Governors – Who’s Who

Our Governors are representatives of the local community including the parents, school staff and LA appointed members. They bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills to the school and they all work in a voluntary capacity. Our Governing Body is made up of 11 Governors.

Julie Francis – Chair of Governors


I have been a governor of the school since 2008. I was originally appointed as a Local Authority governor but, following the conversion to academy status, I am appointed by the board of the Learning Community Trust. In November 2014 I was elected as chair. I have strong personal links with the school as I was a pupil myself (more years ago than I care to admit) as were other members of my family. I am now retired but I worked for over 30 years for BT in a number of roles but latterly as an IT solutions designer and project manager. I am currently also a trustee and board member for both the Telford & Wrekin Council for Voluntary Service and the Senior Citizens Forum.
I believe strongly in maintaining the inclusive and welcoming ethos of the school whilst at the same time ensuring that we are always seeking to maintain the highest standards of achievement.

Appointed by – LCT Board
Term of Office – Ends 1st October 2024 (4 years)
Area of Responsibility – Chair, Finance, Health & Safety

Neil Cole – Co-opted Governor

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I am a Co-opted Governor, having been a Parent Governor before that, and have been on the governing body for about 10 years. I am a father of four, 3 boys and a girl and live in Waters Upton. My eldest two have gone all the way through Crudgington and left for Charlton and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, the younger two are in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 1 respectively and my wife, Alaine, has been Chair of the Friends twice and currently volunteers as a Teaching Assistant – so I have good understanding of the school and the Community.

I have mostly worked from home and this has allowed me to make visits to the school – although not as often as I would like. I hope I bring a level of commercial acumen and experience to the Governing Body that compliments the strengths of the other members. I am proud of how the School has developed in many areas over the years that our family has been associated with it, including Governorship, Teaching, Achievement and Community Spirit, and I will continue to work to continue that journey. I am most proud though of the children, how they apply themselves and how they develop as people as they go through the school.

Appointed by – GB Term of Office – Ends 1st October 2024 (4 years) Area of Responsibility – Science

Katrina Lister

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I have been a Parent Governor at Crudgington Primary school since September 2009. My eldest child started at the school in 2002 and this summer my third child will complete his primary education and move to a secondary school in the area. As a resident of Waters Upton, I am keen to remain involved with the school and help develop further links with the local community.

As an experienced primary school teacher, I have taught across the full age range, in several local rural primary schools. My particular interest, as a governor, is the quality of curriculum taught at Crudgington. I feel that is important that the school continues to place emphasis on learning within a creative, challenging and exciting environment.

Appointed by – Governing Body
Term of Office – Ends 1st October 2024 (4 years)
Area of Responsibility– Maths

Karen Pankhurst – Foundation Governor

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I am one of the school’s foundation governors. I have been a member of the governing body since 2014, when my daughter was a pupil at the school. I continued as a governor following her progression to secondary school.

I have been a police officer for 28 years, working predominantly as a Detective. This gives me a wide range of experiences and training to draw upon in my role as governor, and consequently I am the link governor for safeguarding.

Crudgington has a friendly and all-inclusive environment, that allows all the children to thrive and develop. I am proud to be part of the team that supports them and the staff, in continuing to improve standards.


Appointed by – Governing Body
Term of Office – Ends 1st October 2024 (4 years)
Area of Responsibility – Safeguarding & SMSC & Children in Care (CiC)

Adam Ames – Head Teacher Governor

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I took up post here at Crudgington Primary School in September 2013. It is my privilege to work with such a talented teaching team and lead the school with suppport and challenge from the governing body.

I have worked in Telford & Wrekin for over 15 years in both large and small schools.


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Term of Office N/A

Chris Twine – Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor since 2017 and have a daughter at the school. I have worked in education for over 20 years, and I am now a senior manager at the University of Warwick with a broad remit that includes teaching quality, student administration and academic resourcing. My portfolio also includes widening participation and outreach activities to primary and secondary schools to raise aspirations of young learners. I am keen to ensure Crudgington maintains and develops its vision to be a friendly, supportive learning community.


Appointed by – LGB

Term of Office – Ends 14th May 2025 (4 years)

Area of Responsibility  English & Pupil Premium

Sarah Chadderton – Parent Governor


I have been a governor at Crudgington since January 2018 and am really enjoying my role. I have been a teacher for 20 years; I have taught Reception, Year One and Year Two in rural schools in Yorkshire and Shrewsbury. My eldest son started Reception at Crudgington in September 2017 and has settled into school life brilliantly thanks to the excellent start that school provides. I am very proud to be able to work as part of the governing body at Crudgington. Since my first visit, I have been impressed with the positive attitude and behaviour of children of all ages. I look forward to seeing what the future has to offer for the children of Crudgington Primary School and am committed to facilitating this in my role as a governor.

Appointed by – Election

Term of Office – Ends 12th January 2022 (4 years)

Area of Responsibility  EYFS

Julie Horton – Staff Governor

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I have worked as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for English, History and Geography across the school since April 2018. I am very proud to work at Crudgington and really enjoy working with all the staff and children. I am a mom to twin girls and I enjoy running and spin classes in my spare time.

Appointed by – Election

Term of Office – Ends 7th May 2022 (4 years)

Area of Responsibility  English

Samantha Challis – Parent Governor

Appointed by – Election

Term of Office – Ends 21st October 2023 (4 years)

Area of Responsibility  Catch-Up Funding