Meet the Governors

Mrs Baines

I have been married for over 40 years to my wonderful husband Michael. We have been blessed with two wonderful daughters who have gone on to forge successful careers and happy lives. They have both given us 4 cherished grandchildren whose ages range from 6 to 11.
I attended Horwich Parish C.E. School in the fifties and can still remember the happy times I had as well as all the names of the teachers at that time! This surely is a testament to the positive impact they made upon my life. Since that time, I have worked as a Nurse, Midwife and Manager within the NHS and in the independent sectors and I led a project in the nineties which became a precursor for the National Sure Start initiative and which served to whet my appetite for working within public health and primary care and as a result I have been able to appreciate the challenges that some parents and children face on a daily basis. A good life, I feel begins with a good birth and I am sure I have helped many hundreds of mother's birth their babies and I feel privileged to be invited into such a spiritual and special environment. I still practice midwifery today and I Lecture in Midwifery and Applied Healthcare Ethics at University. I enjoy stimulating the hearts and minds of prospective midwives.
I wanted to become a School Governor as I appreciate the benefits a good education can bring. Teachers and parents working together in a caring and sensitive environment can set a young person on the right journey and I particularly feel that the Christian values that this school is built on, will serve to instil kindness and compassion and a desire to help others as they travel forward.
My skills include, those associated with all aspects of teaching and learning and assessment, curriculum design and staff and student appraisal and mentoring, management and leadership. Data collection and research has led to my travelling extensively and writing my second professional textbook.
Thank you


Mrs Mills

Head teacher
I am married with three teenage children. We enjoy travelling and try to spend quality time together at the weekends and during the holidays. We live in the Ribble Valley.
I have been the HT at Horwich Parish since January 2018. This is my second headship. Previously I was the Head teacher at Kingsfold Primary School in Penwortham, Preston for 5 years. I see Headship as a vocation rather than a job. I take my role very seriously and work tirelessly to ensure every child in our school is happy, safe and reaches their potential. I am passionate about making a difference to the children and families at Horwich Parish and ensuring I lead a school that has a positive impact on their lives.
As a committed Christian I am delighted to be the Head teacher of a Voluntary Aided Church School. Every decision and action I make is centred around the children within the presence of God and underpinned by Christian values.
I am extremely lucky to have a staff and governor team around me with the shared purpose of providing an inclusive school where every child is known, cared for and supported to aspire. Our ethos extends to our families and the community whom we support with our open door policy. Horwich Parish is a large Primary School situated in Bolton. It continues to make steps to close the gaps between our children and children nationally, academically and socially. We continue to rigorously drive for improved attendance to ensure every child attends school punctually every day.


Mrs Naylor

I am a Parent Governor at Horwich Parish.  I have 13 years of teaching experience in the Primary
Education sector, currently serving as a Deputy Headteacher. I have taught across all year groups
and have held a range of leadership positions within school. I work in a supportive role with other
schools as part of my role as a Maths Mastery Specialist and serve as a governor on my school's
Governing Board. I have knowledge and experience of educational matters and actively seek to stay
on top of the latest policy, guidance and research surrounding Primary Education. I feel strongly
about nurturing and celebrating children as individuals; honouring and valuing each of them and the
unique contributions they make to their families, school, community and the world around them.
These beliefs and values align perfectly with the Horwich Parish vision of allowing all children the 'let
their light shine' and I am proud to support the school in delivering its aims to provide the best
education and experiences for all our children.


Mrs Doggart

Originally from Blackrod, I moved to Horwich in December 2020 after living in various parts of the
country for work. I live with my husband and our beautiful 10 month old daughter Rosie. I am
currently on maternity leave but as of January 2023, I will return back to work at M&S where I work
in Human Resources. I joined M&S as a HR Graduate in 2013 and since then have worked in a variety
of roles from Policy and Employee Relations Advisor, Talent and Performance Manager, Change
Manager, Communication and Engagement Manager and HR Business Partner, including leading the
HR Team at our owned Distribution Centre in the East Midlands where I was responsible for our
People Strategy and was part of the Site Leadership Team where we were responsible for over 2000
Outside of work, I am passionate about theatre and the arts (having originally studied as an Actor)
and I love spending time with family and friends and also time in our home which is an ongoing
renovation project.
I am delighted to be a Foundation Governor at Horwich Parish. I have been brought up with strong
Christian values and they guide me in my everyday life and I am passionate about enhancing the
lives of the people and especially children within my community. Whilst being new to the Horwich
Parish family and having only visited school a handful of times, I have been struck by its warmth and
deep sense of values of love and respect, where everyone can ‘let their light shine’. I look forward to
being part of the ongoing success of the school by helping the Headteacher, Governors and wider
School to achieve its vision and strategy.


Mrs Welling

I am one of the newest members of the team as a Foundation Governor here at Horwich Parish, joining in September 2022. I am originally from Horwich, however due to work I’ve been fortunate to live in various locations across the UK including Bournemouth, Lancaster and Loch Lomond. I met my husband in Bournemouth and managed to convince him to return home with me in 2013 to be near family, get married, and begin our adventure into parenthood. 

We are parents to two very young children, and both work full time. The children have a much busier social calendar than we do, and we spend most weekends bouncing between hobbies, whilst seeing friends and family as often as we can. 

For many years I have taken time to focus on family, career and eventually relocating back to my roots. Having settled back into Horwich life, I felt it was time to give something back to the community in an area that is important to me, particularly having two fabulous children who will be joining the world of primary education in the coming years, and growing up, as I did, in our fantastic community. What drew me specifically to Horwich Parish is its culture and values, and how they importantly align with my own. From moment I first stepped through the door, it was clear that the school really embraces its vision/values, and both children and staff alike truly live and breathe it. It gave me that fuzzy feeling that it was a great place to be, from its strong connection to our place of worship, Holy Trinity, to championing the student’s education, supporting them in their social development and wellbeing, and it’s warm culture. Importantly, I also felt the staff really care, and are supported well within their own development.

By day I am a HR Generalist, with specific experience (and a passion for!) working in Health and Wellbeing. I pride myself on my style of working; not just what I do but how I do it. I find it easy to forge relationships, work hard to establish credibility, and do it with honesty and integrity. I believe this will stand me in good stead to add value to the board and the school.  


Mrs Hope

I am a parent to two children at school and a member of Holy Trinity Church.
My professional business background is in strategic marketing, brand development and marketing communications in large organisations. I have worked in media relations and corporate and employee communication which has included crisis management and financial reporting.
With a business degree and experience of the public and private sector, I hope that my experience will enhance the governing body.


Mr Timms

A hard-working single father of two very energetic children who have either gone or are still going through the Horwich Parish School journey. As a Parent Governor I serve on the Finance and Staffing committee. I have been in finance for over twenty years in the private sector as an accountant for a large US company and during this time I have also served on various committees as treasurer. I am an accomplished musician playing for a local world-famous championship brass band, and when not tooting my cornet, my children and I are usually out on our bikes exploring the glorious local countryside. I have a great belief that by encouraging children to appreciate the resources that surround us, nurturing in them a strong moral compass and honest hard work that they can realise their full potential without detriment to themselves or others.


Mrs Fisk

Brought up in Heaton, and then living in Farnworth with my husband, my family and I moved to Horwich in 2010. I studied at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) achieving a 2.1 BA(Hons) in Business Studies, going on to study part-time for the Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and getting a Merit. I am a Chartered Member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development), which is the professional body for HR and people development. I have worked in Human Resources for 20 years in a variety of roles for private organisations, the NHS, and since 2003, UCLan. My substantive role covers Employee Relations (we recognise 3 separate Trade Unions) and Policy Development - we have over 3000 employees so its a busy and varied role.

When I get the time I enjoy reading (particularly autobiographies), baking and walking. I love the theatre and spa-breaks, so try and get a couple of trips in each year - if money was no object it would be every week!

I am the parent of two children at Horwich Parish CE Primary School. Both my children started at the school without really knowing anyone but have made some lovely friendships which I can see continuing long into secondary school. As a result I have also made new friends and do love a natter in the playground or a coffee at Chill at the Cowshed!

My children and I go to Holy Trinity Church where I volunteer with K4C (sunday school) and am a member of the Youth Committee. As a Christian I was keen for my children to attend a church school and I feel that Horwich Parish is enabling them to develop their faith.

I am an active member of the parent prayer group at school, which was set up about 18 months ago and meets weekly (during term time) to pray for the school/pupils/staff/parents and wider school community. As part of the group we also volunteer at school events by serving refreshments - I really enjoy this when I'm able to do it as it's a chance to meet other parents and feel part of the school family.

As a Foundation Diocesan Governor I am looking forward to supporting Mrs Mills to fulfill the school vision, and nurture the Christian character of the school. Supporting the spiritual growth of young people is something I am passionate about and I want this to underpin all I do in my role.


Mrs Washington

Deputy Headteacher
Year 6 Class Teacher


Mr Green

I am a Foundation Governor assuming the role in March 2021, having lived in Horwich for 17 years I wanted to give something back to the community in which I live. I am an active member of the Holy Trinity Church congregation.

I am a happily married father of two fabulous primary school age children. My eldest is a sport fanatic whether playing or watching he will consume all his time on any sport he can, whilst my younger daughter is extremely creative enjoying dance, reading and inventing stories. It has been amazing to watch them develop and grow as individuals although logistically challenging with their varied interests.

I am a Human Resource professional by day, specialising in Learning and Organisational Development. Having operated at a senior level in the private sector for many years, I hope as well as broad HR and learning expertise my commercial understanding and direct experience leading Health, Safety and Wellbeing in a major organisation will bring a valuable skillset to the Governing Board.

I have had a high-profile role in advising and developing apprenticeships within the workplace providing opportunities for young people and ensuring their learning journey continues after formal schooling. As such, I am very passionate about supporting the education of our future generations, having previously had the voluntary role of Strategic Enterprise Advisor for a High School in Bury I am now excited to support the emotional, social and academic development of children at Horwich Parish.


Rev Nicola

I was ordained in June 2019 and came to Horwich then. In July 2022 I became Team Rector of the Horwich and Rivington Churches. I joined the Governing Board as a Foundation Governor in 2020 and now continue in an ex-officio capacity. There have been so many ways in which I have been able to work alongside staff and pupils and it fills me with so much joy to be part of this amazing school community.

I am fully committed to continue building upon the strong links which Holy Trinity Church have with Horwich Parish School. I believe this is not something we can take for granted but should be nurtured. I hope that I bring the passion I have for schools to be distinctive as places where the love of Jesus is shown and shared. I trust that this will accompany my experience and the variety of skills which I've had in my life and work in primary schools before I was ordained.

I am married to Philip, we have 3 sons, a daughter-in-law, a beautiful grandson and a dog called Solo. We love spending time together and there is always lots of laughter and memories being created. I enjoy listening to and playing music, reading, gardening, baking and attending concerts. We both grew up in Leigh and lived there all our lives until moving to Horwich in 2020 and we trust God will continue guiding us.

I can’t think of a better way to start a Monday morning than to join in with collective worship or to spend time with the parents’ prayer group at the school. I also really enjoy spending time with classes as they explore faith in God and learn about different things which we do in church such as baptism. I love seeing you all grow into the people who Jesus wants you to be and to work alongside you all anywhere I can. I am fully committed to supporting staff, parents and pupils wherever possible.


Mrs Smith

I was born in York and moved to Bolton with my parents when I was seven. I moved to Horwich over thirty years ago where I met my husband, Graham, who is Horwich born and bred. We have been married for twenty-five years.

I was a full-time teacher for thirty years: first in Romford and then in Westhoughton. I started to work as a supply teacher seven years ago and enjoy the freedom it offers but miss building relationships with the children and staff and this is why I love working in Horwich Parish and why I was delighted to be asked to be a foundation governor. I have worked in Horwich Parish regularly since giving up full time teaching and becoming a supply teacher and also came in as a Christian Aid volunteer teacher before COVID and am always made to feel welcome and valued. I worship at St Catherine’s church which is part of the Horwich and Rivington team of churches so work with people from Holy Trinity on various committees and projects. The strong church links that Horwich Parish has together with the Christian ethos that you feel all around school makes me feel that it is truly a church school and not just one in name. I want to support Mrs Mills and the staff in letting every child’s light shine and every child grow into the best that they can be.


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