Governing Body

  • Mrs Joanne Michaelas

    Chair of Governing Body

Appointing Body - School Parents
Term of Office December 2015- December 2019
No Pecuniary Interests Declared
I have been a resident in Culcheth for 15 years, I have a son 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 Amanda Dodd

    Head teacher

  • Dr Rachel Hall

    Parent Governor

Appointing Body- School Parents
Term of Office December 2015 -December 2019
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.
  • 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.
  • Mrs Joanne Smith

    Staff Governor

 Appointing Body- Governing Body
Term of Office June 2019- June 2022
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 24 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.
  • 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 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, my youngest is in year 5 I have been an active volunteer and helper and member of the school PTA 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.

  • Mrs Katherine O'Donnell

    Parent Governor - Vice Chair

Appointing Body- School Parents


Term of Office - March 2018-March 2022


No Pecuniary interest


My family and I have recently relocated to Culcheth from Reading. I am originally from Tyldesley and my husband is from Manchester. We have a son in year 2; a daughter in year 6 and our older daughter is in year 7 at the high school.

My background is in education and I have been teaching since 2013, originally teaching Science at Secondary school. For the last four years I have worked with infants in KS1 and Foundation stage and I currently teach Year 1 children. I was a parent governor at my children's last school for two years. Even though I am a teacher, I find it fascinating working ' behind the scenes', helping the school to stay on track in preparation for Ofsted and being involved in making some decisions about school.

As a teacher I am familiar with the data and statistics that the school has to produce and I understand the pressures of teaching in todays society.

My main focus as a governor is to help ensure that our children are getting the best education and school experience as possible in a safe environment. I hope to use my skills in teaching within the governing body but also giving my opinions from a parent's perspective.

Outside of work I like to sing in the local choir and I enjoy running.

  • Mrs Veronica Meulman

    Parent Governor

Appointing Body- School Parents
Term of Office- Sept 2018-Sept 2022
No Pecuniary Interest

My family and I have lived in Glazebury for three years, my youngest daughter now attends the school and my eldest attends Culcheth High.

I am a Qualified Social worker practicing in the area of Child Protection.  My role as a social worker is varied and has allowed me to further develop skills in a number of areas.  

Entering the lives of families at often difficult and vulnerable times can be challenging, but rewarding work.

My role requires an understanding of how health, education, family and environment can impact on a Childs development and growth and how to support families so children can develop to their full potential.  It is also about safeguarding children who may be at risk.  As part of my current role, I have worked with children who are at risk of experiencing or who ave experienced Neglect, abuse, Child sexual exploitation, gangs and more.  

In addition to working directly with families. I regularly liaise with and chair meetings with other professionals, co-ordinating information from police, education, GP’s, school nurses, midwives and mental health professionals. I need strong written analysis skills for assessments and also write detailed and accurate court reports

I hope that my experience and skills allow me to be a productive member of the school governing body.