Lawrence Smye-Rumsby (Chair)
Lawrence has just retired as a headteacher from a West Lancashire School and has been a teacher for 36 years. He is currently studying for an MA at St Mellitus College in Liverpool. His wife Cerys works for CVS West Lancashire and is an 'Old Skemmer', although Lawrence originally grew up in Kent and supports Dover Athletic. Both live in Skelmersdale and worship at St Paul's Parish Church, where Lawrence is a Reader. Both have a strong desire to serve in their local community and Lawrence is seen walking the streets of the town as a Street Pastor. Their three children all live in other parts of the country and world, with their eldest daughter teaching in the Cayman Islands. Lawrence & Cerys have four grandchildren, who attend primary school in London.
Michael Fermor (Vice Chair & Parent)
Michael is currently a Civil Servant working within the Skelmersdale area. This role enables him to support and aid a range of customers on a daily basis within the community and feels that this experience of supporting others goes hand in hand with being a parent governor. He currently has two children attending Delph Side, so has a personal investment in the way the school is shaped and lead by the senior management team. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, whilst also supporting Liverpool Football Club.
Liz Ormerod (Headteacher)
Liz is our Headteacher and is passionate about our Delph Side Community. She has a variety of teaching experiences in the Blackpool and Chorley areas, but actually lives up in Garstang with her hubby and two children, Charlie (9) and Olive (4). In her free time she enjoys nothing more than quality family time. Liz has an 'open door' policy to her office and is always happy to meet visitors.
Anne Kazich (Partnership)
Anne is a Priest-GP – she is ordained in The Church of England and licensed to St Paul’s church, old Skelmersdale, as Community Priest (prior to that ministered as assistant curate at the Church of England Fresh Expression Church ‘Oaks’ on the Tanhouse estate from 2014 – 2017). She also works as a local GP in a large training practice. Learning and wellbeing, in fact, wholeness, has always been one of her passions, and this starts ideally with children! Throughout her career as a GP as well as during significant lay involvement in church life (before becoming a priest) she has been in touch with children from all sorts of backgrounds and within very diverse circumstances. She is also aunt and godmother to many!
Sara Fitzgerald (Co-opted)
Sara has worked at M&S Bank/HSBC for 20 years, fulfilling a variety of roles during that time. Her current role as Conduct Standards Manager is making sure that the business does the right thing for all customers. As a new governor she is looking forward to working with the Delph Side Community utilising her knowledge and skills from the Banking industry. Outside of work she is a very keen golfer and a massive fan of Liverpool FC.
Mark Cunniffe (Co-opted)
Mark has worked in West Lancashire since qualifying as a PE teacher seventeen years ago. For the last ten years he has worked at Glenburn Sports College as Head of PE, Director of Sport and currently as the Acting Deputy Head Teacher. Throughout this time a prominent part of these roles has been working closely with Delph Side Community Primary School. Outside of work he has a very keen interest in sport especially in Football and Rugby League - a big fan of both Everton and St Helen's!
Jonathan Fyne (Staff)
Jonathan is a staff governor and is our Reception teacher. He is also responsible for managing the Early Years and KS1 as well as all things technical including our Computing curriculum. He is passionate about his beloved Everton and enjoys nothing more than a trip to Goodison Park as well as the occasional away trip.
Thomas Hedderick (Local Authority)
Thomas is a recently qualified barrister having studied at the University of Liverpool and BPP Law School in Manchester. He is from the Birch Green area of Skelmersdale and currently works at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk. As a new governor, Thomas is looking forward to working with Mrs O and the rest of the wonderful staff and students at Delph Side to show everybody in our community that we are a great school! Outside of work, Thomas is passionate about his favourite football club, Everton, and has recently taken up running as a way of getting fit and active. His next challenge is to complete the Great North Run in September 2018!
Karen Benson (Co-Opted)
Karen has worked in a primary school for 11 years as a TA and as part of the pastoral and interventions teams. Last year she reduced her hours at the school to work in her partners company which is based in Skelmersdale. He was at a networking event and spoke to a man involved with breakfast clubs in the area who said they needed volunteers, he introduced Karen to Delph Side and she has helped at the breakfast club since.
Dionne Paxton (Co-Opted)
Dionne has over 15 years experience working within financial services but recently gave this up to follow her passion of making a difference to young people in our community. She now works in Lathom High School as an Attendance Outreach worker, this role allows her to support families in our community to overcome barriers to school attendance which is really important because it means she can help inspire students to prioritise their education.