Our Governors

The Governing Body is a group of people who make sure the school is providing all pupils with a good quality education in a safe environment. They volunteer their time freely to do this important role. It is the Governors’ responsibility to make sure the school follows the statutory rules and regulations with regard to education and pupil welfare.

Mr. Phil Vercoe – Chair of the Governing Body

I have been on the governing body from the time when my children attended Holy Trinity. As one has now left university and the other has recently taken GCSE’S that makes it a long time! I took over as Chairman of the Governing body in October 2016. My main interests are watching football and refereeing on Saturdays. I am treasurer of Burnley Referee’s Association and help with St Matthew’s scouts from time to time. I am governor with responsibility for Child Protection and Safeguarding.

Mr. Colin Allum – Parent Governor

I am one of the parent governors and live a short distance from School. My two daughters and my granddaughter attend Holy Trinity. I work for a Rossendale based food company and am married to my lovely wife Jacqui! I enjoy the challenges that being a governor presents and helping Holy Trinity grow from strength to strength. I currently help out at School regularly and provide support on educational visits.

Mr. Norman Bell – Foundation Governor

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in January 2015. I am a retired process planning engineer and worked for a local Aerospace company. I am married and have two sons and one grandson. I have been associated with Holy Trinity School  for over thirty years and believe that it provides a secure caring Christian environment, nurturing children to their highest potential. I am governor with responsibility for the EYFS and support in the classroom at least one morning each week.

Mrs. Pat Chadwick – Foundation Governor

I am married with three grown-up sons and six grand children. During my working life, I was a physiotherapist at Burnley General Hospital. For some years, I ran a private practice from home and worked part-time at Gisburn Park Hospital.I have always lived in Burnley and for the last few years I have attended and been involved with St. Matthew’s Church. I am a member of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and the choir, as well as helping with the catering and flower arranging. I have also served as Church warden for two terms.I have been a governor at Holy Trinity School for 20 years and I help in School at least two mornings each week. I am governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs and chair of the curriculum committee.

Mrs. Kath Gillam – Foundation Governor

I live with my husband Chris, and very lively kitten, Silly Cilla.  In my spare time I play Badminton, Cycle and try to do Pilates. I have my own business – I help new businesses Start and existing business Grow through Coaching and Mentoring. As an Accountant  I also help a Charity with their Accounts and support my husband in his business. Training and delivering workshops is a key part of my work which I really enjoy – topics range from general business to IT. It is an exciting time for the school at the moment with lots of opportunities to make it even better than it is now. I am governor with responsibility for online safety and chair of the resources committee.

Mrs. Nerys Ditchburn-Hughes – LA Governor 

I am the local authority governor for Holy Trinity School. I have two children of primary school age and believe that all children are entitled to a high quality education. I am governor with responsibility for English.

Miss J Hines – Staff governor

Hi, I am Miss Hines and you may have seen me around School as I am the EYFS class teacher. I am a member of the girl guides and enjoy volunteering at St. Matthew’s Church every week. At weekends I love spending time with my friends and family. I especially enjoy travelling and visiting new places, New York and Berlin being amongst my favourites. An interesting fact about me is that I also attended Holy Trinity; I was just a bit younger then.

Mrs. Carole Martin – Foundation Governor

I worked for HM Revenue and Customs for almost forty years, the last half of that in Manchester but I have now retired. I am not sorry to have given up the daily commute to Manchester. I am a local magistrate sitting regularly in Burnley and other parts of Lancashire. I am married to my husband Steve and we live, a few minutes walk away from the School. I am keen singer since I was introduced to choral singing and have always sung in choirs. Since joining the governing body, I am governor with responsibility for mathematics.

Mrs. Sally Smith – Head Teacher

I am a governor at the School due to my position as Head Teacher and I have worked in the education sector all my life. Before I took up my post as Head Teacher at Holy Trinity, I have worked at many other primary schools including The Cedars Infants in Blackburn, Heasandford Primary School in Burnley and Great Harwood Primary School. I was Deputy Head at Whittlefield Primary School in Burnley and then Head Teacher at Simonstone St. Peter’s for 7 years. I have taught every year group throughout the primary age range and I am passionate about schools, learning and the fantastic opportunities that they offer young people. Holy Trinity is a great Church school which benefits from a very hard working and dedicated staff team and I feel very privileged to be Head Teacher. Each day is full of variety and challenges; working with children, parents, governors, the wider community, dealing with school premises, finance, curriculum and visitors to school. Ensuring that all the children reach their full potential and receive a high quality of education is extremely important to me. I never know what each day is going to bring and always look forward to coming to School each morning!

Reverend Father Alex Frost

I was ordained in 2015 and initially became curate at St. Matthew’s before taking up post as Vicar in September 2018. I trained locally through the Lancashire theological partnership (University of Cumbria) and was awarded a BA in practical theology. I am married to Sarah and have three children, Joe, Holly and Rachel. I have two dogs, Jaspar and Fletcher. I am a keen walker, lover of music and supporter of Burnley football club. I like travelling and my favourite holiday destinations are Scotland and Turkey.

Mrs. Susan Belton – Foundation Governor

Hello my name is Susan Belton and I am married with two children and two grandchildren. Before I retired, I worked as a town planner for Burnley Borough Council. I worked for the council for 32 year and loved my job but I am enjoying retirement and the freedom it brings to do other things. I sing with two local choirs and recently sang at the Royal Albert Hall which was an amazing experience. I have a long connection with St. Matthew’s Church going back to 1969 when I joined the choir. Although, I am not a member of the choir at the moment, they kindly invite me to join them when there is a special service.

Mr Gareth Ashworth – Parent Governor 

Hello, my name is Gareth Ashworth and I have three children; two who attend Holy Trinity School.

I joined the governing body in 2018 as a parent governor as I am interested in finding out more about how School runs.

I am the governor with responsibility for Science within the School.


Mrs Alison Whitaker – C0-opted Governor 

Hello, I am a co-opted governor at Holy Trinity and Assistant Head Teacher. I have been on the leadership team at School since 2001 and previously taught at St. John’s, Cliviger. I have two daughters both at high School the youngest of which spent her last two years at Holy Trinity.

I am the Year 6 teacher and enjoy the challenge of helping the children prepare for their SATs tests. I think that Holy Trinity is a really special place where children from a variety of backgrounds are nurtured and given the confidence to reach their full potential.

I enjoy socialising with my family and friends and love spending time at weekend with my husband and two children- there is never a dull moment with my cocker spaniel rocky!

Mrs Nicola Rides – Foundation Governor 

Hello, my name is Nicola Rides and I have two children who have both attended Holy Trinity School.

I joined the governing body in 2018 as a foundation governor and I am interested in finding out more about how School runs.

I am the link governor and organise training and courses for individual governors and the governing body.


About the governors:

There are different types of governors but they all play an equal role in making the school effective and safe.

Foundation Governors:

As Holy Trinity is a church school, there is representation from the local church. This is done through Foundation Governors who may also members of the Parish Council.

Parent Governors:

These governors are elected by parents and have children currently on-roll at the school.

Staff Governor:

This governor is a representative from the staff members who work at the School.

Local Authority Governor:

These governors are from the local council.

Click here to find out more about our Governor’s terms of office and any registered business interests.

The full governing body meets once a term with three further committees meeting each term. These include:

Standards and Effectiveness Committee (membership)

Terms of reference for Standards and effectiveness committee

  • Mr. C Allum
  • Mr. G Ashworth
  • Mrs. S Belton
  • Mrs. N Ditchburn Hughes
  • Mrs. S Smith
  • Mr. P  Vercoe (chair)
  • Mrs. A Whitaker

Curriculum Committee (membership)

Terms of reference for curriculum committee

  • Mr. C Allum
  • Mr. N Bell
  • Mrs. P Chadwick (chair)
  • Father Alex Frost
  • Mrs. N Rides
  • Mrs. S Smith

Resources committee – buildings, finance and staffing (membership)

Terms of reference for resources committee

  • Mr. C Allum
  • Mr. N Bell
  • Mrs. K Gillam (chair)
  • Miss J Hines
  • Mrs. C Martin
  • Mrs. S Smith
  • Mr. P Vercoe

Additionally, there are other committees that deal with admissions, staff appraisal and pay committee, complaints, pupil discipline, staff discipline and dismissal and staff review and appeals.

Click here for information regarding Governor’s attendance at meetings held in the academic year 2017 – 2018