Meet the Governors

Linda Nulty

Chair of Governors

I became a Governor at Carr Hill 32 years ago, starting as a Parent Governor, then continuing as a Community Governor. I am currently 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, one of which is currently in year 8. 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.

Sara Moreton

Vice Chair of Governors

My name is Sara Moreton and I am an elected Parent Governor and the Vice Chairman of Governors. I live in Freckleton and attended Carr Hill myself as a child. I am married with one son who is currently in Year 10. I have 25 years experience in education, the last 9 as the Headteacher of a small primary school. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, reading, listening to music, spending time with my family and going on holiday abroad, Florida being a particular favourite destination! I am looking forward to playing an active part on the Governing Body to help support the Headteacher and staff to continue to improve the education for all. I want to help ensure that all children achieve their full potential which will stand them in good stead to enter the next stage of their life whatever that may be.

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 Assistant Principal, Vocational at The Blackpool Sixth Form College and have worked in education for the past 21 years. Initially I taught vocational travel and tourism and hospitality at Runshaw College and progressed to Head of Vocational Studies, responsible for curriculum quality and pastoral care. I am committed to supporting within education and whilst my children were young, alongside a group of parents, I set up and managed a very successful out-of-school facility at their primary school in a voluntary capacity. I am proud to have been in my current role at Blackpool Sixth for the past 4 years and am principally responsible for the quality of vocational education and the quality assurance of teaching and learning across this Ofsted rated, outstanding college. I am passionate about enabling young people to fulfill 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.

Mr R Gomery


I have been a Carr Hill School Governor since November 2018, I have been linked to the science faculty and I am looking forward to immersing myself into the role of governor. I am a Police Inspector with the Lancashire Constabulary having spent most of my 27 year career working within the roads policing department investigating the most serious road traffic collisions. I have recently taken charge of Dog Training and the Mounted Branch. I am also a Masters student at Lancaster University studying Professional Practice and Leadership. In my spare time I like to climb mountains both in the UK and in Europe. I am a DofE Gold Silver and Bronze expedition assessor and have been Mountain Leader Trained. I have been married for 24 years have two children one at Carr Hill and the other due to start next year. I also have a three year old Labrador, he keeps me busy!!

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.

Chris Phelan


I joined the governing board in May 2019 as I wanted to serve the community where I live and because I am passionate about education. I want to support and be a critical friend to the school and contribute to its strategy and vision. I grew up in Bolton but now call the Fylde coast home. My wife and I live in Freckleton, where she was born and raised. Our two daughters are too young for Carr Hill at present, but we hope that they will attend their local high school when they are older. I am a Senior Lecturer at Edge Hill University where I teach on our business and management degree and manage several of our international partnerships. Here at Carr Hill, I am the Link Governor for Humanities, and the Link for the training and development of the governing board.

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.

Guy Tugman


Born in Lancaster and brought up in Lancashire, I graduated from Stirling University with a degree in Economics and later completed a Postgraduate course in Statistics. I became a Carr Hill Governor in Autumn 2015 after being a Parent Governor at Strike Lane school for four years where I was Chair of the Finance and Staffing Committee. At Carr Hill I sit on the Pupil, Curriculum and Standards Committee and am the Maths Link Governor which involves observing lessons and discussing student progress with the Director of Learning. I am also a Data Governor responsible for reviewing student assessment data across all age groups. I’m passionate about learning and in my spare time I mentor a student at Blackpool Sixth Form College. I live in Freckleton and have a daughter at Carr Hill and a son at Strike Lane. I work in Blackpool and spend a lot of my time watching my son play rugby, cricket and football and essentially acting as an unpaid taxi service!

Melanie Beaty


I have lived locally for 30 years, 22 of those years in Kirkham. I am married with two daughters, my eldest is in Year 9 at Carr Hill and my youngest due to start Year 7 this year. I am new to the role of Parent Governor having been appointed in late 2019 and I am learning how to support the school, the Head and his team so everyone is able to thrive in the school environment. I would like to assist in ensuring all pupils receive the best possible education, opportunities and support whilst attending Carr Hill High School and aim to represent parent views. I graduated from UCLAN with a law degree and then qualified as a property lawyer and I have worked in the property law industry for 25 years. When time allows, I enjoy a long walk with our dog, baking and yoga.

Carol Hayes


I was appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2019 and sit on the resources Committee. I am also a Governor at Newton Bluecoat School and have been for the past 6 years, in addition to being previous Chair of their PTFA, raising much needed funds to support the children's learning. I am passionate about children receiving a good education as I believe it prepares them with skills and knowledge for their future path. As part of the Governing body we play a vital role in contributing and supporting the school leadership team ensuring progression and success. I grew up in East Sussex and moved to Lancashire in 1996. My 2 sons are both at Carr Hill and in my spare time I enjoy walks with the family and our dog, gardening and also spend lots of hours watching the boys play/coach football at the weekends.

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.

Jennifer Waldron

Staff Governor

I have been a teacher of Drama and Performing Arts for 11 years and part of the middle leadership team at Carr Hill since September 2014. This year I am completing the National Qualification for Senior Leadership and hope to make the move into school leadership as an Assistant Headteacher soon. I am looking forward to serving on the board of governors and gaining a greater insight into strategic management and accountability at whole school level and I aim to represent the views and interests of staff at Carr Hill to the best of my ability, for the good of our students.


School Governors

The Board of Governors consists of 15 members who are divided into 2 main sub committees – Pupils Curriculum and Standards Committee and the Resources Committee. 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 2020-2021

Governors' Attendance at Meetings 2019-2020


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

Governors and Responsibilities 2020