Governor Profiles

This page provides a brief background to each of our elected Governors.  Many of our Governors are very visible around school, so if you have an issue to raise, feel free to introduce yourself and have a chat with our Governors.

Lynne Ingham – Staff Governor
I started at St. John’s in January 2015 in the role of School Business Manager. Prior to this I have worked in Stockport schools for 25 years and have a professional qualification in School Business Management. The job is very varied but very rewarding as I have seen the role change drastically over the 25 years. Before joining the education sector I worked in the travel industry for 10 years as a travel agency manager and travelled the world as part of my job. My many varied hobbies include walking, especially in the Lake District. I have been married to Steve for 32 years and he works as a freelance Print Production Manager for a Manchester Advertising Agency. Our son Daniel is an Australian citizen in Sydney and he is an Associate Design Director of a Global Advertising Agency, we went to visit him last year and it was an amazing experience.

I chose to be a support staff governor as I have  experience of this for 4 years in my previous school at North Reddish Junior School. With the experience of how school budgets and funding operate I know I can offer advice and suggestions in the running of the school. St. John’s has a strong feeling of solidarity with a warm and strong community driven school with excellent  support from parents and staff and it is a pleasure to be part this environment. 

Richard Valentine – Co-opted Governor
I have a daughter in Year 2 and a son who left St John’s in 2014. My wife works at the school as Reception teacher so my ties with school run deep! I work as a manager for a well known supermarket and prior to that I worked in IT for a major UK bank and then in my own property business. I am passionate about the well-being and development of every child here in the school and am a strong believer in giving every child a great education, to help them reach their full potential.

Since becoming a governor I have had an increased awareness of the complexities of a running a primary school and greatly admire the dedication of those who work in school and those that volunteer their time to the governing body. I see myself as a critical friend to our school – someone who is not afraid to ask the awkward question, challenge the way something is done but at the same time offer support where I can. I am proud of our school and have been a governor here since 2013.

Keith Ross – Vice chair, development governor, chair of resources committee and year 1 link governor.
My past experience includes, diesel engineer, design draughtsman, sales engineer, general manager and managing director.  I have 25 years experience as a school governor( four schools ) and spent 10 years as an  OFSTED lay inspector.  I currently manage a community centre and am pastoral care co-ordinator for St john’s church.  My relaxation interests include amateur dramatics, photography, reading and classical music.

Annie Harrison – Chair of Governors, Inclusion Link Governor.
I am originally from London, and moved to Manchester in 1999 and then Stockport in 2004. I have been a parent at St John’s since my daughter started at the school in 2008 and she was joined by my son in 2011.  I am a childminder, working in the local area with pre-school aged children as well as dropping off and collecting a number of children at St Johns each day.  My previous job was as a primary school teacher, working in Manchester, where I taught for nearly ten years, teaching children from nursery to Year 3.

I bring with me my own experience and understanding of working within a school, as well as being a parent of children at the school. Due to the nature of my job, I have a good understanding of the local area and the local community.

Andrew Moore – Parent Governor
My association with St John’s began in 2017 when my daughter Isla started in reception. Erin will hopefully be joining her sister at the school in 2019. We’ve lived in the Heatons since 2011. My wife Anna and I have been impressed with the community feel of the school and the effort that goes in to helping every child try and reach their potential. Being a governor affords me the opportunity to support the school in its aims (plus, I am definitely not creative enough to get involved in most PTA activities!).

By occupation I am a family solicitor and mediator for a national law firm. I help parents, children, and other family members through significant periods of change and upheaval in their lives, primarily following divorce and separation. I am experienced in advising upon and mediating disputes involving children such as choice of school, change of name, objections to travel, and most commonly the time children shall spend with each parent. I am able to bring that background and insight to my governor role and support of the school.

John Hodgkinson - Foundation Governor

'This is my third term as a governor, the first time was approximately 30 years ago when I was a PTA governor and then as a Foundation Governor on the second and now this the third occasion also as a F. G.  I was very involved as a Governor with the establishment of the mobile classrooms,which we hope, will remain after the new school has been built.

I live locally, and am married to Anne and both my children spent most of their primary school years at St John's. I am a Chartered Electrical Engineer and spent 43 years in the Electricity Supply Industry, the last 20 of which was as a Senior Manager.

My interests are: snow skiing, dingy sailing, water skiing, public speaking, wine and playing bridge.'

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