Please find information about the current governing body below.

Governor terms of office and interests

Governor committee structure 2018 onwards

Governors Annual Report 2016-17– detailing the structure of the committees and a brief summary of the governing body’s work over the last 12 months.

Register of Governor attendance 2016-2017

Register of Governor attendance 2017-2018

Nominated Governors

The following nominated governors report at the full governing body meeting as indicated in the table below.

Autumn meeting Spring meeting Summer meeting
Link training – David Raby SEND / Inclusion – Julie Hurst Child protection – Michael Waddington
Standards – Neville Norcross Pupil premium – Jennifer Winkley Sports premium –  Michael Waddington
Health, safety & buildings – David Raby Wrap Around Care – Jillian Sharples

What is a governor and what are their responsibilities?

If you are interested in what a governor does and their responsibilities, please see the following information on the National Governance Association website: Information about governance.

Information can also be found on the Blackburn Diocese Education website about the role and  responsibilities of governors in church schools: Blackburn Diocese Board of Education Governance information

Members of the Governing Body

Mr Neville Norcross

Governor type: Foundation Governor

Responsibilities: Chair of the Board of Governors and chair of the Vision and Values Committee

I have been the chair of governors at St. James’ Primary School for the past 5 years. Before that I was a primary school headteacher for 25 years. I currently work as a free-lance educational consultant at both a local and national level. I also train school governors for Lancashire County Council. This enables me to remain up-to-date with the ever-changing world of education. I am a regular visitor to St. James’ School where I take time to speak to children, staff, the headteacher and parents. My role as chair is to provide both support and challenge to the headteacher as we work together to ensure that our children receive the very best education possible.

I believe that the Christian ethos of St. James’ school enables all pupils to achieve a well-rounded education that focusses not just on their academic achievement but also on their personal development as human beings. We aim to provide an inclusive school where all are welcome and all are encouraged and supported irrespective of their social, ethnic or religious background.

Schools are an important part of the local community and it is our aim to transform lives in order to transform our local community for the well-being of all concerned. In this we are wonderfully supported by St. James’ church whose clergy and church members provide financial, practical and prayerful support. This helps to make St. James’ school such a special place.

Mrs Julie Hurst

Governor type: Local Authority

Responsibilities: Vice Chair of Board of Governors and chair of Curriculum and Learning committee.

I became a governor at St James’ when my two boys were pupils there, back then I was a parent Governor, when my youngest moved onto secondary school I continued to serve on the governing body and became a LEA  governor. I have worked all my life in a local special school with children with special educational needs and therefore have a keen interest in all aspects of education.
I feel passionate about St James’ and honoured to be Vice Chair of Governors, chair of the Curriculum & learning Committee and SEN governor. I qualified as a NNEB Nursery Nurse in 1980, also completed an Advanced Nursery Nursing course & college lecturer teaching certificate in 1990 where I also lectured at two local colleges on child development and Children with Special educational Needs.
In my spare time I enjoy walking, cooking, reading & socialising.

Mrs Karen Whittam

Governor type: Parent governor

Responsibilities: member of Curriculum and Learning  and Resources committees

As a regular worshiper at St James’ Church, I was very pleased to be appointed as a foundation governor at St James’ School.  I believe that the Christian values taught at St James’ School will enable our children to become caring and compassionate individuals as they grow and mature, and I am very happy to think that I can play some part in supporting this process.  When I was appointed governor, my daughter still attended St James’ school and she thoroughly enjoyed her time there.  Her time at St James’ enabled her to make an easy transition to High School and it has also facilitated the development of a committed learning ethic.

Mr Andrew Clark

Governor type: Co-opted governor

Responsibilities: member of Curriculum and Learning, Resources and Vision and Values committee

I have been involved with St James’ Governing body for the last six years since my appointment as deputy head teacher. Currently I teach in Year 6 and thoroughly enjoy it. It is a great privilege to be involved in the working of the governing body at committee stage and being able to assist the head teacher in realising the school’s mission statement.

Mrs Caroline Lavery

Governor type: Staff governor

I started working at St. James’ Primary school in September 2015 and quickly settled into the St. James’ family. I am the class teacher in Year 3 and also the Curriculum Lead for Foundation Subjects.

I have been a teacher for 6 years and been fortunate enough to work in differing school environments. During this time, I have been devoted to becoming the best teacher possible and striving for excellence. As part of the governing body, I am looking forward to striving towards our school’s mission statement and becoming an integral part of the school and local community.

Mrs Caroline Lavery


Reverend David Phillips

Governor type: ex-officio – Vicar of St James Church

I have been a governor since becoming Vicar of St James in 2011. In addition to this role I lead school worship once a week and serve on the Vision and Values Committee.  I also see one or two classes each term to talk about or answer children’ questions about things related to the curriculum.
I have been a minister for 24 years in Carlisle, Oldham and for a national charity based in Watford. Prior to that I worked in computing for London Transport. In the past I have helped with children’s work in an inner city youth club, as a chaplain to the Boys Brigade and Akela of a Cub pack. I have served on a number of national bodies and groups in the Church of England including the General Synod.

One of the things I most enjoy in ministry and in school is to explain the Bible and what it says about Jesus.
I am married to Sarah and we have two grown up children.

Mr David Raby

Governor type: Foundation governor

Responsibilities: Chair of Resources committee; Training Link governor

It is a privilege to be involved as a school governor at Chorley St James. My involvement began when my youngest daughter attended the school after we moved to the area over 12 years ago.

I support the school individually and as part of a close working team in building and financial matters, by being a critical friend, provide guidance on health and safety issues, assist in the recruitment of staff and in contributing to the strong Christian ethos of the school. I wish to develop the role of training link governor further to assist other governors in their own development.

Background: Over 30 years’ experience within a local authority building and consultancy environment.

The surrounding area of Chorley provides many scenic walks and, when I get the opportunity, I Iike to explore the Cumbrian mountains of the Lake District.

Mr Karl Rigby

Governor type: Foundation governor

Responsibilities: Year 3 class governor; member of Resources committee

I am a former pupil of St James school, Albany High School, Runshaw College and the University of Warwick. Once I had received my degree in Mathematics, I spent some time travelling and this revealed to me the importance of providing a good education to our children. Having returned to Chorley, I am now a Maths Lecturer at Runshaw college, specialising in A-Level Maths and Further Maths. I became a Christian at the end of 2008 and I worship each Sunday at St James. If you have ever wondered why there is a bus parked outside the church building, it is because God has blessed us with more children in the church than can fit in the original Sunday school rooms. My wife and I, along with a team of volunteers teach the junior children about God on the top deck of the bus. I serve on the governing body in order to make a positive contribution to the continued improvement and development of the children in all aspects of their lives, mental, physical, social and spiritual.

Mr Ian Ross

Governor type: Foundation governor

As a new governor appointed this year, I am on a steep learning curve and looking forward to contributing to the team of governors and welfare of the school.
My wife and I started to get involved with St. James school when our three grandsons started
their education at St James nursery.
We also attend St James Church with the children and they all enjoy Crew on Fridays.
My background trade was with the printing industry but now I am retired and enjoy gardening and my allotment. We also enjoy the lovely walks around Chorley when we can.

Mrs Jillian Sharples

Governor type: Parent governor

In 2017, I was appointed as a parent governor; I previously attended St James School and church.

St James has always been special to me and I was delighted when my children became pupils at the school. I enjoyed my time as a pupil here with lots of fond memories and I have seen my children grow in confidence and gain lifelong skills and a good attitude to learning.

I have lived in Chorley all my life and currently work in the accounts department for a large Engineering Company in the local area.

I’m proud to be a governor at St James and I’m looking forward to contributing to the future of the school.

Mrs Jillian Sharples

Mr Michael Waddington

Governor type: Foundation governor

Responsibilities: Safeguarding governor;  member of Curriculum and Learning committee

I am a foundation governor appointed by St James’ Church where my family and I worship weekly and where I am also currently a Church Warden. I have served as a school governor for 6 years. I have three children: one now at high school and two currently attending the school. My specific roles within the school are child protection and safeguarding and the vision and values making sure the school maintains a Christian distinctiveness. I also sit on the curriculum and learning committee which, amongst other things, regularly reviews data within the school to ensure that all pupils are making progress helping them reach their full potential as well as supporting their families. I work in the third sector for a not-for-profit I.T. company which provides Information Services for some major UK charities including The Alzheimers Society and The Childrens Society.

Mrs Jennifer Winkley

Governor type: Parent governor

I am a newly appointed parent governor.  I have two children at St. James as well as a younger child.  I moved to Chorley five years ago with my husband and I attend St James Church.  I have worked as a civil servant in the Further Education Sector for over 10 years.

I’m looking forward to being part of the team of governors at St James.  I hope I can contribute to keeping St. James a great school with high standards, which children, parents and teachers are proud to be part of. 

Mrs Jennifer Winkley

Mr Peter Stunell

Governor type: Foundation