Married to Mark, I have two children - Ben 21 years old and Katie is 19.
I began my headship in Edgworth Primary in June 2012.
I knew on my first visit that Edgworth Primary School would be a fantastic place to work and indeed it is. I feel privileged to work with such and enthusiastic team and look forward to taking the school on the next part of its journey.
Enabling the best outcomes for all our wonderful children is of paramount importance. I also welcome the opportunity to support staff in their professional development.
Extending community links even further is an important part of my vision. I welcome the wealth of support and expertise that the village members can contribute to school life and the spiritual guidance of the churches.
Chair of Governors and Co-Opted Governor
I am married and have children at Edgworth School. I have worked in regeneration projects in inner city communities, working for local authorities and a housing association across the North West. We moved to the village in 2011 after being overseas in Australia.
I work for the Christian charity Urban Outreach Bolton as their Strategic Development Manager. I am keen that the school maintains and develops its wider community links and has a broader social understanding of other communities.
I became a parent governor in 2012. I am pleased to be able to contribute to the life and direction of the school. After my 4 years of service as a parent governor I became a Co-opted Governor in 2016. I took over the role of Chair in February 2015.
I am retired and I live locally with my partner, Steve. I worship regularly at St. Anne’s Church, Turton and I am a member of the Parochial Church Council.
I have spent 37 enjoyable years in the teaching profession. My specialist subject was History, which I taught to 11 to 18 year olds.
Initially, I taught in co-educational schools in the public sector. I held several, senior, academic posts.
I worked in an independent boys’ grammar school for the latter half of my career. I was appointed to positions of responsibility which enabled me to work with young people beyond the classroom. These included being a House Master and Co-ordinator of the Learning Resource Centre.
Hobbies:- the Arts, reading, walking, ballroom dancing and being a hands-on grandma.
Rev Steve Parsons
I am married to Viv and we have 7 grown up children of whom we are very proud! We recently became the family for two new puppies, Teddie and George. They are full of energy and give us the opportunity to take them out walking in the local area. The exercise does us good.
For relaxation, I like to go cycling on the hills and I am keen to learn about local roots and really get to know the place where I live. I also like to read.
I have had careers as a Parish Priest, Chaplain, Social Worker and management of a variety of teams working within local authorities and the NHS. I have been responsible for admissions to hospital for people with acute mental health conditions and more recently for those experiencing common mental health problems. My education has been research and natural science based.
Rev Ian Smart
I am married to Karen and I have two daughters who attend Canon Slade.
Before becoming a Methodist Minister, I worked in IT for 19 years, most recently based in Emeryville in California. During this time my role as a Technical Evangelist allowed me to work in places as far apart as Wall Street, Australia, China, Scandinavia, and occasionally the City of London.
Since leaving the IT world and qualifying as a Methodist Minister I worked in the Cambridge Circuit where my role included working in 10 schools and now I am stationed in the Bolton Circuit with pastoral oversight of Edgworth and two other churches – as well as working in their associated schools.
I am chair of the charity UNCLE which I helped found and we fund and support two orphanages in Kathmandu, five pastors in Nepal, and a church community that serves two refugee communities in the Terai.
Along with my colleague Sue we co-present “The Spirit of Bolton” and “It’s the thought that counts” on Bolton FM, and occasionally the station let me loose to share my love of Heavy Metal music when I present the Monday Night Rock Show.
The Rev’d Ian Smart BSc(Hons), BA(Hons)
Chair UNCLE (UK Registered Charity 1126515)
Presenter Bolton FM
I have lived locally, although not in Edgworth, all my life. Married, with a daughter Lydia, who attended Edgworth Primary School and is now at High School.
I have worked for the local authority since 2003 in the capacity of SureStart Finance Officer and a Contracts & Commissioning Officer within Children’s Services. My main commissioning areas were Early Years and Social Care.
I am a member of the management board for Fortalice, a Bolton charity supporting women and children affected by domestic violence. This is my 5th year working within school.
Given the opportunity, I like to relax by spending time with family and friends.
Have lived in the local area for the last seven years and my son Ben is currently in Year 2 and my daughter Hannah has just started in Reception.
During my 15 year career, I have always worked within sales and marketing in a variety of roles, including Nestle and currently with Warburtons.
My wider experience and skills include setting strategic direction, building and leading teams and driving change.
I would like the opportunity to become a parent governor and to utilise my skills and passion to both represent the parents view and to support the staff in making the school the best that it can be.
I’ve lived in the area for over 10 years with my husband and both my children attend the school.
My career is in Human Resources and after achieving my professional qualification, I worked in a number of different organisations and then, in 2011, I decided to become my own boss and set up a consultancy practice.
As a parent governor, I offer my professional knowledge and skills as well as my perspective as a parent to benefit the school and its children. I have been particularly impressed with how the school instills a love of learning which is a valuable asset for life.
I’m Andy Chemney – Amelie’s Dad (Year 6). I have sales and marketing background, having worked in industry before starting my own Design and Marketing Agency.
I have a lot of experience in branding, marketing and communications and would welcome the opportunity to put some of this knowledge to use as a Parent Governor.
Away from work I enjoy keeping fit and playing the drums in local bands. I have lived in the village for 17 years, helping out at school and Scallywags when they need help, including filming events and shows, etc.
I am the father of two girls both of whom attended Turton & Edgworth C.E./Methodist Primary School and are now at Canon Slade. We live within the Jumbles Country Park and have been here for 20 years. I am a qualified Project Manager , LRQA Auditor and Coach working within the Engineering sector. Part of my role involves engaging with schools and colleges to encourage interest and promoting Apprenticeships within the Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing sectors.
My children and I have thoroughly enjoyed their time at Edgworth and I enjoy being able to continue to support the school through the Governing Body for the greater benefit of the local community.
Married to Lindsay. Father to Grace and Jacob, both of whom attended Edgworth Primary School.
I am Managing Director of a group of companies, which encompass the supply of domestic appliance spare parts, the manufacture of office and educational display and presentational equipment as well as commercial property. It keeps me busy.
Keen cyclist, skier and part time supporter of Bolton Wanderers, local amateur theatre and appreciative of all kinds of music.
I live in Edgworth. Both my children were pupils at the school and my wife was a former teacher.
I am currently Chairman of the Board of the English Chess Federation (ECF), Vice Chair of the English Primary Schools Chess Association (EPSCA) and Junior Organiser of the Manchester Chess Federation (MCF).
I am a retired teacher having had experience in Primary and Secondary education and was a senior post holder in the Post 16 sector. I have also had involvement in teacher education over a number of years.
My interests include chess, walking and Liverpool Football Club.
Clerk to the Governors
Born and raised in the Bolton area. I am married to a secondary school teacher and I have 2 children who both attend Turton & Edgworth Church of England Methodist Primary School and are thoroughly enjoying their time there.
I am a serving Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force and during my 14 year’s service I have travelled extensively both within the UK and worldwide as well as being deployed on both Operations and training exercises. During my RAF career I have amassed experience in project management, personnel management, recruitment, ‘leaning’ and change management as well as Leadership and have put these skills to use in both benign and austere environments.
My reasoning for becoming a governor at the school is one born out of wanting to help shape the environment my children and their peers learn in and to help our school maintain its fantastic stature within the local community and beyond.