Mrs Emma Binns (Chair)

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 left to concentrate on my family. I have 2 children at school, Jack and Penny. Jack attended Christleton Primary School and is now in Christleton High School, Penny is currently in year five.

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.

  Type Appointed  End of term  Voting Rights
  Co-opted October 2013 August 2025 Full

Mrs Yvonne Gibson (Vice Chair)

I am the LA Governor for Christleton Primary and the Vice-chair of governors. My responsibilities are EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities). Before retiring I was a Local Authority advisor in the Learning and Achievement Branch of the Children’s and Young People’s department.  Part of my role involved developing and managing the Minority Ethnic Achievement Service, this consisted of teachers/consultants, teaching assistants and Project Officers. We supported primary and secondary schools in meeting the needs of BAME pupils in particular those learning English as an Additional Language.  We delivered training, conducted assessments of underachieving pupils and newly arrived pupils and advised teaching staff. We also worked with parents and children in children’s centres

I began my teaching career in the middle of the 1980s.  As a class teacher, I taught across the age range in primary schools in West Yorkshire and the Wirral.  Before teaching, I had various part-time jobs including running a pre-school playgroup five mornings a week in Suffolk.  I have a particular interest in Early Years education and also in SEND.Retirement has enabled me to spend far more time with my four children and ten grandchildren and also, to travel to various parts of the world.

Previous roles/responsibilities: Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee, Chair of the Staffing Committee.  English.

  Type Appointed  End of term  Voting Rights
  Local Authority June 2010 July 2022 Full

Mr Jon West

I am a local resident of Littleton with a family including two young children who both attended Christleton Primary School. I am currently working at Lloyds Banking Group in the City of London and hold a relationship with MBNA Limited (now part of Lloyds Banking Group) who have historically provided support for educational and charitable activities in the local community. I have held various finance related positions and responsibilities including finance, accounting and treasury. I spent the majority of my career as Head of Treasury at MBNA.

I am an experienced board member holding multiple directorships of property and finance companies. I chair the school's Finance and Staffing Committee including responsibilities to advise on the school's income, expenditure and budget forecasts. 

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

  Type Appointed  End of term  Voting Rights
  Co-opted December 2015 December 2023 Full

Revd. Elizabeth Inall

I am appointed as a community governor. I represent Christleton Parish Council on the board in order to liaise between the school and the community. I have lived in Christleton for many 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 to deliver the Open the Book assemblies in school.

I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee and am the link governor for Modern Foreign Languages (French) and Religious Education.

  Type Appointed  End of term  Voting Rights
  Community  December 2015 December 2023 Full

Mrs Susan Pinner O'Brien

As an educator, I am very passionate about education and inspiring young people to be the best that they can be.I have worked in a wide range of educational settings, which has given me a broad understanding of the educational pathways and trajectories open to children and young people. I have delivered Outdoor Adventurous Activity training to B.Ed. students in both primary and secondary education training. I am employed by Manchester Metropolitan University as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology. I currently oversee all Undergraduate programmes in the Department of Sport & Exercise Sciences, and, as an applied sports physiologist, I also provide athlete support. In addition to the importance of quantifiable student attainment, I believe that it is paramount that schools also focus on the emotional, behavioural and social wellbeing of pupils, to enable their holistic development.

As a parent of two, I feel privileged that my children are fortunate enough to be educated at Christleton Primary School. In my role of governor I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee.

  Type Appointed  End of term  Voting Rights
  Parent  March 2018 March 2022 Full


Mr Peter Tonge

I have been on the board of governors since 2019 at which time my youngest daughter was in year one. My eldest daughter is a teacher in Derby and my son lives in London.
Prior to standing for the role of parent governor and up until covid related restrictions were implemented, I had been helping with reading in the key stage one classes at Christleton. 
One of my roles is that of link governor for literacy. I have a degree in English language and linguistics as well as a TEFL certificate - I have taught English as a foreign language in Guatemala.
Presently I live in Littleton having returned to the area after more than twenty years in London where I worked in construction management. In recent years I have been involved professionally and as a volunteer, in environmental conservation. 
On leaving full time education at Christleton High school I joined the merchant navy. 

  Type Appointed  End of term  Voting Rights
  Parent  October 2019 October 2023 Full

Mrs Sarah King

I was appointed as a staff governor in 2021. I am a teacher at Christleton Primary school, currently in the reception (EYFS) class. I am also the EYFS lead. 

  Type Appointed  End of term  Voting Rights
  Staff February 2021 February 2025 Full

Mr Oliver Mitchell 

I have been the headteacher of Christleton Primary School since January 2017. As headteacher, I am automatically a governor by virtue of the role.

I attend all governing body meetings and work closely with the governors to ensure the best outcomes for our children. I have regular meetings with the chair and vice chair to ensure that they are fully informed and involved in the life of the school.

I am responsible for the strategic direction of the school, its management (including managing finances, management of staff and the management of the site), safeguarding and the curriculum we deliver. I am passionate about providing the best education and experiences for our children. I believe that they deserve the very best opportunities, and facilities, and strive to provide this for them. I aim to support each child’s development so they are able to be the best that they can be and develop into confident, well-rounded, happy young people.

  Type Appointed  End of term  Voting Rights
  Headteacher January 2017 n/a Full

Mrs Lisa Bowes

I am an associate governor. I am the school bursar and attend meetings when financial matters are being discussed. 

  Type Appointed  End of term  Voting Rights
  Associate - - No Voting Rights


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