Governors Who's Who

Peter Cresswell

Peter Cresswell - Co-Opted Governor & Vice-Chair
I have been a governor since Autumn 2008 with my daughter leaving Whirley to go high school in 2012. I have been Chair of Governors since Autumn 2011 until May 2018 and sit on all of the committees; in addition I act as Link Governor for Maths and sit on the Head Teacher's Performance Review Panel. My background is business consulting, working with companies for performance improvement.

Andrew Ashcroft - Co-Opted Governor & Chair
My background is in management, public relations and journalism. I joined the NHS in 2008 and I’m currently Head of Communications at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. I live close to the school and I'm pleased to be able to support my local community. Having joined the Governing Body in May 2016 I was Vice Chair and Chair for the Leadership & Management Committee until May 2018 when I became Chair of Governors.

Amanda Bassett - Head Teacher
As a permanent governor I am on all three committees.
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Andrew Hoult - Co-Opted Governor

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Claire Sleath - Staff Governor

Kate Ramczyk - Parent Governor
I joined the Governing Board in December 2016 as a Parent Governor and am currently a member of the Finance & Premises and Leadership & Management sub-committees. I have two children at Whirley School and by day I'm an Auditor.

Ashley Readshaw - Co-Opted Governor
Ashley Readshaw is a co-opted governor, he has been a governor since January 2017, he is chair of the Finance & Premises Committee, has a lead role for Health & Safety and is the link governor for Year 6. Ashley is a qualified accountant, he is retired, his most recent role was Chief Procurement Officer for AstraZeneca. Ashley has worked in the USA, France and the U.K. Ashley lives in Great Warford, is married with two grown up children and one (another on the way) granddaughter. Ashley enjoys hill walking, gardening, travelling and his motorbike.

Helena Smith

Helena Smith - Parent Governor
I joined the Governing Body in March 2013 and have two children at the school. I am a member of the Curriculum and Leadership & Management committees and sit on the Head Teacher's Performance Management Review panel. I have special responsibility for Pupil Assessment.and am the Training Liaison governor.



Mike Carew - Deputy Head Teacher & Associate Governor

I joined the staff at Whirley Primary School in September 2017 as Deputy Headteacher. I am a member of all three committees.


Lisa Campbell - Parent Governor

I joined the Governing Board in April 2018 as a Parent Governor and am currently a member of all 3 sub-committeees with particular interest in Teaching and Learning.  I have two children one of which is already at Whirley and one who will be joining from September 20187.  My job on a day to day basis is a teacher in a secondary school and Head of Performing Arts.




We also currently have 2 Co-Opted Governor vacancies.

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