Meet the Governors

Joanne Shepherd

Chair of Governors

Coming soon

Guy Tugman

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.

Linda Nulty


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.

Melanie Beaty


I have lived locally for over 30 years, many of those years as a resident of Kirkham. I am married with two daughters, both are pupils at Carr Hill High School. I graduated from UCLAN with a law degree, qualified as a property lawyer and have worked in the legal sector for over 25 years. I became a Governor in 2019, supporting the school, the Head and his team in ensuring everyone is able to thrive in the school environment and all pupils receive the best possible education, opportunities and support whilst attending the school. As a Parent Governor, it is important to me to ensure parent views are always a consideration. One of my responsibilities is as the Training and Skills Link Governor, a role to help governors receive opportunities to develop and enhance their skills to form the most effective Board.

Tina Cooper


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.

Carol Hayes


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.

Rachel Leaper


I have been a parent governor since November 2014 and I am vice chair of Pupils, Curriculum and Standards Committee and Link Governor for Most Able Students. I have been married for 20 years and have 2 daughters who are currently in year 11 and 8. As a past Carr Hill student I feel proud to be sending my own children to this school. I have been a primary teacher for 22 years and most of my career has been spent at Freckleton Church of England School.

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.

Emily Page


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.

Fr Richard Dashwood


My name is Richard Dashwood and I have been the Vicar of Kirkham St Michael's since September 2021. I am 34 years old and originally from Prestwich in Manchester. I went to University first in Bath and then in Huddersfield for an MA where I studied Music. I then taught music for a few years. My main instrument is the piano although I play various types of percussion instrument too and can just about manage on the organ. I trained for ordination at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, a rare example in the Anglican church of a seminary, where students study alongside a community of monks. I am married to Hannah, a nursery nurse. We don't have children as yet but do have dogs. My hobbies, apart from music, are cricket (I recently made my debut for the Blackburn diocesan cricket team where we managed to beat the police), reading a good book, trekking and climbing. I have a great love of all things Indian having visited the country five times either for volunteer work or travel. I am keen for the church to play its full part in community life and am thus honoured to have been asked to serve as a School Governor.

Amanda Teale


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.

Daniel Churm

Staff Governor

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.

Andrew Waller

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.


School Governors

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: 

Governors' Attendance at Meetings 2022-2023

Governors' Attendance at Meetings 2021-2022

Governors' Attendance at Meetings 2020-2021

Governors' Attendance at Meetings 2019-2020


A list of the Governors' Roles and Responsibilities can be accessed here - 

Governors and Responsibilities



Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for Quality of Education Committee

Terms of Reference for Behaviour, Attitudes and Wellbeing Committee

Terms of Reference for Resources Committee