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Governor Profiles

Governor Profiles

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Chris Mann - Chair of Governors

Chris, who has a background in education both as a teacher, but also as a Principal of an all-through, 3-19 years, state funded academy, joined the Governing Body in 2018 and beacme Chair of Governors In July 2023.  She serves on the Teaching and Learning Committee, with particular oversight of data and Pupil Premium. She has lived in the Garden Quarter for over 35 years, and her 3, now grown, children attended the former Victoria Infants School. In addition to her role and responsibilities at Bluecoat Primary, Chris chairs the board of Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service.

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Paul Brand

Paul became a governor in 2019, the same year that his son joined Chester Blue Coat (with a daughter to follow in a few years time). He is a qualified English teacher with experience across a range of schools in London and Cheshire. Since 2016 he has worked as a content writer/editor for the digital educational publisher Twinkl, creating resources for teachers across the globe. He is also a dedicated member of the Garden Quarter community, serving on the Festivals and Events Committee and chairing the Funding and Planning Committee.


Erin Elston



Ben Walker


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Susan Harrison

Susan has been a Governor at the school since 2007, previously a Parent Governor at St Thomas of Canterbury and now a Foundation Governor for the Blue Coat Foundation, serving on the finance committee, Performance and as link Governor for English. She has two children both former pupils of Victoria and St Thomas, her eldest is at University studying languages and youngest at Queens Park High School. She served 7 years as a Trustee for a National Children’s Charity and was part of the Finance and risk committee, she became a Trustee for Age-UK in October 2016. Susan is a Chartered Accountant by profession and has worked in many roles in the local authority, in ICT, education and Adult Social Care, currently working as a Management Accountant and Business Information within the NHS.

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Sufian Fannoun

Dr. Sufian Fannoun, is a Senior lecturer and Programme Leader at the University of Chester. He has 19 years of working experience at higher education institutions, nationally and internationally. As a father of two lovely children at the school, he shares your ambitions of seeing our children the best in everything. Dr. Fannoun became a parent governor in order to dedicate time and effort to:

  • listen to suggestions and concerns.
  • present a balanced view of issues, representing different sections of the community.
  • assist the school in achieving its potential of outstanding to provide the highest quality education and care for our children.

Sue Richardson



Christine Burkett




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Ann Harrop

Ann is currently serving as a Co-opted Teaching Staff Governor.

Throughout my teaching career I have gained experience within EYFS, KS1and KS2 in a number of different settings –Warwickshire, Warsaw (Poland) and Essex. I have been at Chester Blue Coat since its inception in 2013, and am currently one of the Year 6 team. It is a pleasure to be part of the Blue Coat family and to teach at such a diverse and welcoming school.

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Hannah Pickering

Hannah is currently serving as a Co-opted Support Staff Governor. 

I have nearly 30 years of experience in working with children in multiple roles from birth to 12 years. I am a qualified Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) and Reading Recovery teacher.

I have worked at Chester Blue Coat for 21 years, working in every year group across all key stages in multiple roles. I am also an ex-pupil attending Victoria Infants and St Thomas of Canterbury, as my parents live locally. I see my main priority as ensuring children are happy, healthy, and ready to learn while I like to bring a sense of fun and enjoyment in every interaction I have.




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