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Rachel Pickles – Chair of Governing Body

I have been an active member of St Ann's Church for the last 5 years and was appointed as a Foundation governor in November 2016. I moved back to Rainhill 9 years ago after growing up here and am a former pupil of the school. I have a child in Foundation stage and another who is due to start school in September 2018. My aim as a governor is to support the school to meet it's objectives and to support the close link between the school and the Church. Away from school, I work part-time in the Group HR function at BT as a Reward Business Partner and I am also a volunteer leader with Girlguiding UK.

Rev Alan Conant - Foundation Governor

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.

Katy O’Shea – Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at St Ann’s for 11 years and was chosen as the staff governor in September 2014. In my role as Lunar Curriculum lead, I manage a team consisting of teachers and teaching assistants and liaise extensively with outside agencies in seeking additional cultural opportunities and experiences for our school. As well as the Lunar team, I am also currently part of the Science team that monitors attainment and standards throughout the school. In my role as governor, I hope that I can not only support and work with staff at all levels, but also expanded my own knowledge and understanding as to how children can best learn and achieve at St Ann’s.

Neil Ellis – Parent Governor

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 Parent Governor. My aim as Parent Governor is to help to ensure the effectiveness of our school along standards we strive to attain for all our children.

Ella Rose - Parent Governor

I have been a governor 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.