Meet our Governors

Mr Peter Speed

Chair of Governors

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’.

Mr Andy Holland

I have worked in Prison Education for the last twenty years, and as part of my professional development I completed my MSc in Educational Leadership and Management in 2007. I have been a Parent Governor at St. Thomas’ School for the last two years, and am a member of the Finance committee for the school.

I have two daughters Freya (now at high school) and Iris (in year 6 here at St Thomas'). As a trained teacher my subject areas are Art and Design, Maths and Entrepreneurial learning.

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 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 Melanie Wilson

I work full time and am a mum to two children, both now at high school, but who loved their time at St Thomas’ school. I attend St Thomas’ sister church, St Mary Magdalene’s in Appleton.

In my professional life, I have worked for over twenty years in the health service in a variety of operational management and governance roles, and I now work for a regulatory body in a corporate governance roles. It is great to be a member of a governing body of a school like St Thomas, to be able to use my professional skills to support the school and the staff. I am a member of the finance and premises committee and I am the link governor for English.

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 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.

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