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Meet the Governors

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David Magrath

I live in the Rossendale valley with my wife and two children. 

I am a senior leader in the Home Office with national responsibility for combatting organised abuse of the immigration system by criminal networks. A significant part of this involves the protection and safeguarding of vulnerable migrants who have been exploited. My role involves many core management functions that are applicable to being a school governor such as the efficient management and allocation of resources, performance and risk management and working in collaboration with others (across government).

In my spare time, I am an enthusiastic but fairly average social golfer and enjoy a membership at Rossendale Golf Club. I will watch most sports but especially football, rugby and golf however, I no longer have control of the television and often have to settle for Thomas the Tank Engine.

I am delighted to have joined the school governing board and look forward to working with the Head, her team and the other governors to maintain the already high standards at Balladen CPS.


Steven Pilling

I am a family man with three children. I enjoy most sports, astronomy, astrophotography and animals. I currently don’t work but am a full time carer for my wife and am studying accounting at college.


Carol Peat

I am a mother of three and live in Rossendale.  I started my career in education at Leabrook Short Stay School in 2002 and then joined the Schools Finance Team in 2006.  I started as School Business Manager at Balladen Primary in July 2011 and enjoy my job very much.  I have recently completed my Level 5 in School Business Management.  My oldest child is a qualified electrician, my middle child is an inspection Engineer, and my daughter is a newly qualified teacher.  In my spare time I enjoy walking with my dog Lillie, swimming and cooking.   


Keith Meacher

I have been a clinical orthotist specialising in Paediatrics and Neurology for 33 years, working in both the NHS and private sector.  I have experience of running my own orthotic service company and management within a large national orthotic/prosthetic service provider.


I have two adult children, the youngest working as a year 4 class teacher in Poole, Dorset, the eldest working as a vet in Barnsley.  I am a member of Edgeside Baptist church, like all things outdoors e.g. camping, skiing etc, especially walking the families 2 border terriers.


Judith Winstanley

I have been teaching for 26 years, the past 14 of which have been the most rewarding, here at Balladen.  Our school is a very special place, which holds many happy memories for me.  I attended Balladen as a child.  It was then, as it is now, a warm, welcoming place where I made lifelong friendships, learnt the value of working together and taking pride in my community.  I am married with two lovely daughters, who both also attended Balladen, and have since moved on to BRGS, and then CRGS to continue with their studies.  At Balladen I have been SENCO for over 10 years and can say that each and every day it is a joy to come to school.  I feel very privileged and proud to work with our children, encourage them to have the aspiration and self-belief to succeed, and have bright and happy futures.


Dawn Love

I have lived in Rossendale  all my life and started my school life at Balladen.  I have always had happy memories of that time. I am a proud mother to two boys, one a qualified electrician currently studying for his HND, and a 7 year old miracle child who is also enjoying his time at Balladen. I work, and always have worked, in housing where I support  people within their homes.  I am new to the post of governor but am enjoying learning about how our fantastic school is run.