Governor Pen Portraits

Mrs Clare Leadley- Chair of Governors - Safeguarding Governor 


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Mr Simon Taylor - Vice Chair of Governors 

Working hard and being committed to the children and staff here at St Pauls is my true vision.

We have to remember that One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.

Together We Achieve.


Mrs Louise McGaffigan- Training Link and HR Governor 

I would describe myself as a friendly, professional hard working, positive minded Lancashire lass.  I have a son and daughter both attending St Paul's and live in the heart of Hoddlesden village so I have a real understanding of the prestigious reputation of the school and its generational links to the local community.  I am fortunate to have enjoyed extensive global travel and a lengthy career in media business management across the UK.  Along with professional business experience I bring an appetite for learning, diversity, tolerance and forward thinking to our brilliant village school.  I feel honoured to be part of the governing body team to ensure that all children in our care are given the best chance to flourish and reach their potential. 

Mrs Sarah West- Health & Safety Governor 

I, Sarah West have been a School Governor since July 2016.

In this role, I am on various sub committees which includes the Resources Committee.

It is great honour to be a Governor for St Pauls School as I can help ensure that this outstanding school continues to run and care for its children in the excellent way it has done for the past few years.

I am also committed to helping other children within the local area in my role as a Rainbow leader for the Girl Guide Association. I have held this role as Guide leader for nearly 20 years.

I am Married with one child who attended (and flourished at) St Pauls.


Mrs Jacqueline Brine- SEND and Church Link Governor  (PCC representative for the parish of St Paul's)

I am married with three grown up children and four grandchildren. I live locally and worship at St Pauls Church and am a member of the PCC. I am retired but have been employed in education for most of my working life and understand why children need to be at the heart of any decision we make as a Governing Body. I am particularly keen to maintain the Christian ethos of the school and promote links with the church and the wider community. As a foundation governor I look forward to supporting the head teacher and staff, in their work encouraging and enabling all children of all faiths and none, to reach their full potential. 


Rev Alice Cole- Ex Officio and Data Analysis Governor 

I'm the curate (trainee Vicar) here at St. Paul's, along with St. James Lower Darwen and St. James, Over Darwen. I grew up in Stoke-on-Trent and went to University in St Andrews, Scotland, where I studied Mathematics. I then moved to Lancaster and was working in the area of Medical Statistics before sensing that God was calling me to change direction and start training to be a Vicar.It is a joy to be part of St. Paul's school, leading weekly worship, popping into lessons, getting to know the children and seeing them grow in their spirituality. To relax, I love curling up with a good book, cooking and baking, and have recently started a dressmaking course.


Mr Greg South- Mathematics Governor 


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Cllr Julie Slater- LA Governor 


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Mrs Rebecca MacBride- Online Safety Governor 


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Mrs Marilyn Wiggans- Staff Governor 

I live locally and am married with 3 children, who all attended St. Paul's, and 3 grandchildren. I have had continuous involvement with St. Paul's for over 35 years, initially as a volunteer parent-helper and later as an employee. For much of this period I have held the posts of Welfare Assistant and Teaching Assistant, which have given me the opportunity to watch our pupils flourish, both academically and socially. It is my wish that our school will continue to develop well-rounded individuals who are able to succeed in their own personal field and I am proud to be a member of a great team who strive to make this a reality. I have seen our school grow - physically, in numbers, in success and in reputation and I look forward to seeing this continue. I regularly bump into past pupils and it is a great delight to continue our association and find out how their lives have developed since they left our care.


Mr Christopher Dugdale- Headteacher 

I have been the headteacher of Hoddlesden St Paul's CofE Primary School since September 2016, prior to this I was the deputy and acting headteacher in a one form entry primary school in the neighbouring authority of Lancashire (Area East). I graduated from St Martin's College in 2006 and have taught in a variety of school settings across Lancashire. During 2008/10 I was able to support a Fylde based hospitality company and general manage a number of medium to large businesses, along with successfully supporting a large redevelopment application and bid. I have had the privilege of coordinating teaching and learning improvement across our cluster of schools, with huge improvements to attainment, teaching & learning and collaborative practice. Since September 2017 and as part of Blackburn with Darwens Authority Strategy Plan, I have been the Primary Head representative for the Environment and Skills Board. I am extremely proud of St Paul's achievements and I am excited to continue to be part of an effective and innovative team.