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Governor Biographies


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.


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.

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

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.

Nick Welch

Co-Opted Governors

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.

Jaqueline Whitby

Beverley Penter