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St Michael's on Wyre

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Governor Profiles


Simon Mitchell - Chair of Governors

My family and I moved to St. Michaels on Wyre in the summer of 2009, having searched for over a year, to find an idyllic village to raise our children. We were so pleased to have found such a delightful village and felt especially fortunate to have such an amazing school on our doorstep. All four of our children attended St. Michael’s on Wyre Primary School and in 2014 I was asked to become a foundation governor. Since then, I have held several positions within the governing body and in September 2020, was delighted to became chair of governors.

Having worked in the manufacturing and service sectors for over 30 years, I am now a senior manager at a Computer Based Testing company based out of Baltimore USA. I manage a remote team of project managers who are responsible for setting up and maintaining the company’s computer based testing centres, situated around the world. I’m also responsible for capacity planning and warehousing & logistics, across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During my career, I have had the opportunity to travel the globe and meet many amazing people from different cultures, religions and lifestyles.

I look forward to using my skills and experience to support the school and ensure that it continues to provide our children with the best possible foundation for life.



Diane Carroll - Headteacher


I was appointed headteacher of St.Michael’s on Wyre CE Primary School in April 2016, having previously been deputy headteacher of Bolton-le-Sands CE Primary School, near Carnforth. I have been a teacher throughout my professional career, of over 25 years, teaching classes from Reception to Year 6. I believe in working closely with my governors, staff, parents and, most importantly, the children. Within my current role I continue to teach the children, which, I feel, is a significant part of my position.

The work of the governing body is crucial to the management and organisation of the school.  I am fortunate to have a team of committed governors, representing the church, diocese, local authority, parents and staff.  This team is determined to promote the best possible educational provision for the children, both curricular and extra-curricular, working closely with the staff and having the support of parents.   In any school, but particularly a village school, it is vital that the local community is an active part of its life and development, and the governing body at St. Michael's on Wyre fulfills this role successfully.




The Reverend Wilkinson - Ex-officio


I am vicar of St. Michael's on Wyre and I am proud to serve in a parish with a church school of the reputation of St. Michael's - we are fortunate in so many ways. I am particularly interested in the combination of academic excellence with wonderful pastoral care, that an outstanding school like ours is able to fuse together.   It puts a smile on my face whenever I come into school to lead worship, meet with other governors, or just have a cup of tea in the staffroom. 

Please feel free to stop me and have a natter in the car park.


Julie Cliff - Foundation Governor


As a former pupil of St Michaels on Wyre CE School, I was proud to be appointed as a foundation governor in 2007. Both my children have also attended the school.

I have spent most of my life living in or close to the village and am aware of the valuable relationships the school has with the church and wider community.

I worked for 26 years in the Education Department at Lancashire County Council. In recent years I have been a volunteer helper in Oak Class and I currently chair the Standards and Effectiveness Committee.

I feel very privileged to be able to assist in the schools development, enabling pupils to develop life skills and a passion for learning in a caring and supportive environment.


Christine Fleet -Foundation Governor


I was appointed Foundation Governor by Blackburn Diocese in 2007.  I was a primary school teacher for 31 years, 30 of which were spent in the same Church of England school, where my areas of speciality were Art and Display and Religious Education, and where I served as a teacher/governor on the staffing interviewing panel. I am very proud to be associated with St. Michael's on Wyre School, as my husband and I both attended the school, as did both my parents, and my mother-in-law, who later became a teacher there.  The long family connection is very important to me, and I have witnessed the school going from strength to strength. I am happy to support the school in any way I can, attending not only governors' meetings but also plays, concerts, social occasions and community lunches.  The school is at the heart of village life.  I serve on the Learning and Teaching and Vision and Values sub-committees and hope that my own professional experience can, in some way, be of use to the school.



Rose Starkey- Local Authority Governor


I am Rose Starkey and was elected as a Local Authority Governor in November 2020. I live in Lancaster and recently took early retirement from being a headteacher. I worked in a large, multi-cultural, city centre school in Lancaster for 32 years, the last 10 of them as headteacher. I am looking forwarded to continuing to work in education as a school governor and am excited about getting to know the St Michael’s community. I am mum to 3 grown-up children and am looking forward to becoming a ‘Nana’ for the first time this year. I enjoy the outdoors, going for walks in our lovely countryside as well as gardening and being an active member of my church.


Catherine Towers- Foundation Governor


I am the most recent addition to the School's Governing Body having been co-opted in 2020. 

My family and I have a long association with St Michael's on Wyre. My formative years have been spent living in the village and I attended the school. My father and siblings having attended the school before me and my three children attended subsequently. I'm honoured to become the third generation in my family to be on the Governing Body of St Michael's on Wyre's Church of England Primary School and Nursery. I understand the responsibility that the position holds to ensure the excellent standard of the holistic education of our children is maintained. 

I'm also Chair of the annual Village Gala. 

I have worked in the NHS for the last thirty years in child, adolescent and adult specialties as well as management roles. 

Combining my personal and professional knowledge and skills, I look forward to working closely with fellow governors, staff and parents to continue to provide an excellent quality education for our children. 


Diane Thompson - Foundation Governor


It is a privilege to be part of the school's development and I am looking forward to my duties. I was appointed as a governor at St. Michael's on Wyre CE Primary School in 2014. I was elected to represent St. Michael's Church, where I attend.  I have three children - all have completed their time at St. Michael's School.  I am an ex-civil servant, a law clerk, with experience of managing and preparing complex cases, and providing support to witnesses.  I currently manage the family farm and caravan park accounts.  These are situated on the outskirts of the village. 


Emma White - Parent Governor


I became a parent Governor in 2019. I’m one of the new recruits and have taken on Vice Chair.

My family have lived in the community of St Michael’s for over 30 years. My husband and I got married within the Parish in 2010, and we were welcomed into the community.

All three of our children are currently at the school at various stages from Infants, to Juniors and have enjoyed their journey through the preschool. Therefore, it felt the right time to become a parent Governor, to assist the wonderful work the Governing body do.

Pre children, I studied at Myerscough College and went to University where I accomplished a BA Hons degree in Management, Marketing and Business. This took me into the world of hospitality, working for various hotel chains all over the UK heading up Revenue Management for the UK and Ireland estate. This involved budgeting, marketing, pricing, finance and people management. For those that know the south a lot of time spent on the M25!! A highlight in the career was the 2012 Olympics and being in London working at this time.

The dog came next, followed shortly by our children and the art of multi-tasking became a key skill, which brought us back to the North West. Utilising the skills I have gathered along the road, I now manage our own local accommodation and events business, where customer service is fundamental to the success of the business.

I want to make a difference and be the voice of the parents, but equally assist the business needs of our wonderful village school. Supporting the most amazing staff and underpin the needs of the school whose key focus of shining brightly, achieving greatly and cherishing community is at the heart of everything they do.

Louise Viney - Parent Governor


I currently have three children across various ages and stages at St Michael's on Wyre CE School and I also attended the school myself, with many happy memories of my time as a pupil. As a parent governor, it is a privilege to be able to support the continued success of the school, as it plays such an important role in our community.

My professional background as a behavioural therapist has involved me working with children on the autism spectrum or with challenging behaviours across multiple settings, both here in the UK and Australia. Throughout my career, I've collaborated with a range of health and educational professionals and appreciate that children do best when those around them work together. I'm therefore thrilled to be working with the dedicated team here at St Michael's on Wyre.