Meet the governors
Mr Andrew Gibson (Chair)
I have been a governor at Middlewich High School for a number of years, having seen my three children progress successfully through the school.
I was initially a Parent Governor but am now a Community Governor. I am proud to serve as Chair of Governors and hope my experience adds to the strong leadership and governance team the school has.
I work in Manchester as a solicitor specialising in employment and education law, and bring what I can from that role to help in the governance of the school. I am also currently Chair of Governors at Byley Primary School and consider the strong links the school has with its feeder primaries and the local community to be a real strength.
Mr Mike Finney MBE
I have been employed at Cheshire College South and West since January 1983, initially in a teaching capacity, moving into various management roles.
As part of my role I have training and regular updates related to current issues, such as ‘Prevent’ / Data protection and Safeguarding, along with management responsibilities including Event Management, Human resources/ Finance / Organisational Development and Performance Management.
In addition to cross college responsibilities, I lead a team of staff, working with institutions across the education sectors. I am also responsible for the college student transport system which involves transporting over 1,000 students from across Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire to the college’s three campuses. I have considerable budget responsibility.
I have a passion for ensuring the best possible educational experience for the young people we serve and have committed my working life to ensuring this passion impacts positively.
I am a member of the ECC Community Cohesion Management Group, and have been a Governor at Middlewich High School for approximately 25 years and am currently the Chair of the Learning, Progress and Achievement committee.
Mr Will Hibbert
I began my teaching career at Middlewich High School in 1969 where I taught a range of subjects including PE, Music and the Humanities. I was also involved in the many extra curricular activities that the school offers including concerts, drama productions and residential visits.
Since my retirement I have continued to support the school as a Community Governor, with a special interest in Safeguarding. I also support staff and students on school visits and events, maintain contact with staff by attending meetings. As part of my role as a school Governor, I have recently attended courses on Safeguarding and Emotional Health.
Mr Andy Sumner
I am a Chartered Accountant with a background in banking and accountancy practice. For the last 20 years I have worked in the Further Education sector managing the business side of incorporated sixth form colleges. I am currently Deputy Principal Finance & Resources at Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College. I joined the Board of Governors at Middlewich High School in 2014.
Rev. Simon Drew
I am the Rector of St Michael’s Church in Middlewich. I have been a governor of the school since 2011, and have had two children attend the school in recent years. I have also worked as a civil engineer for a local authority. I am the current Chair of the Behaviour, Safety & Inclusion Committee.
Dr Chris Chapman
I am a long-standing Cheshire resident, with two now adult children, who moved into the area over forty years ago. Before retiring I was a senior manager with ICI and latterly Brunner Mond. My wife is a retired teacher.
I have been a school governor for over thirty years in a variety of schools, including a spell of ten years as a chair of governors. I am active at both a borough and a national level in promoting improved education for all our children. These activities include education finance, better meeting the needs of those children with additional needs, and improving school governance.
For relaxation I enjoy rambling and fell-walking. I also chair the local Scout District.