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Governor Biographies


Alison Massey

Having attended the school myself when it was the Northwich County Grammar School for Girls, Iíve had a long association with the premises, both as student and parent.

I became a governor in 1998 when my son started at the school followed by my daughter 2 years later.

They both enjoyed their time here, following totally different paths, my daughter gaining many memorable experiences with the school band.

It is my ambition to help the school benefit all the students who pass through it encouraging them to achieve the best they can hope to gain and more, open horizons and encourage to try every experience that arises.

Now a School in the Sir John Brunner Foundation, I hope to continue being part of the ongoing success the school is, and continues to be, which doesnít just happen; it takes hard work and dedication of all the staff in the school who, as a member of the Governing Body, I continue to support and applaud.

Governance has been an ever changing learning curve, education never stands still, but I enjoy the challenge and have learned a lot over the years and have been fortunate to work with fellow governors with a breadth of experience from all walks of life.

The Principal

Matthew Snelson

I joined The County High School, Leftwich in 2006 as a Newly Qualified Teacher. In 2009 I was promoted to Learning Leader for ICT. In 2012, after two years on the Extended Senior Leadership team, I was promoted to Assistant Principal tasked with launching and embedding the effective use of the Pupil Premium. In 2017 I became a Vice Principal leading on the Curriculum and Student Achievement. In 2019 I was thrilled and delighted to be promoted to Principal of The County High School, Leftwich.

In the past, I have been a director of a Multi Academy Trust. I am married and have two children.


Mandy Pimlatt

I have worked at The County High School, Leftwich since December 1999, becoming a Staff Governor in February 2010.

Starting in general administration at the school, I am currently the Principal's PA and Business Manager: Personnel.

I am married with 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Jo Curry

A Governor since January 2015, I have taught at The County High School, Leftwich for 18 years. I began my career at the school as a Music teacher in 1997, having graduated with a dual BMus (Hons) degree from The Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University. I became Head of Music 2 years later.

I am also a Governor at Davenham CE Primary School where my 2 sons attend, though the elder is due to move to The County High School, Leftwich in September. I also work closely with Davenham, helping to deliver their extra-curricular music provision.

Parent Governors

Joanne Flower

As a governor at CHSL since 2013, initially as a parent governor and now in a co-opted role, I have been involved with a wide range of governor responsibilities: welfare, finance, appointments, Pupil Premium, SEND, student progress and achievement and Safeguarding. I am currently Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Behaviour and Personal Development committee and a member of the Quality of Education Committee.

I have been a teacher for 25 years working in primary schools across Cheshire in a variety of roles. I now work in a Northwich school as a Reading Recovery teacher and Reading Lead.

Living in Northwich and Leftwich for the majority of my life; I am a former pupil and our two children, who both attended CHSL before progressing to Sir John Deaneís College, thrived here. They enjoyed the wide range of opportunities on offer such as Wind Band, Robot Club, and the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.

I volunteered to be a governor because I wanted to be involved with and supportive of my childrenís education. My children have now passed through this phase, but I am still keen to use my knowledge and experience of education and the local area to continue to support to The County High School, Leftwich.

Jennifer Hart

Since joining the governing body in September 2020, I have been pleased to be part of the Quality of Education Committee. My aim is to make a contribution that helps the school continue to facilitate local young people to achieve excellent results as part of a rounded high school experience.

My two children now both attend the County High School Leftwich. I am a Managing Director in FTSE 100 speciality chemicals company Croda International plc having built career experience in research, sales and marketing in the chemical industry. I personally enjoyed a varied education in my youth, spanning from the sciences to music, and I appreciate this school's enthusiasm for a broad curriculum.

Nick Welch

A Parent Governor for the last 12 months, I am a member of the Resources Committee.

I graduated from Keele University with a degree in Law and Management Science, and since graduation have built up 20+ yearsí experience in a number of commercial and management roles in the Nuclear, Telecomms and Water industries, including both the public and private sector. I am currently Director of Operations for a global engineering, design and project management business.

I live in Northwich and my two children currently attend The County High School Leftwich. Iím delighted to have the opportunity to support the school in its endeavours and maintain the high standards that have been set by the team

Kate Allen

I joined CHSL governing body in 2020 when my sons were in years 7 and 11 at the school.

I have previously held the position of Chair of Governors at Leftwich Community Primary School and have lived very closely to both schools for over 18 years.

Having worked in various roles within financial services and corporate finance departments over many years, I bring both career experience and previous governor experience to the governing body at CHSL, as well as the first-hand Ďparent experienceí required to represent fellow parents.

Co-Opted Governors

Martin Wren

I was appointed a Governor in 1998 and continue to date in various appointed roles.

I have played an active part in the Northwich community having previously been a member of Parent Teacher Association at another local high school and of Sir John Deaneís 6th Form College. I was also one of the founder members of Weaverham Community Centre and a Committee member. I am currently a member of the Weaverham Trust and carry out regular weekly duties maintaining Owly Wood and the surrounding environment.

Iíve held various positions in Cheshire and at a national level through the sport of Squash, including Director of England Squash Committee 1996 to 2002 and Chair of the Technical Committee for the Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002.

I have a first degree in Physics, a post graduate degree in Management and worked in industry in roles relating to technical, plant, commissioning, and project management.

Wendy Batey-Gray

A Co-opted Governor since March 2015, I graduated from the University of Manchester with a 1st class joint honours in Business Management with Media Studies, specialising in IT and Marketing. I initially worked in the Media and Marketing sectors before retraining to be a Secondary School Teacher. I worked as a Teacher of Business Studies and ICT at Hartford Church of England High School for eight years, only leaving to establish a Marketing and PR agency with my husband.

I now jointly run and own a number of businesses under the 24-7 brand operating out of our offices in Hartford that includes Marketing, PR, Signage and Courier services. This sees me working with 350 local businesses on behalf of the Northwich Business Improvement District along with other local bodies such as Cheshire West and Chester.

Although working as a Co-opted Governor, Iíve had the pleasure of seeing both of my Sonís thrive and excel at The County High School Leftwich and feel proud to be able to personally recommend the outstanding teaching and learning that takes place in the school.

Iím Chair of the Resources Committed and have many skills that I believe add value to the Governing Body. Having an understanding of secondary school education is just as valuable as the transferrable skills I bring from my years in business. Marketing, PR, H&S, HR and financial understanding are my main areas of contribution that transfer to governance.

I also sit on the Northwich Business Improvement District Executive Board and have a vested interest in Northwich and the way in which The County High School Leftwich serves the townís next generation.

Phil Hilditch

Since retiring as the Headteacher at Davenham C of E primary school after some 21 years in the post, joining the Governing Body at The County High School has given me the opportunity to continue to serve in the community.
Prior to joining the teaching profession I worked in Civil Engineering and Estate Agency.

Both my daughters attended The County High School and they benefitted from a wealth of opportunities including music and sport, as well as a broad curriculum. They are both pursuing successful careers, one in teaching and one in hotel management.
Amongst my varied activities since retiring I have become the Education Trustee for the Cheshire Downs Syndrome group based in Northwich.

I have therefore had a long association with The County High School as a parent as well as in my professional capacity. I have witnessed The County High School develop and grow as a centre of excellence and I look forward to continuing a productive and profitable relationship with the school community.

Jaqueline Whitby

Karen Lewis

I joined the governing body in July 2020 and Iím pleased to be a member of the Resources Committee where Iím able to bring my experience as a Chartered Global Management Accountant. I started my working career with ICI in the Finance Department in Northwich, having being sponsored by them to study Business Studies.

I have a broad range of experience in business across several industries, most recently with an Enzyme Biotech in Germany. I have served as a senior leader on business Boards in Continental Europe for the last 16+ years and I have managed people across many geographies and cultures.

I have a passion for education and development of people. Development and support of female talent has always been high on my agenda. In my last business role, I set up a Global Women's Business Forum to encourage women to maximise their potential. Several years ago, I worked with adults with special education needs teaching English and Maths, and today I'm supporting a business developing material to teach English to Dutch children.

I am married and have one daughter who attended a primary school in Hartford, before we moved onto the Continent where she completed her education in Belgium and Switzerland.

I believe I can bring significant experience, both from a financial and strategic perspective to the governance of CHSL. I look forward to supporting The County High School Leftwich in its passion for excellence.