Governors Info & Duties

The Governors.

Governors details on school website July 2018

St Anne’s Register of interest 2018-19 (Click to view)

Meet our Governing Body:


Mrs Eleanor Cummings (Chair of Governors)

Eleanor Cummings, Chair of Governors

I joined the governing board in 2017. I am enthusiastic about ensuring that all children are provided with an education that means they reach their full potential and become the best that they can be. My professional background is in Marketing & Communications and many of these skills are useful for my role as a Governor. I have two children who are pupils at St Anne’s.


Mrs Pat Gillian (Vice Chair Governor)

Revd Pat Gillian

I am a curate in the (Church of England) Saddleworth Team and I feel my role is to strengthen the links between church and school for the children’s benefit and well-being.

Mrs Jill Wilson (Parent Governor)

Jill Wilson, Parent Governor

I became parent governor at St Anne’s in June 2017. I am a working parent and have two children at school. I have also previously undertaken the vice-chair role on the PTA (Parent Teachers Association).

Mrs Penda Garnett
(co-opted Governor)

Mrs Penda Garnett (co-opted Governor)

I joined the governing bards in 2014 as a Parent Governor as I wanted to be more involved in all aspects of my son’s education at St. Anne’s CE Lydgate. I feel privileged to take on the role and to work with senior leaders to ensure pupils achieve their full potential.


Mrs Fraser

Jane Fraser, Head Teacher

I am the Head Teacher at St Anne`s CE Lydgate, following on from my role as Deputy Head Teacher. I am passionate about providing the very best for our children and feel privileged to work with such talented individuals. The collaboration between Governors, staff and parents is key and we all share high expectations and aspirations for everyone in our school.

Mrs Calverley-Smith (Staff Governor)

Claire Calverley-Smith, Teacher Governor

I am a teacher governor and Assistant Head at St Anne’s CE Lydgate. I am responsible for English and RE/SMSC across school. I work closely with Reverend Pat to organise assemblies and links with St Anne’s Church.

Gloria Beckett, Mental Health and Wellbeing Governor.

I am a Health Protection Nurse involved with Infection, Prevention and Control Immunisation and Screening, outbreaks and emergency planning.  I advise Headteachers on all infection prevention and control matters around communicable infections in children.  I have also been a District Nurse Team Leader and Ward Sister on a Rehabilitation Ward.

I am interested in making a difference in children’s lives through their education as it is vital for their futures.  I believe I can use my skills and strengths to support the school to improve its performance not just in outcomes, but also in processes.

Joseph Brownridge (Co-Vice Chair)

I have spent the past five years working within the education sector and believe I have a strong set of skills, knowledge and experience to support the school and its governing body.  I am passionate about improving school outcomes for students and support this every day in my job.


I am currently Regional Operations Director for a multi-academy trust.  This role involves being responsible for all finance, HR, premises, health and safety, ICT, catering, community lettings, risk management and legal functions across four schools in Oldham, Manchester and Sheffield including both, nursery, primary and secondary phases.  This involves supporting the Headteachers and nearly 400 staff and 3,200 students.


I have a child in Reception class and I have been amazed at how she has developed since joining the school.  I find the school a fantastic environment and community to be part of.  I am passionate about supporting the school and hopefully providing skills that can help the school on its journey.

Rachel Damianou (Foundation Governor)

I am a member of St Anne’s Church Lydgate and became a school governor in 2018. I run the Youth Group at church and my daughter is a former St Anne’s Lydgate pupil. I have been a parent helper at school in the past and know many of the pupils who also attend our church groups and activities. I am therefore passionate about bringing faith into school wherever appropriate to help and promote the school community.

I am a Partner at Wrigley Claydon, a local firm of Solicitors, and expect to use my professional skills to guide and support the staff and pupils at St Anne’s whenever I can.

The role of The Governing Body


The Governing Body works alongside the Leadership Team, to provide an independent oversight of the management and operation of the school.

The whole Governing Body meets half termly, to  guide the school’s aims and strategies; review performances;  fulfil statutory obligations and make decisions in the best interests of the school’s pupils and staff and the wider community.

All governors take a lead role to review policies, address action plans and keep up to date with local and national issues.


How to become a Governor (click link to view)