Governance structure

Governors' Information

LIPA Primary School is a Free School. Free Schools are new state-funded schools that are free from Local Authority (LA) oversight. The governance model we have chosen is the Single Academy Trust.


As the school's governing body is independent and has responsibility for operating and directing the affairs of the school, good governance is particularly important. Achieving it requires not only talented individuals willing to serve as governors, but also a governance model which allows for effective and informed decision making.


The levels of responsibility within the Trust are as follows:


Members - who are drawn from the LIPA Members - establish the trust and set out the constitution of the school, through signing its memorandum and articles of association. They appoint and dismiss members of the governing body;


Governors/Directors/Trustees – who oversee the running of the school, determine its strategic direction and who are accountable to both the Members and the Secretary of State through the governing body;




The Head Teacher of the School – who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school and who is accountable to the governors/directors/trustees.


Our Governors

Flo Clucas (Chair): Cabinet member for Healthy Lifestyles, Cheltenham

Flo Clucas OBE LL.D(hc), Cavaliere, was first elected to Liverpool council in 1986 and held a number of portfolios including that of Deputy Leader of the Council. Flo was a board member of Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Science Park and did extensive work on EU Funding programmes for Liverpool and the North West. She founded Hands Across the Sea after the Asian Tsunami which did extensive work in Sri Lanka. She retired from the City Council in 2012, though she continued to work on EU programmes.


                       Flo was a member of the Committee of the Regions 2002 to 2012, and was both                                             President of the ALDE group and President of the CoR Commission on the EU Budget

                       post 2013.   She is currently Finance Spokesperson for the Council European

                       Municipalities and Regions. Flo is mentor for women in politicians in Africa with the

                       Westminster Foundation for Democracy and has been a Consultant for the National

                       Democratic Institute in the US.


                       Flo moved to Cheltenham in 2012 and became a councillor in 2014. She is currently

                       a Cabinet member and has Culture as one of her responsibilities. 


                       A teacher by profession Flo’s range of experience covers primary, secondary and tertiary

                       education. She was a LIPA Council member and later became Chair of LIPA from 2000-

                       2009. Flo is a LIPA Member and is Chair of the LIPA Primary School. Flo is a former visiting

                       Fellow at the Heseltine Institute.


                       Flo was appointed OBE in 2005, awarded the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity in 2009

                       and an honorary doctorate by the University of Liverpool in 2013.


Mark Featherstone-Witty: Founder, 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.


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

Ruth is a Parent Governor.  She has a daughter in Year 6, a son in Year 3 and another son due to start in Reception next September. She is a primary school teacher and has taught from Reception up to Year 6.





Nichola Grimshaw: Assistant Head, DCEC, Edge Hill Faculty of Education

Nichola is Assistant Head of the Department for Children, Education and Communities at Edge Hill University, and teaches on the Primary PGCE and on the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS. Among other tasks, she maintains a strategic overview of developments in teaching, learning and assessment in line with Faculty and University policy and practice.


Jacqueline Neve: Professional Tutor, School of Teacher Education, Liverpool Hope University 

Jacqueline teaches on the Primary BAQTS and Primary PGCE. She has worked in education for the past 30 years, teaching within the Primary and Higher education sectors. She is the lead EAL and Primary Geography co-ordinator responsible for writing curriculum frameworks, delivering lectures and enhancement opportunities for all BAQTS trainees and NQTs. As a Placement Lead, she is responsible for the management and coordination of placements for current Year 3 trainees. In her role of

                          EAL coordinator she has delivered EAL specialist days for BAQTS and PGCE students.

                          She has also led several action research based projects such as Hope Challenge

                          projects including EAL, Meta-cognition and Attendance with a cross phase range of 


Revd Canon Dr Neal Barnes: Canon for Mission and Faith Development at Liverpool Cathedral

                          Following a career in industrial research and development, Neal served his Curacy in

                          the Bedfordshire market-town of Biggleswade. In 1999 he moved north to become Vicar

                          of Anlaby, a suburban village on the outskirts of Hull.  In 2010, Neal became the Vicar of awaiting             Holy Trinity which in 2017 became Hull Minster.  He is currently Canon for Mission and

photo                 Faith Development at Liverpool Cathedral where part of his responsibility is the

                          Education Department. Neal enjoys music-making and plays the flute and piano.  Other

                          interests include ecology - he is a member of The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO),

                          Butterfly Conservation and the local Wildlife Trust.  Neal is married to Stella and they 

                          have two grown-up children.


Joseph Merivale: School Teacher with Liverpool and Sefton Councils

                          As a schoolteacher, Joseph was the PE and History co-ordinator. He was also

awaiting             responsible for overviewing all the after school sports clubs. This involved liaising with

photo                 Everton and Liverpool football clubs, along with the local high schools to provide after

                          school club provision.


Martin Isherwood: Head of Music, LIPA

                          Martin has 37 years’ experience within the music industry as a self-employed

                          professional songwriter and producer (with UK top 15 chart success), performer, sound

awaiting             engineer, gig promoter, music TV producer, label owner, artist manager, performance

photo                 poet and DJ. He has extensive experience of leadership and management in a variety

                          of organisations and challenging settings. Martin has 37 years’ professional work and

                          voluntary experience in a range of music, HE, arts, charitable, public, private and not for

                          profit organisations, including many positions at board level.