Meet the School Committee Members


Lesley Traves

I have worked in Education for over 30 years. I was formerly a deputy head teacher and a head teacher in St Helens. During my time as head at Rivington Primary I led the school to Beacon Status and an Outstanding Ofsted grade. From September 2005 Until August 2015 I held leadership roles for CfBT Education Trust, who were contracted to deliver all school, post 16 and ITT inspections in the North of England, spending the last 4 years as Head of Inspections. This entailed responsibility for by managing an 11.5m a year contract for Ofsted and delivering over 3,000 inspections a year. In 2015 Ofsted graded CfBT as an outstanding contractor. Education is my lifelong passion and I currently work as an Associate Consultant using my expertise in training and developing school leaders.


Jennifer Lowry-Johnson

I am currently Principal at Ormiston Chadwick Academy in Widnes and have worked at the academy now for 5 years. I have been part of an incredible leadership team that has been on an amazing journey from special measures to outstanding. I was the lead for teaching and learning during this time and it is something that I am still incredibly passionate about today. Before joining OCA, I worked for three years at Wade Deacon High School and before that for nine years at Fairfield High school both in Widnes.

I am an avid sportswoman and play both football and hockey at weekends. I still teach my beloved PE and Sports Science at OCA and enjoy being active.

I studied in Leeds and qualified as a teacher in 2002. This is my 17th year in education. I am a firm believer that all students regardless of their ability and background deserve the same opportunities to enable them to succeed.

Alan Swift

I am married with 3 children and a granddaughter.

I studied at Liverpool John Moores University and have a degree in Quantity Surverying and a Master's Degree in Marketing. I currently work in product management for a telecommunications company, having held a variety of roles including propositions management, service management, complaints management, and sales. My current role involves working closely with various area's of the company (technology, legal and regulatory, marketing and sales) working together to drive and ensure success.

I am a fan of films, music and sport - regularly playing football (badly) and swimming.

Sarah McNamara

I am married with two children (and a dog), our eldest child is currently at St Michael with St Thomas Church of England Primary School, he loves the school and is receiving an outstanding education, our daughter will start in September 2020.

I am a Registered Midwife and Senior University Lecturer at LJMU and I have a keen passion for health and science in primary education. Health education enhances a child's knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes about health (physical and mental) that stays with them throughout their life. In an ever increasingly technological world, a deep understanding of science, technology and mathematics is essential.

As a school committee member, I am keen to support the link of learning to the real world and in doing so increase a child's motivation to work hard and bring more relevance to their learning. I hope to support the School in challenging gender stereotyping about jobs and school subjects and broadening a child's aspirations towards learning.


Rev Linda Dawkin

Linda is the vicar at St Michael with St Thomas. She leads worship at the school on a weekly basis and is also a parent of the school.


Beverley Benyon

Bev is the staff elected governor and is also the Assistant Headteacher at the school with responsibility for EYFS & KS1. She has held this post since since April 2017.


Michelle Slingsby

Michelle has been the Headteacher at St Michael with St Thomas CE Primary School since September 2018.






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