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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.

Portia Patterson - Co-Opted Governor

I have been a governor at ICC for the last 8+plus years, originally as a Local Authority governor and now as a Co-opted governor. I have served in different committees such as Staffing and Curriculum and Marketing. Although I am originally from Chorlton, South Manchester, I have lived in Irlam for the past 17 years. Two of my children have been educated at the High School and they are now 22 and 27.

I have been a teacher for the last 11 years, and for the last ten I have been a Computing teacher in a secondary school in Trafford. I was a programmer before I was a teacher and have worked both as a Graduate Consultant and systems developer in the past.

I understand the need for a good education and I truly believe in education as a device to nurture, develop and enable people to achieve their goals. I would like to make our school right and appropriate for its students and community. Although I have been involved as link governor with Looked After Children, I am no longer able to do this. I still like to be involved with the school and look forward to its future success.

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 - LA Governor

I have been a Local Authority Governor at Irlam and Cadishead College for the last 18 years. During that time, I have held roles as Safeguarding Lead and Lead for Looked After Children. Although 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 30 and 27 and working as a teacher and Therapy Assistant locally.

I have spent the last 38 years working in local government, firstly as a Social Worker and then as a Manager, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.  I have worked in a number of councils across the North West including Cheshire, Bury, Bolton, the National Health Service, St Helens and Salford.  I retired as a Strategic Director in Salford in June 2015, 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 in the 6 years I spent in Salford and worked closely with, and know many, voluntary sector organisations and people in the National Health Service 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.

Cllr Pete Taylor - LA 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.

Cllr John Walsh - LA Governor

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.