think every child has their own unique set of talents and we each have a moral obligation to use these talents to the benefit of others. As a staff governor, I will aim to constantly review and challenge our practices, so that we are constantly pushing to be our best.

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Paul Knox

Community Governor

I have recently moved to Holmes Chapel with my wife and two sons, who attend Hermitage Primary School.

I have a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Birmingham and I have completed a PhD in the same field.

I have worked in the medical industry since 2008, initially in research and development and more recently focusing on quality and regulation.  I am currently the chief technical officer of a first aid manufacturer. 

I am looking forward to getting to know our local community and how we can help our school thrive within it.  As a governor at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School I hope to contribute to ensuring the children at the school achieve high standards and are provided with rich opportunities to grow and develop.

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Tracey Freeman

Parent Governor

It has never been more important that school prepares our children for the challenges that lie ahead.  I would very much welcome the opportunity to share my experience and knowledge to assist the school in its goal to ensure that students of all abilities achieve their potential.

I believe my experience and skills will allow me to assist the school to meet its objectives.

I am a qualified accountant with over 25 years post qualification experience. I trained with Ernst & Young in Manchester where I gained a wide range of financial experience across many industries. I specialised in Forensic Accountancy, this combines accounting and investigative techniques to investigate financial disputes and irregularities.

Since having my children I have established a small accountancy practice. I provide a range of accountancy services to small/medium sized businesses. Having ran my own practice and assisted many businesses to grow and achieve their goals I have experience not only in finance but in strategic planning, advertising, human resources, legal issues, grievances and coaching/mentoring.

I have two boys, both of which attend Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form. They are in year 13 and year 11 so I know the school well and appreciate the challenges the school faces.

I would very much look forward to being able to make a positive contribution to the school

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Karren Morgan

Community Governor

Living in Brereton, I have two girls attending HCCS and have been incredibly impressed by the outstanding education and care offered by a very dedicated and hard-working team of staff at the school. I firmly believe that as we travel through our childhood years, we are shaped and guided by some of the most influential people in our lives - our teachers. Hence, my desire to help support a very crucial part of our community and its’ future.

Prior to returning to education to qualify as a person-centred counsellor, I gained over thirty years’ senior experience in both the public and private sectors; working in the NHS, for GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals and latterly in hi-tech marketing. I also currently work as a volunteer counsellor to female prisoners and women suffering domestic abuse. Though challenging, these roles provide a constant reminder of my privileges and the positive role models I have encountered in my life both socially, professionally and educationally. How we support our children on their life-journey is critical to their success and happiness in life and I am therefore delighted to be a Holmes Chapel Governor.

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Claire Armstrong

Parent Governor

I lived in Holmes Chapel over twenty years ago. I am a former student of Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School.

I have two children, one of them currently is in year 9.

I have always been active in the local community

I am committed to the welfare of young people & keen to be involved with promoting the best for our children in Holmes Chapel & the surrounding areas.