Governor Biographies


Keith Fielding

I am the current Chair of the Governing Body and I sit on all committees.  Originally from Newcastle, Northumbria, I moved to Euxton over 40 years ago when I started working for a national newspaper. I worked in both Manchester and latterly in London. I met my wife here and together we have raised two children who both attended Parklands.  When my children first went to primary school, I knew that I would like to be involved with the school on some level and opted to become a Parent Governor. I believe a positive experience at school can really impact on an individual’s life; children have the right to a good education in an environment where they can feel safe and can flourish. As Governors, we have a responsibility to support pupils, staff and parents in meeting this aim; this is something I feel passionate about.   Whilst the role does have its challenges, I have found being part of the school community very rewarding and I believe that both my experience as a parent together with my business knowledge and skills have benefited the school. I have been a Governor at Parklands for over 9 years.

Linda Kinnaird

It is my privilege to be Vice Chair of Governors and a Community Governor here at Parklands. I am the Nominated Governor for Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and Science, and a School Development Plan Linked Governor.  As a member of both the Standards and Effectiveness and the Resources, Health, Safety, Audit and Risk Management Committees I am able to make an informed contribution to the strategic

leadership of the school and help to set aims and objectives for improvement by acting as a source

of challenge and support to the headteacher.  After graduating from The University of Manchester with a degree in Zoology I became a Science teacher at Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School, moving later to Mornington High School in Wigan.  During my teaching career I have held management responsibilities within both Curriculum and Pastoral areas. I was Learning Support and Gifted and Talented Manager for several years, progressing to a senior management role with responsibility for leading new innovation and

improvement within our school setting. I was also Staff Governor for five years.  In recent years I have volunteered at Balshaw Lane Community Primary School, supporting children on an individual and group basis. I have been a Governor at Parklands since 2010.


Jonathan Almond

I am very proud to be a Parent Governor, having been elected in 2018.  I was fortunate enough to attend Parklands myself and hoped that one day my own children would attend when they were old enough and now my own daughter is now attending the school. I work for North West Ambulance Service as a Specialist Paramedic and am based in our regional headquarters at Broughton.  I’m a keen golfer and Gardner and enjoy growing my own vegetables.  I grew up in Chorley and have worked all across the UK, but am very proud of my Lancashire heritage. I firmly believe that every child has the right to expect a positive experience whilst attending school, being a Parent Governor gives me the ability to influence school decisions and policy to ensure that their experience is without doubt a positive one that will stand them in good stead for later years.“


Sharon Brookes

I am an experienced Food/HSC Teacher/Curriculum Leader and am proud to have been employed at Parklands for 12 years. I also have additional responsibilities as whole school BTEC Quality Nominee and as Careers Lead (Teaching). 

Prior to my teaching career I have worked in various senior management roles responsible for Human Resources and Learning & Development in retail, leisure, mobile communications and financial services sectors. I am a parent of two sons aged 20 and 23 years and live in Newton-le-Willows. 

I am also an experienced Parent Governor of 15+ years in both primary/secondary schools; having held Chair of Committee positions and carried out Vice Chair/Chair of Governors roles. I am pleased to have been elected as Staff Governor and I offer my knowledge, understanding and commitment in supporting Parklands, the Leadership Team and wider Parklands’ community.  


Liz Cathey

I’m proud to have worked at Parklands since 2002 and I am currently Curriculum Leader of English. As a staff governor, I aim to support the school by upholding our high standards, and I liaise between the staff and governing bodies to enhance our shared vision. Parklands is a wonderful environment for pupils to learn and develop into successful individuals, and I am grateful for the opportunity to help them flourish through my role as governor.


Richard Cornes

I had 2 daughters who both attended Parklands high school. Sally, the youngest, was known as "@sallycancer" on social media.Our family enjoy holidays in our caravan, our favourite place is Cornwall.I am an Electronics Engineer and travel all over the UK repairing radiation counters.I am also a Parish Councillor and Governor at Anderton primary school. Being Governor I hope to use my experience and knowledge to develop the school now and in the future. 


Andy Cunningham

I have worked at Parklands for seven years, first as a Support Worker for our Disadvantaged pupils, then as an English teacher and finally as the Connect Pathway Leader. Parklands is a school that it is a crucial part of our town and, as Governor, I want to support the school so that it can continue to make a real difference to Chorley. Given my own background, first as a pupil and then as a member of support staff, I have a keen interest in ensuring that all pupils, particularly disadvantaged and SEND pupils, have the chance to achieve their potential. 


Dan Gosling


I am a community governor and the nominated governor for maths and careers. I also chair the Resources, H&S, Audit and Risk Management committee.  I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and am currently the Commercial Director for Eric Wright Construction, a local building contractor based in Bamber Bridge. I bring expertise in commercial management to the governing body as well as experience in the construction and maintenance of buildings. I am also a STEM Ambassador and work with the Eric Wright Learning Foundation as a construction ambassador to encourage young people to consider a career in the construction industry.  Outside of work I am the scout leader at Euxton Methodist Scout Group, where I have volunteered for the last 8 years.  I have 3 children, 2 presently attend Parklands (Ben in year 9 and Eadie in year 7). My youngest son George, starts in year 6 at Euxton CofE Primary in September and hopes to join his brother and sister at Parklands in 2019!  As a parent, and a member of the local community, I am proud to be a member of the governing body. I hope that my background and experience enable me to support the school and also challenge decisions in the best interests of the young people and the community in which we live.


Judith Hagarty

It has been my privilege to serve on the governing body of Parklands High School for many years, firstly as a parent governor, now as a community governor.  I have undertaken several roles during that time.  My current responsibility is Nominated SEN governor. I recognise the excellent education my two daughters received  and wish to continue to support the school.  Every child has the right to a good education.


Ian Hamer

I am a Community governor and have been on the governing body for the last 14 years.  My 4 children have all attended Parklands.  I sit on both the Resources and Standards & Effectiveness committees, and I am the MFL link governor.  I work for Tesco as an area manager and I’m also a cub leader at Euxton Methodist group.  My work role allows me to bring many skills to Parklands including leadership, people management and commercial knowledge.  I am a governor as I think it’s important that you do all you can to put back into the community where you live in whatever way you can. 


Leanne Holbert

I am a parent governor having recently been appointed in December 2019 and currently sit on both the resources and the standards and effectiveness committee. My eldest son has just started at Parklands Academy and I am keen to support the school ensuring high standards are continued, giving the best education to the children within our community. I work in the Further Education sector as an Assistant Head at Myerscough college and have worked in education for the past 15 years.


Marie Hunt

It has been my privilege to serve as a Governor since 1997. I joined as a Parent Governor when our eldest son started at Parklands and I currently serve as a Community Governor. All of our three children were fortunate enough to attend Parklands and serving as a Governor gives me a chance to repay the excellent care and support that they received. I serve as a member of the Standards & Effectiveness Committee which oversees the school’s plans for effective teaching and learning and to bring success to pupils of all abilities across the school. The Governing Body works well together and our meetings are open and honest and each opinion is valued. The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in consultation with the Governing Body sets very high standards and goals for Parklands and our role as Governors is to ensure that these goals are met and standards are maintained. One of my favourite roles is to be part of the interview committee for new staff. It is always a pleasure to meet so many enthusiastic, dedicated people of all ages and from all walks of life who have such passion and commitment to the education and welfare of our pupils.


Claus Madsen

I joined as a Parent Governor in 2018, shortly after our youngest daughter began her high school journey at Parklands.

It is so important that our children have a great school experience where focus on academic achievements is balanced with an emphasis on social and other crucial life skills. We are preparing them not just for their GCSE’s and next steps thereafter, but for their continuous lifelong learning journey. I also strongly believe in creating the best healthy working environment for staff – to allow them to provide the best learning environment and educational experience for our children. This is what I am striving to support and positively influence – in the Full Governing Body as well as in the Standards and Effectiveness Committee, which I am a member of.

In the past I was a Parent Governor for 9 years in Denmark, where I am from, 8 years of which was as the Chair of Governors. I am currently responsible for education and organisational development at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and have worked professionally with education and development, albeit for adults, for more than two decades.


Lee Nelson

I became a community governor at Parklands following many years as a governor at a local primary school. I work at BAE Systems and after a long career as a software engineer I am now a coach on their engineering degree apprenticeship and graduate schemes. This was a natural move for me as I am also a STEM Ambassador promoting engineering careers, especially to girls who are underrepresented in the field and I regularly attend the Parklands careers fair. My two children attended Parklands then after studying A Levels at Cardinal Newman college went to university, one to study music, the other aerospace engineering. I strongly believe that all young people deserve the opportunity to achieve their best and feel that Parklands does all it can to help them do that



Geoff O’Donoghue

I am a parent governor, having been appointed in November 2014, the year my daughter began in Year 7.  I have previous experience as a teacher, a Local Authority Education Officer, and as a manager in a national charity providing services to young people excluded from school. Currently I sit on the governing body of NHS Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group as a Lay Member Patient Public Engagement.  This and my desire to ensure that the school provides a positive environment for our children help me provide supportive challenge on the Governing Body and the Standards and Effectiveness Committee and through my Governor Lead Responsibility for Safeguarding role.