CLHS Local Governing Body

Matt Auger

Matt Auger qualified as a teacher, from the University of Leeds in 2000. He has worked in five schools in his career all characterised by higher than the national average disadvantaged pupils and attainment on entry that is below the national average. He has held senior leadership positions in each school, with experience in Pastoral and SEND but predominantly in curriculum and teaching and learning. His experience in senior leadership roles totals 14 years and has included latterly, work for the Bay Learning Trust in a range of schools including a Primary school for two terms.

At present, Matt is working at Central Lancaster High School at Deputy Headteacher level with a focus on Teaching and Learning. Additionally, Matt is working in Initial Teacher Training as a lead subject mentor, personal tutor and trainer. In addition to teaching, Matt has been Chair of Directors for an Outdoor Activities charity and has been involved in the music industry.

John Cowper

Prior to starting his teaching career in 1999, John qualified as a Mechanical Engineer, employed by a local plastic moulding company who manufactured products for Black and Decker, Motorola and GEC.

Central Lancaster High School is the fourth school John has worked in. He has spent over half of his time in the profession on Senior Leadership Teams holding responsibility, predominantly, for all aspects of pastoral care and pupil progress.

A keen sportsman, unfortunately due to injury, John’s time is now spent watching sport rather than playing.

Alexis Holden (Chair)

Alexis Holden started at UCLan in 1992 as a Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry, after completing a PhD at Strathclyde University and a BSc (Hons) in Medical Sciences and Chemistry at Leicester Polytechnic.

She was a frontline academic for 10 years performing research, teaching, and administration. During that time, she was an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Honorary Secretary of the Analytical Division of the RSC, and a Trustee of the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund.

At the start of 2021, Uclan merged Research Services with the Innovation and Enterprise Service and Alexis took on the role as Director of the new Service. In this role she leads a team of approx. 120 people. She is responsible for developing and delivering the university research, innovation and enterprise strategy, by managing and leading a Service which is skilled and knowledgeable and supported.

In any spare time, Alexis enjoys pottering in the garden, swimming and supporting family life with her son who attends Central Lancaster High School.

Gavin Comerall
Gavin qualified as a science (Chemistry) teacher from King’s College, London in 1993, after having spent his undergraduate studies there.  He has taught in a number of schools during his career, most recently teaching agriculture at Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy.  He has also taught science, mathematics, ICT and Environmental Science.  During his career, Gavin has worked in seven schools at all levels of school management.  He is currently working at the Bay Learning Trust, supporting schools with building and compliance matters. 
Anne Rickards

Anne has taught for 35 years, although she has predominantly worked in 11-18 comprehensive schools, she has also taught in both primary and special schools as well as delivering modules to both post graduate and under graduate students.

Initial trained as a Specialist PE and Special Needs teacher, her teaching career began teaching PE and Outdoor Education, before she moved into pastoral leadership as Head of Year 7 and Primary Transition. She has spent the last 15 years in Special Needs working as a Specialist Teacher for Dyslexia and SENDCo.

Anne retired from teaching in July 2021, however she continues to work freelance as a Specialist Teacher and Assessor assessing and tutoring children in the local area. She is also working with the Bay Learning Trust as a Special Needs Consultant supporting two new SENDCos develop their skills and expertise.

Outside of work, Anne enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog either locally or on the fells and horse riding.

  Paul Young

Paul Young is a senior climate specialist for JBA Risk Management and a visiting researcher at Lancaster University. His work and expertise embraces climate change, air pollution, and the ozone layer, and has experience teaching high school-level maths to first year undergraduates and climate science to masters students in his former role as a Lancaster University faculty member. 

He grew up in Portsmouth, completed degrees at Bristol and Cambridge Universities, and lived and worked in Colorado for four years before moving to Lancaster in 2012. He lives with his wife Joanna in Heysham with their three children, two of whom attend Central Lancaster High School.

Paul Jarvis
I currently work as the Trust Accountant for the Bay Learning Trust. I am a qualified chartered account-ant as well as being a qualified teacher with a degree from the University of Cumbria. I grew up in Lan-caster and went to secondary school at Ripley St Thomas, as well as attending Christ Church C of E Pri-mary just up the road. I love this area and I am passionate about improving the educational opportuni-ties of the children who live here. In my spare time I am a semi professional footballer playing for Lan-caster City FC.
Helen Madeley (Vice Chair)

After a career in retail, Helen qualified as a teacher of mathematics in 2005 after studying for a BA (Hons) in Pure Mathematics at Lancaster University as a mature student. She has taught in two secondary schools and two primary schools, including as a Head of Department and Subject Lead. In 2018 she left the classroom and is currently the Maths Hub Lead for the NNW Maths Hub serving Cumbria and North Lancashire, a part-time post. Alongside this she works for the National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) leading on all work with Early Career Teachers in secondary, and supporting or co-leading various professional development programmes for teachers of mathematics in all phases. 

She is a trustee for the Assosciation of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) and until recently also lectured part-time at the Unversity of Cumbria on the PgCE Secondary Mathematics. Helen's son attends Central Lancaster High School.














































































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