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Ballot result for Parent Governor – March 2018


Total No of votes cast: 47

Name of Parent

Votes received

Paul Stanway


Victoria Higham


Vanessa Thompson


Daniel Gray



Therefore Vanessa Thompson elected as new Parent Governor

The below table shows the meeting attendance for each of our college governors in the previous academic year.

Meeting Attendance - 2016/17

Y = Attended  |  N = Apologies Accepted  |  NA = Apologies Not Accepted  |  NS = No Apologies Sent

Irlam & Cadishead College – Autumn 2016Governing Body MeetingAdditional GB MeetingAdditional GB MeetingGoverning Body MeetingAdditional GB Meeting
GovernorGovernor Type29 Sep 201623 Jan 201701 Mar 201727 Mar 201724 Apr 201725 May 2017
Anthony FiefieldParentYYNNYY
June HuntCo-OptedYYNNSYY
Susan LightupCo-OptedYYYYYY
Neil McArthurCo-OptedYNNYNSN
Maria NightingaleHeadteacherYYYYYY
Matthew PasseyCo-OptedNYYY
Portia PattersonCo-OptedNSNYNSYN
Nicholas RalphStaffYNNYYY
Anita RogersCo-OptedYYYYYY
Peter TaylorCo-OptedYYYYYY
John WalshAuthorityYYNYYY

Our College Governors

Below is an insight to who our college governors are.

Neil McArthur - Community Governor

Neil was born in Irlam, his father was a steelworker and mother a local librarian.
He attended Irlam primary or the council school as it was called in 1960.
Unsuccessful with his eleven plus exam at eleven he then attended the Alfred Turner school. He left in 1972 with five O levels and became an electrical engineering apprentice at British Nuclear fuels at Risley.
Whilst an apprentice he studied for his ordinary and higher national certificates.
On completing his apprenticeship and college studies, Neil went to Essex University to study telecommunications and computer engineering. Graduating in 1976 and together with a colleague he started Thurnall engineering in 1981 in Cadishead.
This became Opal Telecommunications in 1996 and was one of the founders of TalkTalk in 2002.
Today Neil is Director of Group Innovation.
He received an MBE for services to engineering in 1992 and a honorary doctorate for services to Telecommunications in 2009.
Neil is a chartered engineer and fellow of the institute of engineering and technology.
He is chairman of local Charity The Hamilton Davies Trust.

Sue Lightup – community governor

I have been a Local Authority Governor at Irlam & Cadishead College for the last 18 years and chair of Governors since December 2015.

 During that time, I have held roles as Safeguarding Lead and Lead for Looked After Children.   Originating from North Wales, I have lived in Irlam and Cadishead since 1977 when we settled in to our first married home together.  Our two children, both girls, came to this High School and they are now 32 and 29, living locally and working as a teacher and Physiotherapist with children of their own.

I retired in 2015, having spent the last 38 years working in local government, firstly as a Social Worker and finally as a Senior Manager, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.  I have worked in a number of councils and NHS across the North West. I retired as a Strategic Director in Salford , having been responsible for a whole range of council functions such as Culture, Communities, Social Care, Health Improvement and Corporate Services.  I was a board member for the Lowry for 6 years and worked closely with many, voluntary sector organisations and people in the NHS locally.

I love the sense of community locally and have been involved in all sorts of things over the years including being Governor at Cadishead Primary School, Salford Swimming Squad, singing in a Salford Choir, being a trustee of Salford CAB and a volunteer litter picker, as well as looking after my 2 grandsons three days a week.  When I became chair in Dec 2015, I was disappointed and saddened when the school let down our fantastic local students and was able to put in the hours to help improve the school and make faster progress. I want very much to contribute to helping the school, its staff and parents make the grade, in order that local children can fulfil their potential and am prepared to take some responsibility for making sure this happens.

My link role is in Safeguarding and Looked After Children.

JUNE HUNT – co-opted governor

I have been a parent governor and then a co-opted governor for a number of years.

My eldest three children have attended ICC and achieved excellent results enabling them to go on to further education and careers.

My youngest child is due to start at ICC soon.

I have played an integral part in the governance of ICC, regularly attending meetings and playing a key role in the SAT academy committees during the extended academy transfer of ICC.

I have taken part regularly in governor behaviour panels,

My governor link is with behaviour and most able.

I have, and always will, work hard with ICC to give the community and all the students who pass through ICC the excellent education they deserve. My aim through my role on the governing body is to help give those students the best chance to move forward successfully to their chosen future educational/career destinations. 

Portia Patterson    - Co-opted governor

As a teacher with over 12 years’ experience, and as a parent with 4 children who have all been educated in Irlam, I understand many of the issues that our children and families face today. I am passionate about education and how it can be used as a tool to build and empower young people to achieve all they can be.

I have worked in a variety of educational environments ranging from state to private secondary to charity supplementary schools, and have a particular interest in working with special needs children. I believe all students need to be developed and nurtured to build positive perceptions of themselves and their abilities, whilst also teaching them valuable life-skills such as; honesty, determination, patience and understanding.

I have lived in Irlam for over 20 years and have seen the area change dramatically over that time. As a governor I want to ensure that the children and young people of Irlam and Cadishead are ready and prepared to conquer whatever challenges they face in life, society and beyond. 

Councillor John Walsh – sponsor governor [Salford Council]

I have been a governor at the college since January 2014. I have a passionate interest in education having been a parent, teacher, local head teacher and school improvement partner.

Since retiring in June 2010 I have pursued my other interest in politics. I was elected as member for Cadishead in 2012. 

In that role I have been a member of the Salford Council Children’s’ scrutiny committee and currently am the support member for Health and Wellbeing.

Councillor Peter Taylor- Co-opted governor

I am a lifelong resident of Irlam and Cadishead and retired from the Fire and Rescue Service in 2011 after 32 years of service.

I became a Governor at the school in 2012

I was elected as a Labour Councillor for Irlam in 2015.

My 3 children were all educated at Irlam and Cadishead High school/College and I currently have one grandchild who is attending the college.

Neil Withnell – sponsor governor [University of Salford]

I am a registered mental health nurse with over 30 years of experience and have worked at the University of Salford for 15 years.

My current role is Associate Dean Academic Quality Assurance, where I lead on all aspects of teaching and learning, and ensuring that the programmes are quality assured.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and have two adult daughters. I am committed to education and I feel that my background and experience will help shape the work of the College.

I am a new Governor and joined the College in May 2018. 

Ian Whitehouse – Parent Governor

I was born in Stretford and was fortunate enough to attend the Grammar school there for my secondary education. I moved to Irlam over 20 years ago due to my work and was instantly impressed with the Community spirit that flows through the area.

I am a Carpenter and Joiner by trade, but through further education and aspiration I became an area Manager for a Social Housing provider. For the last 3 years I have worked at Fiddlers Lane Community Primary School as the Site Officer, which has allowed me to dedicate more of my time to my family. I have 4 children, 2 of which attend the College and 2 who are at my Primary School which I enjoy. My wife also works at the College and between the two of us we keep a keen eye on our children’s education which we feel is extremely important.

Before I became a Governor I had a number of interactions with the College which required resolving and this made me realise the importance that parents play in highlighting issues, in a constructive manner, in order for them to be dealt with and hopefully not happen again for another parent.

As with most people in the area I am fully aware of the challenges that the College faces and I hope that with my knowledge, experience and dedication I can help the College on its journey to be outstanding.

Vanessa Higham – parent governor

John Walls – Sponsor governor [Salford City college]

Alex Aveyard - Staff Governor