Governing Body

  • Mrs Joanne Michaelas

    Chair of Governing Body

Appointing Body - School Parents
Term of Office December 2019- December 2023
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

    Vice Chair Co-opted Governor

Appointing Body- Governing Body
Term of Office December 2019 -December 2023
No Pecuniary Interests Declared
Having grown up in West Yorkshire, I moved to Warrington in 2002, and have lived in Culcheth since 2007. I have a child that attends Culcheth Primary School

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 Joanne Smith

    Staff Governor

 Appointing Body- Governing Body
Term of Office June 2019- June 2023
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.
  • Mrs Joanne Raftry

    Co-Opted Governor

Appointing Body - School Parents


Term of Office May 2017-May 2021


No Pecuniary Interests declared 



I have two children who attended Culcheth Primary school, I have been an active volunteer and helper and was a  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

    Co-opted Governor

Appointing Body- Governing Body


Term of Office - October 2019-October 2023


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. I have a child that attends Culcheth Primary 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.

  • Mrs Rachel Fogg

    Parent Governor

    Appointing Body- School Parents

    Term of Office- November 2019-November 2023

    I grew up in Manchester and after graduating from university I lived in London for 8 years. Settling in Culcheth in 2009 I have since had 2 sons who are both currently attending Culcheth Community Primary School.

    My career has always been within the travel industry and for the last 14 years I have worked for a technology company specialising in reservation and e-commerce platforms. My role is to plan, test, document and train changes made to our system.

    I have been an active member of the PTA since my oldest child began attending the school and I continue to support events when needed.

    I hope that my experiences, enthusiasm and simply being a parent of children at this school will allow me to be a productive member of the governing body.