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.


Jon 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


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. 


Fiona Eastham

I have taught at Parklands for many years and have been Curriculum Leader for Geography since 2012. I believe that Parklands has improved massively in recent years and part of my role as governor is to ensure that these standards are upheld and that all decisions are challenged with the best interests of the school in mind.   Our children’s futures are one of the most important aspects that society has to manage and I will do my utmost to ensure that every child fulfills their potential through my governance at Parklands.


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.



Julie Green

I am a parent governor and have been a member of the governing body for the last twelve months. Additionally, I am link governor for both outcomes and pupil premium. I have two sons. My youngest son is currently in Year 11. I have worked within the education sector for many years in both a teaching and leadership capacity, serving children from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds. I am extremely passionate about ‘making a difference’ and transforming the life chances of young people. I hope to utilise my educational knowledge, understanding and expertise to support Parklands High School to further raise standards of both academic and personal achievement.




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.


Danyela Kellett

I was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2018 and am looking forward to being a part of the Governing Body of Parklands. I have one daughter, who is in year 8. I am also the Forensic Services Manager for Lancashire Constabulary, managing a department of over 100 staff and have experience of managing staff and budgets, interviewing people and making strategic decisions. Throughout my career, I have worked to give young people an understanding of opportunities available to them by giving talks on crime scene investigation to schools and arranging tours and work experience for students. I feel strongly that education should not just be about academic qualifications, but also about producing happy and socially aware citizens.


Peter Malpas

I have been a governor at Parklands school for many many years.  As a Chorley local resident, I am also a governor at Coppull Primary School, where I have also been a governor for a long time.  I have worked in electrical retail for all my career, starting at Chorley’s Norweb in 1971 up to 1997, onto Co-operative Retail Services Homeworld store in Chorley, Scottish Power, and finally Plumbs Sound and Vision in Cleveland Street, Chorley – and when that business chose to close, I opted to go into early retirement.  Outside work, I have been active in our community. I first became a Chorley Borough councillor from 2000 to 2002, and 2003 up to 2011. I still take a very keen interest in the affairs of Chorley council. I was also elected onto Lancashire County Council from 2009 through to 2013. As another interest, I have been unearthing my paternal family history and recently found fascinating connections me and my brother had never previously understood.


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.




Lisa Williams

I have worked here since 2010, when I came as a volunteer. I am now the SENCo which is a role that I thoroughly enjoy. I am a staff governor and find this an interesting addition to my role as I see and am involved in important decisions about ensuring pupil progress.