Chairs of Local Governing Bodies

Chairs of Local Governing Bodies

Neil Thomson

Claire Robertson

Hellen Bolton

Anna Lidster

I work for the NHS as a clinical assistant for the Sheffield Learning Disability Intensive support service. The aim of the team is to keep adults with learning disabilities, complex mental health needs and challenging behaviour out of hospital and secure accommodation and to enable them to live in the community. My main role within the team is to deliver appropriate training to  staff teams, families and individuals accessing the service.

I am the licensed Lay Evangelist and Church warden at St James Church Clifton and am involved in organising and running many activities for young people within the community including a yearly Musical in a week project in the summer holidays in partnership with Jesus College Oxford.
I have 2 grown up children, a young Granddaughter and a dog.


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Shaun Flynn

Hayley Odemis

Helen Walker

I work for Sheffield Hallam University as a project manager in the South Yorkshire Futures team. This team supports various projects that aim to improve the educational health of the region and improve life chances for young people across South Yorkshire. Many of the projects that I work on involve working closely with schools and young people, and it is this combined with my passion for education that sparked my desire to become a school governor. Outside of work, I live with my partner Warren and our dog, a pug called Frank. I enjoy sports and play netball for the Maltby Wasps.

I wanted to become a governor as I felt I had something to offer, I wanted to do my part in supporting the young people of Rotherham and knew how in need of support schools across the country are. 

I am so proud to be chair of governors at Ashwood Primary School and part of the wider Wickersley Partnership Trust family. Not only is it inspiring to work with so many people who cannot do enough for every child within the trust, but I get to utilise the skills from my day job including decision making, leading and motivating a team and utilising individual strengths. These skills have been critical during a period of change at Ashwood over the past two years, however knowing that I have been able to play a part in turning the school into a place of positivity and determination to succeed is tremendously rewarding. We are an Ashwood family and that sense of togetherness provides a benefit to governance which I could never have imagined.

Judy Oldale

Hello my name is Judy Oldale and I am currently chair at Rawmarsh Community School. I am now retired from a very happy and successful teaching career which started in 1973.  I worked in 2 schools in the Rotherham Authority for 38 years and retired from my post in 2011 as Head teacher at Rawmarsh Nursery School/Children’s Centre where I spent 19 happy years as deputy head and then head. When I worked at the nursery I was awarded a national teaching award for Special educational needs teacher of the year in the North of England, a very proud achievement for the school and also myself and the children families I worked with.

 I am married to Chris and we like to keep busy in our retirement with gardening, bird watching and walking particularly when we visit our caravan at the coast. I also enjoy going to the theatre.

I became a governor at RCS in 2011 and I am committed to working with the students and their families, many who I taught at the nursery to help them reach their full potential by providing them with the very best education experience possible at Rawmarsh. I feel my experience working in education is still been put to use in a very worthwhile voluntary role as a governor. I particularly enjoy visiting the school on a regular basis and working alongside the students, staff, SLT and other members of our governing board is a privilege.

Margaret Saltis

I volunteered as a governor at Sandhill following a request to join a relatively inexperienced new LGB at the time.  Having been a governor at Rawmarsh for several years, I hoped to bring some of that experience to the table.  It can be hard work at times, but brings with it a lot of satisfaction when you see a school progressing forward in a strong and confident manner.  It always helps to have a good supportive team too, which I think we do!


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Tony Hardcastle

Denise Morris

I work full time for the NHS my main role is Moving & Handling Advisor for the Trust. I have 26 years of clinical knowledge from working on the wards nursing patients to then moving to the community to do posture management with children and adults with disabilities and making sure they have the right equipment to make them independent at home and in school.


Most of my time is based in the hospital and I provide specialist advice at both strategic and operational level on all aspects of moving and handling acute and community. Design and deliver all moving and handling training across the Trust and community. I work in partnership with other agencies, patient advice and improving the health of the workforce. I give specialist advice and support to all areas to the management of patients with complex needs providing advice on techniques, equipment and management of such patients.


I have 3 children including my step Son. My eldest Son works for aerospace and my other Son attends Warwick University. My youngest daughter attends the school I’m a governor at. My hobbies are limited due to busy work life but I do enjoy bike rides with my daughter and family reunions when possible.


I became a co-opted governor in 2017 quickly progressing to Chair of Governors the following year. I am very fortunate to have a Governing Body that is so committed to continual improvement of our school. Staff, parents, pupils and governors have come a long way together since I joined and together with the Governing Body and the support of the Head teacher we are all determined to ensure that our children receive the very best education possible. Therefore, as part of the Governing Body I provide relevant information, am held to account for actions taken and work with them to effectively self-evaluate our school and consider the impact of the actions that are taken. I bring skills and experience as a Nurse and advisor within the NHS, encouraging and supporting initiatives that Wickersley School Leaders continue to inspire in the children.


I have vast experience in safeguarding, LAC, SEND which is why I decided to volunteer and apply to be a governor.