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.”

Spaces in Nursery for September 2022

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.

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; Vice Chair; 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.

Sue Hilton
Foundation Governor -Safeguarding/LAC/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.


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

I am a councillor for the ward of Chorlton and an elected member of Manchester City Council and I currently have a granddaughter in Year 6 at Chorlton CE.  I am a volunteer with Chorlton Arts Festival and am on the management committee for the Chorlton Beer Festival. As well as being a governor for Chorlton CE, I am also a governor at Manchester Federation of EBSD schools, providing education for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

Fiona Sherlock

Parent Governor - MFL Link; Member of SIP Committee

I became a parent governor in September 2018. My son and daughter are both at the school and love coming to school each day. We have a great school, with a fantastic team of dedicated teachers and support staff. I became a governor because I want to make it even better. I want to ensure we help every child to grow and thrive. My professional background is in Learning and Organisational Development. I’m particularly interested in looking at how we meet the diverse needs of all children at the school. I’m the Link Governor for Modern Foreign Languages.

Charles Ward

Parent Governor - Member of Resources Committee


I have two children in the school and was elected as a governor in October 2019. 

I put myself forward for the role because I want to help the school to continue to deliver great education and experiences for our children. We are very fortunate to have a very supportive community at the school and I want to ensure that the benefit of this is fully captured by the school, and that community views are represented.

My background is in financial services and I am treasurer to two local community groups. I am keen to use my skills to support school management in making the most of the resources it has available. I have joined the resources committee specifically to make the most of my skills in this area.



Chorlton C of E Primary School

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

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