Meet the Team...

Jenny Clancy:

Ex Officio Governor



I am the Headteacher at Godfrey Ermen Primary School, or GEMS as we call it.  I started teaching in 1998 and, as a Salford-born girl, am proud to have only taught within this Authority.  I came to GEMS, as the Deputyhead, in 2007 and have been Headteacher since 2008.  I am passionate about bringing about the best education and life-chances for the children and families at this school and have a great team of staff and governors to help me to achieve this!


Yuk-Lam Collins:

Co-opted Governor


I am a part-time teacher working three days a week in Year 2 Bridgewater.  I am also subject leader for Mathematics and I share this role with Mrs Aspinall This is my eighth year at Godfrey Ermen Primary school.  I have taught for twenty-seven years and specialise in Early Years and Key Stage One.  I have been a part of the governor’s team at Gems for four years as a teacher governor and I am now a co-opted associate governor. I am looking forward to using my experience and knowledge to bring about improvements to the whole school.

Marjorie Critch-Higham:  Foundation Governor


I was invited to be a Foundation Governor in 2015. I willingly accepted the role.


In December 2015 I retired from teaching in a Trafford Primary School, after thirty-eight years. This meant that I felt able to commit far more time to my role as a governor and become more involved at GEMs. I have supported my husband, teaching extra-curricular ukulele to Yr. 5 and Yr. 6 children at lunchtime. I have been involved as a coordinator for Messy Church at GEMs which took place once a term.


Throughout my teaching career I have had a passion for maths which I led as Coordinator. I have also been very involved with extra-curricular music. I was Assistant Head and as such, part of the Senior Management Team, working closely with the head and staff to raise standards and ensure a high quality of educational experience for all.


During my career, I have been Staff Governor and in my role as Assistant Head, attended all governor meetings, including all sub-committees. I now act as Chair for the School Effectiveness Sub-Committee at GEMS.

As it is a key priority in school, I am taking over the role as the Reading Link Governor and am looking forward to finding out more about the teaching and learning of Reading in GEMS.


As a retired teacher, I feel privileged to still feel involved in education at this forward-looking school. 

Michael Critch- Higham:

Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor

I was honoured to be elected Chair of Governors in 2016 and, since that time, have reviewed and updated our governing body structure, ensuring the correct level of challenge for the head teacher and senior management team. I’m totally confident in our strategic direction and that our school development and improvement plans present the right focus, ambition and opportunity for all our children.


Having completed a joint accounting and business studies course at Manchester I followed this with a number of years in the auditing and accounting field before moving into computing in 1973, in a career which spanned over 40 years in the IT industry which culminated in several years providing project management and consultancy for some of the world’s leading manufacturing companies.


I’m a keen musician, I love reading and countryside walking. I feel privileged to have been a member of the governing body since 2013 following my appointment as a foundation governor by St. Michael’s PCC.


I volunteered at the school since 2008, teaching Ukulele to a small but talented group each Wednesday lunchtime. I am lucky to have experienced first-hand the dedication and commitment of the school management team and staff to our children, and share in their ambition and determination to bring outstanding education and achievements to all. I work closely with the head teacher and we continue to speak on a regular basis to plan and check the progress of every area of the school and I’m excited to be working as the Link Governor for Writing and History.


Tom Faithwaite


Parent Governor

My daughter is currently in the Reception Class at Godfrey Ermen and I  appreciate the opportunity to join the governing body as a parent governor, lending my experience and be part of Godfrey Ermen’s success for years to come.


I am currently a Senior Consultant for a SEND recruitment agency. I have been in recruitment now for approaching 5 years. Previously, I was a primary teacher in an ‘Outstanding’ school in Manchester and a ‘Good’ school in Leeds.


Currently, I help schools in Greater Manchester with recruitment of special needs staff. This has given me an insight into an array of special educational needs and disabilities – the EHCP process, safeguarding & compliance checks and negotiation of charge rates according to budgets of different schools. There is a strong focus on business development and strategic planning.


As a primary teacher for 3 years previously, I gained firsthand experience of managing a classroom and being a multiple subject leader – I attended training, created resources and delivered CPD to staff. I have a strong understanding of safeguarding and child protection. I successfully saw Year 2 through the first SATs following the introduction of the new national curriculum and was moderated by the Local Authority.


My ethos was always to help children develop in all aspects of their lives, not just their attainment. Seeing my daughter’s development and knowing your mission statement, it is clear to see that Godfrey Ermen’s focus is on the whole child.


Having been involved in education since 2010, I am a lifelong learner and passionate about education and helping young people; I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give something back. With my daughter attending this school, it fills me with immense pride to represent and add value by being a parent governor at Godfrey Ermen Memorial Primary School. 



Fr Ian Hall:

Foundation Governor



I am the Incumbent of St Michael & All Angels Church, Eccles and St Mary Magdalene's Church, Winton as we work in a Mission Partnership.  I have been a Governor since 2014 and my particular interest is in the spiritual development of the children, as well as the Religious Education that is on offer at the school.

Cllr John Mullen:

Local Authority Governor


I am the local authority representee on the governors, I have served over 10 years and it has ben an honour and a privilege to do so.

I have been an elected councillor for 17 years representing Barton ward and after the recent changes, Barton and Winton Ward.

I hope that I can continue to help the school by the challenge to ourselves and the education teams to get the very best for our children.

I myself am degree educated in computer science and I hope that where I can, use that skill to assist the children and the school.


I wanted to serve as a school governor as I believe we should all strive to raise aspirations and by doing so watch the children bloom and be all they can be.


I work closely with the other governors and as a team I can assure you we all have the singular mission of providing the best education we can give.


This year I also have the honour of being Salford’s ceremonial mayor, I hope you will follow my FaceBook blog as meet some of Salford’s amazing children and volunteers.

John Nuttall:

Staff Governor

I am the teacher of our Year 6 Turing class and have been for the past four years. I originally worked on supply at Godfrey Ermen and became a permanent member of staff, feeling that I could see myself working here for the forseeable future!​ This prediction was correct as I have spent all of my full-time teaching career at Godfrey Ermen and am thankful to have met and worked with so many brilliant children, parents and staff at our school. I am the staff governor and am extremely proud that the rest of the staff felt I was able to put their views across to our governing body. 



Jeremy Shaw:

Foundation Governor



I was elected as a parent governor for GEMS in September 2015 and became a Foundation Governor in 2019. I also sit on the school’s building sub-committee.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with the Head and Leadership Team at GEMS to help improve the education of all our children. 


Both of my children attended Godfrey Ermen in the past and have gone on to succeed at secondary school, thanks in no small part to the excellent education and life skills that they received at GEMS. It is extremely important that the parent’s perspective is represented when decisions are made at the school, and that success should be celebrated and shared with all.  When improvements need to be made, it is equally important to understand what needs to be done and to support the school in making changes.


I’ve worked as a Programme Manager for a number of years within a governance and quality assurance setting, most recently for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) where I manage key contracts and work on the NICE guideline portfolio. Previously, I’ve worked in hospitals and a health and safety consultancy, as well as customer facing roles.


I enjoy assisting the school in achieving its ambitions through the use of the skills and experience that I’ve gained in my professional career.


Al Thompson

Foundation Governor

Hello everyone, my name is Al Thompson.  I am to be ordained Deacon in July next year and ordained Priest the following year at Manchester Cathedral.  As an OLM ordained Local Priest I will serve my ministry with Fr Ian in St Michael’s and St Mary’s in the Benefice of Barton, Peel Green and Winton. 

June Wood:

Foundation Governor


I am a member of St Michael’s congregation.  I have been involved with Godfrey Ermen Primary School for over 15 years, as my children used to attend the school.  I have been a Governor for more than 15 years and my particular interest is in the sport provision that the school offer.


Natalie Wild:

Parent Governor

I was voted to become parent governor in 2019 but, as a former pupil at Godfrey Ermen, I have been involved with the school for much longer.  I am looking forward to give the parents' perspective as the school continues to improve.


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