Governing Body

Chris Haighton – Chair of Governors

Committees:   Chris sits on the Education and Pupil Welfare Committee and is Chair of the Personnel / Disciplinary Committee.

Academic:       BSc in Mathematics

Head of Logistics for a major retailer, Chris has a background in Supply Chain and Project Management. He has three children, one of which attended Bridgewater School.

 


Kathryn Mort, Vice-Chair

Committees:   Kathryn sits on the Education and Pupil Welfare Committee and is the Governor responsible for Child Protection and Health & Safety.

Academic:       BA (Hons)

Professional:  NNEB / MA in Education

Kathryn is a Deputy Head Teacher at a state primary school, with over ten years’ experience in EYFS and Key Stages 1 and 2. She has a son and is a former pupil of Bridgewater School.

 


Martin Moss

Committees:   Martin is Chair of the Finance Committee

Academic:      BSC (Hons) in Computer Science and Physics Manchester Polytechnic / MSc in Instrumentation and Analytic Science, UMIST / PhD in Optical Physics and Microbiology, University of Liverpool

Martin is an IT Manager for a home shopping retailer, with twenty years’ experience in the IT Industry. Prior to that, he worked in Science Research. Martin has a daughter who attended Bridgewater School.

 


Ian Bamford

Committees:   Ian sits on the Education and Pupil Welfare Committee.

Professional:  Diploma in Music Creation and Production

Ian is a freelance musician, teacher and songwriter / producer. He writes and records music for the education and commercial sectors and plays in several contemporary bands. Formally a manager with Bolton Music Service, Ian trained as a Music Facilitator and has twenty years’ teaching experience. He is also a former pupil of Bridgewater School.

 


Simon Harrison

Committees:   Simon sits on the Compliance Committee.

Academic:       BSC (Hons) in Building Surveying / MSc in Construction Management / 3 years completed on PhD in Mergers and Acquisitions

Professional:  Full member of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB)

Simon is Managing Director of a principal building contractor and is responsible for the day to day performance of a £40m turnover business with 230 employees. He has one child, in Prep II at Bridgewater School.

 


Chris Ryan 

Committees:   Chris sits on the Finance Committee

Professional:  CII Financial Planning Certificate / G60 Advanced Pensions / Advanced Executive Coaching Qualification and EQI (Emotional Intelligence)

Chris is a Senior Manager in the private healthcare sector, having previously held Head of and Director roles in the financial sector. Sales, Marketing, Finance, Distribution and General Management are his main areas of expertise. Chris is married with two children and is a former Bridgewater School parent.

 


Kirstie Simpson

Committees:   Kirstie is Chair of the Education and Pupil Welfare Committee

Academic:       BSc in Sport Science / MA in Leisure and Tourism Management / Doctorate of Education (D.Ed.)

Kirstie is Head of Department, Sport & Community Engagement at the University of Chester. She has two children, but is not a parent at Bridgewater School.

 


Nicholas Beesley

Committees:   Nicholas is Chair of the Compliance and Governance Committee

Academic:       MA (Oxon) in Physics

Nicholas is a retired Head Teacher. He has two children, both of whom are currently Senior School students at Bridgewater School.

 


Amanda Dagg

Committees:   Amanda is a Parent Governor who sits on the Finance and Personnel / Disciplinary Committees

Academic:       BSc (Hons) in Information Technology

Professional:  Institute of Direct Marketing Diploma

Amanda is the owner of a Marketing Communications Consultancy, Director of a business that takes individuals through the financial process of high net worth divorce and is a Business Consultant and Mentor in a variety of sectors. She has one son, who attends the Senior School at Bridgewater.

 


Carl Melia

Committees:   Carl sits on the Education and Pupil Welfare, and Compliance Committees

Academic:       BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying

Professional:  Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)

Carl is a Senior Legal Business Partner for a multi-national manufacturing organisation and has over twenty-five years’ experience in Commercial, Project and Contractual Management, including Business Unit Director and being part of a leadership team of a high growth AIM listed enterprise. He is a current Bridgewater parent, with a daughter in Senior School.

 


Paula Byrne

Committees:   Paula sits on the Pension and Personnel / Disciplinary Committees

Academic:       LLb (Hons), University of Birmingham

Paula is a Solicitor specialising in Employment Law and is a Partner in a national law firm. She has one daughter in the Senior School at Bridgewater.

 


The school governors, staff and pupils all share a real sense of excitement about both our recent accomplishments and Bridgewater's future


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