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Staff and Board of Governors

Our hard-working, dedicated staff and Governors, each with their own expertise, support our young people to have an educational experience of the highest quality.

The Grange School Staff

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Senior School - Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Debbie Leonard - Head

Mrs Debbie Torjussen - Director of Finance & Operations

Mr Rob Oakes - Deputy Head, Pastoral

Mr Andrew Crook - Deputy Head, Academic

Mrs Heather Eaton - Assistant Head, Co-Curricular

Mr Jamie Walker - Assistant Head, Sixth Form

Junior School - Senior Leadership Team

Mr Guy Rands - Head

Miss Anna Evans  - Deputy Head, Pastoral Care

Mr John Land - Deputy Head, Academic Development

Support Staff

Mrs Linda Foxley - Bursar

Mr Ben Moore - Technical Manager

Mr Kieran Seymour - Marketing Manager

Mrs Helen Ritchie - Admissions Registrar (Senior)

Mrs Nicky Pratt - Junior Admissions & Head's PA

Mrs Mary Wade - HR & Governance Administrator

Mrs Julie Ward - Senior Head's PA

Mr Colin Lupton - Estates Manager

If you would like to speak to a specific member of staff please contact the school office.


Board of Governors

Drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds and all committed volunteers the Governors share The Grange School’s vision. They understand our purpose, ethos and values and play a vital role in the running of the school as well as consulting on and supporting the future path the school takes.

The school is also a Trust, of which all parents are members. An Annual General Meeting takes place in the Spring, where the Board of Governors is confirmed in office and is available to answer questions, it is open for all parents to attend.

The Chair of Governors can be contacted at the school address.

Karen Williams (Chair)
Karen became a member of the Board of Governors in 2012 and has been Chair since 2015. She also sits on the Education. Finance, Compliance and Remuneration Committees, having previously chaired the Education Committee.

Karen is the owner of Crescendo Consulting, which specialises in audience research and strategic marketing. Her son and daughter are both former pupils of The Grange School.  Personal interests include languages, literature, tennis and amateur theatre.

Simon Batey (Chair of Finance Committee)
Simon joined the Board of Governors in March 2010. In addition to his role as Chair of the Finance Committee, he also serves on the Property and Remuneration Committees. He is a Chartered Accountant and has served as Group Finance Director at three major UK companies, AMEC, United Utilities and Thames Water and was formerly a partner of Armitage & Norton (now part of KPMG). He has served as a Non-Executive Director with THUS Group plc, Arriva plc, BlackRock New Energy Investment Trust plc and Telecity Group plc.  He was also a Commissioner of Postcomm, the independent regulator of the postal services industry.

He is currently Senior Independent Director of Gulf Marine Services plc.

Chris Oglesby (Chair of Property Committee)

Chris joined the Board of Governors in 2011.  He is the Chief Executive of Bruntwood, a commercial property company that develops, owns and manages office buildings in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham.  A Chartered Surveyor by profession, Chris chairs the Property Committee.

Chris is Chair of Manchester Science Partnerships and Manchester's Business Leadership Council and serves on the board of The Manchester International Festival, Corridor Manchester, The Manchester Youth Trust and Onside Youth Zones.  He enjoys the “mid-life crisis sports” running long distances, triathlons and off-piste skiing.  He lives on an organic farm with his wife, Jane, and their 3 children. His two sons currently attend the Grange School.

Catherine Stanton (Chair of Compliance Committee)

Catherine joined the Board of Governors in November 2013. She chairs the Compliance Committee and is a member of the Education Committee.

Catherine is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester. Prior to this, she worked as a solicitor in private practice.

Catherine is married to Chris and they have two children at The Grange School.

Cathy McCrohan (Chair of Education Committee)

Cathy joined the Board of Governors in November 2016 and chairs the Education Committee. She is Professor of Comparative Neurobiology at the University of Manchester, where she previously served as Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research and Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Students in the Faculty of Life Sciences. In the latter role, she was responsible for undergraduate and taught masters programmes, including recruitment, admissions, teaching delivery, and examinations.

She is currently Academic Director of the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning at Manchester, offering interdisciplinary courses to undergraduate students across the institution.

Cathy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Hannah Burgoyne

Hannah joined the Board of Governors in October 2018 and serves on the Compliance Committee. She qualified as a solicitor in October 2005 and is an Associate at Occasio Legal Limited, a firm specialising in litigation services to the Finance and Leasing industry.

Hannah is currently Chair of Friends of Lower Peover School

Nikki Matthews

Nikki joined the Board of Governors in March 2018 and serves on the Education Committee. After completing a Maths degree at Sheffield University and post-graduate training in Chester, she taught Maths at schools across the Wirral.  She spent most of her career at Birkenhead High School where she became Deputy Head in charge of curriculum. She then took up a Headship at a girls' independent school in Surrey.

Nikki is now retired along with her husband who was an ACC with Merseyside Police. They live on the Wirral and have two grown-up children and three granddaughters. Nikki enjoys walking, sport and playing the guitar.  She is still involved in organising and running DofE expeditions after 30 years and is now also an accredited assessor.

Martin Newsholme

Martin became a Governor in September 2018 and serves on the Property and Finance Committees. Martin is a senior finance professional with vast experience of advising boards of public and private companies and of operational management in private business and professional practice.

Martin has two children both of whom were former Grange School pupils.  Martin has a keen interest in most sports and is a qualified junior rugby coach and an enthusiastic golfer.

Ann Arthur

Ann became a governor in 1996.  From 1985 to 1996 she was PA to Scott Marshall, Head of The Grange School and first Headmaster of The Senior School. 

She had overall responsibility for marketing and was a member of the Association of Development Directors of Independent Schools. 

Her daughter was educated at The Grange School.  Ann serves on the Nominations, Education and Compliance Committees and is the Junior School Link Governor.

Clare Briegal

Clare joined the Board in November 2013 and serves on the Nominations and Compliance Committees. She is Chief Executive Officer of the International Netball Federation (the International Governing Body for the sport of Netball). Clare's background is in sales, marketing and general management.

Clare has an MBA from Manchester Business School, an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Biochemistry from Bryn Mawr College, USA. She has lived in Warrington since 1995 and her three children were educated at The Grange School. Clare is an active oarswoman, rowing umpire and Chair of the North West Regional Rowing Council.

Neil Brougham

Neil joined the Board of Governors in November 2013 and serves on the Property, Finance and Remuneration Committees. He is a Senior Partner at Mercer in Manchester, a firm of actuaries and HR consultants, and acts as the appointed actuary to several large pension funds.

He lives in Stockton Heath with his wife Rachel and family. His eldest daughter left the Grange in 2017 and is studying at Utrecht University. His two youngest children remain at the Grange Senior School. His interests include singing, wine and cycling.

Jeremy Simpson

Jeremy joined the Board of Governors in 2015 and serves on the Property and Compliance Committees.  He is a Chartered Surveyor and is a Director of Walker Simpson, a specialist property firm. He was previously a partner in Tushingham Moore. Jeremy was a graduate in Urban Land Economics from Sheffield Polytechnic and has an MBA from the Manchester Business School and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

He lives in Crowton with his wife Claire. Their three children all attended the Grange Senior School. He enjoys most sports and regularly plays golf and tennis and enjoys outdoor activities including fell walking, cycling and skiing.

David Akka

David joined the Board of Governors in 2016 and serves on the Education and Finance Committees. He has over 20 years experience in running his own business in the textile and clothing industry. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a postgraduate Diploma in Law. 

David lives in Cheshire with his wife and two children, each of whom attends the Grange School. He is a keen musician, enjoys participating in many amateur sports, is bilingual in French and loves any opportunity to visit France with his family.

Nigel Parkinson

Nigel joined the Board of Governors in January 2007 and serves on the Nominations and Finance Committees. A Computer Science graduate from UMIST over 40 years ago, Nigel is now a specialist in exploiting IT and delivering programmes of change within Financial Services and works exclusively with UK and International 'blue chip' companies.

Nigel is married to Anita (a managing consultant in the delivery of special educational needs).  Their three children have all progressed through the state education system and University into professional employment and independence. Anita is now retired and enjoying their first grandchild.

Nigel has a broad range of sport and leisure interests outside of work, including dancing and salmon-fishing but is most likely to be found in the garden or walking the "soon to be acquired" dog.