Christie Finegan (Chair)
I have been a governor at Peel Brow for approximately 18 months. My responsibilities as a governor include chairing the resources committee and acting as link governor for Safeguarding. My own children have both attended Peel Brow, my eldest, Alex, left in 2012 to go to Woodhey and then following a glorious couple of years where I didn’t have to shuttle up and down the motorway from Bury every day, Natasha started in 2014. Outside of my work at the University of Manchester, where I run Postgraduate programmes, my governor’s responsibilities and my Mum duties I can be found at live music gigs, theatre, museums, galleries, travelling on a shoe string, bargain hunting in Charity shops and occasionally will be seen pounding the streets of Bury as I’m in the throes of a mid-life crisis and have suddenly developed a burning desire to run.
I have been a staff governor for 4 years. I’ve been at Peel Brow School since1985 when I started as a support assistant for a little boy with Muscular Dystrophy. During my time at the school I have worked in many different roles including classroom assistant as it was known then, SSA and after qualifying as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant I taught Art, Design and Technology and Music from Year 1 to Year 6. At present I am working as SENCO assistant.
Outside school I am a Beaver and Cub leader and also hold the position of Assistant District Commissioner for the beaver scout section in Bury and Ramsbottom district. I am heavily involved in Bury Parish Church where I am safeguarding officer and run the Sunday school, I enjoy arts and craft, especially card making but am always on the lookout for a new craft.
I have recently been appointed as a parent governor and am currently the chair of the school improvement committee. I really enjoy being able to apply the skills and experience I have as a former secondary school deputy head teacher and the knowledge from my masters degree in educational leadership. I am currently studying for a second masters degree in psychology of education at the University of Manchester and hope to qualify as an educational psychologist in the future. I also work locally as an English tutor for young people in our community. When I’m not working or parenting, I just about have time to indulge some of my other passions including going to the gym, playing the guitar and wild camping.
I was appointed as parent governor in January 2019 and have recently been appointed as the chair of the school resources committee. I personally feel it is so important for parents to have a voice within the operation of the school and am happy to bring forwards any ideas, issues or suggestions that any parent would like to bring to my attention. I am passionate about inclusivity for all children and have a personal interest in the SEND provision within the school (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities). My professional career is within the construction industry where I currently hold a senior management position responsible for all commercial, legal and financial matters. On a personal level I am a father of two children, one of whom is currently a pupil at the school. I enjoy camping with my family, running and supporting Bolton Wanderers!
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