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Meet the Board

Great Sankey Primary School is led by a board of governors, a Headteacher and a Senior Leadership team. Each individual has been chosen on the basis of their experience and expertise, as well as their commitment to achieving the very best results for Great Sankey Primary School. Together, members of the board of governors develop policies and strategies for implementation by the Headteacher and senior leadership team.

 

Philip McEwan, Chair - Co-opted Governor (Chair)

Committee membership: Finance & Resources, Quality Assurance

Responsibilities: Responsible for ensuring the robust review and challenge of the financial information provided to the board and of the curriculum and school improvement information.

Appointment to the board: Joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in November 2015. Appointed Chair November 2018.

Current directorships/business interests: Chair of Governors at Great Sankey Primary School.

Career experience: Phil was a Police Officer for 30 years retiring in 2016. During his time with the police, as a detective for for the majority of his career Phil was a senior investigating officer managing investigations and investigating team in a variety of reactive and proactive criminal investigations.  Phil was also a serious case review officer, reviewing the quality investigations. Since August 2014, Phil was been involved in working for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, reviewing police forces, providing feedback on efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy and writing reports for the public. In 2018, Phil moved to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation and inspected the provision and quality of probation services across the country.

Skills and experience: As a former parent governor and Chair of Governors at Great Sankey Primary School, Phil has had a great deal of experience at being a school governor.  From his roles within the police force, and most recently as an inspector of police forces and the probation service he brings a vast amount of inspection and audit knowledge and experience to the governing body.

Victoria Briggs - Headteacher

Committee membership: Finance & Resources, Quality Assurance

Responsibilities: Is responsible for the strategic leadership of Great Sankey Primary School and to implement the strategy and policy approved by the board. Member of the Central Executive Team for The Challenge Academy Trust, leading the Primary School Improvement of TCAT.

Appointment to the board: Joined the school in September 2012 and appointed as Headteacher in January 2014.

Current directorships/business interests: Staff Governor at Great Sankey Primary School.  Co-opted governor at Penketh High School, from September 2012. Member of The Challenge Academy Trust Central Executive team. Represents West Warrington Association of Head teachers on the Behaviour and Welfare group and the SEN working group for the Local Authority. Vice Chair of the School Improvement Alliance. Works for the Local Authority as an Associate School Advisor, supporting schools across Warrington.

Career experience: Graduating in 2000, Victoria was a class teacher at Westbrook Old Hall Primary School for one year and then moved to Barrow Hall Primary School, where she became an outstanding and highly effective team leader and leader of literacy and assessment. She joined Great Sankey Primary School as Assistant Headteacher in September 2012 and then moved into Headship in January 2014.

Skills and experience: Victoria has a vast amount of experience working across all key stages in various educational settings since qualifying in 2000. She has experience of leading a variety of subjects and whole school initiatives and improvements with proven outstanding outcomes and delivery. Her subject specialism is in English and she also has significant experience in maths and assessment. Victoria has gained a National Professional Qualification for Headship. She works alongside an alliance of schools on school improvement and system leadership as well as being a founder member of The Challenge Academey Trust. Victoria has worked across many schools developing school improvement, teaching and learning. 
 

Andrew Bent - Vice Chair, Co-opted Governor

Committee membership: Finance & Resources, Quality Assurance

Responsibilities: Chair of the Finance and Resources committee, responsible for leading the committee, setting its agenda and ensuring its effectiveness on all aspects of its role.

Appointment to the board: Joined the governing body in May 2007.  Appointed as Vice-Chair in January 2019.

Current directorships/business interests: Vice-Chair of Governors at Great Sankey Primary School.  Chair of Governors at Great Sankey High School, from May 2008.

Career experience: Joined United Utilities PLC in 2006 working in the Finance department in various roles, including Management Accounting, Treasury Accounting and Finance Systems.  Moved to work in Asset Management in 2010 with responsibility for long-term asset planning and major capital investment sponsorship.  Then taking on the role of Regional Scheduling Manager and then most recently as the company’s Regional Planning Manager.

Skills and experience: With over 7 years’ experience as a school governor in both primary and secondary education and nearly 10 years’ service working in a FTSE 100 company, Andrew brings a wealth of experience on which to draw in his role as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Finance & Resources committee.

 

Rebecca Eves - Parent Governor 
 
Committee membership: Finance & Resources, Quality Assurance

Responsibilities: Responsible for ensuring the robust review and challenge of the financial information provided to the board and of the curriculum and school improvement information.

Appointment to the board: Joined the governing body as a parent governor in November 2017. 

Current directorships/business interests: Parent governor at Great Sankey Primary School.

Career experience: Rebecca was formerly employed for 10 years by the Environment Agency as a Team Leader. She has a wealth of experience in project management, data analysis, reporting, people managment, HR, risk management, strategic planning, health and safety and well-being. 

Skills and experience: Rebecca is currently a 'stay at home mum' with three children, two of which attend the school. Rebecca is a very pro-active member of the school community and is able to use her skills and experience to contribute to school life. She is passionate in ensuring children receive the very best opportunities and education at Great Saneky Primary school. 

Sarah Leah - Staff Governor

Committee membership: Finance & Resources, Quality Assurance

Responsibilities: Responsible for ensuring the robust review and challenge of the financial information provided to the board and of the curriculum and school improvement information.

Appointment to the board: Joined the governing body as a staff governor in May 2019

Current directorships/business interests: Staff governor at Great Sankey Primary School.

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Lewis McVey - Co-opted Governor

Committee membership: Finance & Resources, Quality Assurance

Responsibilities: Responsible for ensuring the robust review and challenge of the financial information provided to the board and of the curriculum and school improvement information.

Appointment to the board: Joined the governing body as an gssociate governor in November 2015.

Current directorships/business interests: Associate governor at Great Sankey Primary School.

Career experience: Started at AMEC in 2008 on an advanced training scheme in mechanical engineering.  From 2010, progressing to lead the continued development of new scheme participants through HNC and Degree qualifications, in parallel with the programme management of multiple projects within the nuclear industry. In 2015, Lewis moved to a local nuclear consultancy SME to lead the project management function and develop an international project management office.

Skills and experience: With 6 years of experience in leading the development of colleagues and delivery of numerous nuclear projects, Lewis has vast experience of ensuring objectives are met on time, to the required standard and within budget.

Leanne Keavey- Co-opted Governor

Committee membership: Finance & Resources, Quality Assurance

I am an associate member of the Governing Body at Great Sankey Primary School. I was asked to continue in the new role as I had been a parent governor for 6 years & was keen to remain part of this remarkable school. During our time working with the staff and pupils of the school we have seen an amazing transformation from an old building to a new high tech facility, the appointment of a new head teacher & senior leadership team, new and improved ways of working, joining TCAT and pupils & dealing magnificently with the ever changing challenges from the national education policy. All of this has been done with the inclusion of the local community & the staff at GSP. 

Responsibilities: Responsible for ensuring the robust review and challenge of the financial information provided to the board and of the curriculum and school improvement information.

Appointment to the board: Joined the governing body as a parent governor in June 2012 and appointed as an associate governor 2018

Current directorships/business interests: Associate governor at Great Sankey Primary School.

Career, skills and experience: Leanne currently works for the Civil service as an Executive Business Support to a senior civil servant. She has experience in HR, project management, leadership, complex policy reviewing and writing, resource planning, staff development, training development & delivery, line management, engagement & staff reward & recognition.

 

Mark Davies - Parent Governor 

Committee membership: Finance & Resources, Quality Assurance

Responsibilities: Responsible for ensuring the robust review and challenge of the financial information provided to the board and of the curriculum and school improvement information.

Appointment to the board: Joined the governing body as a parent governor in July 2019. 

Current directorships/business interests: Parent governor at Great Sankey Primary School.

Career experience: Mark has been a registered mental health nurse since 2002, working for the NHS in various roles from the ‘shop floor’ to management positions. He has worked in many aspects of mental health including acute hospital, drug services, criminal justice, child and adolescent and most recently A&E and crisis treatment services.

Skills and experience: Mark has significant experience of budget optimisation, HR and personnel management, leadership of staff teams and meeting strategic goals with accountability to stakeholders and the public. Due to his job Mark brings extensive experience in safeguarding to our team. Mark’s daughter has just completed year 1 and he is extremely motivated toward the continuation of the high standards set at Great Sankey Primary whilst seeking to further improve and broaden the experiences available to our children.

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