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Meet the Governors

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Mr Ian Hunter

Chair & Foundation Governor

Hello, I have been a governor at our school for almost 9 years. Both my daughters were pupils at Holy Family with the youngest recently transferring to St Mary’s Catholic Academy.

     I enjoy the understanding I have gained about how the school works from the head and teachers. I look to reinforce our vision in all decisions we take.

        I am delighted with the skills our governors bring to our meetings.  We are determined to aspire to ever improving standards at our school.


Mrs Ellen Davies

Vice Chair and Foundation Governor

My name is Ellen Davies. I am  the Deputy Chair and a member of the Curriculum Committee. I have been a school Governor for 14 years. I have been actively involved with the school and parish for over 40 years. I am the Playgroup Leader, so it has been good to see the children develop in a caring and happy environment. The school has improved over the years with a dedicated staff team which keeps the children at the heart of all they do.


Mrs Vivien Pickup

Foundation Governor

My reason for being a governor is to assist the Headteacher and her senior management team in achieving a good to outstanding school. To better assist, the governing body have just done a skills audit and as a result taking on 3 new governors to fill highlighted needs.

I get back as much as I give from both staff and children. There's such a welcome when I go into school and I always go home with a buzz.

Fr Masaki Narusawa

Parish Priest & Foundation Governor

Fr Narusawa was appointed parish priest on Fr Farrell’s retirement, August 2015.






Mrs Jeanette Pope

Parent  Governor

Hello, my name is Jeanette Pope and I have two daughters-one at Holy Family and one at St Mary’s Catholic Academy.   I was born, raised and educated in Blackpool.  I work for a large manufacturing company and I am experienced in project management and finance disciplines.  I have a strong academic background and I’m really keen to contribute to the running of the school. my name is Jeanette Pope and I have two daughters at Holy Family. I am really looking forward to being a parent Governor here. I was born, raised and educated in Blackpool. I work for a large manufacturing company and I am experienced in project management and finance disciplines. I have a strong academic background and I’m really keen to contribute to the running of the school.

Mr Garry Heap

Foundation Governor and Chair of the Curriculum & Standards Committee.

         I live in Holy Family Parish, was married at Holy Family Church. I have two children who both attended Holy Family and are now pupils at St Mary’s Catholic Academy. I have a Science and Mathematics background, and have worked in the IT sector for over 20 years.

         I recently took the role of Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. I enjoy contributing to the many varied aspects of school governance and working with the other governors to support the school in building on its already excellent standards of education for our children.





Miss Margaret Simpson

Foundation Governor

I have been connected with schools and education all my working life. So, when asked to be a Foundation Governor at Holy Family Catholic Primary School, I felt I could support both the children and teachers. As a parish catechist, I also help prepare the children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.

Mr Shane Patmore

Co-opted Governor

I am a Finance Manager for a large Manufacturing Company. I have two children at St Mary's Academy and one at Holy Family. My wife Angela, is a Support Assistant at the school. I have been a Governor at Holy Family since my eldest started in reception. My aim is to help other Governors and Staff to understand the accounts and plan for the future.

I am the Chair of the Resources Committee which covers Staffing, Premises and Financial Planning/Monitoring.

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Mrs Esther Lowe

Foundation Governor

Hello, I’m Esther, my son Daniel is in  Year 5  at school and I know he is extremely lucky to attend such a caring school.  My parents were both teachers and I worked as an administrator in a Blackpool school until recently so I am very aware of the pressures and challenges that our school staff and teachers face every day.  I hope that by joining the Board of Governors as a Parent Governor I will be able to give something back to school & to the staff that have done so much for Daniel.  I hope to make a positive contribution to the work & life of the school.

Mrs Ewa Bradford

Parent Governor

My name is Ewa Bradford and I have 3 sons -one at St Mary's, one at Holy Family School and one yet to start school. I am relatively new to the role but am looking forward to being more involved.






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Mrs Julie Hutson

Foundation Governor

Mrs Hutson has recently started her term of office as a governor at school. She has one daughter in Year 2 and a son who is yet to start school.







Mr Danny Scott

Local Authority Governor

My name is Danny Scott and I joined the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, in 1971 as a Radio Mechanic. I was stationed at Portland in Dorset until 1977. I then joined the Prison Service where I worked in several prisons as a Physical Education Instructor in the North East before moving to the North West in 1994 as Physical Education Manager at Lancaster Castle. I moved to Blackpool seven years ago where I became interested in politics and was selected to stand as Councillor for Warbreck Ward in last years Local Elections where I was fortunate to be successful in my first attempt.

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Mrs Gemma Unsworth

Staff Governor

 Hi, I’m Gemma Unsworth and I have worked as the EYFS teacher, PE Coordinator and EYFS/KS1 Manager at Holy Family for over 10 years. I am new to our team of Governors and I’m looking forward to becoming in other aspect of school life. I absolutely love my job and I am extremely proud of our team  at Holy Family. I am particularly interested in play-based learning and Physical Education.

Mrs Helen Moreton

Head Teacher Governor

I am Helen Moreton, Headteacher Governor. I have worked at Holy Family Catholic Primary School since September 2005 so have now seen several cohorts progressing through school. I also love to see ex-pupils visiting and chatting about what they have been up to since leaving our school. I very much enjoy working with parents and parishioners in our community for the benefit of all our children. As an Ofsted graded ‘good with outstanding features’ school, we are very much on a journey to ‘outstanding’.

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Ms Dawn Parkinson

Clerk to Governors

I work for the local authority Governor Services. I support Governors by taking minutes of their meetings and providing advice on governance. I have worked for the service for nine months and support a number of different schools and academies in Blackpool. I am really looking forward to working with Holy Family.




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