Meet the Governors
Chair of Governors
(Mr Kershaw can be contacted via the school)
I am the Chair of Governors at St Luke and St Philip’s Church of England Academy having joined in 2017. I was born in 1946 in Blackburn and so I am a local lad, being educated in local Church Schools both at Primary and Secondary level. I have a wealth of Educational experience having worked for the Blackburn Board of Education for 15 years, 12 as Assistant Director and 3 as Acting Director. I also currently the Chair of Governors of Blackburn St Matthews Church of England Primary School with Brunel Nursery School having held the position for a period of 5 years. I am passionate about raising standards and giving every child the opportunity to enjoy their time at school and to experience the Christian Faith as pupils in a Church of England School.
I am a Trustee of The Ripley Educational Trust which is based in Lancaster and also a member of GideonsUk a Christian Charity which distributes The Bible and other portions of the Holy Scriptures in the community, particularly to Secondary School pupils in year 7, for 3 years I held the position of National President relinquishing the position in 2016.
Vice Chair of Governors
David Borland OBE
I was born in 1946 in Silloth on the Solway Firth in Cumbria and educated at Southlands Secondary Modern School, Chorley. I am married to Dorothy with 3 grown up children. I joined the Governing Body of Whalley CE Primary School in 1996 and have served as Chair for 20 years. I am very passionate about raising standards and giving every child the opportunity to enjoy their time at school. I joined St Luke and St Philips in 2017 and I am currently Chair of the Resources Committee and Maths Governor. I am also a Trustee and Treasurer to The Bethany Project (Tanzania) UK and so often visit the Christian Children’s Orphanage and Primary School in Tanzania.
I have now been a governor at St Luke and St Phillip’s for the past two years. I support all areas of the governing board at the moment due to own work commitments as I am currently an Acting Head teacher at a school in Accrington, which I have been at for 17 years.
I have three children and have presently 2 grandchildren. Most of my spare time is spent with my family, reading, walking and looking after my three British Blue cats.
I have experience in all areas including Safeguarding, Pupil Premium, Assessment and Finance.
I have had the privilege of being a Governor at St. Luke and St. Philip’s for the past four years and look forward to being able to continue to support the school in the future. I am Chair of the Achievement Committee and have had the governor role of overseeing the Prevent Strategy, Pupil Premium Funding and Special Educational Needs and Disability. I retired four years ago having worked in a number of schools in the area and was a Headteacher of two primary schools, one in Accrington and the other in Salesbury, near Blackburn. I volunteer at a primary school in Clayton-le-Moors where I began my teaching career many years ago. I am an avid reader and a member of a Book Club, I also enjoy going to the theatre or cinema. When I retired I decided to learn something new so I have been going to French classes and now I remember how hard it is to learn new things! I have a dog and so do quite a lot of walking and I like to make as much time as possible to meet with family and friends. I am married with one daughter who is herself getting married next year. My family is extremely important to me and I spend as much time with them as I can. I am a strong believer in the importance of education and that school should be a happy experience where every child can achieve to the best of their potential.
I am a Primary School Teacher, having taught for over 35 years. I retired in 2018, having been Headteacher at Darwen St James’ CE Primary Academy, for nine very enjoyable years.
I have had the privilege of serving as a Foundation Governor at St Luke and St Philip’s CE Primary Academy since 2019, and am also a governor at Wensley Fold CE Academy, Blackburn. I clerk Governor Meetings for the Local Authority.
I care deeply about education for all, giving everyone opportunities to learn and to enjoy their learning.
I love being creative, spending time knitting and crafting. I enjoy theatre visits, music and sports, especially supporting my football team.
I am a parent Governor at St Luke and St Philip’s Primary School Church of England Academy.
I am a housewife and I enjoy looking after my children. I have 6 children, 1 boy and 5 girls. I believe that education is very important and therefore fully support their education and learning. I hope for them to achieve all that they aspire and have passion for in life in the future.
In my spare time I like to research new ideas and find out interesting facts about the world. I also enjoy exercising and keeping healthy. When we have time we like playing various games and I especially enjoy bowling with my children.
I am a parent Governor at St Luke and St Philip’s Church of England Academy having joined in 2019. Currently, I am a full-time student studying for a master’s in education and educational leadership and management. My experience in coaching and mentoring work as a previous Future U Ambassador, international ambassador and Teaching Assistant work has developed my personal skills, understanding and commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As a mom of three beautiful children, an educator and a nomad thinker, I am committed to empowering young people with knowledge and opportunities to succeed.
In my personal time I de-stress and relax by gymming and take pleasure in reading and travelling to new places, which I feel is a great way to connect, collaborate and network with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
I have been a primary school teacher for over 12 years and a teacher at St Luke and St Philip’s Primary School for 11 years, a place where I have always found teaching exhilarating and rewarding.
I am a Senior Leader, the school’s Inclusion Manager and I teach part-time in Year 3. My role as a Reading Leader and Read Write Inc Manager involves promoting reading across the school and supporting RWI staff with CPD and providing assistance and support for them when teaching and monitoring RWI groups.
I come from a loving family and therefore my family is my focal point and I enjoy spending as much time with them as possible. I also love travelling and make it a point to enjoy seeing the wonders of the world. Reading is also a passion of mine and therefore I enjoy reading in my spare time.
Parent Governor Vacancy – Please enquire at the school Office if you are interested in joining the Governing Body.