Governing Body

  • Mrs Joanne Joanne Michaelas

    Chair of Governing Body

Appointing Body - School Parents
Term of Office December 2014- December 2018
No Pecuniary Interests Declared
I have been a resident in Culcheth for 15 years, I have a son aged 6 who attends Culcheth Community Primary School.

I am a Detective Superintendent within Greater Manchester Police and I have 22 years’ service as a police officer.  I am a qualified Senior Investigating Officer, and spent 4 years prior to my current role leading some of the most complex and high profile Murder investigations in Manchester.

I am the Force lead across Manchester for Child protection, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Female Genital Mutilation, and Child Serious Case Reviews.

With regard to these areas of business I set the strategic direction for the force, Governance, and performance management. I work closely with partners across Greater Manchester to deliver services to children. I prepare the Force for inspections by HMIC and other agencies and present to them the Force’s performance. My work also involves speaking with Ofsted and assist local authorities with their performance improvement plans.

I am the Force lead for Project Phoenix, the Greater Manchester Multi-agency response in tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). I helped to devise the ‘It’s Not Okay’ campaign which also has a website, email and twitter accounts to help raise awareness amongst young people, parents, and professionals about the dangers CSE, what CSE is and to provide practical help and support. In addition I conduct Peer Reviews on behalf of the College of Policing across the country assessing standards of investigation and service within other Police Forces.

I am passionate about protecting children, and ensuring that every child is afforded the best opportunities in life. I hope to use  my skills and experiences in order to help, protect and support every child within the school.
  • Mrs Margaret Margaret McCreedy

    Vice Chair of Governing Body

Appointing Body -School Parents
Term of Office June 2016 - June 2020
Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest - PM Connections Ltd Health & Safety Consultancy Director & Company Secretary
I have lived in Culcheth since 1999. My daughter and son both attend the school. My husband and I own and run a small, local business providing project management services within the IT and engineering sectors. Through this, I have an appreciation of the different areas involved in running an organisation. My project assignments involve planning, problem solving and working with others to get things done. I have been involved in a number of voluntary roles. I was Treasurer at Christ Church Croft for a number of years and am currently Co-Leader of the newly revived Sunday School. I am the coordinator of CHAT, a social support group for Pre-School parents and carers in the Culcheth area. I also listen to a small group of children reading in school. I hope to bring these skills and experiences to the role of Parent Governor.
  • Mrs Amanda Dodd

    Head teacher

  • Miss Ruth Harrison

    Co-opted Governor

Appointing Body -Co-opted by governing body
Term of Office June 2015- June 2019
No Pecuniary Interests Declared
My name is Ruth Harrison. I am 49 years old and have three children. Two of my children attend Culcheth Primary School. I am currently A Co-opted Governor at Culcheth Primary School. The skills I bring to the governing body are both life skills and skills through my work. At the age of 16 years, I left school to attend Newton–le-willows collage. There, I attended a Pre-social worker course. During this time I had placements at the following:

 Children’s home

 Elderly persons home

 Ran a playschool

Once the course had ended, I worked for a year as welfare rights advisor based in a community hub in Wigan.
I retired from work three years ago after working for Wigan social service department as a manager with the learning disability team. My job entailed visiting institutions meeting people who had lived there for many years. It was my job to put care packages together by liaising with social workers, psychologists, doctors, families, the police and, in some cases, members of the public. Once the person moved into the community, I managed the house staff offering supervision, training and monitoring rotas; attended meetings with fellow professionals (i.e. community nurses, doctors, psychiatrists) and monitored budgets which I reviewed with the finance teams. During this time, I also did community bereavement counselling - I felt it a great privilege to work alongside families in their time of grief.
A year ago, I set up a support group for young people who have suffered from strokes. I feel my skills are in management of people, liaising with other professionals, monitoring budgets, 1-1 supervision and working with difficult or challenging situations.
  • Dr Rachel Hall

    Parent Governor

Appointing Body- School Parents
Term of Office December 2014 -December 2018
No Pecuniary Interests Declared
Having grown up in West Yorkshire, I moved to Warrington in 2002, and have lived in Culcheth since 2007. My son started at the school in 2013, and my younger son joined in September 2016.

I am proud to work for the NHS, where I currently hold the position of Head of Clinical Research & Development in a local NHS Trust. I use the following skills on a daily basis including: overseeing the regulatory and governance requirements of clinical research, writing and implementing policies and strategy, project management, reporting to Trust Board and commissioners, collaborating with research funders and partners, and working with complex data and evidence. An important element of my role is encouraging and supporting clinicians to develop research careers and utilise research evidence alongside their routine clinical work to benefit the care patients receive.

Outside of work, I am a Magistrate on the North Cheshire bench; a voluntary role which provides me not only with important legal knowledge, listening, team working and reasoning skills, but more importantly an appreciation of the range of needs and experiences of communities living in Warrington.

I hope to contribute these transferable skills and experiences to support the school to achieve its vision of allowing each child to flourish and achieve their potential.
  • Mrs Elizabeth Elizabeth Lea

    Co-opted Governor

 Appointing Body- Governing Body

 Term of Office Feb 2015 - Feb 2019

No Pecuniary Interests Declared

 I am married with 2 grown up children and have lived in Woolston for over 21 years.

My background has always been in the finance sector. I worked for the Halifax Building Society for 21 years. Whilst my children were growing up I played an active role in the life of their school being the PTA Treasurer and then a Parent Governor.

I have worked for Warrington Borough Council schools since 2000 and became a Business Manager at Evelyn Street Primary School and was appointed staff governor.

I feel I have a lot to offer as a governor, due to the knowledge I have working in the education environment.

I am totally committed to providing the very best educational opportunities for all our children at Culcheth Primary School.

Outside of work, I enjoy walking my dog and am a keen gardener and enjoy working on my allotment.


  • Mrs Joanne Smith

    Staff Governor

 Appointing Body- Governing Body
Term of Office June 2014- June 2019
Pecuniary Interest Declared Mother is Midday Assistant in school
I was born in Warrington and am married and have one son.

I have been in the teaching profession in Warrington for 21 years. I joined Culcheth Primary School in September 2002 as the Reception Class Teacher.

I am proud to be a teacher at Culcheth Primary School. I strongly believe that developing the whole child is essential to ensure that they become well rounded individuals able to thrive in future life.

Outside of work, I enjoy walking my dogs and am a keen supporter of Warrington Wolves rugby team.
  • Mr Keith Bland MBE

    Authority Governor

Appointing Body- Nominated by Local Authority
Term of Office July 2016- July 2020
No Pecuniary Interests declared
Keith has been a governor of Culcheth Primary School for over 30 years and was chairman of the Governing Body for over 20 years.

He has lived in Culcheth for over 40 years and all his 4 children and one of his grandchildren has attended this school.

He has served as a Cheshire COUNTY Councillor for 13 years, Warrington Borough Council for 14 years and at present a Councillor on Culcheth & Glazebury Parish Council where he has served for over 35 years. He has been made an Honorary Alderman from Cheshire County Council and Warrington Borough Council, as well as been awarded an MBE for services to the community in Warrington and Cheshire.

He is totally committed to providing the very best educational opportunities for all our children.
  • Miss Claire Hattersley

    Parent Governor

Appointing Body - School Parents

Term of Office May 2017- May 2021
No Pecuniary Interests Declared

I have been a resident of Culcheth for just over 1 year, previously living in Lowton for 6 years and originally born in Cumbria. Our son joined the school in September 2016.


After I obtained my HND in Business and Marketing. I went to work in the Nuclear Industry, 20 years later I am still there to this day.


My current role is a Lead Cost Engineer working on a multi-million pound Decommissioning Project. My role involves analysing data, ensuring Value for money and the production of detailed reports, a % of which are issued to the Nuclear governing body.


In the last couple of months I have joined the PTA, as I want to help the school achieve its goals. I hope my enthusiasm and drive encourages others to want to give a helping hand.


  • Mrs Joanne Joanne Raftry

    Parent Governor

Appointing Body - School Parents


Term of Office May 2017-May 2021


No Pecuniary Interests declared 



Having two children who attend Culcheth Primary school, the eldest child is in year 6 and my youngest is in year 3, I have been an active volunteer and helper within school for a number of years.

 My trade is a florist, with over 20 years experience in the business, eight of those being a business owner.

Studying floristry and business at college for five years and I am qualified to teach, I also often publicly speak about retail and business within the sector, demonstrating my work.

My daily role is a varied one; it involves stock control, invoice checking and budget monitoring, team building and management, consumer satisfaction, designing and creating from scratch, problem solving and also dealing with a wide range of customers, suppliers and corporate accounts.

I have also been involved in my husband’s civil engineering company for the last 9 years, completing accounts, payroll, invoicing and I.T. management.

I’m very proud to say that I have raised several thousands of pounds for St Rocco’s hospice, a charity that is very personal to me and my family.

My experience in business, education and finance allows me to bring these qualities to the parent governor role. The role will allow me to listen, support, encourage and provide opportunities to all our children through the school they attend.