John McGrath

Chair of Governors

I have worked in the NHS for some 34 years, as a senior manager, being responsible for the delivery of clinical and administration services. During this time in the public sector I gained a number of skills which, I believe, enables me to contribute to the varied duties of a Governor: financial and estates, communications, risk management, human resources, standards and governance and project management skills.

I have previously been a school governor at St Patrick’s RC Primary School for over 16 years. As a practising Roman Catholic there is nothing more important to me than ensuring the children get the best possible education to prepare them for life and enable them to reach their potential in an environment that values individuals. I believe that the spiritual journey that the children take here equips them for life beyond the gates of Alice Ingham.

As a Governor of Alice Ingham, initially as a Foundation Governor and now as the current Chair of Governors, I feel privileged in this role. The school is close to my heart as I was one of the first pupils in the school when it first opened.

David Golding

Vice Chair of Governors

Lucy Merlo

Foundation Governor.

I became a governor because I think it is important to be an active member of my community. One of the most important roles of any community is the education of children, who I think should be at the very centre of all we do; the values we pass on to them will shape future generations and strengthen our community further.

I am an active member of St. Patrick’s Parish and am also a proud parent of three children. I have been a teacher for 20 years and have an interest in special educational needs.


Nikola Winward

Staff Governor

Emma Loynes

Community Governor