Meet the Governors
Vice Chair of Governors
Born in Lancaster and now living in Freckleton, with a son in Year 9 and a daughter at college, I graduated many years ago from Stirling University with a degree in Economics. I am a Project Manager for the Civil Service currently working with the Scottish Government to deliver a range of legislative changes. I have been a Carr Hill Governor since Autumn 2015 and am currently the Chair of the School Improvement Committee, supporting and challenging the School to meet school priorities and objectives. I also sit on the Pupil, Curriculum and Standards Committee. I am the Link Governor for both Maths and Data which involves regular meetings with staff to review delivery of the Maths curriculum and student assessment data across all age groups. I am passionate about learning, trying my best to ensure all pupils are provided with a quality education and excellent opportunities. My spare time includes walking our cocker spaniel Maisie and watching football.
I became a Governor at Carr Hill 32 years ago, starting as a Parent Governor, then continuing as a Community Governor. I have spent the last four years as the Chairman of Governors, as well as being Chairman of Pupils, Curriculum and Standards. My 3 children attended the School, followed by 2 of my Grandchildren. I am a local Councillor, being a Town Councillor for Medlar with Wesham and Fylde Borough Councillor for the same ward. I am also involved in many community activities in the area. I am always concerned that Carr Hill High School delivers the best opportunities possible for all our young people and work to that aim.
I joined the governing body at Carr Hill as a Co-opted Governor in 2018. Born in Lytham, originally from Kirkham, and having lived in Lancashire all my life, I am committed to supporting Carr Hill High School to provide the very best education for the young people of the area. I am currently Vice Principal - Curriculum at The Blackpool Sixth Form College and have worked in education for the past 23 years. Previously a teacher, I have experience in managing curriculum and the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and for pastoral care in the sixth form/FE sector and setting up and running a successful out-of-school facility in a primary school. I am proud to have been in my current role at Blackpool Sixth for the past 6 years and am principally responsible for the quality of vocational education and for the admissions, schools liaison and marketing department at this Ofsted rated, outstanding college. I am passionate about enabling young people to fulfil their dreams through success in qualifications and, just as importantly, the development of life and employability skills. At Carr Hill I sit on the School Improvement Plan Committee and Pupils, Curriculum and Standards Committee and look forward to using the skills I have developed over the years for the benefit of the school community.
I grew up in East Sussex and moved to Lancashire with my husband in 1996 with his work at BAE systems. I have worked for a local family run business for the last 23 years in a diversity of roles, ranging from pub & restaurant manager to accounts manager on the construction firm. My 2 children attended Newton Bluecoat Primary school where I am currently a LEA Governor. When they joined Carr Hill I wanted to continue to help shape and support the school leadership team so I joined the Governing board in 2019. My role is the PSHE subject link & Data Link governor and I also sit on the resources committee. I believe every child deserves the best education they can as this prepares them with the skills and knowledge to help them with their future path. In my free time I enjoy walks with the family & our dog, gardening and spending many hours watching the boys play football for a local junior team.
Councillor Paul Rigby
I have been married for 41 years and have a daughter, a son and 2 grandchildren. I have lived and farmed in the Fylde all my life. Having always been community minded, I have served on Fylde Borough Council for 24 years, was Mayor of the Borough in 2009/10 municipal year and also served on Bryning with Warton Parish Council for 28 years. I represented the Borough Council on the board at New Fylde Housing, Chairing them through their transition as a Social Rented Landlord from being Council led. In 2009 I was elected as a County Councillor, and joined the Governing body of Carr Hill shortly after. I have also served as a Governor at St Paul’s School in Warton for 20 years and Chaired or been a member of various other committees surrounding village life.
I grew up just outside of Glasgow in Scotland and attended university at Edinburgh Napier University in 1999. I have lived overseas in South Korea and in the USA and travelled extensively all over the world. I have lived in Preston for the last 10 years having moved here from Nottingham to work in the International Office of the University of Central Lancashire. I grew up with an Art Teacher father and have worked in 5 UK universities and an educational publishing company so education has always been important to me. I wanted to become more involved in the local and surrounding communities and my career in education led me to the decision that my skills may be of use as a governor. I am delighted to have become a co-opted governor at Carr Hill High School at the end of 2021.
I was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and moved to Lancashire in 2003. I have led a varied administrative career, working as Head of a Naval department in the dockyard and working in Local Authority. A few years later, I decided to change my career path to become a carer, as I felt that my qualities and skills were best suited to the role. I felt that being a carer was a lot more rewarding, so I decided to pursue my career and start my own business. Also, within my career, I have volunteered as Parent Governor at a local Primary School, worked at the local Citizens Advice Bureau (where I became a qualified adviser) and I'm currently working on a local project which is funded by Arts Council England and Historic England. I feel passionate about being part of the Governing Body for Carr Hill High School, as I have two children who are 14 and 17 who attend / have attended this School, therefore I believe by using my skills and qualities, it will be an asset to the School.
Originally from Derbyshire, I studied Philosophy in York before moving to Lancashire in 2014 and have been a teacher at Carr Hill since September 2015. I became Faculty Leader of Religious Studies in 2019 and was delighted to be elected as a Staff Governor in 2022. It is privilege to work with our young people as a teacher and mentor, and I am enthusiastic about helping all of our pupils achieve their very best in academic and personal development. Since joining the school I have been involved with numerous extra-curricular projects, including a Debating Society and the current ‘Polymaths Project’ with Year 10. I have also helped with in-school teacher development by supporting INSET sessions. Outside of school, I spend time expanding my own mind through reading, visiting museums and galleries and am currently on a mission to visit every cathedral in England. I am a local charity trustee and on the leadership team of the Baptist church I attend, where I also help with children's and youth work. In my spare time, I enjoy board games, walks in the countryside and playing the piano.
Headteacher/ Staff Governor
I qualified as teacher of History and Religious Studies in 1991 and spent many years teaching in Bolton with four years as Subject Leader for Religious Studies and a further six as Head of Sixth Form where I developed a project for Sixth Form students to spend a month in Tanzania in the summer holidays teaching in local schools or working in the clinic just outside the town of Moshi. In 2011 I moved to Cardinal Langley RC High School in Middleton where I was Deputy Head responsible for pastoral care, behaviour and safeguarding. In June 2014 I was delighted to be appointed as Headteacher of Carr Hill, taking up post in January 2015. Originally from Bolton I now live near Wigan and so am now very used to the M6 and M55. I knew very little about this area apart from the childhood holidays in Blackpool but have made a real effort to get to know the locality and visit all the local primary schools. I very much want the school to be a real part of the local community. Outside of school I very much enjoy travelling, cooking and the cinema along with a current ambition to do a 10k run. I am also a foundation governor at Savio High – a Catholic Secondary school in Bootle, Merseyside.
The Board of Governors consists of 15 members who are divided into 3 main sub committees – School Improvement, Pupils Curriculum and Standards and the Resources Committees. The Full Governors and each of these committees meets once per term. There are a number of smaller committees which meet as required for Appraisal & Pay, Pupil Discipline, Grievance and Disciplinary matters.
Full details can be found below:
A list of the Governors' Roles and Responsibilities can be accessed here -
Terms of Reference
Parent Governor Election
There are three elected Parent Governor positions on the Board of Governors and currently we have 2 vacancies after previous terms of office have ended. Further information regarding the nomination and election process will be added soon – but please be thinking whether this is a role you might consider, especially if you have a finance/business or social work background.