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Governing Board : Who's Who & How to Contact

How to contact our Governing Board
Please send a letter to:-
Chair of Governors
c/o Cathcart Street Primary School
Dover Close
CH41 3JY
or Email for the attention of Chair of Governors to:-
Mrs Lindsay Smith


Mrs Catherine Hughes

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Nicola Stewart

Attendance Governor

I am a Governance Professional for a Multi Academy Trust, advising Governing Boards and Headteacher’s across multiple schools in the region.

Through my current role and having grown up with my Dad as the Headteacher of my primary school, and my Mum teaching me A-Level Geography, I have seen many changes in how schools operate. I regularly attend training and keep up to date with the ever-changing educational landscape.

A school and its teachers are often judged on pupil test results. I believe an additional measure of success is that pupils leave Year 6 with confidence and resilience to equip them with the skills they need for their journey through High School.

Through a previous role as an Operations Manager for a facilities company, I have experience managing budgets and identifying efficiencies. My degree in Environmental Science highlighted the impact we have on the world and contributed to my interest in encouraging children to be aware of their own environment.

Mr Gary Devaney

Vice Chair and Health & Safety Governor

I am the Health & Safety Governor here at Cathcart Street Primary School. After leaving college I worked as an Insurance Broker before starting my own business in 1997. Over the 25 year period I managed the business we specialised in insuring new homes against defects and comprised a Managing General Agency, an inspection company with surveyors and engineers, an Approved Inspector for Building Control and a Claims Repair business. I retired from the business in 2022 and am now pleased to be a Governor of Cathcart School.

Mr Russel Biggs

Safeguarding Governor

I have been a Safeguarging Governor here since May 2022. I currently work for Everton in the Community supporting people around issues of homelessness and other housing difficulties. Previous to this I worked in various Youth Justice Services across Merseyside.

Liz Wynne

Chair of Governors

My current role is Head teacher of a new SEND primary school in Liverpool. I am the SEND Governor for Cathcart Street Primary School. Previous to this I have had nearly 30 years’ experience as a teacher and Senior leader in schools in Halton and Wirral including mainstream and SEND schools.

I am passionate about teaching and learning and giving all pupils the best possible education experience. I am proud and privileged to be a governor at Cathcart Street Primary school and part of a safe and caring community where the children can blossom and grow.

Mrs Lauren Redmond

SEND Governor

I currently work as an SEN Casework Officer for Sefton Council after many years working as a primary school teacher, SENDCo and governor for Wirral Council. I am passionate about inclusion and ensuring all children have equal opportunities to education and learning.

I look forward to bringing my passion and expertise to support the school team in developing ‘happy, confident and safe children.’

Mrs Vanessa West


I started at Cathcart Street in 2010 as a Year 1 teacher for ONE term only and in 2023, I am proud to still be teaching at Cathcart Street. I have always worked in Key Stage 1 and have spent most of my Cathcart career in Year 1. I have taught Year 2 for four years, but unfortunately 2 of those years were Covid lockdown years. Before training to be a teacher, I worked in an office for 15 years and led a team. Having a passion for teaching I left and went to be a Teaching Assistant working in Year 6 first, Year 4 and eventually Year 1 which I left to train to be a teacher. This year I became a school Governor as I wanted to have a more active role in developing the school and opportunities for our pupils to strive to be all that they can.