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Diocese Corporate Member Stuart Harrison

I am the Assistant Director of Education for the Diocese of Liverpool and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer for the Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust.

I am a Foundation Governor at Christ Church CE Primary School in Bootle and I am a trustee of the Warrington Church of England Educational Trust. I have 27 years experience in education in both a Diocesan and Local Authority capacity. 


Governor at St Ann's
Ella Rose

I have been a governor for over 4 years and I have 2 children who attend St Ann's Primary School. I have a professional background in education, having worked as a primary school teacher, a nursery teacher, a forest school leader and an SEN 1:1 support worker over the last 20 years.

I am passionate about giving all children a range of positive learning experiences that they can take with them throughout life, which was my motivation for becoming a governor.

My main aim as a governor is to ensure that all children achieve their potential and that the overall outcomes of the school remain the best that they can be.

Member Rev Bill Matthews

A former pupil of St Michael's C of E school, Hough Green, I have been employed in this Region's industry, commerce, education and more recently, parish ministry.  From 1987 to 2010 we lived in the South of England.  Our three children now live in various parts of England and currently our two grandchildren live locally.

In addition to being a trained teacher, I have served as governor of a number of junior and senior schools.  I have had other governance roles in Further and Higher Education. At different times since entering the ministry in 1973, I have been both a paid and unpaid minister in church settings whilst also being a chaplain in college and university. For ten years

I was a full-time, sea-going chaplain in the Royal Navy. After retiring as team rector of 12 parishes in 2018, I have helped in a number of local parishes. My work as tutor on the Liverpool Diocese introductory course for Spiritual Directors along with being a spiritual director has been inspirational. My passion for education has motivated me to help create two MATs (one became the Three Saints Trust) and I was director of the Learning Together Trust, where my experience as trustee of a range of different charitable trusts (including as chair) was very helpful.

For various reasons I have spent many hours in Saint Ann's Centre. Thus, it could fairly be said that I have connections with each of the schools in the Three Saints Trust. I intend to build on those connections during my time as Member.


Governor at St Ann's

I grew up by the sea, in a small fishing town in East Devon. It was here I developed a love of walking, exploring the coast paths of the South West and I've always enjoyed finding out what's over the next hill. I left school to study Biochemistry in Canterbury, where I stayed on as a postgraduate.

During that time I managed to take in periods of work in Macclesfield, Sittingbourne and Munich. A very enjoyable career in science took me first to work in Bristol for a short while, working on malaria, and then on to Liverpool University where I began a project looking at the control of blood flow. This led to a collaboration with the research labs at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. Merseyside is now my adopted home.

I met my wife here and all of our children were born in Liverpool. After hearing a call into ordained ministry in the Church of England I set aside my microscope and relocated the family to Nottingham where I studied at St John's College. After two very intense but enjoyable years, and all too soon after we had arrived, we repacked our belongings to return to Merseyside. After serving my curacy for three years in the Maghull and Melling Team of churches I moved to Rainhill in 2014.

When I can take a break from work, I enjoy time with the family but do try to find time to keep an interest in the natural world through bird watching and astronomy. I also enjoy a bit of climbing. I maintain an interest in the interaction between science and faith and will be happy to bend anyone's ear on the subject, especially over a pint.

Moving around has given me a great opportunity to meet many wonderful and gifted people and Rainhill continues to be no exception.

Chair of Directors Amy Bradley I have been involved in school governance for over 10 years, since the eldest of my four children started school. My background is finance, but I am currently a foster carer. My motivation in all I do, but particularly in my participation in governance is to improve outcomes for all children. This continues to be both challenging and rewarding.
Vice Chair of Directors Lesley Traves

I have worked in Education for over 30 years. I was formerly a deputy head teacher and a head teacher in St Helens. During my time as head at Rivington Primary I led the school to Beacon Status and an Outstanding Ofsted grade.

From September 2005 Until August 2015 I held leadership roles for CfBT Education Trust, who were contracted to deliver all school, post 16 and ITT inspections in the North of England, spending the last 4 years as Head of Inspections. This entailed responsibility for by managing an 11.5m a year contract for Ofsted and delivering over 3,000 inspections a year. In 2015 Ofsted graded CfBT as an outstanding contractor.

Education is my lifelong passion and I currently work as an Associate Consultant using my expertise in training and developing school leaders.

Director Gill Martindale
BA(Hons), Assoc CIPD

I have 25 years' HR experience, 10 of which have been providing HR support and advice to schools, academies and MATs.  My current role is HR Consultant for Browne Jacobson, LLP.  I also have experience in Local Authority HR and in the university sector.

I specialise in employee relations issues including disciplinary, grievance, bullying and harassment, capability, absence management and whistleblowing. I have also managed and led on a variety of change management projects including restructures and workforce reductions.  My role involves training on all HR related topics and I regularly present at conferences and seminars.

I have good knowledge of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions document, the Burgundy Book, NJC terms and conditions and the Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance.  I am also aware of the flexibility afforded to academies and MATs in respect of terms and conditions of employment.

Director Kath Woodward

I am qualified in human resource management and have over 30 years of experience in learning, leadership and strategic development in the private and public sectors. My work has included developing global leaders in large corporate organisations as well as business transformation and new systems implementations.

I have a keen interest in helping individuals and organisations to build and sustain success in a rapidly changing world and see a great opportunity in the Trust to continue to deliver outstanding education to all our children. I currently am also a Merseyside magistrate.

Director Ian Young I am the Principal of Rainford High Technology College in St Helens, which is a strategic partner with St Helens Teaching School and as such have worked closely with St Mary & St Thomas for a number of years. I am a trained secondary teaching specialising in History.


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