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Meet our Governors

Ashlea O'Rourke - Co-Opted Governor

Chair of Governing Board and Resources Committee

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I am Ashlea O’Rourke and I am the Chair of Governors at Dallam Primary School. I have been a governor since 2018 and recently became Chair. I am excited about the prospect of being Chair at Dallam and supporting the school to progress further.  

I have worked in various roles in HR for over 10 years now and I am looking forward to applying my skills and experience to my role as a governor. I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved with Dallam and I look forward to further getting to know the staff, pupils and parents and how we can work together to move forward and develop as a school.

If you would like to contact me you can email me at the following address:



Jennifer Pirks - Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governing Board 

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Hello, I’m Jenny. I’m a parent Governor at Dallam Primary School, because I have a child in the Special Provision. I wanted to get involved with the Governing of Dallam, because I feel this school and this community has so much to offer. The staff are all very dedicated to their work with our children and work so hard towards excellent outcomes for the pupils and their families. I have worked in the Neighbourhoods team of Warrington Borough Council for 14 years, in various roles and have a lot of local knowledge of the area and its residents. I have 2 children, one of whom is autistic, so I have experience of the struggles many families face. I really look forward to working with the school to achieve great things.

 Donna Kendal- Co-opted Governor

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Mrs D Kendal - Business Manager & H&S Lead(2)

Hello, I'm Donna Kendal and I am a co-opted Governor at Dallam Primary School

I have worked in public service since leaving university; firstly as a scientist & senior manager in the NHS for over 30 years and latterly in Education.

I work at Dallam school and that gives me opportunities to spend time with the children. They are so proud of their work and love to show you their books and share their learning at any time!

As a governor, I am looking forward to working with a wonderful team that is passionate about creating the very best opportunities for our school, our children and  community. 

Ann Harrison - Co-opted Governor

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Mrs A Harrison - SENDCo & DP Lead(3)

Geoff Boulter - Staff Governor

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Mr G Boulter - Teaching Assistant(2)

Hello, I’m Ann Harrison and I am a co-opted Governor at Dallam Primary School.

I have worked at Dallam for 28 years, mainly within the designated provision, as school SENCO and most recently as Assistant Head. During this time I have experienced many changes and seen our school grow and develop. I wanted to be a Governor to be part of this team who are striving to give our children the very best educational opportunities.

I am passionate about our school and I am proud to be a part of a committed team and strong community. I value the opportunity to work alongside parents to support our fantastic children.

Hello, my name is Geoff Boulter and I am the staff governor at Dallam Primary School. Many of you will already know me as I may support your child as a Teaching Assistant in the classroom.

As a parent myself I understand the importance of a good school and being a part of this is what drives me as a governor. 

Margaret Emsley - Co-opted Governor

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Dr M Emsley - Governor

Hello, I’m Margaret, a co-opted Governor at Dallam Primary School.

I am a civil and structural engineer and worked on construction sites across the UK before becoming a lecturer at The University of Manchester. I took early retirement a few years ago to become a full-time carer.

I really believe that Dallam school is a place where children thrive and are given every opportuity to fulfil their potential, enjoy learning and take pride in their achievements. This is due to the fantastic committed, caring and hardworking staff and I feel privileged to be a governor at Dallam school

Governor vacancy

Graeme White - Local Authority Governor

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Graeme is our newly appointed Local Authority Governor and we are delighted to welcome him to our Governing Board.

Graeme has a background in Finance and supports our local food charity 'The Bread and Butter Thing'.

More from Graeme coming soon

 Chelsey Norton - Parent Governor 

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Hello, I’m Chelsey, I’m super happy to be the new parent governor. My little boy currently attends the school and is in Holly Class.  I wanted to get involved with the Governing at Dallam because I feel the school have been an incredible support for us as a family and I wanted to give something back as a way of thanks. My little boy has thrived since joining the school not just academically but emotionally and his confidence is blossoming daily. I have worked in another school in warrington for the past 11 years as a teaching assistant. I am extremely passionate about the inclusion of children with special needs, having a child with ASD myself. My aim when working with children is doing everything I can to bring the best out in them and making them believe they can achieve anything they put their minds to. I am looking forward to working with not just the school but the children within it to achieve great things. 

Mary Cummings - Co-Opted Governor

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Hello. my name is Mary Cummings.

I re-joined the Governing Body May 2023, as a Co-opted Governor, after a break of 9 months. I previously joined in October 2017.

My career was in Education, working in different local authorities and a variety of schools, and as a governor supporting primary and secondary schools. When I retired, I really missed the children and wanted to be involved in supporting school to give children their best foundation.

I have been involved in Dallam School over several years now, with its committed staff team and fabulous children. I love coming in to school to visit and share in some of the exciting things that the children do. I also help at ‘The Bread and Butter Thing’ on a Wednesday afternoon, ensuring that families in the community are able to access food at a reduced rate that would otherwise be headed for landfill.

I look forward to becoming involved in the life of the school again.

Shireen Mohammed - Parent Governor




Shireen was appointed as a Parent Governor recently. Shireen is an active member of our school community and has supported our families by running English classes in school. 

We are delighted to welcome her to the Governing Board. 

More from Shireen coming soon

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