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Local Governing Committee

The Local Governing Committee will consist of 12 members.  The constitution will be;

  • two parent governors
  • one staff governor
  • the Headteacher
  • three diocese governors
  • five co-opted governors 

They are as follows:

Mr P Roach, Headteacher


Mrs L Elo, Chair

Mrs Elo has undertaken a range of governor training and been involved in two Governor Business Weekends, which have helped her to understand the role and responsibility of a governor, as well as the challenges teachers face with significant changes to the curriculum. Mrs Elo has over 20 years experience of working within local council services and has recently joined the NHS as a Senior Service Development Manager creating and leading innovative ways of working to support care for patients across the North West.

Mrs Elo is particularly interested in how we, as a school support all children of all learning abilities through the use of our funding (pupil premium) and innovative methods such as coaching (for students and staff). She is a qualified coach , manager, and Careers Adviser and has also achieved a MSc in Children and Young People’s Integrated Practice at Edgehill University.

Mrs Elo is a Senior Manager at North West Ambulance Service. Her term of office began on 01/03/2017.


Reverend D Griffiths, Foundation Governor

Reverend Griffiths is a Church Foundation Governor and a retired Church of England vicar in Horwich, Heaton and Ainsworth. He is married and their three children attended Rivington and Blackrod High School. His particular interests include Rivington and Blackrod High School being an 'open' inclusive church school, involved in the community with high standards across subjects including Religious Studies; and provision for most able and special needs students.

Reverend Griffiths has no business interests to declare. His term of office began on 01/03/2017.


Mr H Patel, Co-opted Governor


Mr Patel is an IT PMO (Project Management Office) Manager and also a qualified accountant.  He has worked at Warburtons for approaching 25yrs! In various roles at Sites and Head Office.  He has sons who both successfully completed their GSCE’s at RBHS, both leaving school with >10 GCSE’s.

His term of office began on 01/03/2017


Mr P Wright, Parent Governor

Mr Wright is a Horwich resident, a primary headteacher in Salford and a coach of one of the RMI youth football teams.  He is passionate about creating the very best provision of a wide-range of opportunities for youngsters in our area, and sees the school as central to serving both its pupils and the community.  Through his work in education he has full knowledge of curriculum, finance, staffing and premises.  He would particularly seek to ensure constructive links with stakeholders to give the best possible transition links for pupils from primary to secondary and is keen to see the school continue its strong links with colleges, universities and local/regional employers. 

His term of office began on 08/01/2018.


Dr C Wakefield, Co-opted Governor

Dr Wakefield is an Associate Professor at Liverpool Hope University and former pupil of the school. Coming from a science background, she is keen to assist with the development of the science subjects and make these accessible for all pupils. Working in a University setting, she is also passionate about assisting young people to reach their potential and developing the transition from school to University life.

Her term of office began in July 2019.


Reverend S Fletcher, Foundation Governor

Reverend Fletcher has been a Foundation Governor since 2001, when he arrived as Team Rector of the Horwich & Rivington Anglican Churches. His two children attended Rivington and Blackrod High School and, with two other Foundation Governors, he is appointed by Manchester Diocese to represent the original Founders of this Voluntary Controlled Church of England High School, within the Leverhulme Academy Trust.   Reverend Fletcher is also a Governor at Horwich Parish CE Primary School.

His term of office began on 01/03/2017.
Resigned 01.04.20


Dr C Rehan, Parent Governor

Claire is keen that all children reach their full potential and take an active role in their learning; in a school environment that supports positive emotional health and wellbeing. She is a Clinical Psychologist working with adults with physical health problems and is based at the Royal Bolton Hospital. Her clinical training gave her a broad range of experience working with children, adults, learning disabled adults and research. She hopes to use these skills in her term of office.

Her term of office began in October 2015.

Mr K McKeon, Co-opted Governor

Mr McKeon is a retired secondary school teacher and is a member of Bolton Council. He has three grown up sons and five grandchildren. His experience and interest is in education. Rivington and Blackrod High School serves the community he represents and he says the school has a proud history and deservedly, has a great reputation. With the rest of the Governors he is very keen to use his skills and knowledge to support the school in its mission to nurture and educate the young people in our care.

Mr McKeon is Vice Chair of RBHS Local Governing Committee, Director of Bolton at Home and Chair of Governors at Chorley New Road Primary School.

His term of office began on 01/03/2017.


Mr P Holden, Foundation Governor

Mr Holden is a Foundation Governor who is married with two adopted grown up sons.  He is Church Warden at Rivington Parish Church and a retired secondary school teacher of Mathematics, Computer Studies and Information Communication Technology with thirty-two years of service.  His last teaching post was Head of ICT and ICT Coordinator at Bishop Rawstorne C of E Language College.  Peter believes that education is the foundation for life as an adult and young people need support to be able to access opportunities open to them.  As a practicing christian he feels that the church has a role in helping to provide education for all.

His term of office began on 01/03/2017.


Mr G Merritt, Parent Governor

As a parent of three boys who are, or will be attending RBHS, I have a real interest in the success of the school. As former RBHS student, I am grateful for the opportunities the school has given me, including my career as a secondary school teacher, giving me extensive knowledge in Education and the challenges facing our schools. My 20 years of experience in secondary education would enable me to assist school leadership in key decision making. I have previously held the position of Staff Governor and demonstrated diplomacy and professionalism, as well as being assertive in holding school leaders to account in ensuring they secure the best possible outcomes for its students. I am a local resident and well aware of the key role the school plays in our community. I now wish to contribute my skills, knowledge and experience, both in Education and in local issues, as a Parent Governor.

His term of office began on 01/01/2020


Mr A Brown, Staff Governor

Mr Brown is Head of PE at RBHS - His term of office began on 08/01/2018


If you would like to get involved and become a governor, please contact Yvonne Massey on ymassey@rbhs.co.uk for further information.


Please click here for Local Governing Committee Register of Interests.

Please click here for the Trust Board Members' Register of Interests.