Our Governors

The Role of the Governor

The role of the school governor is wide ranging but essentially is concerned with the strategic direction of the school, the appointment of key staff and the financial security of the school. The attached document, which is intended for new governors, gives a range of background information on the respective roles of governors and staff, in particular, the head teacher. There are a number of hyperlinks within it which will give you access to other sources of information which will be more detailed.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor at Standish please contact the Chair of the Governors who will be able to explain to you what vacancies are likely to arise.

If you are interested in becoming a governor at other schools in Wigan, please contact the council’s Governor Services team via the Wigan Council website.

Meet Our Governors

All governors can be contacted via Standish Community High School at 01257 422 265. Any written correspondence should be addressed to them at the school.

Parent Governors

  • Mrs Sarah Djali (Vice Chair)
  • Mr John Foster
  • Mrs Michele Lawty-Jones
  • Mrs Nicky Ogden


  • Mr Andrew Pollard

Staff Governor

  • Mrs Alison Nicholson

Local Authority Governor

  • Cllr George Fairhurst

Co-opted Governors

  • Mrs Gill Baker
  • Mr Adrian Hardy (Chair)
  • Rev Andrew Holliday
  • Mr Michael Humphreys
  • Mr Philip Hurst


  • Mr Jonathan Miller

Governors’ Pen Portraits

Governors have been invited to share some brief profile of themselves with parents via the website so that parents have an understanding of the governors’ backgrounds and interests.

Sarah Djali, Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor for a year and a Standish High parent for 7 years. I have children in Years 10 and 7 and my eldest has finished school and is now at college.

I am a librarian and worked in the local library service across the Borough for over 10 years until the combination of school and childcare became too problematic. Since then I have regularly helped out at Wood Fold primary school and otherwise spend my time trying to organise my home and family.

John Foster, Parent Governor

My name is John Foster and my son Gregory is in year 8. I first worked in the Standish area in 1970 when I became the District Careers Officer for Lancashire County Council Division 13. After Local Government reorganisation, I moved to St Helens and became head of that Careers Service from 1986 to 2002. After the careers service was changed to Connexions, I worked at Chester University from 2002 to 2006. As a family, we moved to Moray in 2006 and I worked in a number of environmental roles from 2006 to 2013.

I have experience in working with all types of secondary and special schools and with further and higher education. I have also considerable experience of working with all types of employers and training organisations. Over the long time that I have worked I have seen the arrangements to help young people move from education to adult and working life become more and more tenuous, this places increased pressure on students, parents, educators and employers.

Adrian Hardy, Community Governor

I am Adrian Hardy – Chair of the Governors since 2004, a member of the governing body since 1995. My two daughters attended Standish High School. I have been proud to be associated with the school, notably over the last decade in which I have led the appointment process for both Lynne Fox and Hugh Crossan, headteachers who have led the school to achieve its current outstanding exam results. I am also chair of the governors at a primary school in Leigh, and was chair at Pembec prior to its closure in 2011. I see my role as Chair being an enabling one, assisting each member of the governing body to play as full a part as their time commitments allow, and working in support of the Head and the Senior Leadership Team whilst also providing robust questioning of their work in the school so that we can be seen to discharge the role that Ofsted has placed upon us.

I have worked in Wigan for 35 years and been retired for the last six, which has enabled me to spend more time in my role as a governor. I originate from Gloucester but have lived in Standish for 33 years now and in the Wigan area for 40 years.

Andrew Holliday, Community Governor

I am Andrew Holliday, Rector of St Wilfrid’s Church here in Standish. I have been in post for nearly two years. I have had the enormous privilege of being a member of the Governing Body of Standish High since arriving in the post as Rector. In the time that I have known the school, I have seen it continue growing from strength to strength, the results for this year reflect that growth which is the hard work of the Team led by Lynne. I am a Governor of our own St Wilfrid’s Church of England School, which recently gained Academy status. As a school governor I am passionate about the role we have in providing the very best for all our young people, therefore, the responsibility is ours together. I am married to Vanessa who works in Blackpool.

Nicky Ogden, Parent Governor

I am new Parent Governor at Standish from Autumn 2013. I have a son in year 9 and a daughter in year 8. I originate from London and have lived in the North West for over 25 years and in Standish for the last 14 years.

After completing University, I have worked in the both the public and private sector in the housing sector and currently work as a Senior Development Project Manager for a large Housing Association, based in Salford Quays.

I wanted to become a Governor to represent parents’ voices in a period of much change in the education system with many changes to the school curriculum, to ensure that all our children have equal access to an excellent education, to give them the best life chances. I have many close friends and family in the teaching profession locally and I am married to Paul, who is an ex -pupil, (albeit 30 years ago!).

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