Governing Body Members

John M Davey JP

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment: 21/11/2016 until 20/11/2020

SEC, Resources Committee, Teaching & Learning Committee. Nominated Governor for Child Protection and School Council

I have lived in Haslingden for over 40 years. I am married with 2 grown up daughters who both went to Haslingden High School. I spent all my working life in Local Government retiring early 12 years ago as Assistant Head of Environmental Health.

I became a Governor at Haslingden High School when my daughter was a pupil some 25 years ago. I have been Chair of Finance and for the last 7 Years Chair of Governors. I am totally committed to the school and believe it is an outstanding school providing an excellent education to pupils of all abilities.

I am also a member of the Lancashire Association of School Governing Bodies which represents over 5000 governors in Lancashire. For the last 2 years I have been Chair of the Executive. I am also a local magistrate and Chair of the Bench Youth Panel.

I am also involved in local Scouting having just retired as District Commissioner.

Michelle Smith

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor Date of Appointment: 09/02/2016 until 08/02/2020

SEC, Resources, Teaching & Learning Committee. Faculty Governor for English / Literacy

I am a former Head Girl of Haslingden High School and have maintained close links with the school for over 30 years. My son attended the school right through to year 13 and is now employed as a Senior Technician in the Performing Arts Faculty.

I am a fully qualified Chartered HR Professional and in addition have a City & Guilds qualification in teaching adults. I worked as a part time evening lecturer at University Centre – Blackburn College for 12 years on the post graduate Level 7 Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) professional HR qualification course.

I first joined the Governing body in 1997 and have had an unbroken period of service since that date. I was elected Vice Chairman of the governing body in 2007. In addition I am a member of all standing committees and a number of specialist committees ie Grievance Committee, Staff Disciplinary/Dismissal, Pay Committee, Standards & Effectiveness Committee (SEC) and the Committee of Appointed Governors (CAG) which assesses Headteacher performance. I also take an active role in the interviewing of Head and Deputy Head appointments and other senior level appointments as required.

I am the Faculty Governor for English/Literacy and regularly spend time in school to review and discuss the schools literacy strategy with the Head of Faculty and staff. This also includes visiting lessons, looking at curriculum developments and seeing students work.

I am actively involved in St Peter’s Church in Haslingden, where I have the role of Safeguarding Officer.

I am fully committed to the personal development and achievement of all our students and to ensuring that they all reach their potential and benefit from their time at the school.

Mark Jackson


I have been Headteacher at Haslingden High School since 2011, and before that was Headteacher for 7 years at The Hollins Technology College, Accrington.

I have lived all my life in Lancashire and spent my career working exclusively in Lancashire schools. I started teaching maths in Burnley in 1985 and gained my first senior leadership team position in 1995, at Archbishop Temple School, Preston.

I am a National Leader in Education, and Haslingden High School is a National Support School. We have supported a number of schools in recent years and as always, in the process of helping others you learn and improve yourself.

As a lifelong Preston North End supporter I feel I have been given plenty of practice in dealing with life’s disappointments! I have many interests outside school including sport, the outdoors and reading.

County Cllr Anne Cheetham

LA Governor

Date of Appointment: 08/10/2016 until 07/10/2020

Teaching & Learning Committee. Nominated Governor for Disadvantaged Students and Careers

I was born in Southport but have lived in Ramsbottom for 52 years. I became involved in education in 1969 and held many governors roles. My first governor role was at Stubbins primary school, followed by Alder Grange Secondary School, Accrington and Rossendale College, Hazelhurst County Primary School and then onto Tyldsley Residential School where I remained for 25 years.

I have been a governor at Edenfield Church of England Primary School for ten years now and at Haslingden High School for around 12 years.

Before I was widowed my husband and I, along with other members of my family, fostered children on behalf of Lancashire County Council.

Before I retired I was employed as an Appeals fundraiser for a Cancer Research Campaign based in Swinton and I covered the Greater Manchester area and Derbyshire. Prior to my work with Cancer Research I was a company secretary for a leisure business.

I have been a County Councillor for Rossendale South for 4 ½ years where I represent Longholme, Eden and Greensclough wards.

My interests include music, reading and travelling.

David Bennett

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment: 01/09/2018 until 31/08/2022 

Standards & Effectiveness Committee, Teaching & Learning Committee, Resources Committee. Science Faculty Liaison Governor, Governor Training Representative, and Nominated Governor for Lancashire Association of School Governing Bodies.

I served in the military throughout my working life, retiring in 2005 after a career spanning 43 years. My family settled in Helmshore in 1985 and our son attended Haslingden High School. Two of our grandchildren have been educated here.

Appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 1990, I sat on the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Bench until retiring in 2015. For nine years, I was deeply involved in the training of magistrates, chairing both the Burnley Bench Training and Development Committee, and the Lancashire Magistrates Area Training Committee.

I served on the Independent Monitoring Board, HMP Buckley Hall, a Category C male prison in Rochdale for those serving longer sentences until standing down as vice chair in 2016.

Originally appointed as an LEA governor in March 2011, I was co-opted to the governing body in 2014. I am presently Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee, and a member of both the Resources Committee and the Standards and Effectiveness Committee. I am the Link Governor for the Science Faculty and Training Link Governor for the Governing Body, and sit on the Executive Committee of the Lancashire Association of School Governing Bodies.

My hobbies and pastimes include DIY and photography, reading light fiction and an interest in emerging technology.

I have a strong interest in preparing our young people for an ever changing world and am fully committed to supporting the Headteacher in maintaining a broad and varied curriculum, delivered to the highest teaching standards, to ensure the best possible outcome for each and every pupil.

Trevor Brown

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment: 01/09/2018 until 31/08/2022 

Resources Committee & Faculty Governor for Performing Arts

I have lived in the Northwest the majority of my life, with a few years spent in South Staffordshire following my career at the time in the Leisure industry as a leisure centre manager. My current employment is with a very large global telecommunications company where I am the Pricing Manager, responsible for all pricing tools and process systems that the business use; to go to market.

I am married with two teenage children, one currently at college studying Carpentry and the other is still at Haslingden High school.

I became involved in education at my child’s local school in 2004 when my Son first attended. As a working parent I wanted to understand more about the running of it and as a result I joined the PTFA. I became chairman and oversaw a successful and profitable way of supporting the school through arranging various events throughout the year. Within the year I became a Parent Governor and have supported the school for the last 11 years, even though my children have left I have been vice chair for the last 3 years with the role of a Co-Opted Governor. My role includes being the link governor for English, Health and Safety and Chair of the Pupil Disciplinary Committee.

I became a Parent Governor of Haslingden High School in January 2012 and was made to feel welcome from day one. I have found that my previous school experience has been put to good use. I am Link Governor for the Expressive arts department and the School canteen to which I have an active role of giving support and a voice back to governors.

I am involved in supporting Amateur Dramatics within the North West as a Deputy Stage Manager for Ashton who hold their shows at Oldham Coliseum and up to July 2015 I was Chairman of the HeyKids Committee which is part of Heywood Amateur Operatic Society who put on a show each year with over local 40 children taking part. I am a member of the institute of advance motoring (IAM) as an advanced driver and in my spare time enjoy socialising with friends and family.

Paul Ridgway

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment: 01/09/2018 until 31/08/2022 

Teaching and Learning Committee

I have lived locally my entire life, other than a period of time when I was away at University. I attended Haslingden High School as a student and was delighted to join it as a teacher over 10 years ago. I have held a variety of positions during my time at the school and this has given me a wide range of experiences which I feel supports my role on the Governing body.

I have been a Head of Year for various year groups, but I am now permanently with Year 7. As part of the role I am involved in the transition of students from KS2 to KS3 and this has allowed me to build links with local primary schools. In school I also have a responsibility for enhancing teaching and learning as well as aiding in the running of the Apple Regional Training Centre.

I am currently in my second term of Governance and have taken part in most committees, including resources, premises and teaching & learning. I have recently become a co-opted governor at Broadway Primary School as well.

My wife also works at the school as a member of the Admin team and so as a family we fully support the schools aim of Achievement for All.

I look forward to continuing my role as governor and to supporting the school in the future.

Lee Robinson

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment: 06/04/2016 until 05/04/2020

SEC, Resources Committee Faculty Link for Design & Technology

I am a co-opted Governor – being appointed to the governing body in April 2016. Originally from Burnley, I have lived in Helmshore for over a decade with my wife and three children – one of which is a current pupil at the school. Previously I have also served as a Parent Governor at a local Primary school.

Working as an Operations Director in a manufacturing company based in Manchester I am passionate not only about the school itself and its place in the local community, but also about how the school develops young adults who can enter the world of work equipped with the best skills and learning experience. I am a Chartered Management Accountant.

Whilst not being able to turn myself to anything remotely musical myself, my guilty pleasure is musical theatre and am constantly impressed by the school’s performing arts output. I am a season ticket holder at Burnley FC. We all have our cross to bear!”

Adam Parker

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment: 12/07/2018 until 11/07/2022

I am 23 years old and this is my first role as a school governor, which is very exciting. I am passionate and enthusiastic about the area and hope to stay here as I progress into my teaching career. I studied at Fearns Community Sports College before moving onto Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School Sixth Form to do my A-Levels. Following that, I undertook my studies at The University of Manchester where I read Geography.

Whilst studying for my undergraduate degree I was a member of the Manchester University Geographical Society and the Royal Geographical Society. Upon completion of my studies, I completed my Masters in Cardiff and have recently been awarded a scholarship from the Royal Geographical Society in London. This scholarship will help towards my PGCE in Secondary Geography teaching which I will be starting in September 2018.

I have previously worked in the financial industry between studies. I was a personal and business banker for Natwest and RBS whereby I achieved my Professional Banking Certificate (PBC). I believe that this could be a skill set that could benefit the governing body. In addition to this, I am enthusiastic about getting involved with the teaching and learning committee especially the humanities department which interests me.

I chose Haslingden High School because I have heard much about its ongoing academic excellence and would love to be part of a wider network that ensures rigor and the best outcome for the children of Rossendale. I am excited to begin my co-opted school governor role and cannot wait to learn and utilize the skills that will come with being a governor at Haslingden High School and Sixth Form.

David Tiler

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment: 01/09/2018 until 31/08/2022 

SEC, Resources, Teaching & Learning Committee.  Faculty Governor for Maths and Numeracy Nominated Governor for School Portal

I joined the Governing body in 2010 as a parent governor and more recently have become a co-opted governor.

I have three children who are all attending / have attended the school.

Professionally I am employed in manufacturing management.

I am currently chair of the resources committee and a member of the standards and effectiveness committee (SEC) and teaching and learning committee.

Whilst a governor, I have taken an active role in all the committees and have also participated in the recruitment of the senior leadership (Head and Deputies) of the school.

Julie Turner

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment: 11/07/2018 until 10/07/2022

I was brought up in Haslingden within earshot of the school, and returned to the area in 2014.  In the thirty years between, I have worked in several parts of the UK as well as overseas, mainly for local government but also in the private sector.

I am a senior chartered civil engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  I work in construction, both as the senior engineer on site and writing contracts for major projects.  I enjoy making sense of complex information and using it to make positive changes.

I have two daughters still at Haslingden High and my eldest daughter has now left to go to university.  I was Treasurer of the PTA at their previous school and I chaperoned youth groups on trips.  I enjoy volunteering as a way of giving back to the community and as a way of getting to know people.

When I’m not working, I spend time with my children enjoying any activities we can find.  Having lived the last nine years on a small island, we still try to take every chance we can to do something different.  I love the theatre, my garden and spending time with my large extended family.

Graham Wilson

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment: 01/09/2018 until 31/08/2022 

Resources Committee

Three of my children are or have been at the school and therefore I have been associated with the school for over 10 years. The majority of those as a school governor. I have assisted the school with regard to building projects over a number of years. In 2009/10 I was closely involved with the Building Schools for the Future plans for the refurbishment of the school, which unfortunately folded due to the change in government.

I am a school governor at Woodhey High School, again assisting in resources/estates matters.

I am a director of a firm of building services consulting engineers and I have a close interest in promoting Science and Maths. My firm has organised STEAM events and attended careers days, sometimes with mixed results, as students generally have a limited view of what a chartered engineer does. I am particularly keen in seeing more young women starting a career in engineering. I have assisted the school with student mock interviews.

I am a keen walker and I have tackled three of the world’s seven summits. I summited Kilimanjaro in October 2015 with my daughter Isobel, who seemed far too fit for a modern 17-year-old and left me behind. Our trek for 2017 is a 6090m peak in Bolivia.

Mark Stevenson

Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 16/10/2018 until 15/10/2022

I have lived in Helmshore since 2004 after relocating to the area to be nearer my wife’s family. I have two children currently attending Haslingden High School.

After serving in The Royal Navy, I worked within the Royal Navy Careers Service where my primary role was to promote the service to schools and colleges. After leaving the Navy, I worked within the recruitment industry for 9 years. Since 2009, I have worked at Newground in Blackburn and we support the community in East Lancashire with employment, landscaping and business services.

I was elected Parent Governor in October 2018 and I am looking forward to ensuring the school continues to support the students and to ensure they get the most out of their education.

I have previously been a parent governor at Helmshore Primary School and I found out how rewarding it was to be a governor at a school and I hope this continues during my time at Haslingden High.

I like to spend any spare time with my family, walking the dog and I also help out at Haslingden Swimming Club.

David Robinson

Staff Governor

Date of Appointment: 07/01/2019 until 06/01/2023

I have lived in Rossendale all of my life. I Joined Haslingden High school as a site supervisor in 2009 and was promoted to the role of site manager in 2013.  Prior to this I was an installations manager for a kitchen and bathroom company and prior to that I was an area manager for an electrical company

I am a governor at my daughter’s primary school (St Anne’s, Edgeside). I firmly believe that the whole of the school community are committed to delivering an excellent education and pastoral care, within a safe, secure and well maintained environment.

My interests outside of school include walking, reading and travel. I enjoy watching the magnificent Manchester city and above all spending time with my family.

Ben Hall

Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 18 October 2019 until 17 October 2023

I was born and raised in Bristol, before completing a degree in Public Money and Management at Aston University. I have lived in the Ramsbottom area for the last 20 years.

I work in the education sector for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, creating free computing resources for the National Centre for Computing Education, a government backed scheme which aims to provide high quality support for teachers from Key Stage 1 through to A Level. Prior to that I was a primary school teacher and staff governor in Rochdale. I maintain links with local schools through a Computing at School community and a Code Club which I host every week at Stubbins Primary, where my wife is also a governor. Last year I spent two weeks in Malawi teaching computing in one of the world’s poorest countries.

I have a daughter in year 11 and a son in year 7.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending my time with my family, supporting children in their sporting endeavours and keeping fit through cycling.

Gillian Worthington

Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 19/10/2015 until 19/01/2019

SEC, Teaching and Learning Committee. Nominated Governor for Disadvantaged Students Faculty Link for CBM.

I have lived in Helmshore for the past 14 years and I have 2 children currently attending Haslingden High School. I am on the PTFA and have supported various fundraising events within school.

I was elected Parent Governor in October 2015 and I am looking forward to supporting Haslingden High School in their pursuit of ‘Achievement for All’ and their overriding goal of giving all students every opportunity, through their excellent teaching and learning programme and also their diverse range of extra-curricular activities, to leave Haslingden High School equipped with all the life skills, qualifications and confidence they need for a successful transition into adulthood.

Having spent my entire career as either an administrator, office manager or PA, means I have extensive administrative and business experience. I am currently employed as an administrator at a Year 10/11 Pupil Referral Unit for a neighbouring Local Authority, and have been in post for the past 5 years. Within my role I perform the many tasks expected of a supportive school office, including exam’s officer and MIS data manager. I am working alongside vulnerable young people and families and I believe my experiences will help me in my role as Parent Governor.

I have recently completed the Level 4 Certificate in School Business Management, which has given me an even greater understanding of how important robust administrative support is within a school and how it can support the highest quality teaching and learning.

As a parent I wanted to ensure that my children were happy, supported and felt safe as I believe that a happy child is a child that will learn and strive to do their best and I believe Haslingden High School works hard to achieve this for all of their students.

Lindsey Yates

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment: 09/02/2016 until 31/08/2018

Resigned: 06/09/2018

Resources, Teaching & Learning Committee. Nominated Governor for the Sixth Form

Originally from Bradford, West Yorkshire, I moved to Haslingden in 1976. I was a pupil at Haslingden County Primary School and then studied at Haslingden High School. I have been married for 28 years and both of my children have been students at Haslingden High School and Haslingden Sixth Form, before going on to University.

I am the School Business Manager at Broadway Primary School in Haslingden, where I have worked for the last 16 years. I originally became a Parent Governor as I wanted to give something back to my old school and felt that my background in education would allow me to do this. I am now a Community Governor and also the Sixth Form Governor and play an active role in supporting the students, staff and wider school community.

I have many interests which include rugby league, cricket, reading, walking in the Scottish Highlands and musical theatre.

Sarah Lord

Parent Governor

Date of Appointment: 23/05/2016 until 11/07/2018

Resigned: 10/07/2018

Teaching & Learning Committee

Born in Rossendale, I live in Helmshore and my three children Oliver 17, Benjamin 14 & Isabelle 12 who all attend high school. I have been extremely happy with the support and guidance they have all received so far, especially my son Benjamin who receives support from the Learning Support Team. This has enabled Benjamin’s confidence to grow and he now enjoys learning.

I have worked for Nelson & Colne College since 2010 and currently hold the position of Team Leader within the apprenticeship department. I also work as a trainer/assessor and teach Business Administration. I am passionate about assisting young people achieve their goals both in the workplace and in college. I love seeing young people succeed by gaining permanent job roles with promotions!

In my free time I enjoy supporting my children ice-skating, playing cricket and fund raising, I get a great deal of pleasure encouraging them in these areas and find it rewarding seeing them succeed. As a family we are very involved in these social events and have made a large number of friends through these events. I am also part of the Widnes Ice-skating Committee and provide support at all competitions and events.

My aim as a governor is to be involved in the smooth running of the school, enabling it to continue to be successful both in results and in line with Ofsted guidelines. This will allow all students to achieve their full potential and enjoy their time at school.

Cllr Brian Essex

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment: 01/09/2014 until 31/08/2018

Teaching and Learning Committee Faculty Governor for Humanities

I live in Helmshore and have the honour of being a Rossendale Borough councillor for the Helmshore Ward since 2006. I have held a number of cabinet positions including the portfolio for finance. I was elected mayor of Rossendale in 2012.

I am now a retired headteacher with twenty-five years service in Bury and Bolton. During my service I became a qualified External Adviser for headteacher performance and an assessor for the National Qualification for Headship. I was branch secretary for the National Association for Headteachers in Bolton and represented Greater Manchester branched on NAHT`s National Council. At the end of my career I was elected President of NAHT Northwest. I am a life member of the NAHT.

When I retired from headship I became company secretary and director of our family business. My wife and I are now fully retired!

I am a trustee of Rossendale Citizen’s Advice Bureau and am a member of the trustee committee of the Helmshore Museum (Whittaker Mill). I serve as director of Rossendale Transport Ltd – our local bus company. I continue to be a member and supporter of many local clubs and societies including the Royal British Legion, Helmshore branch and have an allotment at Free Lane. I am a life member of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Cllr Granville Morris

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment: 01/09/2014 until 31/08/2018

Resources Committee. Faculty Governor for PE

I moved to Rossendale in early 1985, with my wife Susan and my two Sons. We lived in Rawtenstall for 9 years and have now lived in Haslingden for the past 21 years.

I came to work at the only Supermarket at that time in Rossendale, as a departmental manager. Eventually working in several stores and later promoted to Non Food Manager at the Colne store.

I left the supermarket after some 11 years and opened a Greengrocer in Heywood. After a year we moved to Haslingden and established Greenfields Greengrocers in Haslingden. We employed local people and enjoyed building up good relationships and friendships with our working colleagues and the townsfolk of Haslingden and the surrounding villages. When I retired my eldest son took over the shop.

Both our sons went to local schools in Rossendale, found jobs in the valley and still live in Haslingden.

We are very proud to have six grandchildren, of which five still attend the excellent schools in the valley, including two who currently attend Haslingden High School. Our eldest grandson who recently finished University, also attended the High School here in Haslingden.

I was elected, and became a Councillor for the Rossendale Council back in 2006 standing for Greenfield Ward in Haslingden, sitting on various committees & outside body committees. I have had the privilege of being fortunate to have been re-elected on two further occasions.

In 2015, I was honoured to have been asked to serve as the Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Rossendale, undertaking the Civic Role of Mayor for the Borough of Rossendale from May 2016.

As well as being a Governor at the High School, I am also a Governor at the County Primary School in Haslingden.

My interests outside of these roles and of being a local Councillor are my family, gardening, walking with my dog, and singing. I joined the Rossendale Male Voice Choir some 3 years ago, rehearsing every Monday evening at St Peters Church in Haslingden. I have the enjoyment of supporting and performing with the choir at special performances and Concerts. I endeavour to promote the name of Rossendale, locally and afar.

Jackie Hall

Co-opted Governor

Date of Appointment: 06/04/2016 until 05/04/2020

Resigned: 06/07/2018

SEC, Resources Committee. Faculty Governor for MFL Nominated Governor for Health & Safety

I have been involved in school governance for the last 8 years. At Haslingden the high school I have governance lead for modern foreign languages and health & safety.

Having a child at the High school means I have an interest in the standard & development of education for all pupils at the school.

I work full time in a Greater Manchester local authority as a team leader in Environmental Health specialising in food safety/health safety.

Being an advocate for health & physical activity I have been training in karate for the last 6 years and have achieved a 1st Dan black belt.

Sararose Yates

Staff Governor

Date of Appointment: 07/01/2015 until 06/01/2019

Teaching & Learning Committee

I am a staff/teacher governor who was voted on to the Governing body last year. I have been a teacher at Haslingden High School for two years and formerly at Ridgewood Community High School four years. My roles have been varied over the years teaching key stage 3,4 and 5, being a Form Tutor of years 7 and 10 as well as being part of the Cover Supervisor Team. Currently, I am teaching both Graphic Design and Art and Design at key stage 3.

In school I also take an active part in the delivery of staff CPD and help to run two after school clubs for lower school students in Art and Design and Design Technology.

My desire is for the students and staff of Haslingden High School to enjoy, achieve and flourish.