Cranberry’s list of Governors



Katherine Cliffe

Zoe Jepson

George Barlow

Lucie Smith

Jan North

Lisa Henshall

Alistair Mclaren

Harry Press

Governor Type

Chair of Governors / Trust Appointed

Vice Chair/Parent 


Staff / Ex-Officio 


Trust Appointed




SBMAT Scheme of Delegation 

Declarations governors 23-24



Please see the below link to our trust website for more information on governors. The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the Academy.


Governors Pen Portraits

Pen Portrait – Sean Thomson 

Sean is the COO for St Bart’s MAT and is the Trust representative for the LGC here at Cranberry Academy

Having worked in Education for many years Sean has spent the last 12 years as a Headteacher in a number of schools, an Executive Principal for five of the St Bart’s schools, a Hub-Leader within the MAT central team and more recently took up post as the COO from September 2021.

Sean currently sits on the LGC for 6 schools across the St Bart’s MAT and brings experience in areas of Teaching and Learning, School leadership, Governance, HR, Personnel, Finance and Operations. 

Sean is passionately committed to ensure that all children enjoy a great education and are afforded the opportunities they deserve to achieve their full potentials.



Pen Portrait – Katherine Cliffe  

Katherine has been a primary school teacher for 25 years having taught in most year groups although primarily in Key stage 2 . She has been a maths consultant and coordinator for many years , a subject close to her heart. 

Both of Katherine’s children have attended Cranberry with 1 daughter now at the High school and the other currently in year 5 .She has therefore been part of the Cranberry community for many years and has seen it grow and blossom in recent years. As a Governor at the school she is committed to using her own experience in education to ensure that Cranberry continues to flourish and grow.

Away from work Katherine loves walking her springer spaniel , spending time with her family , gardening and pottering and is a lifelong Spurs football fan . 

Pen Portrait – Alistair Mclaren

Who am I?

My name is Alistair Mclaren and I moved into Alsager 3 years ago. I am a secondary school teacher of 6 years and I am passionate about helping the  young people I teach get the skills to be rounded, fulfilled and skilled people in society. I enjoy playing football in the community, skiing, rugby and spending time with my family. I love to travel the world and I hope to take my family soon to Australia and Florida.

Why did I want to be a governor at Cranberry?

My daughter recently started in reception here and she has loved it since day one. The position came up and I thought to myself “I’d love to help make a difference at the place where my daughter loves to go”. I want to help drive forward the vision and ethos in the school and help wherever I can in achieving this. I have loved my short time in Alsager so far and I can’t wait to get further involved in my local community.

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