Meet our Governors

Tandy Palmes (Co-Chair) - Period of office: 29 May 2014 - 29 May 2026

I am an LEA Governor, Chair of Governors, Training Liaison Governor and sit on the Quality of Education, Personal Development, Behaviours & Attitude, Leadership & Management and Head teacher’s Performance Panel Committees.  I am a single parent with 2 children, my youngest son, Angus, attended Park Lane before going to the Seashell Trust College, Cheadle.  Before giving up work to raise a family, I was a Facilities Manager in the City of London. I now spend my time as a carer for my son, running my own Virtual Assistant business and doing voluntary work within the Community in my spare time.  I am passionate about the School, its pupils and its staff and work to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential. 

I am linked to Silk and Forest classes.


Lorraine Warmer (Head Teacher) - Period of office: 26 Feb 2009 - present

I have been a member of the Park Lane staff team consistently since 1996, being a teacher and Deputy Head, before becoming Head Teacher in March 2009. Prior to 1996, I taught in Ealing and in Park Lane School before leaving in 1992 to have my daughter. I have always taught children and young people with severe and complex learning difficulties. I am committed to ensuring the pupils receive high quality education and care while they are in the school and to helping secure the best outcomes for them.  I have one daughter who has graduated in Psychology and is now studying to be a Counsellor.


Katy Wadsworth (Teacher governor) - Period of office: 1 September 2016 - 04 November 2024

I am a member of SLT and also teach in Treacle class. As a governor I sit on the Quality of Education and Behaviours & Attitude committees. I have taught at Park Lane school for just over fourteen years, starting in 2006 in Key Stage One and moving to Key Stage Four in 2010. I have one daughter who has just started primary school so currently my interests are taking her to swimming, Rainbows and guitar lessons and meeting up with other parents of young children.


Mr Richard Davies (co-opted) - Period of Office: 4th November 2020 - 4th November 2024

I joined the Park Lane Governing Body in 2020. I have worked in education for 20 years in a variety of different types of school, primarily in the secondary sector. Starting my career as a History teacher, my roles have included Head of Department, Director of Examinations of Testing, Vice Principal and Deputy Head. My experience includes teaching in London, Surrey, Wiltshire and New Zealand. I am now Principal of the Sixth Form Division at the King’s School in Macclesfield. My interest in education has been further extended through my involvement in the Association of Managers in Education (AMiE) where I was a member of the National Council until it merged with the National Education Union (NEU). I now sit on the NEU’s North West Regional Council and Leadership National Council. My previous governing experience has been in the primary sector at a school in Hampshire.

I enjoy walking, jog when I can and have managed two half marathons recently. My enthusiasm for History remains and I still enjoy teaching and learning about the past. I currently volunteer with a local Scout group.


Mr John McPherson (Co-opted): Period of Office January 2018 - April 2026

Having originally trained and worked as an infant teacher I was given the opportunity to teach at Park Lane school for 5 years from January 2002 to December 2006 where I thoroughly enjoyed my time and learned a great deal about working with children with SEN. Since leaving I have been keen to take an active part in the life of the school again so taking on a governor role has been ideal. After leaving Park Lane I have held positions of Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher in special needs schools in Stoke on Trent before moving to Peak Special School in Derbyshire in January 2014 as Headteacher.

I am currently the Chair of the Personal Development Committee as well as being a member of the Full Governing Body.

I am linked to Mulberry class.


Mr Chris Milnes (Co-Chair): Period of office May 2018 - 2026

I am a Parent Governor with a 4 year term commencing in May 2018.

My son Aidan has attended Park Lane School since 2008.

I am a Chartered Building Surveyor and work to repair, maintain, develop and improve Built Assets including school premises.

My wife and I have 3 children including Aidan.  My wife is a qualified teacher and assists when requested to explain the many acronyms the teaching profession insist on using.

I have lived in Poynton for 25 years.

I am linked to Granelli class.


Mr Nick Banner (Co-opted) Period of office: November 2019 - 2023

I am Nick Banner and have been a Governor of Park Lane Special School for 5 years. 

I was drawn to the roll when a vacancy became available and due to all the fantastic work the head, teachers and governors had done for my daughter whom attended at the time. I sit on Head Teachers review, Leadership and management (including finance and personnel) committees.  

I am linked to Middlewood, Bollin and Arighi. 

I live in Congleton with my wife and and three of our four children and outside of work enjoy walking our Labradoodle on some of the many country walks in the area. When we are able we spend as much time in Anglesey as possible having holidayed there for many years. 


Mrs Charlotte Hughes (Parent & Safeguarding Governor) Period of Office: October 2021 - October 2025

I grew up in Wilmslow, where I continue to live with my husband and 2 children. My daughter Lily, attends Park Lane School. I am the safeguarding governor and I sit on the behaviour and attitudes committee. 
I am a registered nurse who has always worked in and around Manchester and East Cheshire.
My career has been predominantly hospital/ GP practice based but in 2016, I joined the education sector and I am now working as a school nurse and deputy safeguarding lead at Manchester High School for Girls.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, eating out, supporting my children in their various activities and have recently started playing cricket.
I am linked to Hovis class.
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Mr Oscar Hayes MBE (Parent Governor) Period of Office: May 2023 - May 2027

I joined the Park Lane Governing Body in 2023. I head up award winning Mason Hayes Solicitors who have offices in Wilmslow and in London and I am a Director of a number of limited companies. I am a specialist telecoms litigator who regularly acts for prominent public and private concerns in both the United Kingdom and overseas.

My son, Oscar, is currently a pupil at Park Lane. He is in Treacle class.

In 2009 I formed my own Charitable Trust which has worked extensively in education to assist pupils and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as autistic children and young people in education from primary schools to universities. As part of that role, I am also a Board member of a large multi-trust academy in the West Midlands and I am actively involved in setting up a new free school for autistic children in Worcestershire.

In 2019 I was awarded an MBE for services to education and to the law.

I am a keen endurance cyclist and a supporter of Bolton Wanderers Football Club. This has over the years resulted in more pain than enjoyment!

Associate Governors



Emma Shaw (Deputy Head) - Period of office: September 2016 - present

My name is Emma Shaw and I've been in the role of Deputy Head at Park Lane School since September 2021
I obtained Qualified Teacher Status in 2005 through the Graduate Teacher Program and started working at Park Lane School as a Newly Qualified Teacher. After successfully completing my first year I was employed as a permanent teacher. I have a range of experience working throughout school in all classes. 

As an associate governor, Emma has no full governing board vote.



Elaine Clarke (Bursar) - Period of office: April 2008 - present

I have been employed as a Bursar at Park Lane School since April 2008.  My main responsibilities involve the financial management of the school budget and updating Governors on our current financial position at regular termly meetings. 

I am married, with two sons and live in the village of Langley.  I enjoy walking in our local countryside and socialising in our local country pubs. 

Elaine does not have full governing board vote.


Mrs Vicky Lomas (Bursar) - Period of office: January onwards

I have been employed at Park Lane School since November 2016 and alongside Elaine have been responsible for the day to day running of the school office. From January 2019 I will be sharing the role of bursar. 

I live in the High Peak with my husband and my 2 young children. In my spare time I am kept very busy taking my children to various clubs/activities and I enjoy socialising with family and friends.

Vicky does not have full governing board vote.

Claire Noonan (Teacher, Behaviour and Wellbeing lead)- Period of office: September 2019

I have been employed as a teacher at Park Lane for two years and am currently teaching Silk Class. In addition I lead the Behaviour and Wellbeing team and am subject lead for PSHCE. 

I live in Macclesfield with my long term partner, two young sons and three cats! When I’m not attending all my sons' many social events I enjoy being in the countryside, running, socialising with friends and following football. I support Liverpool and MacclesfieldTown!

Claire does not have full governing body vote.

Jo Shackley (Teaching assistant, Behaviour and Wellbeing team) - Period of office: September 2019 - present

Having qualified as a teaching assistant in 2007 in I have acquired a wealth of knowledge and skills in relation to special educational needs. Prior to this, I was employed at Park Lane in 2002. I was presented with the opportunity to take on the role of the Behavioural Coordinator in 2009, in which I have excelled at. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends often exploring a variety of locations.

Jo does not have full governing board vote.