Meet our Governors

Mr Peter Speed

Chair of Governors

stthomas_primary@sch.warrington.gov.uk

Committees:
Finance & Personnel;
Curriculum & Standards;
Health, Safety, Premises & Safeguarding;
Admissions

Link Governor Roles:
Website Compliance
Computing
Health & Safety

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!

Mr Ian Moss

Head Teacher

Committees:
Finance & Personnel
Curriculum & Standards
Health, Safety, Premises & Safeguarding
Christian Distinctiveness
Admissions

I have had the privilege of being the head teacher at St Thomas’ CE Primary School since 2011, working with wonderful children and a very supportive local and school community. I greatly enjoy working in a church school and seeing the children enjoy their learning and the range of experiences and opportunities that the school seeks to provide for all pupils.

I am happily married to Sheridan and have two children, Joe and Amelia who both attended St Thomas’ and fondly remember being in school with their dad! . We also have Walter the dog, a very active Cockapoo, who would love to come to work with me but would cause chaos! As a family we have always appreciated the doorstep benefits, living, working and attending school in the Stockton Heath and south Warrington area.

I love seeing friends and anyone I know, meeting new people, getting out and about, spending time with family and in the local area. I enjoy a range of activities, mostly in the outdoors including walking, cycling and occasional tennis and love watching live sport and attending concerts. I travel as much as possible and love city breaks with my recent favourite being Valencia. Budapest is up next!

Mrs Naomi Blyth

Foundation Governor

Committees:
Curriculum & Standards
Health, Safety, Safeguarding & Premises
Admissions
Head Teacher Performance Management

Link Governor Roles:
Mental Health & Wellbeing, including PHSE
EYFS
Safeguarding
Equality & Diversity
Creative Curriculum

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 Elaine Smith

Foundation Governor

Committees:
Curriculum & Standards
Christian Distinctiveness
Health, Safety, Premises & Safeguarding
Admissions

Link Governor roles:
Christian Distinctiveness

I have been a governor at St Thomas’ school for 18 years, first as a staff governor then as a foundation governor. 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 Linda Boys

Parent Governor

Committees:
Finance & Personnel

I was appointed a parent governor in 2021. I have one daughter at St Thomas in Key Stage 2. With my husband Trevor, we moved to Stockton Heath in 2017 from South-East London to be closer to family.

I previously worked in IT system and business analysis within the non-profit music rights sector. A core part of my job was listening to people, reflecting their needs and finding effective solutions that supported them. I hope to bring these skills to my role as a governor representing parents and guardians.

My hobbies include hand crafts and cooking.

Mrs Katy Tait

Chair of Finance Committee

Committees:
Finance & Personnel
Christian Distinctiveness
Head Teacher Performance Management

Link Governor Roles:
PE & Sports Premium
Governor induction, training & development
Modern Foreign Languages
Budget & finance

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

Foundation Governor

Committees:
Curriculum & Standards
Christian Distinctiveness

Link Governor Roles:
SEND
Looked After Children
Pupil Premium
More Able & Talented

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 Hannah Williams

Staff Governor

Committees:
Finance & Personnel
Curriculum & Standards

Link Governor Roles:
Website Compliance
Language & Communication

After teaching at St Thomas’ for 4 years in our Year 2 class, I was appointed staff governor in March 2021. It is my role to bring a staff viewpoint and perspective to discussion and debate, as well as make contributions to the strategic management of the school with other members of the governing body.

Within school, I coordinate English and PE and Sports Premium. Seeing our children develop a love for reading and supporting them in keeping physically active are real passions of mine. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of our school community and feel very lucky to work with such supportive staff, children and parents.

Outside of school, I love to go on walks in and around my local area with my husband, little girl and dog, Trixie. We like to stop off for an ice cream or some lunch where we can.

Mr Philip Ashley

Foundation Governor

Committees:
Finance & Personnel
Health, Safety, Premises & Safeguarding

Link Governor Roles:
STEM - Maths, Science & DT

I was appointed a Foundation Governor in November 2020 on behalf of St Thomas’ Church.
I am married to Lindsey and we live locally in the Parish. We have two daughters at St Thomas’ CE School in Early Years and Key Stage 1.
I work in a full-time role as a Lift and Escalator Consultant Engineer across the North West. I am also a Chartered Engineer.
I have been keen to take on the opportunity to become a Foundation Governor. I believe that my own skills can be used in this role to positively influence the school life of my children and the children of others. I hope to be able to apply my energy, enthusiasm and experiences to add value to the existing team.
Aside from Peppa Pig and LOL Dolls, my favourite things include gardening, holidaying at the seaside and Warrington Wolves!



Mr Martin Lonergan

Parent Governor

Committees:
Finance & Personnel
Head Teacher Performance Management

Link Governor Roles:
KS1 & KS2 Standards

Rev Michael Ridley

Ex-officio governor

Committees:
Curriculum & Standards
Christian Distinctiveness

Link Governor Roles:
Christian Distinctiveness

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