Governors

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Why do we have School Governors?

Pupils reading at Christleton Primary School

There are three main reasons why Governors are necessary:

  • They make sure the school is run according to the needs and wishes of the local community
  • They support, promote and protect the interests of the school, its pupils and staff
  • They are a visible form of accountability

The role of the school Governor and Governing Body is:

  • To take a strategic overview of school related issues;
  • To set a broad framework within which the Headteacher can work;
  • Concerned with the general oversight of the conduct of the school

The Headteacher is responsible for the organisation and management within the school.

A School Governor is expected to:

  • Work as a member of the Governing Body for the best interest of the school;
  • Attend regular meetings and special meetings of the Governing Body;
  • Serve on committees which deal with the Governing Body’s legal obligations;
  • Become familiar with general educational issues and developments;
  • Take an interest in school activities;
  • Promote the school within the local community;
  • Commit time to the duties and responsibilities of a Governor

We are involved in:

  • Staff appointments and other staffing matters
  • Pupil discipline
  • The school curriculum
  • The financial management of the school
  • School development plan and action plan
  • Health and safety matters
  • Governor training

Members

Laura Nield

Both my husband and I grew up in Christleton and, having moved away after leaving Christleton High School, we decided to move back six years ago so that we could bring up our own children here. We now live in Christleton and have Elsie and Dexter at Christleton Primary School. Elsie is 10 and Dexter is 5; they both love school.

I enjoy spending my spare time with family and friends and being outdoors. I enjoy reading, current affairs and running (or, more accurately, walking at a fast pace whilst talking). I work as a property solicitor in a Chester city centre firm.

Being a governor at Christleton Primary school is very important to me. Christleton Primary is a fantastic school with a hugely dedicated and hard working staff. The pupils never fail to amaze me; they are happy, polite and motivated. I feel very fortunate to be a part of it.

My responsibilities are Vice Chair of Governors and Policy Review, and I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Finance and Staffing Committee.

Rob Ward

I have two children and have been a parent governor at Christleton primary since May 2015, shortly after my eldest daughter started reception here.

I moved to Chester in 1999 to study history at Chester University and have lived in Christleton for four years. Since the end of my studies I have worked in a number of roles, gaining experience of administration and finance, and for the last ten years have worked principally in the hospitality sector.

My responsibilities are History and Geography and I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Buildings and Maintenance Committee.

Lucy Davis

I have lived in Christleton since 2014 with my husband, Nick, and our two boys who both attend the Primary School. After over ten years of working in media sales, I'm now employed as an assistant at Christleton Preschool working with many of the children who start their school lives in Reception class after a couple of years with us.

As a Governor, my focus is on the happiness of the children at our lovely Primary school so their time at the school is as rewarding as possible.

My responsibilities are PE and SEND and I sit on the Finance and Staffing Committee.

Simon Rhead

I am newly appointed governor, having taken up the role in 2017. I have a strong academic and scientific background, and currently work as a consultant medical writer providing medical writing services to global medical communications agencies, the pharmaceutical industry and key opinions leaders. Outside of work, I like to keep active by training for and partaking in triathlons, and relax through playing the guitar and practising yoga. Both my children attend the school.

I feel passionate about maintaining high standards, but also feel it is important for children to develop so that they are both mentally and emotionally strong. My role as a school governor enables me to make a positive contribution to the school and every child’s education, and play an active role in helping to maintain the positive image the school projects throughout the community.

My responsibilities are Science and Music and I sit on the Buildings and Maintenance Committee.

Yvonne Gibson

I trained as teacher at University of London, Goldsmiths’ College at the end of the 1960s. I brought up a family of four children and began my teaching career in the middle of the 1980s. I taught across the age range in primary schools in West Yorkshire and the Wirral. I then began working for the Wirral Children’s and Young People’s Service and went on to develop and manage the Minority Ethnic Achievement Service for the Authority. I have a love of education and intend to continue to help children to achieve their full potential. My responsibilities are Early Years, English and SEND. I am chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee.

Elizabeth Inall

I have been appointed as governor as a representative of Christleton Parish Council in order to liaise between the school and the community.

I have lived in Christleton for nearly four years having retired from my job as Vicar of three villages in rural north Bedfordshire where I was also a lower school governor.

Before entering full time ministry I worked as a Physiotherapist.

I am married with three adult children and seven grandchildren.

I am kept busy in retirement with gardening, travelling, learning German and learning to play the piano. I also help with the Open the Book assemblies in school.

My responsibilities are Modern Foreign Languages, PSHE/ Global/ Sex and Relationship Education and RE. I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee.

Jon West

I am a local resident of Littleton and have two children currently attending Christleton Primary School. I am currently the Head of Treasury at MBNA Limited (part of Lloyds Banking Group) and have held various positions/responsibilities ranging from customer service through to operations, finance and treasury. I have spent the majority of his career as Head of Treasury.

Current responsibilities include treasury funding requirements, policy and compliance, governance and regulatory reporting. In addition to my central role, I am an experienced board member holding multiple directorships of company related property and finance companies and chairs the Board Finance Committee. My current role requires regular interaction with the MBNA Board of Directors, Risk Committee’s and Non-Executive Directors of the firm.

I attended local schools in the Chester area (Mollington Primary School and Upton by Chester High School) before graduating from Manchester University with a BA (Econ) honours degree in Economics. I recently completed an MBA at Manchester Business School.

My responsibilities are Maths and I am chair of the Finance and Staffing Committee.

Tom Cooke

I am a qualified chartered surveyor with experience across many commercial property sectors having previously worked in London's West End and most recently developing medical centres for a large stock market listed company in the North West. I have swapped a desk for wellies and am now dedicated to running, in partnership, the family farming business, a 650 head beef unit across 2 nearby farms. I live on the farm just outside Christleton with my wife and two daughters. My interests include all things outdoors, travel and enjoying good times with friends and family.

My responsibilities are Computing and Eco, and I am chair of the Buildings and Maintenance Committee.

Emma Binns

Having attended Christleton High School I then went on to study Business in Nottingham, after which I worked for GE Money in their retail finance sector. Once I had my first child, I took a part time job close to home, which I have recently left to concentrate on my family. I have 2 children at school, Jack in year 5 and Penny in year 1. Christleton Primary is an excellent school, and I became a Governor so I could be part of shaping its future and helping the hardworking staff and wonderful children continue to grow from strength to strength. I am extremely proud to be Chair of Governors at this school.

My responsibilities are Chair of Governors, English, and Policy review.

Carl Elston

My daughter has attended the school since 2015 and I was immediately keen to do what I could to help make an already excellent environment better. I’m employed as a graphic design manager which (hopefully!) qualifies me to work with D&T and art subject leaders in school. Outside of work and school I’m a keen mountain biker, road cyclist, runner, hiker and a huge animal lover.

My responsibilities are Art and D&T and I sit on the Buildings and Maintenance Committee.

Jon Hosker

Married to Rachel with two children, Lucy 18 and Bethan 20, we have lived in Waverton since 2007. I work for Waverton Evangelical Church as a Childrens and Family Worker which includes work in local primary schools. Prior to that I worked in secondary schools in Hull, East Yorkshire teaching DT and Art. In recent years our family have taken teams of young people from Waverton to do short term work for a charity in Ethiopia and Kenya. Outside of work, my interests include road cycling, playing the guitar, music, art and dog walking.

My responsibilities are PSHE/ Global/ Sex and Relationship Education, School Council, RE and I am the appointed Safeguarding Governor. I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee.

Paul Smith

I am a parent to two girls at the school, local resident for a number of years and Cestrian for 40 (!) this fuels my drive to help the school, its staff and children to "Be the best they can be". I am a Chartered Financial Adviser and Wealth Manager and a graduate in Environmental Science.

My responsibilities are Maths and Eco, and I sit on the Finance and Staffing Committee.

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