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Governing Body

Expanse Learning is an autonomous Specialist Independent Provider that is independent of the local authority. It receives its funding directly from central Government and the Board of Directors 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 make an invaluable contribution to the development of excellence in our organisations. As a member of the governing board, governors support the directors to set the mission and strategic direction of Expanse Learning, and scrutinise its performance.

What is governance?

There are many definitions of governance but it is generally accepted that the governance of an organisation is an activity distinct from, but complementary to, the management of that organisation. Two common definitions of governance that bring out this important distinction are ensuring that the organisation does the right things, for the right people, in the right way (governance ensures, management does), and steering not rowing.

There are 15 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. The Governors Board also includes a parent member, members of the staff and student’s representatives who, with the appropriate skills and competencies, provide the organisations with leadership and direction and work with the Senior Leadership Team to secure the best for Expanse Learning and its students.

Expanse External Governors Board

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 organisations including 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 educational organisations for over 15 with education developing 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 analyse complex data and information and make decisions based on the analysis.

Qualifications:

BA, ACA, ACMA

Professional Memberships and Activities: 

ICAEW, LIMA

Expertise:

Martin is financial expert 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

Current Job Role:

Chief Executive at Warrington Disability Partnership and Disability Trading Company

About Me:

Dave is passionate about disability equality, he has over 40yrs experience in the 3rd sector where 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 has chaired and presented at conferences in the UK & Europe on disability and independent living. He has presented lectures and training to over 40,000 staff from statutory, private and 3rd sector.
Dave is married, with 2 children and 3 grandchildren. His hobbies are scuba diving, spending time with family and friends, and he is a keen supporter of Warrington Wolves.
Dave has been a full-time wheelchair user since 1989, which was as a result of a spinal cord injury and a survivor of cancer since 1999.

Qualifications:

Dave has an MBA from Chester University and Level 4 Certificate in Managing Equality and Diversity

Professional Memberships and Activities: 

Dave is a member of the Cheshire Connect Lead and Learn Forum, bringing together CEO’s from Cheshire based charities, and the Warrington 3rd Sector Health and Well-being Alliance, which bring together CEO’s from Warrington based charities.

Expertise:

Disability, Inclusion, Independent Living, Governance, and recruitment and retention of disabled staff

Contact Details:

davethompson@expansegroup.co.uk

Current Job Role:

Strategic Lead (SEND)

About Me:

I have been involved in education and training for 30 years in various capacities, mainly through local and regional Government roles, working with both pre and post provision. 

Qualifications:

I have a degree in Leadership and Management and various qualifications associated with roles undertaken.

Professional Memberships and Activities: 

None

Expertise:

Strategic and Operational management, covering commissioning and procurement, relationship building, contract delivery and compliance.

Contact Detials:

clare.todd@wigan.gov.uk

Current Job Role:

I have worked in post 16 education since 1995. Areas of work include re-engagement work and NEET provision with both Government agencies and training providers.
I have managed European Social Funded NEET and disengaged Key Stage 4 projects across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
I take a keen interest is supporting young people who are furthest away from the labour market.
I am an avid traveller, and a keen follower of Manchester United.

Qualifications:

Certificate in Education, Certificate in Management.

Professional Memberships and Activities: 

None

Expertise:

 Project Management in Post 16 education sector

Contact Details:

Vanessa.Greenwod@expansegroup.co.uk

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 socialising 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
Behavior management
Teaching SEND children within mainstream setting

Contact Details:

Christine.galligan@expansegroup.co.uk

Current Job Role

DVA Independent Domestic Violence Advocate Freedom Programme Facilitator

About Me: 

I am a Parent Govenernor and I will facilitate Parent Forums and collate stakeholder feedback with Expanse Learning to enable the organisation 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 I 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

Current Job Role:

Business Development Consultant

About Me: 

Business Development specialist, with over 24 years’ experience in tendering and business development in the skills, education and employment industry. Julie has worked for a range of companies from large private and charitable sector employers to local providers of services. Julie has a passion for working to support organisations that help those in greatest need in our society. Outside of work Julie enjoys spending time outdoors walking her dog and caring for her horses.

Qualifications:

 BSc Hons Psychology and Education

Professional Memberships and Activities:

NWPN Board and CWPN member

Expertise:

Specialisms: Apprenticeship Levy, Skills training, employability programme Development, Bid writing, Stakeholder relations, Volunteer Management, Employer Engagement, skills and employment policy influence, account management, concept design, strategic direction, market development, new business development, welfare to work, training programme delivery modelling.

Contact Details: 

Julie.shawcross@expansegroup.co.uk

Expanse Strategic Board

Senior Leaders and Managers

Expanse Learning School - Wigan Chair of Governors

If you would like to contact the School Chair of Governors, please contact

Mr Martin Budden - Chair of Governors, c/o Expanse Learning, Tyrer Ave, Worsley Mesnes, Wigan, WN5 3X