Our Governing Board

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: 27/01/20
  • Appointed By: PCC
  • Appointment End: 26/01/24

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 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 four grandchildren.  I enjoy travelling both abroad and closer to home. My hobbies include sewing and other crafts, reading, theatre and music.

Nicola Cowdery – Parent Governor

  • Roles on Governing Board: Maths, Science
  • Committees: Resources Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 03/03/2020
  • 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 one child in the school now one has moved on to secondary 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: 19/03/2022
  • Appointed By: PCC
  • Appointment End: 18/03/2026


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 End: 19/11/2023

Elizabeth Rimmer – Foundation Governor

  • Roles on Governing Board: TBC
  • Committees: Resources Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 27/06/2022
  • Appointed by: PCC
  • Appointment End29/06/2025

I am a recently appointed  Foundation Governor (June 2022) and proud to be a part of the Board of Governors at St Anne’s having seen the school develop over many long years.  I I work part-time in Finance at a  Primary School in Pendle and enjoy working in education  but I was a previous member of staff at St Anne’s and served 2 terms as staff governor in the early 2000s. I am looking forward to learning more about the broader aspects of running a primary school and keen to offer what support I can.

I live quite locally, am a member and treasurer of Lumb Baptist Church and since  my 3 children grew up I have been able to get involved more in community activities. I enjoy walking (especially in our lovely valley),  caravaning and  foreign languages.

David Robinson – Vice Chair – Foundation Governor

  • Roles on Governing Board: Health & Safety, Art & DT, Marketing & Communications
  • Committees: Resources Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 22/01/22
  • Appointed By: PCC
  • Term of Office: 21/01/2026

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 – Foundation Governor

  • Roles on Governing Board: Computing, Online Safety, Music
  • Committees: Standards & Curriculum Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 19/09/22
  • Appointed By: PCC
  • Appointment End: 18/09/26

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

I have been a staff governor for four years and sat 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 SEND.

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!


Local Authority Governor – Vacant


Parent Governor- Vacant



Dawn Wood – Staff Governor

  • Roles on Governing Board: staff representative
  • Committees: Standards and Curriculum Committee
  • Date of Appointment: 28/09/22
  • Appointed By: Staff
  • Appointment End: 27/09/26

I feel fortunate enough to be teaching here at St Anne’s. I was employed as a teacher 2 years ago, and every day I get to continue my lifelong passion to enable every child the ability to achieve their full potential. I have two children who are educated here at St Anne’s and have been given a wealth of opportunities to enhance their learning.

I was honoured to be elected as Staff Governor and take my seat on the Governing Body and the Standards and Curriculum Committee in September 2022. I feel privileged to be part of such a dedicated team.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, running and spending time with my family. 


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 serve as headteacher here at St Anne’s.  I have been headteacher for two years and previously I taught at St Anne’s for fifteen years in various classes and roles, including assistant headteacher, before becoming headteacher. I have built long standing relationships with families through the 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.