About our Governors

Jackie Chevaugeon  Local Authority Governor

 I was born in County Durham and moved to Felton in 1983 where I've lived ever since. I have three children (who all went to school in Alnwick) and four grandchildren who keep me busy.  Although I started my working life as a nurse, I have been involved in education for most of it.  Nursing led me into Further Education, then after re-training as a primary teacher I worked as a class teacher, middle leader and headteacher before moving into school improvement work with the Local Authority.  When I retired I was headteacher of a large 2 - 11 primary school in Blyth.  I am the Chair of Governors at St Michael's and I'm delighted to have this opportunity to be involved in school community.


 Parent Governer {vacancy}


Katja Purvis   Foundation Governor

 I joined the Governing body of St. Michael’s in 2013 as I wanted to be part of the school that has nurtured my three children, Lilia, Xara & Alicia through the first years of their school lives. I am also actively involved in the FOSM and enjoy raising money for school projects that benefit our children’s experiences at St. Michael’s.


We live on a farm at Old Bewick and enjoy an active lifestyle. My husband Ian teaches in the Scottish Borders and I do the admin and accounts on the farm that I have lived and worked on for over 20 years.  Although I am CIMA qualified and work in a finance role, from a young age I wanted to be in the Army. I enjoyed 8 years in the TA and after commissioning from Sandhurst I led a platoon in Stockton then Newcastle. I look forward to being further involved as this lovely school moves forward over the next few years.



 The Rev’d Paul Scott   Foundation Governor


I was born and grew up just a little further down the Northumbrian coast in and around Cresswell and, after working as an accountant in Local Government and the National Health Service, was ordained in 2000.  I have been involved in school life ever since – in North Shields (another C of E school) and Shiremoor (where I was vice chair of Governors) before coming to Alnwick in 2012.


As Vicar of St. Michael’s I find myself an ex-officio member of the Governing Body of our church school– and am very pleased about this!

 It is really good to be part of such a vibrant and caring school where teaching and nurture are so obviously pupil focused and Christian values a natural part of everyday life.  I am thrilled at the prospect of St. Michael’s working towards becoming a Primary School and am confident that the ever-growing relationship between church and school will enhance that transition.


John Cooke MBE - Foundation Governor.

I am a Foundation Governor joining the Governing body in November 2016. I was Licensed as a Lay Reader in 1983 following 3 years of training on the Westminster Scheme. My ministry has been exercised in St Mary’s Lesbury and latterly at St Michael’s Alnwick.

Now semi retired I have held a number of senior management positions initially in the Hospitality industry as Operations Manager with Scottish and Newcastle Breweries and latterly with The Longhirst Group where I was Managing Director of the Guidance Division. This Division delivered Careers Guidance in Northumberland  as well as holding many contracts from the Department of Employment for the delivery of Employability Skills Training throughout England. My key skills being in the areas of Finance, HR and Marketing.

Currently I am:

  •  Director and Trustee of the Water and Associated Employers Pension Scheme
  • Chairman of the Joint Independent Audit Committee for the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable of Northumbria
  • Chairman of Northumbria Police Pension Board.

I was awarded the MBE in the 2001 New Years Honours list.

I am looking forward to working with colleague governors to support the Christian Ethos of the school and ensuring a first class educational experience for all our children.


Rosie Buxton

I have recently joined the governing body of St. Michael's as I am interested in helping young people to attain their best in all areas as well as being well rounded and happy individuals who have respect for all.

After leaving school I joined the RAF and served in Scotland and Germany. I also did a detachment at RAF Boulmer 1979 where I fell in love with this part of the country. Having left the military to have children I joined the RAuxAF where I worked in northern Scotland for just over a decade. Following that I trained as a teacher and taught science and maths in Darlington until I moved to Alnwick three years ago.

Two of my four grandchildren are at primary schools in the south and I enjoy sharing their experiences as much as I do the pupils of your lovely school. I look forward to helping with the full transition to the new school that is St Michael's Primary School.


Helen Millichamp

I am delighted to part of the governing body for St Michael's CE Primary School. I have lived in Alnwick for the last ten years, working at the Northumberland Gazette as a journalist. I now work part time as events and entertainments reporter for the Gazette, and four other titles in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

 I relished the opportunity to become a governor and help St Michael's continue to flourish. My daughter is now in Year 1 and my son will be joining nursery next summer. Being a governor means I get to be a part of the school that will nurture and help my children, and their friends and peers to grow and learn. I am committed to making sure the school achieves the best it can, maintains its clear values and Christian distinctiveness and continues to provide brilliant education to its children. 


I have a degree and Masters in a English Language and Linguistics as well as journalism qualifications. I'm also actively involved in the Friends of St Michael's organising events and raising money for things that will benefit the school and pupils.  I am also a helper at Mini Michaels, the parent, baby and toddler group run by St Michael's Church and lead the group at times as well as organise socials for the parents (and helpers!) and charity events. 


Lisa Muir


I was born and raised in Fife, Scotland. I moved to Northumberland in 2010 and currently live in Lesbury with my partner and 2 daughters Orla who is in year 1 at St Michaels and Molly who will join in January. I have always worked in IT based roles, Fife Council for many years before I relocated. For the last 7 years, I’ve worked as an IT technician for the Duchess’s Community HS. In this time we have relocated to a new building and managed the middle school transition becoming a two tiered structure. I’m very passionate about working in Education and therefore very excited to be given the opportunity to be a Governor. I’m hoping my experiences of High School life will help with future transitions of our year 6 pupils. 


I’m committed to this role to ensure all our children have the best school days possible and leave to go to high school instilled with the excellent values of St Michaels.


Sharon Wilmore-Greaves

I grew up in Morpeth where I had a very happy childhood and enjoyed going to school. From an early age I provided a service to the general public either in retail or hospitality and before returning to settle in Northumberland, I lived and worked in Leicester, Germany, Sheffield and London. 

In 1992 I joined Northumbria Police as an officer to serve the public.

After 25 years I am very proud to live and work in my home town of Alnwick as the Neighbourhood Sergeant. I have the community interests and safeguarding at heart, and strive to work in partnership to achieve positive outcomes for all concerned. 

I am married with 2 step sons in their 20s and a young son who attends St Michaels School. 

I am delighted to take up the role as a foundation governor. 

My main focus will be to contribute to making a positive difference for the children and school community of which St Michaels serves. 

I aim to ensure diversity and the spiritual needs of all are respected, so that the children enjoy their school experience, develop holistically and have the reassurance that St Michaels is a safe place for them learn and express themselves.