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 2006 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 in EYFS, working in Year 2 with Mrs Benson.  I am also subject leader for Mathematics and I share this role with Mrs Aspinall. This is my fourth year at Godfrey Ermen Primary school.  I have taught for 26 years and specialise in Early Years and Key Stage One.  I am looking forward to using my experience and knowledge to bring about improvements to the whole 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.

Marjorie Critch-Higham:  Foundation Governor


As a member of St Michael's Church, 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 has meant that I feel able to commit far more time to my role as a governor and become more involved at GEMs. I support my husband, teaching ukulele to Yr. 5 and Yr. 6 children at lunchtime on Wednesdays. I am also involved as a coordinator for Messy Church at GEMs which takes place once a term. I work closely with Mrs Clay and Father Ian when planning craft and learning activities for these sessions.


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. At my old school 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.

I have chosen to be the Maths Link Governor and have been excited by all the developments taking place in the teaching and learning of maths. I have enjoyed the opportunities to meet and discuss maths with Mrs Aspinall and Mrs Collins.


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

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, A career which spanned over 40 years in the IT industry culminated in several years providing project management and consultancy for some of the world’s leading manufacturing companies.


I’m a keen musician (a member of the S. Michael’s church music group), a reader and countryside walker, and 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 have 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 meet 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 Reading.

Cllr John Mullen:

Local Authority Governor


John Nuttall - Staff Governor

Jeremy Shaw:

Foundation Governor



I was elected as a parent governor for Godfrey Ermen 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 Godfrey Ermen to help in improving the education of all of our children. 


Boh of my children attended Godfrey Ermen in the past and so I feel 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/Project 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). 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.



Rachel Waring:

Foundation Governor



I am a member of St Michael’s congregation.  I used to be a pupil at Godfrey Ermen Primary School and am pleased to be able to offer my support as a Governor.  I have been a Governor since 2016 and my particular interest is in the English provision that the school offers.

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 10 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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