LIPA Primary School - Governors' Information


Meeting Dates 2016/17

​Primary Governors ​Thur 29 September 2016 ​17:00
​Primary Governors ​Thur 24 November 2016 (TBC) ​17:00
​Primary Governors ​Mon 3 April 2017 ​17:00
​Primary Governors ​Mon 10 July 2017



Our Governors

Flo Clucas (Chair): Shadow Cabinet member for Finance & Resources, Liverpool

First elected in 1986, Flo has held a number of portfolios including Finance, Economic Development, Neighbourhood Services and European Affairs. She has been a member of the Committee of the Regions since 2002. She is President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and is President of the CoR Commission on the EU Budget post 2013. A teacher by profession, Flo’s range of experience covers primary, secondary and tertiary education.


Nadine Baker: Associate Dean (Initial Teacher Training and Quality Assurance)

Having trained as a Primary and Early Years teacher, Nadine worked as a teacher and manager in a variety of schools in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Manchester. She moved into Higher Education in 2001 and enjoyed a career working in initial teacher training, taking the roles of Programme Leader and Head of Primary and Early Years Education, and was Associate Dean, with responsibility for Quality and Initial Teacher Training for a large

                       Faculty of Education. Nadine is a Fellow of The Leadership Academy for Higher Education

                       and a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.


Mark Featherstone-Witty: Principal & CEO – LIPA

Mark worked as an actor, editor and freelance journalist before finding his metier as a teacher. He has been responsible for a variety of business start–ups, including three private FE colleges that he led or co-founded. Inspired by the film Fame, Mark founded The Schools for Performing Arts Trust to pioneer a new, institute-wide curriculum. This initiative first manifested itself as The BRIT School. Mark led the creation of LIPA and has been Principal since it opened.


Greg Parker: Head Teacher, LIPA Primary School

Greg has worked in Primary and Early Years Education for over 20 years. He has worked as a teacher in three schools across two local authorities. He has held an Early Years advisory role within Warrington Local Authority and has held Deputy Head Teacher and (Acting) Head Teacher roles in school.  Most recently, Greg has worked in Initial Teacher Training at Edge Hill University. Greg has held Programme Leader positions for Primary

                        and Early Years undergraduate programmes and has led school improvement and

                        partnership working for the Primary and Early Years Area and Faculty as a whole.


Tony Currie: Head Teacher, Hesketh with Becconsall CE Primary School

Tony has been teaching since gaining his honours degree with Qualified Teacher Status in Primary Education and Religious Studies from Edge Hill University in 2001. Since then, he has taught in three very different schools (serving as Deputy Headteacher for six years in a one-form entry primary school in Skelmersdale) and lectured in a leading university. In 2003, he became one of Lancashire County Council’s ‘Leading Literacy Teachers’,

                       supporting other primary teachers in Lancashire. In 2009, Tony gained the National

                       Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH), and became Headteacher of

                       Mawdesley St. Peter’s CE Primary School. In 2014, he became Head of Primary Education

                       at Edge Hill University, leading the design and delivery of innovative programmes providing

                       an exciting opportunity for students to train to teach in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Since

                       September 2015, he has been Headteacher of Hesketh-with-Becconsall All Saints Church

                       of England Primary School. Tony is a member of NUT.


James Dimmock: Corporate and Financial Development Adviser - LIPA

Jim qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974 and is currently a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He joined PKF (UK) LLP, London office, in 1976 and transferred to the Liverpool office in 1983. He was admitted as an equity partner in 1985. Jim specialised in corporate finance and forensic work and advised medium and larger private companies and listed companies on acquisitions, disposals, restructuring and flotations. He has given evidence in Court on financial issues on more than 10 occasions. Jim acted as financial advisor to LIPA virtually from its inception. He retired from PKF in 2007. He was employed by LIPA as Head of Corporate and Financial Development from January 2010 until December 2015, since when he has acted as an adviser, continuing to deal with corporate and financial matters.


John Mather: Parent Governor

For the past two years, John has been Chief Executive of Drug Free, a Liverpool-based charity, and has extensive experience of working with disadvantaged people in the community. He is also a carer advocate for the Brain Charity and Liverpool City Council, working with parents and carers of children with physical, mental or behavioural difficulties. John also spent several years working at Toxteth Citizens Advice Bureau.


Ruth Murphy: Parent Governor