Our Governors

Dave Hawksworth – Chair Of Governors

I have been a Governor for 11 years at St Mary`s C of E Primary school, initially as a Parent Governor, then Vice Chair and I currently hold the position of Chair, a position I feel honoured and privileged to hold. I hope to bring my experience of Governance alongside my business experience to help in areas such as finance. In 2017 the school was rated outstanding by Ofsted which is testimony to the incredible hard work and dedication of our Head teacher Diane Jefferies, the SLT ,teachers and support staff who work tirelessly to me meet the children’s educational and emotional needs. I am married to Nicola who is a Teaching assistant the school and have one daughter Keeley who is a previous pupil at the school and who is currently studying at Edge Hill University. I currently work as a Business Manager for a large national wholesaler for whom I have worked for 38 years. My hobbies include most sports in particular Cricket, which I played for many years, and I am also a lifelong Bolton Wanderers fan.

Phil Orth – Vice Chair​

I have worked at St. Mary’s since the beginning of1983. I have taught mainly in Key Stage 2, though I have delivered Science and French in Key Stage 1 over the years. Posts I have held over the years have been assistant head, science co-ordinator, I.T. co-ordinator, P.E. co-ordinator, key Stage 2 co-ordinator and most recently M.F.L. co-ordinator. I have served on the school governing body continuously since 1986 as teacher governor and associate governor.

John Tudor

My name is John Tudor I have been Foundation Governor for about 15 years in various capacities.  I am involved in the Personnel, Finance and Buildings Subcommittee. My previous history was an Executive Engineer on mail sorting on major schemes and latterly as a Senior Manager in Finance dealing with  Contracts and Procurement  for Royal Mail Headquarters Chesterfield. In the time I have been involved with this school there have been some dramatic changes from a single entry school of approximately  240 pupils to where we are today with dual form entry and having incorporated the Sure Start section of the school. This is an exciting place to be with a school that has been virtually rebuilt, has an exciting curriculum and excellent staff to carry it out.

Jayanti Valji

I have been a Local Authority appointed Governor for 5 years and previously a Parent Governor for 7 years. I have been in involved in the school for over 24 years during which time all three of my children attended St. Mary’s. My main interest in education is in helping to create and meet children’s aspirations. I am passionate about equality of opportunity and access to services that help everyone to achieve their full potential, in education, in work and in life as it did for my children. Further, I am a local business proprietor in the Deane area, which is also supported by my wife. My interests also include sports, photography and don’t mind a game of chess too.

Andrea Berry

I am I am a mother of two children one who is in year 4 at St Mary’s and one who has recently started at Kings Accadamy Bolton. I am at TA in year 1 where I have enjoyed 5 fun filled years. I live with my long term partner.Prior to this, I worked in travel for 25 years . I love nothing more than spending time with my family going swimming and for walks and socialising with friends.

Jane Hampson

As the Church Warden at Deane Parish Church and Christians Against Poverty Life Skills Manager it is my pleasure to serve on the governing board of our church school. I have enjoyed a long, varied and interesting career in education as a teacher and Senior Manager in the Local Authority (2008-2018) where I was the Head of Inclusion Services in Bolton Children’s Services.  I have been involved in Music Education throughout my career and I am committed to creating opportunities for all to make and enjoy music. I was the Head of Bolton Music Service (1999-2008) and continue to work with them as a Choral Director. I enjoy working as a conductor training tutor for Sing for Pleasure and am a trustee for Trust Music, the charitable arm of Bolton Music Service.

Simon Glynn

I’ve lived in Deane for the past 25 Years, and have worked as a Construction Site Manager for the past 15 years and before that as a site operative for 15 years all for the same Company. I am Married to Julie who is a teaching assistant in pre school, We have three children Laura ,Mark and Lucy that all have attended St Mary’s over the past 14 years Laura is now working and Mark and Lucy are now at Ladybridge High School. In my  spare time, I like DIY building things around the house/Garden I also  help out with coaching at Bolton Rugby Union Football Club under 15’s where Mark  plays in the team.

Juliette Wood

My name is Juliette Wood and I have a son at St Marys school . My husband and I have our own Building business which I help with. I am fully involved in community outreach projects which I do through Deane Church . I have volunteered at food banks and I am currently a volunteer for Christians Against Poverty and a Mothers support group. I also have had experience within school as a volunteer teaching assistant .

Anna Newman

I was born and raised in a small town called Downpatrick in County Down, Northern Ireland. I moved to Manchester to complete a PGCE Primary with Early Years at Manchester Metropolitan University in September 2013. I was lucky enough to be placed in St Marys as part of my degree and instantly felt part of the team. Due to such an enjoyable placement, I applied and was offered a job at the school and have been part of the teaching staff since September 2014. I have worked within all Key Stages and am currently a Reception Teacher within the EYFS unit. I thoroughly enjoy working at St Mary’s and am committed to the school. I was appointed Staff Governor in September 2018 and look forward to taking on this new role within the school.

Jess Powell

I have worked for the past fourteen years as a speech and language therapist in the NHS.  Over the years, I have developed specific interests around working within mainstream schools, complex needs and bilingualism.  More recently, I have found myself working as a highly specialist SLT within child and adolescent mental health services with young people predominantly with neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism, ADHD and Learning Difficulties.  For the past four years, I have also worked in independent practice outside of the NHS.

Glynn Mason

Having worked for the Leisure and Hospitality Industry for 20 years I felt that the time was right to start to give something back into the industry that I served and I moved into the world of Further and Higher Education. Teaching in colleges has been my working life since that time and it always brings a real joy and sense of satisfaction to see the students that I have worked with gaining employment and succeeding within industry, both nationally and internationally.

My two Children attend St Mary’s and I am pleased that our choice of school has been fully vindicated, watching them flourish and grow within the setting is something for which, I am both really proud of and pleased.  I look forward to working with the other Governors to be able to make a difference in our community.

Ben Wilkinson

I have been the curate (that is, assistant vicar) at Deane Church since 2018 and my main job is to help anyone from any background to find out how Jesus is relevant to our lives today. At St Mary’s I regularly lead assemblies, I am a class link governor (currently with Year 2) and I am on the Safeguarding Committee. As well as being a link between the school and Deane Church, I bring to the role wide-ranging experience of public services, having previously worked as a local government manager and a civil servant. At Walsall Council I managed a service which supported refugees, Gypsies and Travellers towards independent living. I also advised the Director of Children’s Services on schools’ performance and led the development of a strategy for school leadership development in the borough. At HM Treasury in London, I advised the Chancellor on local government performance, policy and finance. I was also a speechwriter to three successive Cabinet ministers at HM Treasury and worked as a ministerial private secretary.