Governors

Lawrence Smye-Rumsby (Chair)

Health & Safety Governor, Headteacher Appraisal Committee, Resources Committee

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.

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 (12) and Olive (7).  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!

Keith Paterson (Parent)

Online Safety Governor, Training Link Governor, Pay Committee

Keith has over 20 years experience in the creative industry and is the Director of Tornado, a design, website and software company based in Liverpool. He lives in the Up Holland area and has two daughters who attend Delph Side, so he knows how brilliant the school, pupils and staff are. In his spare time he loves playing and coaching football and is the coach of a local girls football team. He is a huge fan of Everton and enjoys taking his daughters to home games at Goodison Park. With Tornado he works closely with Everton in the Community and other charities on sporting projects to improve the physical and mental health of children and adults.

Jonathan Fyne (Staff)

Resources Committee

Jonathan is a staff governor and is our Assistant Headteacher, teaching in Year 2.  He is also responsible for managing the Early Years and KS1, Able and Talented, Reading as well as all things technical including our Computing curriculum and Online Safety.  He is passionate about his beloved Everton and enjoys nothing more than a trip to Goodison Park as well as following them round the country to away games.

Liz Burton (Co-Opted)

Liz is our Assistant Headteacher, Pupil Premium Lead, Children Looked After and Special Educational Needs Coordinator. She has worked at Delph Side since 2006 and has been on 'the journey' with the school. Liz is passionate about SEN and seeing the progress children with SEN can make with the right love, support and nurture they need. She loves supporting and getting to know the families in the school and always has time for a chat. Liz lives in Mawdesley with her husband, two children Zac (10) and Amelie (7) and numerous pets. At evenings and weekends Liz changes her day job to 'mum's taxi service' whizzing the children to various clubs and events. With any time left over she enjoys long walks, family meals and (believe it or not) cleaning.

Thomas Hedderick (Local Authority)

Safeguarding & Prevent Governor, PSHE Governor, Headteacher Appraisal Committee

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)

Pupil Premium Governor, Resources Committee, Pay Committee

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)

Attendance Governor, Headteacher Appraisal Committee

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.

Dawn Hughes (Co-Opted)

Pay Committee

Both Dawn's daughters attended Delph Side Primary School (now 18 years and 23 years) and she has lived in the local area for over 30 years and in Skelmersdale for nearly 50 years! She has seen first-hand the positive impact Delph Side has had on her children and the community it serves. Dawn has been employed for over 25 years at a local FE College and has a keen interest in how Education can shape the lives of people of all ages. Her role involves providing advice and guidance to young people and supporting their transition into further education and beyond. Dawn loves her job, the college and Skelmersdale and sees so much potential in the young people in the area. In her spare time, Dawn is an avid reader and loves spending time with her family and walking her beautiful dog Bonnie.

Jaclyn Turner (Parent)

SEND Governor, Resources Committee

Jaclyn is a HLTA and currently works at The Acorns (PRU) where she assists with the pastoral team and works with families to overcome any barriers identified to learning students may face. Jaclyn is passionate about making a difference to the lives and education of young people in our community. She strongly believes in equal opportunities for all, and young people should be given support and encouragement to achieve their goals. Jaclyn's particular skills lay very much in SEN and she wishes to advance in her career particularly in this department. Jaclyn has recently moved her two children into Delph Side who are thriving being part of a small, nurturing, family community school. As a new parent governor, Jaclyn is looking forward in working with the team. Outside of work, Jaclyn is a family girl and loves spending time with her children.

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