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Governor Biographies


Chris Penter

A Governor since 2011 and Chair since November 2015, I was Headteacher of an 'outstanding' secondary school in the Manchester area for 15 years, followed by a spell as Deputy Director of Inspections responsible for Ofsted Inspections in the North of England. In 2006 I was appointed Director of Education for Nord Anglia with responsibility for quality and standards in their group of International Schools across the world. For the last 3 years to July 2014 I was Principal Consultant at CP Associates, a company responsible for supporting school leadership and school improvement in the UK and abroad.

Graham Scott

A Governor since 1989, I am the Vice Chair and Chair of the Resources and of the Pay Review and Audit Committees.

A graduate of Manchester University, I started work as a Research Chemist with ICI, before moving into engineering project management with responsibilities for Quality and Health and Safety Systems. I was also Technical IT Manager and IT Security Manager.

My two children attended The County High School, Leftwich, before progressing to Sir John Deane's College, followed by University. My daughter is now a midwife and my son an IT Systems engineer.

Gaynor Sinar

A Parent Governor since 2004, I became a Trustee in 2012. I have had a business in Northwich since 1984 and was recently elected the Chair of the Business Improvement District. I am currently the local Cheshire West and Chester council representative for Leftwich, Kingsmead, Davenham and Moulton.

My three daughters have all attended The County High School, Leftwich. The eldest has a fashion boutique in Northwich and is the sales director of the Mid-Cheshire Independent newspaper. Her younger sister also works in retail in the town centre. My youngest daughter is in her final year at Mid-Cheshire College studying Art and Design.

The Principal

Julie Brandreth

A Governor since January 2006 when I became Headteacher and then Principal when the school became an Academy in September 2012.

As a teacher since 1983, I have taught in both the Independent and State sectors, certainly endorse the view that "...the only constant in education is change", but use that as an exciting challenge to promote continuous improvement and love leading the "family" that is The County High School, Leftwich.


Mandy Pimlatt

As a Staff Governor since February 2010, I have worked in administration since leaving school, firstly at Tesco and then Roberts Bakery. I have worked at The County High School, Leftwich for 15 years as the Principal's PA and Business Manager: Personnel

My two daughters attended the school. One now works in administration and the other is a full-time mum.

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

A Parent Governor since February 2013, I have worked in education across Cheshire for 20 years as a Key Stage 1 and 2 teacher, tutor, 1:1 SEN teaching assistant, and now, locally, as an ECaR (Reading Recovery) teacher. I have previously been on the Governing Body of a local primary school as a staff member.

I am a former pupil of the school. My son is currently in Year 9 and my daughter will be following in our footsteps in September 2015.

Victoria Davies

A member of Davenham CE Primary School Parent-Teacher Association known as "Friends of Davenham School" for 11 years, I became a Parent Governor of The County High School, Leftwich in February 2015.

I am currently employed in the Retail business sector and work in Northwich town centre for a national retailer. My previous employment has been in Financial and Administrative sectors. I have held various volunteer roles with the Scout Association for the past 20 years and I am currently the District Explorer Scout Commmissioner for Mid Cheshire Scout District.

I have 2 children, who currently attend The County High School, Leftwich, one in Year 11 and one in Year 7. Both are members of the School Band and have also participated in various sporting activities for the Academy.

Co-Opted Governors

Alison Massey

A Governor since 1998, I was Chair of the Curriculum Committee before being nominated and elected as Chair of the Governing Body from 2005 to November 2015 and a Trustee from 2012-2015.

I have lived in Leftwich and Davenham and work in Northwich, so have strong links with the local community. My two children attended The County High School, Leftwich, before progressing to Sir John Deane's College. My daughter was a member of the school band, played at various venues during her time there and enjoyed many trips and educational visits, experiences she still remembers with affection.

During my 16 years as a school governor, I have undertaken a variety of training courses and am very proud to be on the Governing Body of the Academy, being part of its success, working with the Senior Leadership as a team to create the "happy family" that is The County High School, Leftwich.

Martin Wren

A Governor since 1998, I have worked in the chemical industry and sports' management. In the former, I specialised in pure science, technical and plant management, project/commissioning management and quality/training and development management.

In sports' management, my focus is squash. As Director of the European Squash Championships' Committee since 2005 and as Chair of the European Squash Referees' Committee since 2006, I represent Europe on the relevant World Squash Federation Committees.

Wendy Batey-Gray

A Governor since March 2015, I graduated from the University of Manchester with a 1st class joint honours degree 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 company with my husband. I now jointly run Solutions 24-7 Ltd, a marketing agency based in the heart of Northwich town centre.

I have many transferable skills that I believe add value to the Governing Body and I care about the town of Northwich and thus the way in which the Academy serves its residents.

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.