Helen brown

Helen has been a Governor at Albany Academy since 2002, and is Chair of Governors as well as being a member of the Learning, Teaching and Pupil Progress Committee and the Finance, Audit, Staffing and Buildings Committee. She is also a Trustee and Chair of Albany Learning Trust (the Multi Academy Trust).  Helen also Chairs the Pay Committee and the Headteacher’s Performance Panel.  Helen's background includes many years in Human Resources.

Helen says "As a former student of Albany being a Governor means I can give something back to the school and the community by utilising my skills, expertise and knowledge.  It is an honour to be Chair of Governors, a role I very much enjoy"


Alison recently joined the governing body as a staff governor and she has been a teacher at Albany Academy since 2004.  Her current role is Second in Mathematics as well as Higher Attainers’ Coordinator, and she will be joining the Learning, Teaching and Pupil Progress Committee.  Before teaching Alison worked as an Accountant in Group Practice.

Alison says, “I am very proud of my involvement with Albany Academy.  As a governor, I am looking forward to my new role and the opportunities that it presents as a link between the governing body and the staff at Albany.”

Helen cable

Helen has recently become a Staff Governor for the school and has been a member of staff here at Albany since November 2003. Her current role is Home School Liaison Officer; focusing predominantly on whole school attendance. Before joining Albany Helen was a commercial Underwriter for an Insurance Company.

Helen is a former pupil of the school and her daughter is currently in Y11 preparing to take her GCSE’s. Helen says “ Albany has been a large part of my life, having been a pupil here and also a member of staff. Being Governor allows me to support the school and the staff who make Albany what it is.” 

Tina Cook

Tina joined the governing body in March 2017. She is a member of the finance audit and staffing  committee. Tina’s background is currently  as a learning  and change specialist running her own company ethical management for the last 14 years. 

Previously she has held senior positions working with local authorities and the third sector. She is experienced in governance both as a governance trainer and as a member of several governing bodies both national and local.

Kate Crane

Kate has been a Community Governor at Albany Academy since June 2017 and is a member of the Finance, Audit, Staffing and Buildings Committee. She is also Link Governor for Science and PE. Kate’s background is in IT support and management, but she now works for a national charity supporting volunteers.

Kate says, “My two children currently attend Albany and I see being a governor giving something back to the school, as well as to help ensure that all children who come here have a happy and successful time at the school".

tony gibbs

Tony has been a Governor at Albany Academy since 2007. He is Chair of the Learning, Teaching and Pupil Progress Committee and is a member of the Finance, Audit, Staffing and Buildings Committee. He is also a Trustee of Albany Learning Trust (the Multi-Academy Trust). 

Tony is a retired High School teacher and his career included 20 years in Senior Management roles. 

Tony says ‘My 3 children were all pupils at Albany Academy. They really enjoyed their time at school and each made very pleasing progress over their 5 years. As a Governor I try to help the school to continue to provide the highest quality education for the young people of Chorley.’


Marianne MCgHee

Marianne has been a Governor at Albany Academy since 2008. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Learning Teaching and Pupil Progress Committee and is also the Link Governor for Humanities.

Marianne is a Law graduate and now volunteers at Citizens Advice.

"As the parent of two sons who successfully attended Albany, my role as governor has allowed me to support the school and enabled me to develop and use new skills."

Jason Parkin

Jason has been a Parent Governor at Albany Academy since 2016 and is a member of the Finance, Audit, Staffing and Buildings Committee.  Jason is also the link Governor for Health, Safety, and facilities. Jason is  Director and Chartered Surveyor with Cubed Property Advisors Ltd and has over 27 years experience within the property, real estate and construction sectors.

Jason says, “My children are at the school and thoroughly enjoy it. They are in years 7 and year 11. Both integrated easily into school life. We moved into the area just over two years ago and moving into the area was perceived as a big challenge for the children, but they embraced school life at Albany immediately, which is a reflection of the quality of the school”. 

Simon Partington

Simon has been a community governor and trustee at Albany since 2012.  Simon’s first job after leaving university in 1988 with a degree in Physics was as a nuclear scientist.  He entered the teaching profession in 1993 and has held a variety of teaching and managerial roles within post-16 education during the last 23 years.  In 2013, he was appointed to his current post as Principal and Chief Executive at Runshaw College in Leyland.  

His extensive experience and knowledge of education and pastoral care issues has enabled him to be a valuable member of our team.


Andy Purcell

Andy joined the governing body in September 2017. Formerly Headteacher of All Saints’ CE Primary School Chorley, he is currently headteacher of St George’s Teaching School, and is a National Leader in Education.

Andy is a keen runner, and has completed several half marathons to raise money for the school he sponsors in Kenya – Nanyuki Preparatory School, Nanyuki.

Alison RotHwell

Alison is a former pupil and more recently, her eldest daughter studied at Albany. Since graduating she has held senior marketing roles in the voluntary and public sector, with organisations as diverse as the Cabinet Office and the Guide Association.  

Currently she is a Director of two businesses - a digital marketing agency and a web development agency.

Alison says "As a former pupil I welcome this opportunity to contribute my skills to Albany's continuing pursuit of excellence. As a parent, I have experienced the Albany way through my daughter's educational and personal development and I am pleased to have the opportunity to now give something back".

Andy Wiles

Andy has been a Governor at Albany Academy since 2014. His is the Vice Chair of the Governing Body as well as Chair of the Finance, Audit, Building and Staffing committee and a member of the Strategy Committee. Andy’s presently working in industry as an R and D manager with an international engineering group.

Andy says “Being able to contribute to Albany Academy’s student’s success is an honour and a privilege. Part of the pleasure in my role as Governor is being able to work alongside a team of people who clearly have a love of their profession, and great commitment to delivering excellence in all aspects of their teaching and teachers support every day.”

Audrey Yates

Audrey has been a Community Governor at Albany Academy since 2008 and is a member of the Finance, Audit, Staffing and Buildings Committee.  She is also Link Governor for the Technology Department.  Audrey’s background includes secretarial and administrative work in both industry and the Civil Service and she also has several years teaching in the FE sector.  

Audrey is a former pupil and Head Girl of the school and says “I have had a life-long interest in Albany and its vital role in the local community and am extremely proud to serve as a Governor. I have a passion for Albany to maintain high standards and continue, as always, to provide a happy and supportive learning environment.”