Governor Pen Portraits and Business Interests

Simon Blake - Chair of Governors
I have been a Governor at Whitefield for seven years now and following being Vice-chair for four of those years, I was elected Chair of the Governing Body from September 2016. Being part of the Whitefield community is an absolute privilege and whilst the role is challenging it is at the same time extremely rewarding. I try and involve myself as much as possible in school and in addition to being the Chair of the Governing Body I am also the lead governor for safeguarding. Outside of school I am a Communications and People Engagement Lead for a Digital directorate within the Department for Work and Pensions. I try and bring as much of my 15 years of Civil Service experience to my Governor role as possible but at the same time I am finding I can still learn a thing or two. It seems that no matter what your age, you can still learn something at school!
Attendance at meetings: 100%
Business Interests: none
 
Andy Pegg - Vice Chair of Governors
I have been a Whitefield parent for 7 years with one son having now moved to secondary school and another son still enjoying himself at the school. I became a Whitefield Parent Governor in 2014.
I have lived in Penwortham for 20 years, having moved ‘up north’ after graduation to work in Engineering for BAE SYSTEMS. My industry experience has allowed me to take an active role in the Governor group providing an alternative perspective to discussions. I sit on the SSE committee, which offers the opportunity to work with the school and Governors using an engineering approach to analysing schools data. This data can indicate potential areas for improvement, helping to maintain the happy and effective learning environment for the children. I also support the school through Friends of Whitefield – helping the Summer Fair happen! 
Attendance at meetings: 100%
Business Interests:
 
Margaret Stephenson - Chair of the School Standards and Effectiveness Committee

I am a wife, mother and granny.

I am also a retired teacher; having taught from 1971 to 2009 in Primary Schools in Everton, Cleveleys, Longton and Penwortham. Mathematics, Data Handing and Geography were, and still are, my main strengths.

I am working hard as a Governor to make sure that each child attending Whitefield has the best opportunity to develop academically, creatively and socially.

My interests include; travel, photography, reading, musical theatre and listening to Neil Diamond.

Attendance at meetings: 100%

Business Interests: none
 
Bill Courcha - Chair of the Resources Committee
I have been a governor at Whitefield school for over 8 years and currently chair the resources committee which supports the head teacher, staff and governors in elements such as budgets, policies, health and safety and progress against School Plans. My ‘day job’ is with BAE Systems where I have worked for 38 years, initially as an aircraft electrician which I enjoyed immensely as you could immediately see the results of your labour as completed aircraft took to the skies. For some reason best known to those involved in the mid 80’s, I was selected to transfer to a project management role from which I’ve progressed to my current role of leading all our current UK based work in support of an export customer. In my spare time, (excluding the demands of a wife and daughter), I enjoy golf, cycling and DIY to aid with relaxation, although the way I sometimes play golf doesn’t qualify as relaxation!   
Attendance at meetings: 100%
Business Interests: none
 
Sarah Foster - Headteacher
I have been the  Head teacher at Whitefield Primary School for six years. I have been teaching for 21 years and have taught from Reception age through to KS3 (Yrs 7, 8 and 9 at high school).  Before becoming a deputy head teacher in Blackpool I worked for Blackpool Local Authority as a Maths consultant supporting head teachers and staff with the teaching and learning of mathematics.
I loved working with data and trying to solve the challenges that we can sometimes face in school. I am also passionate about pupil voice and the children being the reasons behind the decision making in school.
Attendance at meetings: 100%
Business Interests; Nelson Thorne Publishers; JFPM
 
Katie Mitchell
I've had various jobs including banking, corporate marketing, event management and childminding.  These days I spend most of my time as a stay at home parent, and work for BOLA Kids' Care Club doing their financial administration. I'm an active member of the Friends of Whitefield (PTFA) and feel very encouraged to see so many parents, carers and staff getting involved to run events for our children and wider community to enjoy. When I'm not running around after my energetic brood, I enjoy cooking, arts&crafts, and pushing myself at the gym. One day I may be able to lift a bear (albeit a small one). I'm passionate about teamwork, and firmly believe that by working together we can help our children build a bright future and make happy memories along the way.
Attendance at meetings: 100%
Business Interests: Chair of Friends of Whitefield PTFA
 
Ray Atkinson
I have worked for the Communication Workers Union as a Project Worker in the Education & Training Dept for the last 12yrs, prior to that I was a postman for 30yrs in the Preston Central Delivery office. I have lived in the area for 39yrs, both my children attended Whitefield.
I have been a governor for almost 18yrs, I have been a member of various committees currently a member of the resources committee. I am the governor for the Early Years.  I think it is important that our children receive the best educational opportunities they can in their formative years and I firmly believe we offer this at Whitefield. The present teaching structure and leadership we have in the school is, in my opinion, the best we have had in the 18yrs I have been involved. When our children move on from Whitefield I am sure they are quite ready and capable to tackle the next exciting chapter in their educational journey.
Attendance at meetings; 100%
Business Interests: none
 
Sarah Penman
I am a parent of 2 Whitefield children, one in Year 1 and one in Year 4, and I am in my third year as a governor at Whitefield. I have been teaching for 15 years, most recently at Hutton CE Grammar School where I am Head of Science. 
I am also the governor responsible for SEN, and I meet regularly with Mrs Adams to discuss provision across the school. The quality of teaching and learning across the school is a particular area of interest for me, along with communicating progress to parents. 
Attendance at meetings: 100%
Business Interests: none
 
Janice Adams
Attendance at meetings: 100%
Business Interests: none
 
Laura Nuttall

I am currently in my seventh year teaching at Whitefield where I have taught in Year 6 for the past 5 years. Teaching is my passion; watching the children in my care develop, grow and learn each day is an unbelievable feeling. As part of my role in school I lead mathematics which is a particular love of mine. Last year I was appointed as a mathematics specialist leader in which I travel to other schools in Lancashire to support them in their development of the teaching and learning of maths. In my spare time I teach latin, ballroom, street and cheer dance at Fever Dance Company, so lots of teaching!

Attendance at meetings: 100%

Business Interests: Fever Dance Studio