It is a real honour to be Chair of Governors at The Grange Academy.I owe the school a great deal having completed all of my Primary, Secondary & Sixth Form education here, before completing a Geography degree at The University of Manchester, followed by a PGCE.I also have a daughter in Year 10 at the school.
My current role is Assistant Principal at Riverside College & Head of Cronton Sixth Form College, where I have worked for the past 11 years. Prior to this I worked at Runshaw College in Leyland as an A Level teacher, Pastoral Manager & Head of Curriculum.I am pleased that I can bring my comprehensive knowledge of the education sector to the Grange.
Mr Chris Inch
Vice Chair of Governors
I am originally from Liverpool but have lived in Runcorn for over 30 years now and I am currently serving as Vice Chair. I am a retired Chartered Accountant and worked worldwide in industry for a number of blue-chip companies, including Cadbury chocolate. I was a local councillor in Halton ten years ago and served as a parent Governor for a primary school in Moore. When I retired, I thought it would be an opportunity to, once again, serve my local area and hence I have been a Grange Governor for three years. I am also the treasurer for a local charity, Halton Community Transport, who provide subsidised bus services for Runcorn and Widnes disabled residents.
Mr Lee Barber
I was formerly the Principal of a 14-19 Studio School in Warrington, from pre-opening phase to Year 2 (before being recruited by UTC Warrington). I started my career as an ICT and PE teacher, then became Head of Department before progressing to Senior Leadership. I was previously Assistant Headteacher in an 11-19 school in Salford, specialising in IT and partnership work with industry.
I am a former commissioned RAF VR(T) Officer in my spare time with RAF Air Cadets as well as a Mountain Leader volunteer with Duke of Edinburgh award
I am also a keen mountaineer and cyclist; football coach and a dad to 2 children
Mrs Sandra Moss
Born in St Helens and now living in Great Sankey, Sandra started her professional career as a Primary School teacher in Halewood. Sandra has been married for 25 years and has one daughter who is also a teacher in an international school.
Sandra is delighted to be serving as a governor at the Grange; her career has been all about helping people to achieve their full potential, both as a teacher and later in her career as a leader coaching young professionals in the healthcare industry.
Mr Ian Critchley
I am originally from St. Helens but have lived in Great Sankey, Warrington for over 10 years. I am proud to be the Principal at this wonderful school. Prior to my appointment as Principal I worked at Wade Deacon High School for 13 years and held numerous roles; latterly the role of Vice Principal. I am also the Vice Chair of the management committee at The Bridge School, the local Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and Vice Chair of Governors at St. Philips Westbrook, where my children attend. Latterly I have become a Trustee of the UTC in Warrington. I have completed an MA in Educational Leadership, NPQH and I am a qualified SENDCo. I have a real passion for education and believe that every child should have the best teachers and opportunities, in a safe and secure environment, to enable them to reach their full potential.
Miss Aeysha Wing
I have worked at the Grange Academy since 2015 as a French and Spanish teacher. I have a BA Hons in Geography and French studies from Lancaster University. After completing my degree, I worked in France for 6 years as an English teacher, before returning to England to complete my PGCE. I obtained my PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am passionate about providing our students with the best possible education so that each student can reach their true potential. I am committed to ensuring that each student and staff member feel supported at The Grange Academy. I enjoy my role as a Staff Governor, and I hope that my tenure as staff governor will help improve this fantastic school.
Mrs Eilidh Kristiansen
Firstly, let me introduce myself.My name is Eilidh Kristiansen and I have lived in Runcorn for over 20 years.I am a working mum of two; my daughter Freyja is in Year 4 and my son Oscar is in Year 2. Just like every other parent, I want the best for my children. We all want them to be happy, confident and to reach their full potential.As parents, we need to support the school and work closely together. We must also ask the difficult questions and suggest change in order to get the best for our children.
Over the last four years, since Freyja started at The Grange, I have realised how important it is to be involved with life at school.It has been a real learning curve but an enjoyable journey and I have learnt a lot.I previously was a member of the Parent Forum for two years.
My experience of working in sales and customer service for over 15 years means I enjoy working with lots of different people, negotiating and getting results. I want to make a difference to the School, represent the parents’ ideas and drive continuous improvement.