Charlotte White

Mrs Charlotte White - Chair of Governors

On behalf of the Governing Board, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you from St Lawrence CE Primary School.  I am delighted to be part of this successful and caring school that shares close links with Barton village and St Lawrence CE church. 

As a practising secondary school teacher with 25 years of teaching experience, I am very aware of how hard the teaching staff and Headteacher work to ensure that both staff and students strive to achieve the highest standards, and to ensure that your child thrives and develops in a warm and friendly school environment.  As a parent of three children, two currently at the school in Years 3 and 5, I am very appreciative of the support they continue to receive as they move through the school.

I am fortunate also to work with a committed and active governing body that is regularly involved in the daily life of the school and cares enormously about the continued success of this popular school. 

If you would like to see the school in action, please arrange to come in.  I can guarantee that you will receive the most cordial of welcomes.



Our Governing Board has three key roles;

- To provide a strategic direction for the school
- To act as a critical friend to the school, and
- To hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves, and the quality of education it provides

All Governors involve themselves actively in the work of the Governing Body and accept a fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees. Each Governor is attached to one area of the curriculum and maintains regular contact with the staff coordinator. The Governing body meets, in full, at least once every term, as do all the committees.


Mrs Melissa Baron

  • Foundation Governor
  • Appointed by the Diocese of Blackburn
  • Term of office to end May 2023
  • Sits on the Finance and Personnel Committee and the Building, Health and Safety Committee
  • Register of business interests: none

I have been a governor at Barton St. Lawrence since May 2019. I am the mother of two children who currently attend the school. I am a Manager within the NHS working within an Acute Trust. I am the nominated governor for Computing and for E-Safety

Mrs Emma Bennett

  • Foundation Governor
  • Appointed by the Diocese of Blackburn
  • Term of office to end March 2025
  • Sits on the Finance and Personnel Committee
  • Register of business interests: Senior Recruitment Consultant Randstad Education

My Family and I returned home to Lancashire in November 2017 after spending 20 years in South wales.
We  immediately became part of the close Barton community and have become  dedicated members of St Lawrence church. I  am a member of the PCC and  currently editor of the church magazine. 
My background is Business development and trainer , I have worked alongside further Education for over  15 years , training beauty students in extracurricular development  such as hot stone therapy and innovative procedures such as crystal and light therapies.  I also used to develop and put together their  bespoke student college kits so they all had the tools needed to become a qualified therapist .
Since returning I changed course and now work as a senior recruitment consultant in the Education Sector -  Secondary division ,placing staff into roles on a temporary or permanent basis .

Mr Mike Church

  • Foundation Governor
  • Appointed by the Diocese of Blackburn
  • Term of office to end December 2021
  • Chair of the Curriculum committee
  • Register of business interests: none

I have been a governor at Barton St. Lawrence since September 2013. I am the father of two children, both of whom have attended Barton St Lawrence. I have been a secondary school maths teacher since 1993 and I am currently Deputy Headteacher of a local secondary school. I am the nominated governor for both numeracy and gifted and talented students and I am currently the chair of the Curriculum Committee. .

As a member of the governing body I hope my experience of working in education can support and challenge the school to maintain and build on its outstanding status.

Mr Michael Clack

Local Authority Governor

  • Appointed by Lancashire County Council
  • Sits on Finance and Personnel and Grievance and Complaints Committees
  • Term of office ends December 2023
  • Register of business interests: Orbital Education and a governor for schools in Lancashire and Stockport.

I have 25 years’ experience in the UK and International Education. My experience in international education has been wide and varied. I have led several project management initiatives including the re-design of a school campus comprising the construction of a multi-purpose recreation complex, secondary section, and a nursery.

As an International consultant and educator, I provide strategic and operational guidance in accreditation, governance, inspection, professional development, planning and training to schools and colleges in Africa, Australasia, Europe, Middle East, South East Asia, and South America. In addition, I am a Lead Improvement Partner and Peer Accreditor for the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), Team Inspector for British Schools Overseas, and Team Chair for the Council of International Schools (CIS).

As Regional Head of Schools, my responsibilities include the appointment and management of key personnel and principals, accreditation and inspection, governance and policy development, quality assurance of teaching and learning and safeguarding and child protection. Currently, I am responsible for schools in China, Qatar, Russia, and Slovenia. 

I graduated from the University of Lancaster and hold postgraduate qualifications from the University of London and University of Cambridge. I am honoured to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Mr Richard Crook

  • Staff Governor
  • Elected by the staff in school
  • Term of Office comes to an end on August 2024
  • Sits on the Curriculum Committee
  • Register of Business Interests: None

I have been a governor at the school since September 2012.

I am currently the Year 2 teacher at Barton St Lawrence.  I have been a primary school teacher since 2003 working in and around the Barton area throughout my career.

I currently lead mathematics, P.E. and the outdoor and creative curriculum in school.

I am very proud to work at Barton St. Lawrence and look forward to playing a part in its exciting future.

Mrs Julie Goodwin - Headteacher

  • Term of Office lasts whilst I remain headteacher of the school
  • I sit on the Finance & Personnel Committee, the Curriculum Committee and the Premises, Health & Safety Committee
  • Register of Business Interests: My husband is a director of P&M Courses Ltd

I have been headteacher of the school since 2007, first as Mrs Bolton and more recently as Mrs Goodwin. I am incredibly proud of the school, its staff and pupils. I enjoy working with the governors to develop the school and to maintain the status that it has within the community.

When I am not in school, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my granddaughters, Annabelle and Bea, and walking my dog. I also enjoy travelling, gardening, playing the flute, knitting and sewing. 


Mrs Louise Higham

  • Staff Governor - Elected by Staff
  • Sits on the Finance and Personnel Committee
  • Term of Office ends January 2024

I have been a governor at Barton St. Lawrence since December 2020. 

When I was looking for a school for my eldest daughter I found Barton St Lawrence and immediately discovered what a fantastic school it is. I moved to the area and have worked in the school office since October 2018, I am also an active member of the PTFA and love what an amazing community spirit the school brings. 

Mrs Eluned Ikin

  • Foundation Governor
  • Appointed by the Diocese of Blackburn
  • Term of Office comes to an end in November 2023
  • Chair of the Finance & Personnel Committee,
  • Sits on the Premises, Health & Safety Committee
  • Register of Business Interests: None

I have been a Governor at St Lawrence’s since 2006. I currently work as a Finance Officer at a local high school, a role I began in 2007 with my previous employment based in the finance world (banking, credit control and a firm of accountants). 

I am a Mum of two and both my children attended the school leaving Year 6 in 2010 & 2011; I was an active member of the school’s PTFA and still serve as the Treasurer of the Rose Queen Committee. My link and involvement with St Lawrence’s has been a long standing and very enjoyable one!

Mr Gareth Maughan 

  • Parent Governor - Elected by the parents
  • Register of Business Inerest - none
  • Term of Office ends April 2025

Mrs Beth Murray

  • Parent Governor - Elected by Parents
  • Sits on the Curriculum Committee
  • Register of Business Interest: None
  • Term of Office ends Dec 2021

I have two children who are currently in year five and I have enjoyed playing a part in the school community, being a member of the PTFA and most recently a parent governor for three years. 

I have been teaching for 17 years and I currently work in a primary school just outside Lancaster. 

I believe St Lawrence CE Primary is a wonderful school and I am committed to supporting its excellent reputation.

Mr David Oludotun Fasanya (PhD - Lancaster) - Vice Chair of Governors

  • Foundation Governor since 2013 - Elected by the PCC
  • Term of Office comes to an end in June 2025
  • Sits on the Finance & Personnel Committee and Curriculum Committee
  • Register of Business Interests: None

I have a practitioner and research-based background in business transformation, strategic advisory and foreign direct investment (FDI), with cross industry experience from biopharma, higher education, financial services, ICT and energy sectors. Also authored the business book - ‘Way of the Junglepreneur’. Barton village has a vibrant, close knit and supportive community, which has been pivotal to the notable growth and success of Barton St Lawrence School. Guided by effective leadership and motivated staff, the school is a centre of excellence with happy, confident, and aspirational children. A positive and values-based culture also encourages love of learning, generosity, kindness and resilience within the school community. I am glad to serve as a governor here and to be part of the progress of the school.

Rev Dr Susan Salt

  • Ex Officio Governor
  • Appointed by the Diocese of Blackburn
  • Term of Office comes to an end in November 2023
  • Link Governor for RE, PHSE and music
  • Sits on the Curriculum, Admissions, Appraisal and Pupil disciplinary Committees
  • Register of Business Interests: None

I have been a Governor at St Lawrence’s since 2019 when I was appointed as curate to the Fellside Team following ordination as a deacon in the Church of England.  As curate I have responsibility for Barton St Lawrence Church, hence my involvement with the school. 

Prior to ordination I was a Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Medical Director of Trinity Hospice in Blackpool as well as lead for palliative and end of life care for Lancashire.  I was a training consultant for both medical students as well as doctors looking to specialise in palliative and end of life care.

I am a Mum of two grown up children and married to a priest.  I have the privilege of taking assembles and church services with school and love being involved in all aspects of life at the school.

Mr Trevor Tomlinson
Observer Governor

St Lawrence School Trustee, Ex-Governor (now observer). As an observer I attend meetings but am unable to vote.

  • First became a Governor in 1985
  • Sits on the Premises, Health & Safety Committee
  • Register of Business Interests: None
  • Term of office ends August 2024

I am Chairman of Barton Village Hall, a Barton Parish Councillor and Sideman at St Lawrence Church. I attended Barton St Lawrence School, as did my mother! My four daughters also attended and my two grandchildren kept up the tradition. My grandson is now in high school but my granddaughter is still enjoying the experience of St Lawrence Primary School. I am very proud to have been associated with this lovely school as governor and observer since 1985.

Mrs Charlotte White - Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor

  • Appointed by the Diocese of Blackburn
  • Sits on Curriculum Committee and Premises, Health and Safety Committee
  • Register of business interests:  none
  • Term of Office ends September 2023

As a foundation governor, I am delighted to be a part of the governing body of this highly successful school.  I have 3 children who attend the school in Year 3 and Year 5.  I am a secondary school teacher with 25 years of teaching experience, and am currently Head of French at a large secondary school in Lancashire.  I have a particular interest in teacher training and hold an MA in Education Management.  As a keen athlete, I manage the cross country team and assist with athletics training at my school and a local athletics club.  I am Chair of the Lancashire Schools’ Athletic Association, Sunday Club leader and a member of the PCC at St Lawrence Church.  I act as Link Governor for Modern Foreign Languages and PE.

I look forward to supporting the school as it strives to maintain its excellent reputation and develop its core strategy over the coming years.


Mrs Nicki Detko

Chair of Governors to December 2020 (See Nicki's Farewell Letter)

Mrs Kirsty Parker
Staff Governor to September 2020

Mr Chris Homer

Paretn Governor to May 2020

Mrs Elizabeth Leadbetter
Foundation Governor to December  2017

Mr Brian Levey
Foundation Governor to September 2017

Mrs Rebecca Hewitson
Authority Governor to September 2018

Rev Stephen Cooper
Ex Officio to September 2019

Mrs Helen Hallett
Foundation Governor to November 2019

Mrs Maria Smith
Staff Governor to December 2019


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