Our Governors

At Pendle Community High School and College we are very lucky to have a strong and active Board of Governors. Our Governors act as our critical friends supporting the work of the school whilst questioning impact of our actions. Our Governors regularly meet with key teaching members of staff to discuss policy and the progress the pupils are making and take the opportunities to ‘walk’ the school observing daily life.

Governors meet once a term as a whole Governing body and once a term in the subcommittees:
- Finance & Resources
- Curriculum

Governors support the school in appointing new staff and attending school events and celebrations.

Governors come from all walks of life and represent our diverse population and community. If you would like to find out more about being a Parent Governor please contact the school.

For further information please follow the link below.

www.governornet.co.uk/school-governor.html/?wiki-maping=National Governors' Association

Meet our Governors


Mr Trevor Ashton - Chair of Governors
Co-Opted Governor - Term end date: 21.10.2018

I sit on the Finance & Resources Committee and the Pay Committee, I have responsibility for ICT and PE. I have been a Governor at the school since its establishment in August 2005 and previous to that at Gibfield School when my daughter became a student in 1992. I have been the Chair of Governors since the school was renamed Pendle Community High School & College.

Outside of school, I was a Senior Lecturer in Leisure, Tourism and Public Services for 23 years at Nelson and Colne College. I have also worked as an administrator for Morrison’s Supermarket.  I am a Burnley supporter and enjoy many other sports.


Mr Ken Simmons - Vice Chair - Chair of Finance & Resources - Co-Opted Governor
Term end date: 21.10.2018

I have been a governor at the school since October 2011, when I took early retirement from work. I worked for Lancashire Young People's Service as a Youth & Community Worker and as part of my responsibility helped to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in School. Upon my retirement I was delighted to be asked to join the governing body of the school. I am the Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee and I am the nominated governor for Vocational Studies.
Chris Dr/Mrs Chris Lingard - Headteacher of Pendle Community High School & College
Teacher Governor - Term end date: 31.08.2020

I am delighted to have been appointed as Headteacher and a governor of Pendle Community High School & College from 1st September 2016 onwards. Prior to this, I have had two aspects to my career - the first of which is in teaching - initially as a primary school teacher and SENCO, and most latterly as a Headteacher and Deputy Head of two different special schools.

Additionally I have also trained and practiced as an Educational Psychologist - the final six years of which I was Principal Educational Psychologist and Head of Service for  a large Local Authority in Yorkshire.In addition to my experience of governance during my roles as Headteacher and Deputy Head,  I have also been a parent governor of a mainstream secondary school, and staff governor of a mainstream primary school. In my current role I also fulfill the roles of governor of Pendle View Primary School and Pendle Vale College.

Outside of school, I spend a lot of time restoring the old farm house in which we live, in addition to socializing with family and friends, walking, gardening and reading.

Mrs Fran Clayton - Co-Opted Governor

I took up the role of Headteacher at Pendle View Primary School in September 2016 having been the Deputy Headteacher for 8 years. I have worked collaboratively with staff and pupils from PCHS since 2008 and I am now delighted to be on the school's Governing Body. I thoroughly enjoy visiting PCHS and seeing how settled all our former pupils are.  They are always keen to tell me how they are doing and how happy they are. 

I am the link Governor for English and AAC / Communication and I am looking forward to working alongside the staff and pupils to promote outstanding AAC / Communication provision for all pupils within the school. I am also on the Curriculum Committee. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and relaxing at home.


Ms Saima Tariq LDT - Vice Chair of Governors - Co-Opted Governor
Term end date: 21.12.2018

I have been a governor for almost two years now.  In my work capacity I have been affiliated to the school and college for almost seven years as  YPS SEN worker.  My role has involved working and supporting young people with special educational needs and their families in making informed decisions about their future and then continuing to support the young person during their transitional years into adult life.  As a governor I am the Vice Chair and sit on the Curriculum Committee and I am also the nominated Governor for RE & Collective Worship. I am not a governor at any other educational establishments.

I have always enjoyed working in the school and college, alongside staff who have a true passion and drive for making a positive difference in the lives of young people.  I feel very pleased to be a governor and I have a strong belief in the Pendle Community High School and College ethos.  Everyone is made to feel welcome and part of the community family.


Mr Frank Wren - Co-Opted Governor
Term end date: 01.2021

I am an ex local councillor and sole owner of Boothman Park in Barley. I am involved with a wide range of local community groups including the local Community and Voluntary Sector. I have previously worked in international development - including facilitating the 'Feed the World' programme, so also have an in-depth knowledge of finance and resources. I am not a governor at any other educational establishment. I am the sole owner of Boothman Park Estates, which is a local business, which is a holiday complex located in Pendle.


Ms Nicki Dean - Staff Governor
Term end date: 01.09.2018

I have worked at Pendle Community High School and College since September 2004 and in 2016 I was elected to be the staff governorI am currently teaching the PE curriculum across both the school and college, where all learners' are encouraged to achieve their full potential. I feel that it is essential to have a member of staff on the Governing Body who has experienced the school developing and be a part of enabling difference. I am so pleased to have been chosen to represent our community. 

Mrs Angela Ansley - Co-Opted Governor
Term end date: 10.07.2020

I am currently working as a Senior Special Needs School Nurse in the Burnley and Pendle Special Schools. I sit on the Curriculum Committee and I am the link Governor for PSHE and Citizenship. I am not a governor at any other educational establishment. 

I have been a nurse for over thirty years, initially working on the children's ward. I have worked with children with additional needs for the last fifteen years and have had considerable experience in the safeguarding area. I am due to retire within the next twelve months which will allow me to dedicate time to being a governor. I am also a foster carer for LCC and have experience of fostering children with special educational needs. 


Mrs Zura Chaudhry - Parent Governor
Term end date: 03.2021

I was delighted to have been appointed as parent governor following a recent election process. I am the mother of a Year 7 student within the school, and I live in Barrowford. I am very active within this local community. I am keen to get more involved in the life of the school & college, and further extend the school-community links, particularly among some families who are currently less involved. I am not a governor at any other educational establishment. 


Mr Steve Wilson - Headteacher of Pendle Vale College
Co-Opted Governor Term end date: 21.10.2018

I was appointed as a co-opted Governor to the Governing Body in the summer of 2014. As Headteacher of the co-located school Pendle Vale College, I have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the staff and students of Pendle Community High School & College over the eight years we have been together in this fantastic building and Campus.  I sit on the Finance & Resources Committee and I am the nominated link Governor for Mathematics/Numeracy and MFL. I am also a Governor of Pendle Vale College, Barrowford Primary, Coal Clough Academy and The Alternative School.

Something that is not common knowledge is that I am a twin. One Mr Wilson works Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while the second Mr Wilson works Thursday and Friday.

I have already struck up a strong and positive working relationship with Mrs Lingard and I look forward to us strengthening the already great links between our two schools.


Name Committee(s)

Date Appointed

Term of Office

Stepped Down

Appointed By

Attendance 01.04.16 - 31.03.17

Mr Trevor Ashton Finance & Resources, Curriculum, Pay, Staff Discipline


4 Years



Possible: 9
Attended: 8 

Dr/Mrs Chris Lingard Finance & Resources, Curriculum 01/09/2016 4 Years    School  100%
Mrs Kath Green Finance & Resources, Grievance, Curriculum


4 Years

 May 17


Possible: 9
Attended: 8 
Mrs Yvonne Foster Grievance, Curriculum


4 Years

 Jun 17


Possible: 6
Attended: 5

Mrs Andrea Smith  Curriculum, Finance & Resources


4 Years

 Dec 16


Possible: 3
Attended: 3

Mr Steve Wilson Grievance


4 Years



Possible: 3
Attended: 1

Mr K Simmons Finance & Resources, Pay


4 Years



Possible: 5
Attended: 5

Miss S Tariq Curriculum


4 Years



Possible: 5
Attended: 4

Mr Frank Wren  Finance & Resources          
Mrs Zura Chaudhry  Curriculum          
Ms Nicki Dean  Curriculum          
Mrs Andrea Harvey Co opted to Finance & Resources committee          
Miss Claire Wilkinson Clerk to Finance & Resources, Curriculum committees          

Governors Calendar 2016/17


Autumn 2016

Spring 2017

Summer 2017

Full governing body

23rd Nov 9.30am

22nd Mar 12.30pm

21st Jun 9.30am

Curriculum (Wednesdays)

19th Oct 12.45pm

1st Mar 12.45pm

7th Jun 12.45pm

Campus Premises (Tuesdays)

9th Nov 10am

8th Mar 10am

3rd May 10am

Finance & Resources

16th Nov 1pm

9th Mar 1pm

15th Jun 1pm


Thurs 1st Sept

Fri 2nd Sept

Mon 7th Nov

Weds 15th Mar (Twilight)

Tues 8th Apr

Weds 10th May (Twilight)

Other events:


Parents Evening

15th Nov


4th Jul

Christmas Dinner

21st Dec


Certificates, awards & leavers assemblies

24th Nov



Activity week



Governor training day


8th Mar


Prom night


29th Jun

Governors Register of Interests

Governor Name No interest to declare Name of business(s) Nature of business Nature of interest Date of appointment/ aquisition Date of cessation of interest I declare that I am a governor at the following educational establishments I declare that I have the following relationships to members of school staff 
Mr Trevor Ashton X               23.11.16
Mr Ken Simmons X               23.11.16
Dr/Mrs Chris Lingard             Pendle View Primary School, Pendle Vale College   25.11.16
Mr Steve Wilson             Barrowford Primary, The Alternative school, Coal Clugh Academy   01.02.17
Ms Saima Tariq X               23.11.16
Mr Frank Wren   Boothman Park Estates Holiday Let Sole owner          20.02.17
Mrs Angela Ansley X School Nurse in Pendle Senior Nurse in Pendle Schools Employee Jan 2001 Retired 31.03.17     01.02.17
Mrs Zura Chaudhry X               01.03.17
Mrs Fran Clayton             Pendle View Primary School   23.11.16
Ms Nicki Dean               Partner of a member of staff in school 06.03.17



Pendle Community High School & College

Pendle Vale Campus, Oxford Road, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 8LF

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