Governors Information

Description of our Governors The Governing Body of our school is composed of a mixture of people, some from the school itself and others from the community. We are all committed to the success and development of the school and continually strive to fulfil our vision for the school - "A learning community in pursuit of excellence". There are 17 Governors: 8 Co-opted, 4 Parent, 2 Foundation, 1 LA, 1 Staff and 1 Headteacher. The term of office for all types of Governor is four years. The headteacher is a member of the Governing Body until he or she chooses not to be.
Roles and Responsibilities of our Governors Governors are responsible for the strategic direction and overall vision of the school, supporting the effectiveness of the school in its aims of promoting pupil achievement, attainment and development, contributing to and reviewing progress of the school's improvement plan and overall aims and objectives, approving the school budget, contributing to and reviewing policies.


Types of Governors

Staff Governors Both teaching and support staff are eligible to stand for election as a staff governor. Staff Governors are elected by the school staff and must work at the school; volunteers are not eligible.
Parent Governors Parents, including carers, of registered pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election as Parent Governor and are elected by other parents at the school. 
LEA Governors LEA Governors are appointed by the LEA.
Co-opted Governors Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body.
Further details of types of Governor can be found at



Joanna Allitt

Parent Govenor

I have lived in the Fylde area for most of my life apart from a few years when I was a nanny for an Ex Pat family living in Brussels. I went to school at Hodgson High School, in Poulton Le Fylde and then on to Blackpool Sixth Form. I have a BA(Hons) in Race and Ethnic Studies and a PGCE in post compulsory education and training. I spent a number of years working for Connexions and delivering information, advice and guidance around careers and having a successful transition into adulthood to a number of schools across Fylde and Wyre. I also worked in the community with disenfranchised young people who were at risk of ‘dropping out’. I also worked with young people who were at risk of homelessness with the Fylde Coast YMCA at Harbour House. I currently work as an Equality and Diversity tutor and moderator. I wanted to become a parent governor because I believe it is important to have an interest in your local community and the school represents the future custodians of our community and every walk of life within it. I enjoy keeping healthy and being outdoors. I am either seen walking, running or cycling my way around Lytham St Annes. I enjoy current affairs, reading, travel and trying new experiences.

John Cronin

Trust Director, Governor
Fylde Coast YMCA

I grew up in Kirkby, Liverpool, then moved to London whilst undertaking my teaching degree and stayed until 1987, when I moved back to the North West. During my time in London I was employed by the YMCA and taught in Croydon. I moved to St Annes in 1996 to take up the post of Executive Director of the local YMCA, a post I still hold. Since I started, Fylde Coast YMCA has seen significant growth as an organisation. In 1996, the organisation employed just 9 staff and consisted of a small community centre with a turnover of £90,000. Today Fylde Coast YMCA consists of 22 individual YMCAs, a staff base of 570 and an annual turnover of £9.5million. During that time, the YMCA has built a strong relationship with LSA, to benefit the young people attending the school. My interests outside the YMCA include all things sport, and my family.

Lynne Davies

Vice Chair
Vice Chair, Safeguarding Link Governor, Trust Director.

Although I was born in East Lancashire I grew up and was educated in Worcestershire. I returned to the North-West in 1978 and am a resident of St Annes. Both of my daughters attended this school which is why I became involved. I have a BDes in Interior Design from the Royal College of Art but have had two changes of direction in my professional life; first in teaching and for the last 18 years I have been a bursar in a primary school in Blackpool. I have been on the governing body since 2002; firstly as a parent governor and more recently as a community governor. Having been involved in education in one way or another all my life, I am a firm believer in the importance of good quality education for all. I joined the governing body in the hope that I can contribute to ensuring that LSA continues to improve and develop. My outside interests include travel and walking both in the UK and abroad.

Bob Fielding

LEA Governor

I was born in and educated in Bolton before gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Liverpool University. Since then I have had various roles in Engineering Management, most recently as Technical Director with main responsibilities for Product Design and Development at Dudley Industries Ltd., Lytham; the main manufacturing centre for the Rentokil-Initial Group. I retired in 2005 and from 2009 to 2011, I served as Councillor for Fairhaven Ward on St Anne's Town Council. I have been Chair of Fylde Liberal Democrats from 2010 to November 2013. Since retirement, I have started to learn to play the piano and have now reached Grade 3 level. I believe that a good education is essential in the formation of the future generation and I want to help to steer this in the right direction.

Allan Foster

Community Governor
Chair of the Resources Committee

I was born and educated in Bridgwater, Somerset. I have a BA in Social Sciences and I am a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals. I moved to this area in 1980 from Sheffield. I spent 34 years in higher education, culminating as services director/head of department and member of the senior management team at Keele University, where I was involved with information management, IT, strategic planning and financial and human resources management. I am now an information industry consultant to private and public sector organisations in Europe, Asia, North and South America. I am married, with three grown up children, all of whom were educated at the school and my interests are cinema, theatre, music, current affairs and sport, particularly rugby union (I am an officer at Fylde). I became a governor firstly because the governance and management of a large secondary school interests me. I felt it was a role that I could bring something to; at Keele I was a senior manager responsible for 100 staff and a budget of £5m. I was also a member of the senior management team and have an awareness of all key issues in managing universities. My wife and I have always been committed to comprehensive education and are grateful to the school for the education of our children. I have also become a governor at Myerscough College, one of the UK's leading colleges for land-based studies, located near Preston.

Laura Gibbons

Staff Governor

I am originally from Burscough in West Lancashire and moved to the Fylde coast after starting teaching at LSA. I joined the PE department at LSA in September 2005. I hold a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Studies from Chester College University. As a PE teacher I try to practice what I preach; playing netball, running, cycling and skiing as often as possible. For the past 13 years I have spent my summers working in America teaching swimming to girls in High School. I am also a qualified ski instructor and spend some of my school breaks instructing children and adults in the Austrian Alps. I enjoy contributing to the development of the school for both the staff and pupils.

Jennifer Hartley

Parent Govenor

I have lived in St Annes for about 20 years, working locally in IT administration. I have two daughters in Years 9 and 11 at LSA and I have been a member of the school PTFA since they started here. It is through the PTFA that I became interested in becoming a parent governor.

Neil Harvey

Community Governor
Chair of Standards Committee

I was educated at Lytham St. Annes High School and Sixth Form (as it was then known), following early childhood in Accrington. I subsequently studied History at the University of Leeds before switching my academic interest and graduating in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield, staying on there for a further two years to study for an MPhil in Political Philosophy. I am a civil servant, having worked for the old Employment Service (now Jobcentre Plus) before moving in 2004 to the Child Support Agency (now, once again, part of the Department for Work & Pensions). My work in the latter organisation, in particular, has involved me directly in making decisions that materially impact upon at least one aspect of the welfare of many children and young people growing up in today's society, and has given me an appreciation of the often difficult backgrounds of many children of school and college age. I became a Parent Governor at Lytham St Annes Technology & Performing Arts College in February 2009. However, since September of 2012 I have served on the governing body as a Community Governor, and was recently elected as Vice Chair of the governing body. My particular interests as a governor are in teaching standards, the quality of the education and overall school 'experience' provided, and student welfare issues. For those reasons I sit on the ‘Every Child Matters’ Committee, which I chair, and the Curriculum and Standards Committee, of which I am Vice Chair, as well as being a Director of the Lytham St Annes Learning Trust. My interests outside of work (and my school governor duties!) include serious classical music/opera; theatre; politics; both participating in and watching sport, particularly football (I am a lifelong Arsenal supporter) and test cricket; good food and wine; and European travel.

Andy Iredale

Trust Director
Blackpool & The Fylde College

I grew up in St Annes and went to Heyhouses then Lytham St Annes High. I was the first year of the sixth form at Lytham High and have very fond memories of my time there. Thanks to Mr Catmore (a fantastic teacher), I became very taken with acting and studied a London Academy of Dramatic Arts Diploma at Blackpool and The Fylde College before studying theatre at Leeds University (Bretton Hall). I was a contemporary of The League of Gentlemen and we wrote and performed some famously controversial material for several Edinburgh Festivals. I wrote and acted for a while in London but was ‘resting’ a little too much and saw the opportunity to write for advertising agencies (TV and radio). This led to a full-time career in advertising where I was supported to study post-grad marketing. My major consumer clients were Mitre Sports, Yorkshire Bank, Dupont, Associated Dairies (the origins of ASDA). I spent a lot of time within the Peperami team at Mattessons Walls and ‘it’s a bit of an animal!’ is probably the most famous strapline I’m associated with. Seventy hour weeks, blood pressure, children and a wife (not in that order) led me to teaching and education where I’ve worked for Leeds University, Leeds City College (brief spell back in the private-sector with Botany Bay on the M61) then Preston College and finally Blackpool and The Fylde College where I’ve been for the last 10 years or so. I coach rugby union at Fylde and I’m delighted to be able to help my old school, even though I can’t find my way round anymore!

Mandy Palmer

Parent Govenor

I was born and brought up in Ashford Middlesex, near London, and attended the local Primary school and Grammar school. I went up to Cambridge in 1980 to read Natural Sciences, subsequently extending the course by a year to incorporate a degree in Education. I have worked as a Primary School teacher since leaving university (1984) and since 1993 have worked at St. Thomas' Primary School in St. Annes, where I teach Year 4 and am the Science and Music coordinator. I run the school choir and band, oversee the instrumental tuition and particularly enjoy organising the school drama productions and concerts. I am married to Ian and we have two children: Ellie (18), who attended the school and sixth form and is now studying medicine at Nottingham University, and Adam (11), who is greatly enjoying his first year at the school. I have been a governor at this school since 2006. Having also been a governor at St Thomas' Primary school for many years prior to that, I knew how vital it was to have an effective governing body, and in becoming a governor here I hoped to use the expertise I had already gained to make a contribution to this school. I also felt that my ability to see the school from many different angles - as a parent, as a teacher and as a member of the local community - would give me a wide perspective on the issues and enable me to take an objective view when making decisions. I am a member of the PCC of St. Thomas' Church in St Annes, where I sing in the choir and occasionally play the organ. I am also a member of St. Anne's Parish Operatic Society and love taking part in their summer musicals and concerts. For relaxation I go horse-riding, swim and walk the dog (though not all at the same time!)

David Swaffield

Chair of Governors

I have lived on the Fylde for 14 years, having grown up on the Wirral and worked in Chester for 10 years. I studied for a degree in Government and then worked in local government before moving to Lancashire to work with Enterprise (now Amey). I have previously managed EU funded regional policy projects in the North West and international donor funded projects in Eastern Europe. I now manage public service transformation projects for the company’s environmental contracts across the country. Before my daughter started primary school in 2011, I registered an interest in becoming an LEA governor because I wanted to get involved and to contribute to the life of a school. I was pleased when the LEA asked if I would be interested in becoming a governor at LSA because I expect my children will attend the school in the future. Outside of work, for almost 20 years I, along with three friends, helped publish a fanzine about Everton Football Club.

Governors documents

If you wish to contact the Governors please write to them c/o the school.
Name: David Swaffield

Lytham St Annes High School

Worsley Road

Lytham St Annes