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Our Board & Governance - Board Members

Dr Timothy Peter Cook, Trust Member, Director, Chair of the Board

Peter is a PhD chemical engineer who having worked in ICI for 35 years in various managerial positions then led the formation of SOG Ltd that competitively purchased the ICI headquarters and research facility with 50 staff transforming it into the Heath Business and Technical Park. This privately owned campus is currently home to some 170 businesses employing 1800 people across some 20 different sectors.

Peter retired from SOG early 2013 and now runs his own management consultancy business Plegmund Ltd from the business park.


miscPaula Cain, Trust Member

Paula has been Chief Executive of Halton Chamber since June 2010, having previously been Chief Executive at Knowsley Chamber where she worked for 19 years.  Her role involves the day to day management of the Chamber’s resources, the strategic development of the organisation, including the services and activities it provides to support businesses, its governance arrangements, and providing a vehicle through which the interests of local businesses can be represented. 

Paula is a member of the Halton Strategic Partnership Board as well as the Halton Employment Partnership and, over the years, has played an active role on the boards of other bodies including the NHS as a Non-Executive Director of a Hospitals Trust (where she chaired a number of committees – Audit, Clinical Governance), a director of Merseyside Training & Enterprise Council and the Business Link for Greater Merseyside, and a trustee of a number of local charities.


miscStephen Dewhurst, Trust Member

Stephen was Business Manager of The Heath School for 8 years.  He was responsible for the successful conversion of The Heath to Academy status in 2011 and the subsequent development of The Heath into a MAT – The Heath Family (NW) in 2012. At the same time he maintained responsibility for the Finance & Business Management of The Heath. Since the formation of the MAT he managed the growth of the MAT ensuring financial systems are consistent, robust and compliant. 

After Steve's retirement in August 2016, he became a Member of the Trust, continuing his involvement in The Heath Family (NW).


Kris Billington, Director, Chair of the Business & Finance Committee

Kris has over 20 years’ experience in audit and accountancy having initially developed his interest maintaining the records of the family business. He works with a wide range of entities and organisations and continues to build upon the strong professional relationships he has developed.

Kris qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1997 and has since become a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England & Wales) and the Chartered Insurance Institute. He works closely with a wide variety of organisations ranging from small charities up to multi million pound companies. He also acts as Independent Examiner for a number of small charities and clubs. He has extensive knowledge of the ‘not for profit’ sector, the particular problems and issues that are evident in this area and brings with him a strong financial and commercial view point. Kris’s wife works in education so he experiences some of the challenges working in that environment brings first hand.


Sarah Galbraith, Director

Sarah has spent her working life in the North West of England, initially in the chemical industry where she held research, commercial and management roles. Since 1998 she has run her own consultancy business, supporting a range of clients in the UK and overseas as they improve their standards of marketing and commercial skills. Although her main focus has been on technology-intensive industries, she has also worked closely with academic institutes and organisations, often helping to bring these two fields closer together in collaborative ventures.

Consequently, Sarah brings to the board a background in manufacturing industry, and an appreciation of the role that education, at all levels, can play in its long-term prosperity. She is keen to ensure that bridges are built between the educational community and the industries in the region, and will use her expertise in communications to support members of The Heath Family MAT in doing so.


miscJeremy Barnes, Director

Jeremy has had over twenty years of teaching experience in both primary and special schools.  Since 2002, Jeremy has been the Headteacher at two very different schools and is currently the Executive Headteacher of 2 primary schools in North Liverpool with additional leadership responsibility for a Children’s Centre and a resources provision for pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties.  Since 2011, Jeremy has also been an Ofsted inspector and since 2014 has led on 12 inspections. 

Jeremy’s particular areas of expertise are in leadership and management, special educational needs and disability, early years, music, and modern foreign languages.


miscJane Ainsworth NLG, Associate Director, Chair of Governors The Heath, Chair of Interim MAT Board Palace Fields Primary School

Jane has been a Primary and Secondary Parent and Community Governor for 18 years, with her current involvement in The Heath School and Palace Fields Primary School as chair and Bridgewater Park as a governor.

She has represented Halton Governors on numerous Local Education Boards over the past 18 years and most recently sat on Halton Safeguarding Children’s Board. She was a member of the Halton Association of Governors executive committee until the end of 2013.


Wendy Heap, Associate Director, Chair of Governors Bridgewater Park Primary School

Wendy has been a Secondary teacher for 30 years and has a vast experience of leading school improvements in challenging schools.  In October 2014 she was invited to join the Governing Body of Bridgewater Park Primary School, where she has been involved in the improvements that have taken place within the school during the past year, supporting the school to go from strength to strength. 

Wendy feels that it is a privilege to work alongside the Principal and his staff, whist they continue to work extremely hard to bring about the vast improvements in teaching, learning and progress.  Partnerships between school, pupils and parents continue to be an extremely important part of the school’s ethos, which enables the school to react and respond to the needs of the local community.  Bridgewater Park is totally committed to the mission of “Growing and Learning Together”.


David CooperDavid Cooper, Associate Director, Chair of Governors Sir William Stanier Community School

David has been a Governor at Sir William Stanier for over 10 years having started as a Parent Governor before moving up to Vice Chair and then onto Chair from September 2014. During his time as a Governor he has been part of several sub-committees dealing with different issues such as Teaching and Learning, Behaviour, Safety and Inclusion. He is currently Chair of the Leadership and Management Committee having previously been Chair of the Behaviour, Safety and Inclusion Committee. David has successfully completed training in Safer Recruitment, Performance Management, Development of Training Culture, Looked after Children, Safeguarding and Child Protection.

David feels that having supported his children through their education it has given him an insight into the workings of the education system.  It has also enabled him to build up experience in this field which has helped him considerably adapt and improve his input into the school.


Rob Pritchard, Associate Director, Chair of Governors Litherland High School

BSc(Hons)., DMS., FFireE., CMgr MCMI., MCIEA., NEBOSH., Prince II

Rob Pritchard is currently a Group Manager with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, he has spent 28 years in the Fire Service mainly with an operational response focus but has spent time seconded to the UK Government and the Audit Commission as well as some specialist postings within Merseyside. Recently he was the senior officer responsible for prevention, response and enforcement within Sefton and is now the Senior Officer within Strategy and Performance for Merseyside Fire and sits on a number of Executive Council Partnership Boards.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers, Chartered Manager and the National Vice President of the Fire Officers Association. Rob is a longstanding Local Authority Governor who led the Interim Executive Board (IEB) for Litherland High School before taking on the role of Chair of Governors.


Steve Rimmer, Associate Director, Chair of Governors The Prescot School

Steve has been a school governor for 15 years, starting as a parent governor at the old Prescot School to the eventual position of Chair of Governors of the old Prescot School, a board member of the transitional body when it merged with Higher Side School from Whiston and became Knowsley Park CfL, then becoming Chair at the new school and ultimately Chair of the reborn Prescot School. 

Within his working life he has been a heating and ventilation engineer, gradually moving through maintenance engineer of heating systems then whole building environments to where he is today as a Project Manager at Liverpool John Moores University, Estate Management department.  Within this role he has had a wide ranging experience of the built environment and all health and safety matters relating to the operation of teaching spaces and pupil/student welfare.  Socially, Steve enjoys scuba diving and instructs students at Liverpool University and teaches them on some of their first dives in open water.  Steve also enjoys travel and current affairs.

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The best thing about being a student at The Heath is that all the teachers care and push you to do your best so you do well in life and later in school. Also if you have an issue it is always sorted out by either your form tutor or caring teachers.

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