Whittlefield Primary School

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Tabor Street, Burnley, Lancashire BB12 0HL

Introducing our Governors

What is a School Governor?

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors – together they’re called the ‘Governing Body‘. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school such as premises, budgets, staffing and setting standards.

Governors also help to make decisions about the school’s long-term goals. They support Headteachers, but also ask questions and make sure the Headteacher is taking the school in the right direction.

Gill Bullock

Type: Co-opted Governor

Position: Chair of Governors

Julie Hartley

Type: Co-opted Governor

Position: Vice-Chair of Governors

I am a mother of two grown up children

I have a long standing interest in education and our local schools; I want every child to achieve their full potential in a high quality and continuously improving environment, and for the school to play its full part in the wider local community.

I work full time for Lancashire County Council in the Area Education Office. In my job I visit many schools which helps me in my role as governor.

I have been a governor at Whittlefield for 4 years and I believe it is a governor’s role to challenge the school to perform to the best of its ability and ensure that all pupils have a fair chance to reach their full potential and enjoy their time at school.

I am keen to support the school in any way I can so our children get the best possible start in life with a great education, in a safe, caring and happy environment. I want the children at our school to achieve the best they possibly can and leave us well prepared for the next stage of their education, with lasting, happy memories of the years spent at Whittlefield.

My interests outside of school and work are camping and caravanning, anything and everything to do with growing plants as I have an allotment (which includes ducks and chickens).  I am also an avid cook and crafter and love being creative and making something out of nothing.

Charlotte Hardiman

Type: Co-opted Governor

Position: Chair of Resources Committee


I have been a governor at Whittlefield Primary School since June 2015, and although I am a co-opted governor, I do have two children who attend the school, one in Year 2 and one in Reception.  Although still a relatively new governor, I am learning quickly what a demanding role it can be, but also what a rewarding role it is in helping the school to be the best that it possibly can be.

A co-opted governor means that you are invited onto the board of governors as you have certain skills that will help in the effective governance of a school. My occupation is as a client manager at a local firm of accountants, which involves the analysis of historical data and also the forecasting of future financial performance. It is these skills that will hopefully enable me to be a successful governor at Whittlefield Primary School.

I firmly believe that Whittlefield Primary School is the best school for my children to be the best that they possibly can be.

David Smith

Type: LA Governor

Position: Chair of Standards and Curriculum Committee


I am a father of two grown up boys who both attended local primary and secondary schools. I live within walking distance of the school and am delighted to be able to make a contribution to the life of Whittlefield.

Having spent the whole of my working life in education I believe that in my retirement, I have something to offer to the development of our children's education.  In common with our other governors, I am committed to achieving the very best in teaching and learning for the children of Whittlefield. I have total confidence in the whole staff and the governing body to work together to achieve this aim.

My spare time is taken up with my three grandchildren, my work as a committed European as Chairman of Burnley Twinning Association and walking in our wonderful northwest countryside.

Michelle Hulme

Type: Co-opted Governor


I have been a governor at Whittlefield Primary school since June 2015 as a co-opted Governor. I was co-opted onto the governors due to my knowledge of teaching as I am actually a teacher at a local school. I have been a teacher for 10 years and have a good understanding of the curriculum and the daily life in school. I also have a lot of experience in analysing and comparing school data. This was one of the reasons I became a Governor as part of a Governors role is to understand how the school is performing against national expectations. 


I have really enjoyed my time so far as a Governor at Whittlefield and enjoyed learning about the staff and children within the school. I hope this continues and look forward to the upcoming visits to school.  

Shopna Uddin-Picton
Type: Parent Governor


My name is Shopna Picton. I am married and a mother of two boys. My eldest son, Adam, attends Whittlefield Primary School, soon to be followed by my youngest. I work as an Office Administrator at a local Chemical Manufacturers. I was born and raised in Burnley and have high aspirations for my home town.

I was appointed as a parent governor in June 2016 and feel privileged to be able to contribute to such a great school. I am looking forward to learning so much from the other governors on the board and being able to offer my support by listening, respecting and valuing Parents, Staff and Governors opinions and ideas. I am passionate and enthusiastic about supporting and enabling others to reach their full potential and am a good team player.  I strongly believe Whittlefield Primary school is the best school for my two boys as it is a special place where children really do get every opportunity to grow as people, be respected as individuals and to attain the firmest foundations for their future lives.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to support the school in maintaining the high standards they already posses.

Claire Broughton

Type: Parent Governor

Stephanie Vent

Type: Co-opted Governor


A mother of two children who attended the school is where I started my journey as a Parent Governor at Whittlefield.  Having worked in education for the past 10 years, I felt I had something to offer in helping to support the school with our children’s education.  I have now completed my term (4 years) as Parent Governor, but have been lucky enough to be re-elected as a Co-Opted Governor. 

I spend most of my free time with my family. We often travel the length and breadth of the country in our motorhome, taking in the sights, finding hidden treasures and making memories.  I enjoy walking, netball and watching my children doing their sporting activities.

Helen Draper

Type: Staff Governor

Pauline Lucarz

Type: Co-opted Governor

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