Learning Together's Directors & Founding members

Find our Members & Directors below:

  • Chair - Rev’d Canon Andrew Holliday
  • Right Rev’d Phillip North (Suffragan Bishop of Burnley)
  • Mr. Stephen Whittaker (Director of Education Blackburn Diocese)
  • Father Richard Peers (Director of Education Liverpool Diocese)
  • Mr. Rob McKenzie (Liverpool Diocese)

Canon Sharples Register of Business Interest and Attendance 2017-18

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St. Wilfrid’s Register of Business Interest and Attendance

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Learning Together Trust Register of Business Interest and Attendance 2017-18

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Rev’d Canon Andrew Holliday

Andrew Holliday has been the Rector of Standish St Wilfrid since 2011. In September 2012 he was made a Canon of Blackburn Cathedral. Before his ordination in 1992, Andrew had a 9 year career in catering. He has served curacies in Blackpool and Poulton-le-Fylde, his first Incumbency was at St James’ Leyland in 1997 where he was area Dean from 2002 - 2004. In 2004 he was appointed to the Team Ministry of St Peter’s Darwen with St Paul’s Hoddlesden. More recently Andrew has been made Diocesan Warden of Readers looking after supporting the Diocesan Vision for licensed lay ministry and collaborative styles of leadership.

Andrew has been involved in the field of Education since he was Ordained, particularly in the role as a Governor, and has particular experience of appointments, safeguarding and building strong links with the Church and the wider community. Andrew feels privileged to serve as a member of the Board of the ‘Learning Together Trust’.

Andrew is married to Vanessa, who is a Civil Servant, played cricket for Lancashire, coached women’s cricket and now scores locally and nationally. Andrew has interests in cooking, history – especially biographies, visiting the Lake District, and sharing in the glories of the beautiful church of St. Wilfrid.

Rev’d Bill Matthews

Bill Matthews is based at Wigan Parish Church and is the interim Team Rector. He is married with three children and one grandchild.

Bill became a foundation governor of Canon Sharples School in March 2015, having served on the governing body of St Mary and St Thomas, St Helens prior to that. He has a passion for education and has been a full time FE college and university lecturer and on the governing board of a college, a community school, a number of primary schools and an independent preparatory school.

Having been an industrial chemist, a specialist in computers and sales, prior to his academic career, Bill has a wide experience of business and management. He was a full time, sea-going chaplain in the Royal Navy for ten years and was a member of the Royal Naval Volunteer Band service for twenty years. He still enjoys music, playing clarinet, guitar and a number of other instruments.

Bill regularly leads worship in Canon Sharples School and is enthusiastic about the difference an inspiring primary education can make to the lives of individual children and the communities in which they live.

Mr. Rob McKenzie

Rob is one of the Founding Members and a Director of the Learning Together Trust (LTT) and has been a school governor for the past 24 years. Currently, he is also the chair of the Board of Governors of Canon Sharples School, Wigan. Initially Rob was elected as a parent governor but is now appointed by the Liverpool Diocesan Board of Education. Rob works closely with the Executive Headteacher, staff, governors and directors to ensure that the strategic direction of the LTT will enable all children to excel within a Christian ethos.

Away from the LTT, Rob is an executive of Westinghouse Springfields in the role of Chief Technical Officer. The company designs and manufactures fuel for nuclear power stations and he is responsible for all technical and quality aspects of the products. The experience from this role with respect to safety, people development and financial management are equally relevant to setting the future strategy of the LTT.

Mr. Andrew Stokes

Andrew has been a Foundation Governor at St Wilfrid’s for many years, and both his daughters attended the school. He joined the board of Directors when St Wilfrid’s became an academy.

Originally from Rochdale, he has lived in Standish since 1987. For his day job, he works for HMRC as a VAT inspector, based in Manchester. He is also a member of St Wilfrid’s PCC and is Lay Chair of the Chorley Deanery Synod.

He enjoys Holidays (who doesn’t!) and reading, especially on the early train to Manchester.

He is married to Julie and, as mentioned above, has two daughters.

Mr. Ade Oyelele

Ade is a member of his church council which is one of the two churches with a long historical and close connection with Canon Sharples Primary and Nursery school. He has been a school governor at Canon Sharples since 2010 and during this time has considerably developed his skillset and experience. Currently Ade is the parent of two children at the school and has lived in Whelley within a mile of the school for over 6 years. He currently works as a GP and has previous experience of working within the Wigan area. Ade is delighted to be a Director of the Learning Together Trust, part of a team that desires the very best service for the children and their families.

Mr. Paul Witkiewicz

Since becoming a Governor of St Wilfrid’s Primary Academy in 2012 Paul has served on a number of committees becoming Chair of the Asset (formerly Finance) in 2014. He brings to the role of Director of the Learning Together Trust a wealth of experience from working in Financial Services since 2006 and before this working in the secondary school sector as a Head of Music – he continues to utilise his leadership skills within the music education sector with his work for Trafford Music Service where he has been the conductor of their Youth Philharmonic Orchestra since May 2000. Paul’s love of music has allowed him to share knowledge and experience with staff at St Wilfrid’s as the link Governor for the subject.

Paul attends St Wilfrid’s Parish Church although admits it does get a little tricky during the rugby season as he watches his son play on a Sunday morning but gives back to the church community by helping out on the Parish Hall committee as Treasurer.

When time permits he enjoys baking and playing squash (to burn off the calories from the baking!!)

Daniel Ballard is a practising Christian who worships with his wife near to their home in South Ribble. He is a member of the church choir as well as the ‘Hope in the Future’ working party – looking at ways of increasing community engagement.

Daniel has been a teacher since the year 2000 and has worked in a variety of contexts. He has been the headteacher at St Peter’s in Mawdesley since 2014 and will bring his knowledge and understanding of education in the UK to the Directors’ meetings. In his free time he and his wife like to walk along Northumbrian beaches with Evie, their cocker spaniel.

Bernard has Twenty five years of senior leadership in three primary schools as deputy headteacher and headteacher and twenty years in headship. He has undertaken senior roles in Community and Voluntary Aided primary schools - both Church of England and Catholic.

Bernard is a Primary Strategy Consultant Leader with Wigan LA providing support and challenge in English and mathematics and has worked with schools from across the LA to develop Economic Awareness. As a Mentor and coach to aspiring and newly appointed headteachers Bernard also supports ITT students from north-west providers.

Bernard is an Ofsted Inspector and has conducted Section 5 and Section 8 inspections as both team and lead inspector. He is also Ofsted trained for SEND. He is currently a LA Monitoring Officer for schools deemed vulnerable and Evaluation Officer for schools in an Ofsted category of concern, and supports schools through a range of school improvement strategies.

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