Meet our Governors

Mr Peter Speed

Chair of Governors

stthomas_primary@warrington.gov.uk

I have been a Governor at St. Thomas’ School since 1988. I was elected Chair in 2008. I am a PCC nominee and also represent St Thomas’ Church and School as a Trustee of the Warrington Church of England Education Trust.
Most of my career has been in teaching and I retired in 2008. My curriculum responsibilities lie with ICT and PE especially Sports Premium. I meet with the Head on a regular basis to discuss many aspects of school life. I am married with 3 grown up children and enjoy travelling with my wife now that the children have fled the nest!

Mrs Naomi Blyth

I am a parent governor, elected in March 2017.
I have worked with children and young people in roles across health, social and educational settings. I understand how these areas of a child’s life impact upon one another and the importance of recognising the time a child spends in school as crucial to their overall wellbeing.
My area of responsibility is PSHE. This reflects my interest in areas of the curriculum that are continually adapting to the needs of our changing society and the way in which children are being affected by wider world issues.
I am Social Secretary for the PTFA and part of the St Thomas’ Church action group. These links help me as a governor since I have a better understanding of the nature of a church school and am in touch with the parents who elected me to the post.
I am married with a son of nearly 20 about to start university and a little girl currently in reception class at St. Thomas’.

Mrs Melanie Girdharry

I have worked in education all my life, as a class teacher in both mainstream and special schools and as an Adviser working for the Local Authority supporting whole school development and Inclusion.
I was appointed as a Foundation governor in July 2015 on behalf of St Thomas’ church, where I am a member of the PCC. My role is to help develop the links between the church and school and find ways to support the school in bringing the Christian faith into daily school life. My responsibilities include acting as Link governor for Science and SEND and a member of the personnel and curriculum and distinctiveness committees. I have four children, one of whom currently attends St Thomas’ school with the other three at High School. When I’m not acting as my children’s social secretary or personal taxi service I like to relax with a good book and a glass of wine!

Mrs Elaine Smith

I have been a governor at St Thomas’ school for 18 years, first as a staff governor then as a foundation governor. My responsibilities are Safeguarding and Admissions.

I am married with two daughters; both have attended St Thomas' School and Church.
I first became involved in school as a parent helper, enjoyed it so much and was thrilled when I was offered a position as a Teaching Assistant in September 2000. Since I was appointed I have been involved in all Key Stages of school, particularly in various aspects of Special Educational Needs.

Mrs Katy Tait

Chair of Finance Committee

I’m parent to two children who attended St Thomas’ from 2009, and was elected as a Parent Governor, and subsequently a Foundation Governor, in January 2012. As a Chartered Accountant, with a love of foreign languages, my Governor responsibilities include being Chair of the Finance Committee, and Link Governor for Modern Foreign Languages. I work part-time and regularly call into school on my day off to keep up-to-date. It’s always a pleasure to hear and see the children engaging in their school activities.

Mrs Sheila Barton

I have been involved in education since 1974, being a SENCO in a number of secondary schools; since my retirement in 2014 I have continued to work on a part time basis with looked after and vulnerable children within Trafford and Halton. I have been a Governor at St. Thomas’ School since 2013 . I am an active member of St Thomas Church and on its PCC . My curriculum responsibilities lie with More Able and Talented and Equality and Inclusion. I am also on the Distinctiveness committee . I am married with 2 grown up sons and have embraced the role of Grandma to four grandchildren

Mrs Claire Turner-Richards

I was delighted to be nominated as a parent governor at St.Thomas’ in February 2020. My background is in primary education; I started my journey into teaching and learning over 20 years ago and have 12 years experience both as a deputy headteacher and head of school in a large primary school.
I am passionate about education and providing every child, regardless of their ability, with an exciting, inclusive, high quality education in order that they are all able to flourish. Our children need to be motivated and inspired to be lifelong learners and taught the necessary skills to be confident and successful.
I have three children who keep me very busy; two attend St.Thomas’ and my youngest will join the St.Thomas’ family in nursery soon. My daughter Evie has Down Syndrome; I strongly believe every child has a wealth of talents and skills and that education should unlock the potential in each and every child so that they can achieve their very best and succeed in life.
In my spare time I enjoy reading and getting out and about in the countryside or at the beach. I believe emotional well-being is paramount to educational success; by nurturing our children, teaching them emotional literacy and allowing them time to be present and mindful they will enjoy life and have the emotional toolkit to deal with the ever changing world they live in.
I feel privileged and excited to be working collaboratively with the governing body, children, staff and our families at St.Thomas’ to further improve the educational experience for all our children.

Mr Chris Pollard

I have the privilege of being elected as the Local Authority representative governor since 2019. I sit on the Personnel and Curriculum committee, which is ensuring the effective functioning of school with the best interests of students, staff and the community at the heart of my work.
I have spent the last 10 years working in the education sector as a Geography teacher and now as senior leadership at a Warrington secondary school, where I lead staff development, curriculum planning and faculty leadership.
My commitment to the education of young people within the Warrington community has been the focal point of my career, where I seek to use my experiences from a range of educational settings to support the success and culture of high expectations at St Thomas’.
I have links to the local community, having moved to Stockton Heath from North Wales in 2013. I have now settled here with two children both of whom play a role in the church community in the village, my son is a pupil at the school with hopes for my daughter to join soon.

T. 01925 268722
E. stthomas_primary@warrington.gov.uk