Meet the Governors

  • Lucinda Duffy


    I joined Fox Wood School in September 2015 as Headteacher. I have taught and held Management positions in both Mainstream and Special schools and have always had a passion for enabling each individual child, young person and member of staff to reach their potential and to become as happy, motivated, skilled and confident as possible. I believe strongly in the importance of developing independence and am adept at finding innovative ways to make things possible!

    I am very proud to be Head Teacher at Fox Wood and feel that we are very fortunate to have excellent facilities, a fantastic staff team and - most importantly - pupils who inspire us and help us make our world a better place.

  • Patricia Chapman

    Co-opted Chair of Governors

    I have had 21 years' experience as a governor at another school. I have three grown up children one of whom has downs Syndrome. I was previously employed in an administrative role at another school but retired 2 years ago. I strongly believe that all children the best education that is possible.

  • Peter Dahlstom

    Co-opted Governor

    Having retired as the Head Teacher of Hope School in Wigan, I joined the governing body of Fox Wood School in November 2015. I also volunteer for Warrington Bereavement service. I enjoy looking after my grandchild in my spare time.

  • Mike Frost

    Co-opted Governor

    I was the Headteacher of Woolston Brook School (formerly Grappenhall Hall School) until August 2019. I have always had a real passion for special educational needs and ensuring that the pupils in my care make progress.

    I became a governor at Fox Wood because I believe I have a great deal of experience to offer, as a result of my career in special education (34 years in special schools and 24 as a head teacher)

    I believe that the pupils in any school should be making progress and that none should be marginalised. To do this successfully the school has to have a unified and talented staff. As a governor I believe it is our purpose to support the Headteacher in achieving these things and provide sufficient challenge to be sure that we can be confident in the performance of the school.

  • Katie Jones

    Co-opted Governor

    For many years my work has focussed on Youth and Community work, Social Education and the Care Industry. Two and a half years ago, I joined the Walton Lea Partnership as Head of Learning, Development and Safeguarding. I am privileged to be part of an organisation working to improve the lives of young people and adults with learning disabilities in Warrington.

    I am committed to making an effective personal contribution to the work and development of the governing body and share the enthusiasm of all to help drive the continued improvement of the school.

  • Jenny Southward

    Authority Governor & Vice Chair

    I have been a Governor at Fox Wood School since 2005. Previously to that I was a teacher at Fox Wood. Since retiring I have played an active role in the Fox Wood School environment. I am also the link governor for Woolston 6th form. I was very involved in the recent New Build and relocation of Fox Wood from Birchwood to Woolston.

  • Rebecca Lynskey

    Parent Governor

    I started the role as parent Governor in February 2018 as my son became a pupil in reception back in September 2017. I wanted to be involved with the school and how it's run so my son can get the best start to his education and gain the skills required to take him through to adult life. I'm proud to be a part of Fox Wood and all the amazing staff that teach our children.

  • Phil Brammeier


    I became a Governor at Fox Wood School in March 2018, having volunteered here for a short time. I have been a school Governor periodically since my children were in primary school, retiring as Vice Chair in September 2017. I retired from the Fire and Rescue Service in 2012 and, in my spare time, enjoy DIY projects and keeping fit and active.

  • Phill Broderick


  • Dale Holden

    Staff Governor

    I have been a qualified teacher for 6 years, spending the first 5 years of my career teaching in mainstream schools. I have been a teacher at Fox Wood for over a year now and count myself extremely lucky to work in a school with such passion and commitment to providing all young people with equal opportunities to learn. I currently hold a TLR post for leading Maths and Science and am working towards gaining my NPQML. I have been married for 3 years and have a two year old son; and a daughter on the way.