At Cherry Grove we are extremely lucky to have a hard working and dedicated group of governors. They provide a wealth of knowledge and ideas which they use to guide and improve the school.
Meet our Governors
Debbie TomkinsonChair of Governors (Co-opted Governor) Until September 2021
Responsibilities: Governor Training Liaison, Safer Recruitment, Health & Safety, Recovery from Lockdown SDP Focus Link, HT Performance Management.
Appointed: January 2011. Current term of office is January 2019 to January 2023.
Register of interests:
- Clerk - Cheshire Acadamies Trust, Self-employed clerk to school governors (sub contracted Second2None School Support)
- Trustee - Action Transport Theatre
- Secretary - Cheshire West Governance Association (CWGA)
I have been a Governor since January 2011 and have two children at Cherry Grove.
I am a qualified solicitor and before becoming a full-time mum I was Litigation Manager for a large Tour Operator.
In my spare time I enjoy reading and going to the theatre and, thanks to my son, I have recently rekindled my childhood passion for swimming.
Tanya WallworkCo-opted Governor
Responsibilities: Inclusion Governor - Safeguarding, Disadvantaged Pupils, CIC/LAC, SEN, PP, Resilience & Engagement (SDP Focus Link), including Well-being & Involvement SDP Focus Link
Appointed: February 2013. Current term of office is January 2019 to January 2023.
Register of Interests: N/A
I joined Cherry Grove as a governor in February 2013. One of my children attends the school.
I am a mental health therapist currently working with people suffering common mental health disorders and have been involved with psychology for the past 10 years. I have a degree in psychology and a masters degree in clinical psychology, with previous jobs in both dementia and forensic psychiatry.
In my spare time, when I am not playing the role of therapist or counsellor to my family and friends, I enjoy spending time with my two children exploring the many amazing sights in the UK and fuelling my addiction to caffeine in many coffee shops.
Responsibilities: TBC 2021-22
Appointed: 1st September 2021
Register of Interests:
- Simon Hacking, Husband, Oak Academy online learning platform
I have been at Cherry Grove since September 2012, and became a staff governor in May 2013. After graduating from Nottingham University with a degree in History and Politics, I joined Bank of America in 2004 on a graduate scheme. During the several years I was there I worked in a variety of business development roles specialising in governance, product and project management. In 2011, I decided to change career and retrained as a teacher, gaining my PGCE at Chester University.
I am passionate about education and have several specialisms, in particular Maths, the wider curriculum and Safeguarding. I am very committed to achieving high standards at Cherry Grove and believe the talented and hardworking staff, wonderful children and clearly dedicated governors are an asset to the school and area.
In my limited free time I am a (fair-weather!) member of a running club, and enjoy hill-walking, cinema and spending time with my family.
Monica RobinsonLocal Authority Governor
Responsibilities: Presentation SDP Focus Link, Artsmark Link, Pay Panel
Appointed: January 2014. Current term of office is April 2018 to April 2022.
Register of Interest: N/A
I was appointed as a Local Authority Governor in January 2014 and soon realised that I had joined a very committed and effective governing body. As I have some free time I enjoy the opportunity to volunteer in school. I help to run cookery sessions every week and when required like to support the teaching staff with workshops, field trips etc. It is a privilege to be associated with Cherry Grove where all the staff and governors work hard to provide the very best education for all the children in their care.
Before I retired in 2012, I worked for a Chester based Housing Association. I have two children who went to local schools and who now live and work in Manchester. As well as doing some voluntary work I try to spend time with my new grandson. I enjoy walking and cycling and am a member of the Chester Cycling Campaign - our aim being to make Chester a cycle friendly city and to encourage more people to get around by bike.
Zoe LochlinCo-opted Governor
Responsibilities: Transition EYFS>KS1 SDP Focus Link
Appointed: October 2015. Current term of office is January 2019 to January 2023.
Register of Interests:
- HL Teaching Assistant at JH Godwin Primary School
- Executive Member - Cheshire West Governance Association (CWGA)
As a parent of two children attending Cherry Grove, I welcome the opportunity to support the excellent work of the school. One of our most important roles as parents is to support the education of our children therefore this opportunity to take on a more active role within the school, contributing to and maintaining the school's high standards is one in which I look forward to supporting.
Previously I have worked in a number of different roles both professionally within the Early Years and Education and additionally on a voluntary basis with the NCT, where I have been able to develop my passion for finding new exciting ways to help children to thrive in a secure, welcoming and positive environment. I have had vast experience working with local authorities, monitoring and developing action plans in order to improve standards and plan for the future outcomes of all children and their families.
Amy WoolridgeVice Chair (Co-opted Governor)
Responsibilities: HT Performance Management, Pay Panel, Data Protection (GDPR), PHSE SDP Focus Link
Appointed: October 2015. Current term of office is March 2018 to March 2022.
Register of Interests: N/A
I joined the Governing Body at Cherry Grove in 2015 as a Parent Governor. This was my first year at the school, and I'm pleased to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Cherry Grove since then.
My professional experience is in a variety of business disciplines relating to Risk, Governance and Management and my current focus is on Corporate Insurance at a major bank.
Sarah ConnollyParent Governor
Responsibilities: Finance Link Governor, Pay Panel
Appointed: June 2018. Term Ends: June 2022
Register of Interests:
- Employed by Concordia Multi Academy Trust, Wolverham Primary School & Nursery, Ellesmere Port
- Academies Representative on the CW&C Schools Forum
I began my term as Parent Governor in May 2018, and this is my first governing role. I have two children, one already at Cherry Grove and one about to start reception.
I qualified with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2006 and worked in an accountancy practice in Chester for 20 years. In that time I was a senior auditor or internal auditor for several Academy schools in Cheshire and the Wirral. I am now Chief Financial Officer in a Multi-Academy Trust and a recent election as an Academies Representative to the CWAC Schools Forum.
I love running, baking, cooking and socialising in my spare time. I am an ex Cherry Grove pupil and will be a Cherry Grove parent for 12 years and so the school is a very special place to me.
Roz ArtistStaff Governor
Appointed: July 2019. Term Ends: July 2023
Rob PullenCo-opted Governor
Appointed: February 2021 Term Ends: February 2025
Register of Interests:
- Chair of Cheshire West and Chester Association of Primary Headteachers, Governor at Deebanks School
- RMA Governance - Associate Trainer
- Owner - RPE Educational Training and Consultancy
I began my teaching career in Dorset and have worked in a number of different authorities across England and Wales. Having been a governor since 1995 as either a staff member, parent or as headteacher, I have worked through periods of great change in education. As a former headteacher of two primary schools, both with Resourced Provisions, I have consistently sought to ensure the young people in my care have the very best opportunities to experience life, grow in confidence and become the best they can be. I am currently the joint Chair of the Primary Headteacher's Association in Cheshire West and Chester and also an associate trainer for RMA Governance.
Away from work I love to travel and enjoy physical activity. As an active member of my local triathlon club I try to swim, cycle and run as regularly as possible.
No longer a serving headteacher within a school, I am excited to be joining the governing board at Cherry Grove where I believe my experiences can be used to assist the school in working towards its aims and vision.
Dr David MorrisCo-opted Governor
Dr David Morris
Appointed: May 2021. Term Ends: May 2025
I started out as a marine biologist doing my degree and PhD at the University of Liverpool Marine Station on the Isle of Man. This was followed by 10 years at the British Antarctic Survey, then periods as a Project/Business/Environmental Manager working with the UK Water Industry and then the Oil & Gas industry in the Middle East, Russia & Azerbaijan.
I returned to the UK and spent some 15 years working for a UK Government marine laboratory in East Anglia where my two children went to school. Along with a bit of mini rugby coaching I was a Parent Governor and then Chair of Governors at the local Middle School.
Following some 10 years working on all sorts of marine issues I spent 5 years or so specialising in data issues before retiring in 2018. I am a registered STEM Ambassador and I spend my time taking photographs and writing.
Governors who served in the last 12 months:
- Matt Owen, Co-Opted Governor [Jan 2021 to Mar 2021]
- Sian Collinson, Parent Governor [Feb 2018 to July 2021] [Register of interests: Works for The Literacy Company]
Interested in becoming a governor?
School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. It is an immensely rewarding role that allows you to be involved in raising standards within school. Please contact our clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about any vacancies.
The role of the Governing Body:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
We do this by getting to know the school and the wider educational context, reading meeting paperwork and attending meetings where we ask questions to ensure that the best possible decisions are made for the benefit of the children in the school, attending training and development events to improve our skills and knowledge and adhering to the Governors’ Charter.
The minimum commitment expected of a governor is that they attend monthly Full Governing Body meetings. These are usually held on a Thursday evening. Most governors also take on additional responsibilities, eg Safeguarding governor or Maths governor.
In addition to being over 18 years of age, governors need a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children, the inquisitiveness to question and analyse, and the willingness to learn. They need good inter-personal skills, appropriate levels of literacy in English, and sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data. There are certain circumstances in which a person is disqualified from holding or continuing to hold office as a governor and they are listed in the document at the bottom of this page.
If a governor incurs reasonable expenses such as travel costs as a result of performing their duties as a governor, they can be reimbursed in line with the Governors Allowance policy available on the policy page of the website.
More information about our Governing body:
The Headteacher is automatically entitled to be a governor
Parent Governors are appointed by the parents at the school
Staff Governors are appointed by the staff at the school
Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority
Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body
You can find out more about the role of a governor on the National Governance Assocation website.
If you would like more information, please contact the Clerk to Governors at email@example.com.
The chair can be contacted by sending an email to our admin address firstname.lastname@example.org
Governoring Body Meetings
Governing Body meetings will be held either virtually or at school at 6.30pm on the following dates. Members of the school community wishing to attend should contact the Clerk to the Governors.
Full Governing Body Meetings 2021-2022:
30th Sept, 21st Oct, 18 Nov, 13th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Mar, 26th May, 16th June and 6th July
Governor attendance at a glance for 2020/21: