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

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

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

Link Governor Roles:
Mental Health & Wellbeing, including PHSE
EYFS

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

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

Link Governor Roles:
Safeguarding
Child Protection

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.

Mr Philip Ashley

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

Link Governor Roles:
STEM

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!



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

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

Committees:
Curriculum & Standards
Christian Distinctiveness

Link Governor Roles:
Inclusion & Equality incl. SEND & Pupil Premium

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

Mr Chris Pollard

Committees:
Curriculum & Standards
Head Teacher Performance Management

Link Governor Roles:
MFL
Humanities

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.

Mrs Hannah Williams

Committees:
Finance & Personnel
Curriculum & Standards

Link Governor Roles:
Website Compliance

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.

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