Who are we?


Nick Gerrard - Chair of Governing Board

Occupation : Corporate Management Leader and specialist in Planning, Economic Development and Urban Regeneration 

Interests and Hobbies :  Chair of High Legh Robert Moffat 10k Race Committee; Mountaineering; Singing, Cycling, Photography; active Church member. 

Links with School; Both of my daughters attended the school.


Jennifer Boardman - Vice Chair of Governing Board

Safeguarding governor

Occupation: Own and run drama schools


Jennifer Ruddock

Occupation: Deputy Head teacher in a Tameside primary school.  I have been a teacher for 12 years; 7 years teaching in Oldham and 5 years in Tameside.


Interests and Hobbies: Enjoying walks around the local area with my dog and husband.  I am a season ticket holder at Warrington Wolves.  I enjoy going to the theatre and restaurants with my friends.


Links with the school: I used to attend the school (1986-1993) I have recently moved back to the area and the school is part of my local community.


Louise Tottle

Occupation: Headteacher

Interests and hobbies: Entertaining my young son! Walking my dog, reading, watching Studio Ghibli films and eating chocolate and cake!

Links with school: Headteacher since 2007


Carl Taylor

 I have worked in financial services for over 24 years as a Financial Planner and Wealth Manager.

I became a financial planner because I have a passion to help people achieve their financial goals and plans, and in a similar fashion, this is why I have been a parent governor for over 5 years, as I have a passion for helping the school support the children as they start on their path toward achieving their future goals, whatever they may be.

I have a young family, with all 3 of my boys attending High Legh at present, that I love spending time with and help coach a local football team. Also, my eldest son and I hold season tickets at Everton FC, although we tend to question why after every match at present!

Jo Price

Occupation: Deputy Headteacher

Interests and hobbies: My children, PE, travelling and Jack Reacher novels.

Links with the school: Staff governor


Dana Thompson

 Health & Safety Governor

Occupation - Litigation Executive/Compliance Manager for a firm of Solicitors in Manchester

Interests/hobbies: spending time with my family, walking, camping and socialising

Links to school: my child recently attended school


Dave Kirby - finance governor

Occupation : Currently National Account Controller for UK importer/distributor. Previously 15 years as a Sales and Marketing Director in various industries.

Interests and Hobbies : Enjoy family time – days out, holidays, getting involved in the kids activities. I am a member of Altrincham Baptist Church and involved in various activities there. Regularly play squash and golf and I am a keen spectator of football and Formula1

Links with School; Both of my children  attended the school.


 Alison Lawton

Occupation: As well as being an experienced Primary school teacher, I currently work in further education as an PGCE Deputy Director. I hold a Masters’ degree in Education and enjoy leading lectures and supporting teachers in my PGCE role.

Interests & hobbies: I enjoy running, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Links to school: My family and I relocated to High Legh from Dubai in 2021, where we lived for 10 years, and my children are currently in Year 2 and Year 4.