Governor Pen Portraits

Mrs Clare Leadley- Chair of Governors - Safeguarding Governor 

I have been lucky to have been a governor at St Paul’s for a number of years and to have acted as Chair during that time. I have a background in data analysis and finance both of which have provided me with skills and experience that I bring to the role. My vision as a governor is that every child in the school receives the education that is best for them, that they enjoy coming to school and that they develop a love of learning that will give a good foundation for the rest of their lives.


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 Victoria Walmsley- Parent Governor 

I am an experienced Marketing Manager for a local company working predominantly with the education sector and in April 2018 I was elected onto the Governing Body as a Parent Governor. I have two daughters at St Paul's, one in year 6 and my youngest in EYFS so have been part of the St Paul's family for some time. I believe St Pauls' provides an excellent nurturing environment in which our children develop a love of learning and a compassion for one another.


I am honoured to be part of the Governing Body and hope I can represent other parents, strengthening the relationship we have with school and bringing a positive parent perspective to the team. I am also an active member of the PTFA here at St Paul's and enjoy helping to make a difference through the fundraising we do to benefit all the children at St Paul's.


Mrs Vikki Blackburn- LA Governor 

I am a School Business Manager at a local primary school in Blackburn and in my role I am responsible for Finance, Health & Safety, HR and Recruitment, Staff Training, Safeguarding, Maintenance, Administration and Catering along with many other things that are all part of school life.

I live just outside the village and both my children have been educated here, One is in year 4 and the other has now left and is in year 8 so I have been a St Paul's parent for many years and I am also a member of the PTFA.

It is a pleasure to be part of the Governing Board and I am looking forward to being part of the School's continued journey of growth.


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.


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 Church of England Primary School since September 2016 and I am very proud of the academic and spiritual journey the school is on. 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. Since September 2017, I have represented Primary Headteachers on the Local Authorities Education and Skills Board, mapping and implementing the new twenty year plan.  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. I am extremely proud of St Paul's achievements and I am excited to continue to be part of an effective and innovative team.