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Committee Members Pen Portraits

Rachel Pickles – Chair of Committee Member

I moved back to Rainhill in 2008 after growing up here, and I have been a member of St Ann's Church since 2012. Both of my children attend St Ann's Primary School and I am a former pupil of the school myself. I was appointed as a Foundation Committee Member in November 2016 and became Chair of Committee Member in January 2019. My aim as a Committee Member is to support the school to meet its objectives and to help support and further develop the close link between the school and the Church. I work part-time as a Reward Specialist in the Group HR function at BT and through them I became a Barefoot volunteer, delivering workshops to teachers in schools to help them with the primary computing curriculum. I am also a volunteer leader with Girlguiding UK. 

Rev Alan Conant - Foundation Committee Member

I grew up by the sea, in a small fishing town in East Devon. It was here I developed a love of walking, exploring the coast paths of the South West and I’ve always enjoyed finding out what’s over the next hill. I left school to study Biochemistry in Canterbury, where I stayed on as a postgraduate. During that time I managed to take in periods of work in Macclesfield, Sittingbourne and Munich. A very enjoyable career in science took me first to work in Bristol for a short while, working on malaria, and then on to Liverpool University where I began a project looking at the control of blood flow. This led to a collaboration with the research labs at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.

Merseyside is now my adopted home. I met my wife here and all of our children were born in Liverpool. After hearing a call into ordained ministry in the Church of England I set aside my microscope and relocated the family to Nottingham where I studied at St John’s College. After two very intense but enjoyable years, and all too soon after we had arrived, we repacked our belongings to return to Merseyside. After serving my curacy for three years in the Maghull and Melling Team of churches I moved to Rainhill in 2014.

When I can take a break from work, I enjoy time with the family but do try to find time to keep an interest in the natural world through bird watching and astronomy. I also enjoy a bit of climbing. I maintain an interest in the interaction between science and faith and will be happy to bend anyone’s ear on the subject, especially over a pint. Moving around has given me a great opportunity to meet many wonderful and gifted people and Rainhill continues to be no exception.

Neil Ellis – Committee Member

I was appointed Parent Governor in early 2017. My two daughters attend Rainhill St Ann’s CE Primary School and I very much appreciate the efforts of the school in education and support they have provided so far. I am passionate about education not only for my own children but for all ages. This I believe comes from my own personal experiences in development & learning throughout my career to date in the construction industry. Through my employer I have had the opportunity to be a mentor to our trainees, apprentices & our graduates offering support and advice on all aspects of learning and experiences.

Through the knowledge I have gained from my work, being a representative the schools Parents Forum and with the passion for us all to succeed in providing the best we can, it is a privilege to be a Committee Member. My aim as Committee Member is to help to ensure the effectiveness of our school along standards we strive to attain for all our children.

Ella Rose - Foundation Committee Member

I have been a Committee Member for more than 5 years and I have 2 children who attend St Ann's Primary School. I have a professional background in education, having worked as a primary school teacher, a nursery teacher, a forest school leader and an SEN 1:1 support worker over the last 20 years. 

I am passionate about giving all children a range of positive learning experiences that they can take with them throughout life, which was my motivation for becoming a governor. My main aim as a governor is to ensure that all children achieve their potential and that the overall outcomes of the school remain the best that they can be.

Helen Fryer - Parent Committee Member 

I was delighted to be appointed as Parent Governor in November 2018. I grew up in Rainhill, attending St Ann's as a pupil and I am now glad that my two daughters have the opportunity to attend St Ann's too. I am passionate about learning and creating an environment where every child can realise their potential. I think its important that our children get the right education and support to allow them to grow and develop, equipping them with the knowledge and skills they will need in our society today.

I applied to be a Parent Governor because I wanted to use my professional skills to make a difference to the education and learning environment for all pupils. I am pleased to be able to utlise skills gained within Banking and various Leadership roles to exercise my role as a Govenor in overseeing the Schools Strategy, Vision and Outcomes for our Children. My various roles across Banking have allowed me to develop valuable skills in governance, data analysis and assessing the attainment of standards/outcomes which I am committed to apply in my role as a Committee Member at St Ann's.

Laurie Parr - Parent Committee Member

I joined the committee at the start of 2021 as I was keen to contribute to the continued development of the school and the educational off­­­ering it provides to its students. Particularly after seeing how well my own children, who are students at St Ann’s, were supported and continued to receive ­­excellent educational provision throughout the recent covid interruptions.

Education is tremendously important to me as it has given me some amazing opportunities throughout my life such as using my Spanish language skills to study, work and travel in and around various Spanish-speaking countries, and then from my time spent as a head-hunter in the finance industry I have seen the value placed on education by employers. As a result, I am keen to do what I can to support and extend the educational provision provided by the school.

I’m an avid sportsman and currently coach my son’s football team at Rainhill Utd and can often be spotted running the pavements of Rainhill so, I am also keen to do what I can to ensure the school offers all children a chance to develop into little sports stars of the future.

Charlotte Foster - Teacher Committee Member

My teaching career began in September 2013, after graduating with 1st Class Honors Degree in Primary Education with a Maths specialism. Since this time, I have been a teacher at Rainhill St Ann’s CE Primary and in April 2016 I was appointed as Maths Subject Lead and TLR holder. During this time, I have successfully led and implemented a number of changes to Maths provision at St Ann’s. As of July 2017, I have been commissioned by the North West Learning Partnership (Formally St Helens Teaching School Alliance) to work as a Maths Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) demonstrating my capacity, skills and commitment to supporting others. Furthermore, during 2017-2018 I also worked as a Primary Development Lead (PDL) for Mathematics Mastery. I am committed to my own CPD and I have attended a wide range of training events and courses to ensure that I am kept up to date with current initiatives in Education. In 2017, I completed the Excellent Maths Teachers Programme and I am currently completing my National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL). I am committed to St Ann’s and the strive to achieve the very best outcomes for the children at the school in terms of not only academic outcomes, but also spiritually, socially, morally and culturally. I hope to bring both my professional knowledge and my personal experiences to the role, using these to enhance the committee’s knowledge of the school. In addition to positively shaping policy and strategy. I have the best interests of both the children and the whole school at the forefront of my vision and I look forward to working in cooperation with other stakeholders.