About the Governors

Welcome from the Governors

As a Board of Governors, we are passionate about upholding the vision and ethos of St Anne’s Church of England Primary School.  We have a varied range of skills and abilities which we bring to the school to lead and develop in line with the School Improvement Plan.  We are a committed team of leaders who believe in St Anne’s and are proud of the work of the school staff and its children.  We will continue to support the school as Governors and as volunteers to ensure it continues to be awesome.

Kath Slaughter – Chair – Local Authority Governor

  • Roles on Governing Board: Finance, Safeguarding, SEND, Well-being, Catch-up Premium, Pupil Premium, Data, Educational Visits, PE & Sports Premium
  • Committees: Resources Committee, Standards & Curriculum Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 23/06/2016
  • Appointed By: Local Authority
  • Appointment End: 19/11/2021

I have been a Governor at St Anne’s School for over six years and became Chair in 2016, after serving 2 years as Vice Chair. I have also chaired the Resources Committee for almost 5 years.

In my professional role I have 30 years experience in commercial sales mainly in the information technology sector where I worked with many educational institutions. At St Anne’s I am involved in Safeguarding and Financial matters in addition to my role as Chair, leading a committed and passionate team of Governors who have a great range of skills and attributes and are always ready to give their time and enthusiasm to focus on improving outcomes for all our school family. One of my best days as a Governor was in 2017 spent accompanying Year 6 on their trip to the Houses of Parliament.  I am passionate about giving our children extraordinary experiences alongside the very best education to prepare them for life.

I am proud of what we have achieved at the school over the past few years and excited about the future as we continue on our improvement journey.

On a personal level, I have two grown up children and a grandson.  I enjoy travelling both abroad and closer to home. My hobbies include sewing and other crafts, reading, theatre and music.

Nicola Cowdery – Vice Chair – Parent Governor

  • Roles on Governing Board: Maths, Science
  • Committees: Resources Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 02/03/2020
  • Appointed By: Parents
  • Appointment End: 02/03/2024

I was appointed as a parent governor in March 2020. I sit on the Resources Committee and I am the link governor for both Maths and Science. I have two children in the school. We chose St Anne’s for the nurturing environment it provided for our children to grow and learn. I am very proud to be a part of this fantastic school!

As well as being a parent, I work part time as a psychiatrist. As such, the emotional well-being of staff and pupils alike is extremely important to me. In my spare time, I enjoy getting out in the great outdoors and walking in the countryside. We love holidaying as a family in this country and discovering the beautiful places it has to offer.


Sheila Lynch – Foundation Governor

  • Roles on Governing Board: PSHE
  • Committees: Standards & Curriculum Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 19/03/2014
  • Appointed By: PCC
  • Appointment End: 18/03/2018 (renewed until 18/03/2022)


Rev Rod Bevan – Ex Officio Reverend at St Anne’s Church

  • Roles on Governing Board: Collective Worship, Marketing & Communications, RE, History, Able, Gifted & Talented
  • Committees: Standards & Curriculum Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 20/05/2019
  • Appointed By: Diocesan
  • Appointment End: 19/05/2023

Reverend Rod has been Vicar of St Anne’s Edgeside since September 2003 and been involved with the school since that time. As Area Dean of Rossendale until June 2021 he has been involved in a period of huge transition. Since 2009 he has been a Trustee and active volunteer with The White Horse Project, working with young people from a base within the parish. He is also a Trustee of the Magdalene Project and a governor at Valley Leadership Academy. He is absolutely passionate about church and community.

Amanda Robertson – Foundation Governor

  • Roles on Governing Board: Geography
  • Committees: Resources Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 20/11/2019
  • Appointed by: PCC
  • Appointment End20/11/2023

Robert Haigh – Foundation Governor

  • Roles on Governing Board: Early Years, English, RE/SIAMS
  • Committees: Standards & Curriculum Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 28/03/2017
  • Appointed By: Diocesan
  • Appointment End: 27/03/2021
I am delighted to be able to serve St Anne’s as a Foundation Governor, especially during this exciting period of the school’s development. I work as a school’s adviser for the Diocese of Manchester and also as an independent educational consultant. My background is in secondary education and I was headteacher of three North West high schools over a period of 17 years. My current work involves me with many  primary and secondary schools throughout Greater Manchester and Liverpool.
My wife and I live in Oldham. We are active members of St Thomas’s Church, Delph. We have two grown-up sons. I also enjoy reading, gardening, travelling, being a grandad and supporting Huddersfield Town.

David Robinson – Foundation Governor

  • Roles on Governing Board: Health & Safety, Art & DT, Marketing & Communications
  • Committees: Resources Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 22/01/2016
  • Appointed By: PCC in 2018
  • Term of Office: 21/01/2022

I have been a Governor at our fantastic school since October 2016. I’m sure that we all want the very best for our children and for them to achieve academically. Equally, we want them make friends, have fun learning, and to be happy along their journey through school. My daughter absolutely loves every aspect of school life at St Anne’s. The staff, children, and parents of St Anne’s all contribute to making our lives as governors an absolute pleasure.

My job is, Premises Manager at Haslingden High School. I do all of the practical stuff like maintenance and dealing with contractors and Health and safety. In my spare time I love spending time outdoors walking and watching football (Manchester City).

Karen Duffy – Staff Governor

  • Roles on Governing Board: Computing, Online Safety, Music
  • Committees: Standards & Curriculum Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 10/02/2019
  • Appointed By: Staff Appointment
  • Appointment End: 09/02/2023

I am the staff governor at St Anne’s. I have been a teacher at St Anne’s for over ten years and teach Reception Class as well as being one of our Assistant Headteachers. I attended St Anne’s as a child and love working here – we have an amazing school family!

I have been a governor for four years and sit on the Standards and Effectiveness Committee and the Curriculum Committee which, with my knowledge of the school and curriculum, I feel I can make the best contribution to. It has been a real pleasure to work with the Governing Board to develop our mission and vision, we are a team with great vitality! I am also link governor for Computing and Music.

At the weekend I love to take it easy in my caravan in Wales, the rest of my time is tied up with my ever growing amount of grandchildren!


Simon Creasey- Parent Governor

  • Roles on Governing Board: Link governor for Spanish and P.E.
  • Committees: Resources
  • Date of Appointment: 03/03/2021
  • Appointed By: Local Authority
  • Appointment End: 02/03/2025

I was appointed as local authority governor at our ‘awesome’ school in March 2021 and form part of the resources committee as well as link subject governor for Spanish & P.E.

I am also the chair of the “Friends of St Anne’s” PTFA group.

I am delighted to be part of the St Anne’s ‘family’ and believe each child’s educational experience should be unique, nurturing and full of opportunities to learn and develop both skills and their personalities.

I chose St Anne’s for my son as I felt the school’s core values and strong connections with faith provide him with the best opportunities and experiences to encourage his educational development.

I currently work as a Business Development Manager in private health care assessing the support needs of adults with different abilities and complex support needs to lead independent and fulfilled lives working closely with many local authority social care teams across the North West.

In my spare time I am director of Rossendale Drum Majorettes and enjoy being an active member of our local community volunteering where I can.


Vacancy – Foundation Governor


Jayne Webb – Ex-Officio (Headteacher)


  • Roles on Governing Board: Headteacher, Link Governor
  • Committees: Resources Committee, Standards & Curriculum Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 01/09/2021
  • Appointed By: Headteacher appointment
  • Appointment End: 31/08/2025

I am delighted to be beginning my first headship here at St Anne’s.  I have been teaching here for almost fourteen years and have built long standing relationships with families over those years.  I am passionate about ensuring children achieve their potential in their primary education, that they explore their own personal faiths and spirituality, and that the children have fun in school whilst learning and leave us with lifelong memories.

I am looking forward to working with our school governing board and the exciting times that lie ahead.