Chorlton C of E Primary School

“An Adventure for the Mind, and a Home for the Heart”

“UN Rights of a Child Article 2: A child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language or abilities. Whatever they think or say, whatever their family background.”

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Governor Profiles

John O'Donnell

Foundation Governor -Chair of Governors

My interest in education started in 2002 when I left my career as a solicitor and helped to develop a locally-based charity, ReachOut, which trained University students to volunteer as "Big Brothers and Sisters" and provide mentoring support to young people in deprived areas of Manchester. Their mottos were "be the best you can be" and "commit, inspire, transform".

I later joined one of the schools we worked in, initially as an Associate Governor and now as a Community Governor.

I am now self employed as Notary Public, involved in the preparation, authentication and certification of legal documentation for use abroad.

I hope to bring my skills and experiences of different contexts and environments to the school for the benefit of the children, staff and community. I hope that over time and with the support of the wider school community I will be able to demonstrate the commitment to and passion for the school shown by the other governors in their profiles and can play my part in enabling the children and everyone associated with the school "be the best they can be" in a respectful environment which cares for the individual.

Ben Minogue

Parent Governor; Vice Chair of Governors; PE/Science Link; Member of SIP Committee

As a parent at Chorlton C of E I have enjoyed watching both my daughters physical, social, emotional and academic progress blossom at the school, from nursery into years 3 and 6. During this time I have also had the privilege of playing an active role in enriching the pupils’ experiences through delivering KS1 and KS2 science lessons and extracurricular sports coaching sessions.

Professionally, I have worked as a scientist in academia and industry which has provided me with strong professional, analytical, legal and interpersonal skills to bring to the role of parent governor.

I am proud of our school and passionate about education, I believe that long term academic success is rooted in the ‘love of learning’ and am committed to supporting improvements on the schools’ attainment and outstanding status, whilst keeping an eye to the principles of inclusivity; every child fulfilling their potential; and creating a supportive and nurturing environment. 

Rev. Ken Flood 
Foundation Governor; Religious Education Link; Chair of SIP Committee


I am the Rector at St Clement's Church and as such I am a foundation governor of Chorlton C of E School. I came to Chorlton at the end of 2008. I have one child in the nursery and two more waiting in the wings.

I have a background in science but for most of my life I've been in full-time ordained ministry. I've worked in inner-city, city centre, and suburban parishes.

I am the chair of the School Improvement Plan Committee and I am also the (perhaps not unsurprisingly) the link governor for 
Religious Education.

Stuart Vendy
Parent Governor; Humanities Link; Chair of Resources Committee


I am a Parent Governor with three children in the school, and was elected in 2014.

My career has equipped me with a variety of skills that I hope to bring to bear in the Governor role.  I see my key function as ensuring that the views and opinions of parents are voiced and understood, so please do let me know if there is anything I can help with.

We are lucky enough to be part of a great school.  It is an asset that I will work to maintain and improve upon.

Ali Abbas
Co-opted Governor; Eco, PSHE, Citizenship Link; Member of Resources Committee


Having grown up in Chorlton, I returned here after university and I currently work as a senior business analyst for a software company in Salford Quays. 


I am passionate about environmental issues and have played an active role as a volunteer with the local Friends of the Earth group in Manchester for over a decade, as well as chairing The Carbon Literacy Trust.

I became a community governor because I recognise the vital role that schools play in building a sustainable future: not only do they equip children with the skills and knowledge to flourish and fulfil their potential, they can also bring communities together to learn about the environmental challenges we face and to work together to overcome them.

I am proud to have supported our Eco Team in securing a prestigious Green Flag award from the Eco-Schools programme, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to a successful and sustainable future for the school, its pupils and the wider community.

Sue Hilton
Foundation Governor -Safeguarding/Health & Safety Link; Member of SIP Committee


I have lived in Chorlton for 40 years and worked in the area for the majority of that time, most recently as a busy GP for many years in a practice in Whalley Range. Having recently retired I now, amongst other things, look after my young grandson 2 days each week, as well as singing in several choirs locally - one of them being St Clement's church choir. I also go hill-walking in the surrounding areas most weeks.

I am very keen on trying to keep fit, and encouraging good health, both physical and mental, in all age groups. As a new foundation governor (February 2016) I hope to learn more about the already excellent emphasis which Chorlton C of E places on health, good nutrition, creativity, and social responsibility within the school.


Kris Nayak

Associate Gov -Maths Link; Member of Resources Committee

I am a father of three children and share the view that education is a seamless journey involving parents, schools and a whole spectrum of other influences.

It is our challenge to bring these together holistically, delivering to our children a joined-up education, an education that enables them to be confident and capable.

I am a chartered accountant and with this profession brings the discipline of finance, fund raising, governance.

My family bring me joy on a daily basis and I consider it a privilege to represent Chorlton C of E and the families that are part of it. 

Susie Adamson

Associate Governor; Creative Arts and Music Link; Member of SIP Committee

I have had a long association with Chorlton CofE Primary School, since my first child started Nursery in 2003, and I am due to be here until my youngest leaves in 2019!


Having been involved in the PTA over the years, it seemed a natural progression to become part of the Governing Body in 2011.


I believe in the strong community of our school. Being a governor has given me the opportunity to contribute to the journey our children make and the resources they have to enable this process.


I am the Link Governor for Creative Arts & Music.



Rich Roberts

Associate Governor -Literacy Link; Member of Resources Committee

I’ve got three girls, two of whom are currently at Chorlton C of E and the third joins this September. I joined the Governors in September 2015 to help keep our wonderful school delivering a great experience for all the children. I am a member of the resource committee and offer my services particularly in the realm of people and change, having worked in HR for many years across numerous organisations. 
I want to make sure everyone can thrive in a safe, open and encouraging school environment that we all feel part of – the children, teachers, parents and the wider community and am proud to do what I can to help achieve this.
Debbie Smith
Co-opted Staff Governor - School Business Manager; Member of Resources Committee
I joined Chorlton CofE in October 2013 as the School Business Manager and came from a High School background.  Previous employments include banking, payroll and I had my own business in Tenerife.
My job at our school is very varied and I contribute to many areas including finance, payroll, procurement, buildings and health and safety to name a few!
I feel very privileged to work in such an exceptional school that has only the best interest of all children.  All stake holders share the same ethos and vision with true passion and I am honoured to be part of such an outstanding school.

Tom Butler - Year 6 Teacher/PE Lead
Staff Governor; Member of SIP Committee

I have worked at Chorlton for three years, two of which in Year 6, and I became staff governor in July 2017. I have an excellent understanding of the academic expectations for children leaving primary school and I am passionate about ensuring all children make the best possible progress and reach their full potential. I am also the P.E coordinator and have a background in sports science and coaching; this is a passion of mine and something I am keen to develop at Chorlton. I am looking forward to seeing the school from a different perspective and contributing to the ongoing outstanding work being done here.

Cllr. John Hacking

LA Governor - SEN/Inclusion Link; Member of SIP Committee

Awaiting profile

Fiona Sherlock
Chorlton C of E Primary School

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