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Governors

The Governoring Body is made up of the following people:

Mr Carl Cagliarini (Chair of Governors)

Miss Sue Thornton (Co-opted Governor)

Dr D Lee (Vice Chair of Governors)

Mrs Valerie Armor (Co-opted Governor)

Mrs Emma Fenton (Interim headteacher)

Vacancy  (Staff Governor)

Mrs Alison Campbell (Staff Governor)

Mrs Rachel Gannon (Parent Governor)

Ms Suzanne McMullin (Parent Governor)

 

Governor Information

Denise Lee


I have been a co-opted governor at Ditton Primary school since 13/10/2015, I have 3 children currently in the school. My current responsibilities as governor include Maths Link Tutor and  Resource and Curriculum committee member. 


Background
I went to Ditton Primary School when I was younger and Wade Deacon High School. I was then lucky enough to go onto complete a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering followed by a PhD in Structural Fire Engineering. Currently I work as a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, As part of my work I carry out outreach work to promote civil engineering to the younger generation. Part of my role is to support students through University life where they can meet diverse challenges.

The reason I became a Governor as I believe that every child should be given the opportunity to achieve their goals regardless of their journey in life. Children should be inspired to try to be the best and we should provide an environment and opportunities for them to do so. I believe in supporting the school and staff to ensure the best outcome for all our children at Ditton Primary School. 

 

Carl Cagliarini

Parent Governor and I have 3 children. Two who attend Ditton Primary  and a 25-year-old son after attending, Fairfield Primary and Wade Deacon , Widnes graduated from Leeds University and now works in counter terror.

Term in office: 5 years

Responsibilities & Committees - I serve as the Chair of Governors and have oversight on all school committees.

Background

I am a Scientific Entrepreneur specialising in Radar, Laser guidance and Threat Detection. I work in close collaboration with several major UK Universities on technology initiatives. My work also involves work with the UK MoD and US State Department on Anti and Counter terror programs and operations. My commentaries and narratives have been aired on the BBC, CNN and within other media such as Forbes the Guardian and the New York Times. I recently sold my company Plymouth Rock Technologies USA. It has since been publicly listed and have been asked by to return as the Chief Strategy Officer to assist in growth and direction of the business.

Reasons for becoming a Governor

I believe that Parent involvement in the school is instrumental for both the school and for the children to thrive. As a parent I believe that without challenge, assumption and complacency can set a foundation for mediocrity. This is why school governance is so important, not only for the children but for education as a whole. 

 

Rachel Gannon

Co-opted Governor and I have 3 children who attend Ditton Primary School.

Term in office: 2 years from November 2017 and this is my first term.

Responsibilities & Committees I serve on: Resource committee. I'm also the link Governor for Inclusion and Pupil Premium.

I am an occupational therapist who specialises in neurological rehabilitation. Predominately working with children and adults, who have sustained a brain or spinal injury. I am responsible for the co-ordination of a number of statutory and private services, pertaining to care, support and rehabilitation. In order to regain functional independence and reintegrate an individual into the community,  to maximise their quality of life.  

I enjoy my involvement in the school as I believe that parent's contribution & support to children's education is the foundation of a happy successful life.

 

Val Armor

Hi my name is Val Armor and I am a co-opted governor at Ditton Primary school and started this role in March 2017. I am also a governor at Aspiring Foundations Federated Nursery Schools.

I live in Widnes with my husband and daughter Ellie. In my day job, I am the Divisional Manager for Early Help and Intervention for Halton Borough Council

Within this role, I am responsible for intervention services including children centres, locality teams, health engagement officers, iCART and children with disabilities team. Our job is to help and support families when they need it the most throughout their lives. We run lots of activities and groups as well as courses for parents and children.

I really enjoy being a governor at Ditton and want to help and support the staff and leaders in the school to help children reach for high aspirations and be the best they can be.

In my spare time when I have any! I love to play badminton and netball.

 

Alison Campbell

Hello, my name is Alison Campbell and I am a co-opted Staff Governor at Ditton Primary School.  I am the Business Manager at the school and started this role in March 2013.

I live with my husband and four children in Huyton.  I was originally a legal secretary but having four children meant that I had to find a role that fitted in with school holidays once my children started school.  So in 2000 I found a part-time role in a secondary school.

I thoroughly enjoy my role as Business Manager.  Being both a member of staff and a governor gives me the best of both worlds as I get to know the children and parents, as well as being involved in the school.

In hindsight, I know that I did not make the right decisions when I left school.  I didn’t want to go to college, I just wanted to get a job, have some money and “grow up”.  As a parent we realise we want the best for our children and I was determined that my children would not regret any decision they made when the time came for them to leave school.

From the day my children started school I encouraged them to do their homework, read every night, do their spellings and listen to their teachers.  I would say to them “as long as you know when you walk out of that school gate at the end of the day you have done your best I will be happy”.  I told them to “grab every opportunity that school offered them because the hard work you put in now is not for me, not for your dad but for you so you can go on to college/university and do whatever you want to do in life”.

As a working parent I do understand how difficult it is to come home from work when you are tired and have other things to do and spend time helping with homework, reading, doing spellings, getting them to school on time but believe me the time you put in now with your children pays off massively.

My children are grown up now and are doing exactly what they want to do.  My eldest son has recently completed his PhD in Computer Science; my second son is a teacher.  I have twin girls, one is a Children’s Nurse at Alder Hey Hospital and the other has recently graduated with a Masters in Engineering, Maths and Science.  All the arguing, bickering and constant “nagging” as they called it has paid off.

The reason I agreed to become a Governor is because I do firmly believe that all children, no matter what background they come from, can achieve their dreams and ambitions if they work hard and have the support from home as well as school.    As a Governor and parent I would like to ensure that the children at Ditton Primary are given every opportunity to be the very best they can be.

 

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