Who are the Governors?

School governors form the largest volunteer group in the country. They are people from all walks of life, who care about children’s education and are prepared to work as a team to support their school and local community.

More than 9,000 people volunteer to be governors in Lancashire, bringing to their role experience of everyday life and a wish to help children and schools. They support schools in raising standards, by determining the conduct and direction of the school.

Effective governors do not need educational expertise but do need to be committed to their school, willing to ask questions and act as a critical friend. They also need to be able to work as an enthusiastic member of the governing body team. The headteacher works closely with the governing body as its principal professional advisor. Governing body policy decisions will then be implemented by the headteacher in the day-to-day running of the school.

They will be supported by other governors on the governing body as well as by Lancashire County Council, through the Governor Services Team. In Lancashire we have always valued the contribution of governors and we have sought to support governing bodies by providing a wide range of services including clerking, training and information. Seminars on a variety of topics are provided throughout Lancashire. Governors also receive a termly copy of “The Lancashire Governor” to keep them up-to-date on current issues.

Existing Lancashire governors also have access to the Schools’ Portal where they can view school specific information related to their governance duties and responsibilities.

There are different categories of governor, and the procedures for appointment or election depend on the category and the date when the governing body was constituted.

Some people cannot become governors. The general restrictions are listed in the document Disqualification from Holding a Governorship. All terms of office are for four years unless a reason is given for shortening the length of office.

As well as the termly Full Governing Body meeting where all governors attend, we also have sub-committees including the Curriculum and Standards Committee and the Resources and Finance Committee.

To find out more about becoming a Governor of a school, please click here.

Become a Governor letter

01058 Instrument of Governance

The school operates with a Full Governing Body meeting at least once each term plus delegated committee responsibilities as detailed in the Terms of Reference below, for two committees which meet termly.

Curriculum & Standards TOR 2018

Finance & Resources TOR 2018

But who are our Governors?

 Governors have consented to their images and names being used as per GDPR regulations. All governors are appointed by the Full Governing Body.

All staff have been checked and verified by the Disclosure Barring Service and have been appointed following interview and satisfactory references. All governors, volunteers and visitors to the school are asked to provide their DBS certificate for verification before entering the school premises.

Mrs Helen Summerfield, Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Responsibility for: Governor Links; Healthy Schools; PSHE and Values; Prevent Duty; Safeguarding; EYFS; GDPR

Appointed: Summer 2005. Term of office ends: Summer 2021

Member of: Curriculum and Standards Committee, Finance and Resources Committee, Complaints Appeals, Pay Performance Management Committee; Staff Attendance/Discipline/Review and Dismissal Committee

Meetings attended during last academic year: 

FGB – 2/3; C&S – 2/3; F&R – 3/3

Business Interests declared: None declared

Material Interests declared: None declared

Personal Statement:

I have had the privilege of being a Governor of Trumacar School for more years than I care to admit to. I have three children and one grandchild.  I was first elected as a parent governor when my second child started school. Over the years I have helped and supported the school in just about all areas. For many years I was voluntary help in classrooms and an active member of the PTFA. Before I took early retirement I worked for the NHS as a Paediatric Therapy Helper working mostly on one to one bases in different schools with children who needed a little more help than others. My experiences over the years has made me realise how essential it is for children to be safe and happy in school for them to achieve their goals and become independent. I am now a Community Governor and from 2010 I have held the post of Chair to the Governing Body.  My greatest wish is for Trumacar to be recognised as the Outstanding School it is.

Carol Williamson, Vice-Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Responsibility for: Art; Eco Schools; Music; Science

Appointed: Autumn 2015. Term of office ends: Autumn 2023

Member of: Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee, Pay and Performance Management Committee; Pay Appeals; Staff Attendance/Discipline and Dismissal Appeals Committee

Meetings attended during last academic year: 

FGB – 3/3; C&S – 3/3

Business Interests declared: None declared

Material Interests declared: None declared

Personal Statement:

When I entered Trumacar School for the first time in 2011, to do some part time teaching, I immediately felt welcome. Before I retired several years earlier, I had been a local primary school headteacher. Working at Trumacar, enabled me to gain valuable insight into current developments in education. Government policies have changed and increased so much over recent years and demands on schools are immense. However it is heartening to see that children never change and those at Trumacar especially, retain that same enthusiasm to learn. I am happy to be able to support a school with such a dedicated head and staff who have enabled it to develop into such a successful establishment.

Julie Creer

Co-opted Governor

Responsibility for: History, Geography

Appointed: Spring 2018. Term of office ends: Spring 2022

Member of: Curriculum and Standards Committee

Meetings attended during last academic year: 

FGB – 2/3; C&S – 2/3

Business Interests declared: Careers Coordinator at Our Lady’s Catholic College

Material Interests declared: None declared

 Personal Statement:

Colin Daniel

Parent Governor

Responsibility for: PE and School Sport

Appointed: Autumn 2014. Term of office ends: Autumn 2022

Member of: Finance and Resources Committee; Complaints Appeals Committee; Pay Appeals Committee

Meetings attended during last academic year: 

FGB – 3/3; C&S – 3/3; F&R – 3/3

Business Interests declared: None declared

Material Interests declared: None declared

Personal Statement:

I have felt very privileged to be a governor at Trumacar Primary School for 5 years now.  I have two children, one who is still at Trumacar and currently in Year 5 and enjoys every minute of school. I started my working life from leaving school in the motor trade. Then I worked at HMP Huntercombe which was a young offenders prison where I taught 15-18 year olds basic mechanics for three years before becoming a Discipline Officer at Huntercombe for many more! I found the job very rewarding and enjoyable and continued this similar role when we made a big but never regretted step, moving to Heysham from down south in 2014. More recently I’ve been working as a support worker in a children’s home. I am passionate about young people getting the very best out of education and their lives generally. This is what perhaps led me to my role within Trumacar School. Being a part of a school that offers so many experiences to it’s pupils year in and year out makes me quite proud to be a part of it. Knowing that parents can and do approach me to discuss things in relation to the school gives that family community feeling that Trumacar is always aiming for and like everyone one else in this school, try my absolute best to do it well!

Ceri Hamer

Head of School

Member of: Curriculum and Standards Committee, Finance and Resources Committee

Meetings attended during last academic year: 

FGB – 3/3; C&S – 3/3; F&R – 3/3

Business Interests declared: None declared

Material Interests declared: None declared

Personal Statement:

As Deputy I have been working closely with our Governing Body for many years. Prior to joining Trumacar I was also the staff Governor for two other schools. I have always enjoyed this aspect of my work as it gives us the opportunity to look at the whole school community. I have a passion for Community links and understand the value it can bring to develop the education of our pupils further. Now as Head of School I have an even more active role within the Governing Body. I also lead our Parent Partnership which allows me to also share the views of parent body with our Governors. Our Governing Body members are fully active in school life and are very well informed when making decisions about our school.  The support they offer is invaluable to the school.

Kerrie Hudson

Co-opted Governor

Responsibility for: RE

Appointed: Autumn 2018. Term of office ends: Autumn 2022

Member of: Finance and Resources Committee

Meetings missed during last academic year: 

FGB – 2/3; F&R – 2/3

Business Interests declared: Director, The Well Communities CIC

Material Interests declared: None declared

Personal Statement:

Rev’d Mark Johnstone

Co-opted Governor

Responsibility for: English,  PFL

Appointed: Spring 2014. Term of office ends: Spring 2022

Member of: Chair of Finance and Resources Committee; Complaints Appeals Committee, Pay Appeals Committee

Meetings missed during last academic year: 

FGB – 2/3; C&S – 3/3; F&R – 3/3

Business Interests declared: Pastor at Heysham Methodist Church

Material Interests declared: Father in law to member of staff

Personal Statement:

For a number of years now, I have been a governor of Trumacar Primary School. It is a privilege to serve at a school that continues to make significant progress and that provides every pupil with wonderful learning experiences so that they can achieve the best they can. I also serve as the Minister of Heysham Free Methodist Church, which has a connection with the school going back many years. I am married to Jacqui and have three teenage sons and a poodle named Puddles.”

Dan Knowles

Co-opted Governor

Responsibility for: Maths, Computing

Appointed: Autumn 2020. Term of office ends: Autumn 2024

Member of: Finance and Resources Committee

Meetings missed during last academic year: new appointment

Business Interests declared: Director of D & S Knowles Consulting Ltd; Trustee at Unique Kidz and Co

Material Interests declared: None declared

Personal Statement:

I have recently joined the governing body and have been appointed lead governor for Maths and IT. Following a career in Corporate Finance and Banking, I have own consultancy business supporting large organisations in community engagement and business development projects. My work includes the hugely successful Lancaster On Ice and the Digital and Tech Hub Fraser House, working with Lancashire County Council.

I have two children at Trumacar and is proud to be part of the Trumacar family.

Paul Slater

Executive Headteacher

Meetings missed during last academic year: 

FGB – 3/3

Business Interests declared: CEO,  QKSMAT (Queen Katherine School Multi Academy Trust)

Material Interests declared: None declared

Personal Statement:

I’ve been teaching for over 20 years and have worked all over the country ranging from small rural schools to big inner city schools. I’ve been a Headteacher now for over 16 years and was the Headteacher at Clifton Primary School in St Annes before coming to Trumacar. Since then I have also been the Headteacher of North Walney Primary School for three years (at the same time as being Headteacher at Trumacar) until July 2019. I am now also the CEO for QKET (Queen Katherine Education Trust) which comprises of three schools – George Hastwell Special School, The Queen Katherine School and Walney School – in Cumbria. Outside of school I have a passion for fellwalking with my family and my springer spaniel as well as travelling and going to the cinema and theatre whenever possible. I feel privileged to be the Headteacher at Trumacar and with my fellow governors want to ensure that all children get the highest quality education we can provide – to inspire them to achieve their dreams.

Vicki van Mechelen

Staff Governor

Appointed: Autumn 2020. Term of office ends: Autumn 2024

Member of: Curriculum and Standards Committee

Meetings missed during last academic year: new appointment

Business Interests declared: Member of staff

Material Interests declared: None declared

Personal Statement:

I have been a class teacher at Trumacar Primary school since 2016. I am passionate about teaching and learning, especially Geography and appreciating our Planet. I strive to deliver a creative and engaging curriculum, which meets the needs of all children. My previous career was with local community arts organisation, More Music involving myself in the Carnival Arts World and community music.

My partner Rob and I have two children and when we get the opportunity we love to be in the outdoors, either camping, walking and/or open water swimming.

Emmie Wearing

Parent Governor

Responsibility for: SEND, DT

Appointed: Autumn 2020. Term of office ends: Autumn 2024

Member of: Curriculum and Standards Committee

Meetings missed during last academic year: new appointment

Business Interests declared: 

Material Interests declared: None declared

Personal Statement:

Melanie Cullen

Clerk to the Governors

Personal Statement:

I have been employed by Lancashire County Council since 2001 and been Clerk to Governors/Governing Body Adviser at Trumacar Primary School since 2006.  During this time I have seen the school go from strength to strength and look forward to seeing what the future brings.  When I am not at work, I enjoy socialising with friends and family. I am married with two teenage daughters and I have been a volunteer with Pets As Therapy for the last 6 years.  Cayli, my Golden Retriever and I visit 2 local primary schools and a care home in the Morecambe area.