Local Governing Body
Dr Joanna Moriarty - Chair
Jo taught at St Paul's Girls School, a top independent day school for girls, where she was formerly Director of Careers and Higher Education. She was a Founding Trustee of The Schools for Performing Arts Trust and so was involved in the founding of The BRIT School in London and later LIPA. Jo was a Director on the LIPA Council for nine years and continues to support LIPA in her role as a Member. Jo is also Chair of LIPA Sixth Form College.
Sue Doherty, Theatre Adjudicator & Mentor - Governor
Sue’s experience and dedication to arts education spans four decades, including as Head of Performing Arts at St Julies High School, where successful post-16 courses were firmly established in dance, drama and music, leading to an award of Artsmark Gold. In 2008, as Creative Network co-ordinator, Sue played a key role in Liverpool City of Culture events, working alongside leading practitioners and companies including The Royal Shakespeare Company. A full member of The Guild of Drama Adjudicators, Sue’s other projects include consultancy work in schools and scriptwriting.
Ree Hopkinson McNay - Governor
Ree is passionate about education and how it shapes and transforms the lives of individuals in society. A teacher for almost 20 years, she has a wealth of experience in the post-16 sector.Ree is committed to ensuring that every learner has an equal chance of success and works hard to ensure that barriers to potential success are minimised, so that every learner thrives and achieves.Ree is currently an Art & Design Foundation student, and finds that becoming a student again reinforces the impact that good teachers and organisations like LIPA Sixth Form College have on individuals, the community and society as a whole and how these should be valued and supported at all times.
Peter Atherton - Governor
Pete is currently a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education at Liverpool John Moores University. A highly experienced educator, he has taught English, media studies and film studies. He is a successful author of education books and academic journal papers about researching education and technology. He is a musician, songwriter and writer of screenplays and comedy sketches. He organises events, for example a creative arts festival, short film festival and two educational technology conferences.
Cherise Weaver - Governor
Cherise is a Higher Education Progression advisor, a role in which she plans and delivers ‘Shaping Futures’ impartial Higher Education aspiration raising and information, advice and guidance service for eligible 14-18 year old learners attending Priority Schools within the Liverpool City Region. She has previously worked as a facilitator with AFTA thought and a mentor for 18-24 year olds. She is currently Community Producer for National Museums Liverpool. With a degree and background in performing arts, Cherise has extensive experience of directing and facilitating performance, with a particular emphasis on local engagement.
David Criddle - Governor
David is a passionate believer in the enormous benefit that the creative and performing arts bring to our society, quality of life and well-being. He has worked in higher education for over 30 years, in both UK and Brazilian universities, acquiring wide experience in diverse leadership roles and settings. Currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Cell Signalling at the University of Liverpool, he is engaged in translational research to elucidate critical mechanisms of pancreatic disease. Outside of work he is a musician, composer and home-recording enthusiast who occasionally performs with local bands.