Governor Pen Portraits

Mrs Louise McGaffigan- Chair of Governors, HR Link Governor, Safeguarding 

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. My family regularly attend St Paul’s village church and the schools deep rooted Christian ethos supports our values. 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. 


Mr Simon Taylor - Vice Chair of Governors and Sport Ambassador Link Governor .

I have had the pleasure of being a Governor at St Paul’s for over 9 Years and have been in role of Vice Chair for the last 3 years. I have three children with my lovely wife Samantha, who attended St Paul’s - Ethan, Toby and Alex. Ethan left School for Secondary last year and Toby and Alex are in Year 3. I am an experienced Delivery Manager for a Electricity Distribution Network Operator (Electricity North West). Throughout my role I bring a number of skill sets and experience to support my responsibilities as Vice Chair here at St Paul’s. I’m also a very keen Mountain /Fell Runner and with my understanding of nutrition, training and sport requirements, this again support my role as  Sport Ambassador Link Governor .

Working hard and being committed to the children and staff here at St Paul’s is my true goal and vision. We have to remember that One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.

Together We Achieve.


Mrs Clare Leadley-   Data Analysis Link 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.


Mrs Victoria Walmsley- Mathematics Link Governor 

I was elected onto the Governing Body of St Paul’s in April 2018 as Parent Governor and more recently took on the role of Maths link.

I have two daughters, both of whom attend St Paul’s, one in year 6 and my younger daughter in EYFS. My own children thoroughly and enjoy school and I know first hand St Paul’s provides an excellent environment for our children to thrive.

In my professional capacity I am a Marketing Manager working for a company predominantly servicing the Education sector, working with schools throughout the country.

My family and I attend St Paul’s Church and I am also an active member of the school PTFA helping to organise and run fundraising events to benefit the school and church community.

I am honoured to be part of the Governing Body and hope I bring a positive yet critical parent view that can help to aid our schools continued growth.


Mrs Vikki Blackburn- LA Governor and Training Link Governor

I have been on the Governing Board of St Paul’s for a year now and feel very privileged to be part of the school’s journey of growth.

In my professional career I have been a bank manager and for the last four years have been a School Business Manager in a local primary school. This has given me experience in the operations of a primary school and insight into Hr, Training, Finance, Safeguarding and Health and Safety, which I feel I can bring to my role as a governor at St Paul’s.

Both my children have been educated at St Paul’s with one in year 4 and one now at secondary school in year 8 and so I have been a St Paul’s parent for several years and both my children have thrived both academically and emotionally.

I am also a member of the PTFA at St Paul’s.

I look forward to continuing my role as governor and will do my best to support staff, parents and children in the school’s continued journey.


Mrs Sue Witts- Ex Officio and Church Link Governor 


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Miss Kirsten Riding-  Staff Governor  

I am a dedicated staff member at St Paul's school and enjoy a number of fulfilling roles as Year 1 Class Teacher and Music Subject Leader. Becoming a member of the Governing Body has added a new dimension to my role within school and created further opportunities to make a difference. I enjoy and thrive on the challenges that come with every aspect of school life and am passionate about high quality education and each and every child reaching their full potential.


Mrs Elizabeth Lythgoe- Parent Governor 

As a parent to two boys at St. Paul's I was honoured to be elected to the position of Parent Governor in April 2019. As a Christian I am grateful for the school's Christian ethos. Not only does St. Paul's want to ensure that all children have access to the best possible education but that also all children are nurtured in a caring and supportive community. I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the future direction of St. Paul's by providing both support and challenge to the headteacher and staff so that all children are inspired to develop a love of learning and encouraged to achieve their full potential.


Mrs Jocelyn Yates - SEND Governor 

I have worked in Education for 16 years and I have advised for SEMH difficulties in children across the Borough. My current role is a Behaviour and Nurture Lead in a local primary school.

I live in the village and have 2 children who attend St Paul's one in Year 3 and one in EYFS. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to be part of this excelling school family.  I look forward to my new role as a foundation governor here at St Paul’s. I will do my upmost to support the staff and the families within it, in order to achieve the best outcomes for our outstanding school.


Miss Andrea Glynn - Online Safety and Statutory Compliant Check Governor 

I am new to the role of Governor at St Paul’s but I am looking forward to being a part of the school’s journey. I am the owner of a small business which delivers safeguarding support and training to schools. I have worked in the field of safeguarding in education for over 20 years and I am therefore passionate about ensuring every child is as safe and as happy as they can be. I know that schools play such an important role in achieving this and through my contact with St Paul’s I know that this is a school that puts the happiness of its pupils at the centre of all it does. I have strong links with Blackburn with Darwen having previously worked in local schools and living quite close by with my dog, Dolly.


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. From September 2017 to 2019, I represented Primary Headteachers on the Local Authorities Employment and Skills Board, mapping and implementing opportunities for Career Related Learning.  I have had the privilege of coordinating Teaching and Learning improvement across our cluster of schools, with huge improvements in attainment, teaching & learning and developing collaborative approaches with our teachers. I am extremely proud of St Paul's achievements and I am excited to continue to be part of an lead an effective and innovative team.