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Governor Profiles

Picture 1 Adrian Phillips
Picture 2 Diane Carroll
Picture 3 Rev. Andrew Wilkinson
Picture 4 Simon Mitchell
Picture 5 Elizabeth Armer
Picture 6 Julie Cliff
Picture 7 Christine Fleet
Picture 8 Diane Thompson
Picture 9 Matthew Armstrong

Adrian Phillips - Chairman of Governors

   I have been a foundation governor since 1999 and my two children have both been pupils at St Michael's.   I am committed to maintaining the strong Christian foundation of the school, which has been so much part of the school's consistent high standards and long term success.   I have gained wide ranging experience in the governance of primary education, served on most of the  sub-committees and chaired the Governing Body since 2007.   From my professional life, I have considerable experience of project and performance management; financial management of multi-million pound budgets and managing major capital and asset management schemes. I have an in-depth knowledge of public sector human resource management.  

   I passionately believe that we have the opportunity at St Michael's to provide all our children with an outstanding primary education and thus prepare them to make the very best of their lives.





Diane Carroll - Headteacher

I have recently been appointed headteacher of St.Michael’s on Wyre CE Primary School, 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 20 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 fulfils 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.



Simon Mitchell - Parent/vice-chairman
  My family and I moved to St. Michael's on Wyre in 2009 and were immediately welcomed by the village and church communities. We are so pleased to have found such a delightful village to raise our family and feel especially fortunate to have such an amazing school on our doorstep. All 4 of our children now attend the school. Having worked in the manufacturing and service sectors for over 25 years, I am now a senior manager at a Computer Based Testing company based in Manchester. I manage a team which are responsible for capacity planning, site recruitment & set-up, technical support and warehousing & logistics, across Europe, The Middle East and Africa. I have also headed-up several global initiatives for the company which, most recently, has included a £2M capital expansion in India.

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 start in life.


Liz Armer - Parent
  I have been a parent-elected governor since 2011, and I currently chair the sub-committee responsible for resources (finance, buildings, staffing). I have three children, all of whom currently attend St. Michael's on Wyre C.E. School. I am a chartered accountant and my husband and I run a construction / civil engineering business. I work in the business in a financial and administrative role, having left my previous employment as financial controller of a large house-building group to focus on my children and the family business.

I wanted to become a school governor to represent the views of parents on the board of governors, and to try to help the school obtain the maximum resources possible and make the best use of them for the benefit of all the children, in order to help them achieve their full potential, both academically and in all other aspects, in a safe, enriching environment. I thoroughly enjoy being a member of the team of governors, and the opportunity to play a part in the school's development.


  Julie Cliff - Foundation Governor

As a  former pupil of St. Michael's on Wyre CE School, I am very proud to now be a governor.  I have been a governor since 2007 and became one to pursue my interest in education, and develop a greater understanding of the school's role in giving the right environment, care and support to maximise the pupils' potential, as I believe the first few years are so important in developing skills and developing the children's passion for learning. I currently chair the Learning and Teaching sub-committee. I am also governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs, Early Years and Music. 

 I am married and have two children; my son now attends high school but previously attended St. Michael's on Wyre School.  He remembers his days at primary school as being those which gave him much more confidence and a sure foundation on which to build the rest of his schooling.   I have spent most of my life living in, or close to, the village and I am aware of the valuable relationships the school has with the church and community.  My career, for 26 years, was with the Education Department of Lancashire County Council, as an administrator in such areas as Special Education and Student Loans, which included administering allowances for disabled students attending Higher Education institutions, and checking eligibility for loans on residential and financial grounds. I also had responsibility for arranging funding for talented students in the Performing Arts.  I have been a housewife since the birth of my daughter and am a keen gardener. 

In recent years I have been a volunteer helper in the Reception class.

I feel very privileged to assist in the school's development – it is a great experience and an honour to be helping to ensure that the school continues to operate to the highest standards.



Christine Fleet -Foundation Representative  

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.



Alex Hodge Parent

I am delighted to accept the role of parent governor. Being involved in my children's education is important to me, as is supporting the school they attend, therefore becoming a governor seems a natural step.

I am a committed Christian and, with my wife Annie, have 3 children. The eldest of which started in Reception class this year (September 2015). The younger 2 attend Kirkland Bridge Nursery. I am now a Sales Manager after having been a dairy farmer in Bilsborrow for 29 years. I was the youngest serving deacon on the diaconate at Inglewhite Congregational Church for over 15 years, as well as Sunday School treasurer and a Youth Club leader.

I feel it is very important that the Christian message is passed on to our children from generation to generation. I am delighted to be involved with the governance of St. Michael's on Wyre Church of England Primary School, to work alongside the other governors and school staff, and to maintain and improve high standards that have been achieved already. I look forward to being part of a committed team and to helping the school and its pupils flourish. 


  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 - the eldest has completed her time at St. Michael's School and the other two are currently attending.  I am an ex-civil servant, as 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. 



Miles Ward - LEA Governor

   I have been a governor at St Michael's since 2012, representing the Local Education Authority.  I have had a long association with the school, having been a pupil there some time ago and having lived in the village virtually all my life. I have three nieces and a nephew who have attended the school and our daughter currently attends.   I think that the close links with the local community and church are a distinctive strength of the school and am keen to see them continue. The school has a positive, welcoming feel and I feel that this helps to get the best out of the children.   I serve on the Resources committee and hopefully my work in accountancy can be of some help in this role.   I hope that we can help and support the teaching staff, and all others involved in the school, to continue to enable the children to achieve the very best that they are able, both academically and personally, in their time at the school.