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Withnell Fold

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Annette Fairhurst


I am a parent governor at the school. I am a practising Art Psychotherapist and DDP Practitioner working therapeutically with both children who have/ do experience(d) Trauma and Attachment difficulties and the supporting systems around the children. I am a keen advocate for both emotional well-being and mental health, and also the part that healthy lifestyles, creativity and sport play in our overall well-being and sense of self.


Julie Childs


In my current role I am the School Business Manager at a maintained secondary school in Lancashire.  I have worked in education for thirteen years and am pleased to say that I am still learning every day.  Previous to this I worked in the banking sector for a number of years and have a strong background in finance. 


In 2015 I completed the Certificate in Human Resource Management a CIPD qualification which I have found to be very beneficial in my role and I am currently studying for the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship.


I hope that by volunteering as a Governor some of my skills will benefit the school community.


I am married with one son and in my spare time I enjoy walking our dog and getting back into nature.  My favourite place to visit is Walt Disney World.


Helen Norman


Hi, my name is Helen Norman and I am a Co-opted governor, and Chair of Resources Committee at Withnell Fold.


I started as a parent governor nearly 10 years ago and was asked to stay on (hence the Co-opted status!). My three children all went to Withnell Fold and I value the care, teaching and attitudes they experienced here. The education sector has seen a lot of challenges in those 10 years and all schools are finding themselves under incredible pressure, but I've seen first-hand how much effort and commitment staff and governors here give to getting the best possible outcomes for the children at Withnell Fold and hope I've played my part in that.


My interests include sports, especially tennis (at Withnell Fold SSC) and hockey, dog walking, crafts and reading, with occasional crazes for maths and logic puzzles.



Danny Tooby


Hello I’m Danny and I am the staff governor here at Withnell Fold. I am the Foundation Stage Class teacher at school and have been in this role since 2017. I also lead other subjects at school such as Art and Music.

I began my teaching career at Edge Hill University where I undertook a degree in Primary Education with QTS. In my spare time I play an active role in my local theatre group on the committee. I also enjoy attending concerts and performances when I can. I enjoy walking, hiking and running. Two of my favourite things to do are to visit art galleries and travel!

I hope that by volunteering as a staff Governor I am able to further contribute to the development and running of our school.



James Hillman


Hi I am James Hillman and I am a parent governor at Withnell Fold. I’ve had one child complete her journey through the school and another two currently there – given the gaps in ages this means our family association with the school will span 18 years! I also live just across the field from the school and realise what an important role it plays in the local community.


In my professional life I am an engineering leader for an international technology company which gives me a particular passion for all things science, technology, engineering and math's related but also a recognition that we need to give our children a diverse education to help them develop the creativity needed to meet the challenges of an increasingly digital and complex world.  I hope by volunteering I will bring diversity to the board of governors by being from a non-educational background and be able to contribute to the school’s on-going success.


When not working I am usually busy with our three children or DIY on our old cottage that we started renovating 10 years ago. I love spending time in the countryside - if possible on my mountain bike and/or on top of a hill!


Neil Holden


Hi, after a long career working as a Nurse in a multi faceted role for the NHS I have now moved into retirement. One of my greatest pleasures was to see Student Nurses progress in their knowledge and skills through my teaching role. I have always placed great emphasis on Education and Development of the person and I hope that my years of experience will contribute to the Health and Well being of the school.

As I now have spare time I am pleased to become a Co-opted Governor. I live only a short distance away and have seen many generations walking through the fields on their way to school.

My interests are many and varied, travelling in our Motorhome, walking on the hills, skiing, cycling or sailing our wooden yacht that we have built .












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