Governing Body

Expanse Learning operates independent special schools and specialist further education colleges, which are autonomous of Local Authorities. It receives its funding directly from central Government and the Board are free to set its own educational strategy

Expanse Learning are strong believers in that our Advisory Board, also known as the Expanse Governors Board offers an invaluable contribution to the development of excellence to our school and college. As a member of the governing board, governors support the directors to set the mission and strategic direction of Expanse Learning, and its performance.

What is governance?

There are many definitions of Governance. It is generally accepted the activity is distinct from but complementary to management that supports the organisation to do the right thing, for people in the right way. Governance steers whilst management does.

There are 14 members of the Governors Board, with widely contrasting backgrounds and skills, drawn from different sectors of the community. These Governors generously give their free time to serve on the Governing Body As a group of people they provide leadership and direction for the Senior Leadership team to secure the best for Expanse Learning and its students. The Governing Body also includes a parent member and members of staff.

Expanse External Governors and Board

Chair of Governors Current Job Role:

Managing Director at Harry Fairclough Construction

About Me:

Martin has over 35 years’ experience in the finance and construction working for a number of high profile Birse Construction culminating in him leading Harry Fairclough Construction, a highly respected local company based in Warrington with rich heritage based on quality and performance. He has engaged with for over 15 with partnerships and supporting local communities via various construction projects that Harry Fairclough has undertaken across the UK. Martin is a focused and conscientious individual who is able to complex data and information and make decisions based on the analysis.

Qualifications:

BA, ACA, ACMA

Professional Memberships and Activities:

ICAEW, LIMA

Expertise:

Martin is and has considerable experience in strategic planning and project management; he is able to challenge effectively and is supportive of colleagues within his role of MD and Governor.

Contact Details:

martin.budden@harryfairclough.co.uk

Your Current Job Role:

Chief Executive at Warrington Disability Partnership

About Me:

Dave is passionate about disability equality, he has over 40yrs experience in the 3rd sector. He has led the development of services from inception to international recognition. In 2015 he retired from a 20 year career in the NHS, 10 years as the Assistant Director of Inclusion & Partnerships.

He was a founder of Warrington Disability Partnership & its Disability Trading Company. As well as being a Governor at Expanse, he is the Patron at the Foundation for Peace, Non-Executive Director of ELLA Performance Group & President of Cheshire Police Museum & Warrington Sea Cadets.

Dave was the founder & Co-ordinator of Disability Awareness Day now in its 30th year it is the world’s largest pan disability event with 250 exhibitors & 28,000 visitors each year. Promoting a ‘can do’ culture, DAD has helped raise over £1million for local charities. He supported the development of events in Gibraltar, India, Cameroon & Uganda.

He is a full-time wheelchair user as a result of a spinal cord injury sustained in 1989 & a survivor of cancer since 1999.

Your Expertise:

Dave is a recognised leader in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion, with a specialist interest in disability matters.

Safeguarding Lead Current Job Role:

Key Stage 2 Team Leader Year 6 Class teacher Literacy and Assessment leader

About Me:

I am passionate about teaching and learning, committed to enabling all young people to achieve their full potential through an active, creative curriculum. I am self-motivated, married to Andrew and we have two sons.

I enjoy reading, travelling, cooking, cinema and theatre visits and with family and friends.

Qualifications:

B’Ed Hons Degree in English and education from Liverpool University.

CTC and First Aider. Merit in Leadership from NCL and L&M from NCL. Student Mentor.

Professional Memberships and Activities:

GTC Union Representative for NAS UWT members

Expertise:

Education 4-11 English: reading, writing, spelling, grammar Science Teaching and Learning / Assessment Teaching Student mentor Performance Management of teaching and Learning assistants Behaviour management Teaching SEND children within mainstream setting.

Contact Details:

Christine.galligan@expansegroup.co.uk

Current Job Role

DVA Independent Domestic Violence Advocate Freedom Facilitator

About Me:

I am a Parent Govenernor and I will facilitate Parent Forums and collate stakeholder feedback with Expanse Learning to enable the to improve services and performance. I have considerable personal experience and knowledge of SEND and the challenges that this can present, but are not impossible to deal with work as an IDVA and I am passionate in supporting victims of domestic abuse.

Qualifications:

IDVA
Level 4 Counselling
Hypnotherapy
Psychotherapy Diploma

Professional Memberships and Activities:

National Counselling Association
National Hypnotherapy Society

Expertise:

Counselling, support and advocacy for Domestic Abuse victims.

Contact Details:

Maxinefoster@expansegroup.co.uk

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victoria.rosser@expansegroup.co.uk
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matthew.taylor@expansegroup.co.uk
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leanne.higham@expansegroup.co.uk

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tony.brown@expansegroup.co.uk

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richard.king@expansegroup.co.uk

Contact Details:

karl.wane@expansegroup.co.uk

Management Team School

Edward Hanley

Lisa Heyes

Management Team College

Emma Taylor

Steph Howard

Lorraine Woosey

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