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Responsibility, Respect, Aspiration, Pride

As a governor of Hartford Primary School we undertake to work collectively, with our best intentions, to drive forward the school community and provide the best environment possible for the pupils and staff in our care to thrive. 

We understand that our key roles are to:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and

3. Oversee the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

We will strike a thoughtful balance between support and challenge, consider the whole school impact of the decisions we make and support, be visible and mindful, whilst seeking self-development to remain relevant and informed. 

The well-being of our staff and our pupils will be at the forefront of our minds as we go about our business, we will take bold and decisive steps where the actions match our strategy and we will be active citizens in our community to promote HPS. 

Effective governance is based on six key features:


1. Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.

2. Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.

3. People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity. 

4. Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities. 

5. Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.

6. Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.


As a collective we are responsible for being effective, in a manner that promotes the physical, social, emotion and education wellbeing of each and every pupil in our care, for setting and championing our schools ethos, vision and values, and for being the rational and knowledge voice of strategic support, which when couple with our exceptional executive leaders, provides an unstoppable force towards a brighter future for all. 


Name/Category (LA/Staff/Co-opted etc)

Term of office

Appointing body

Responsibility (Chair/V-Chair)

Named Business and/or personal interests with School (spouse/ partner/ relative)

Member of any other educational establishment (list below)

Miss Mair Fairweather







Mr Mike Watson

Co-opted Governor

7.3.16. to



Chair of Governors 12.7.19 – 11.7.20

Link Governor Finance

All Sports Solutions Ltd



Mrs Faye Russell

Parent Governor

25.1.19 to 24.1.23


Vice Chair of Governors 12.7.19 – 11.7.20

Link Governor Literacy


Create Mat


Mrs Kate Venables

Parent Governor

3.6.19 to 2.6.23


Link Governor Equality & Diversity

Link Governor GDPR


Brabners LLP



Dr Kate Knight

Parent Governor

16.01.20 to 15.01.24





Mrs Lindsay Cade

Staff Governor

18.12.18 to 17.12.22





Mr John Gallimore

Co-opted Governor

9.3.17 to 8.3.21


Chair of Finance Committee



Mrs Julia Hughes

Co-opted Governor

22.11.18 to 21.11.22


Link Governor Sports Premium Grant and SEND


Russett School


Co-opted Governor






Mrs Elizabeth Parker-Clark

Associate Governor

22.11.18 to 21.11.19


Link Governor Safeguarding

Cheshire Joinery Services Ltd

Deputy Headteacher Hartford High School


Parent Governor






Governors Resigned in last 12 months






*Matt Johnston

Co-opted Governor

22/03/18 - 22/03/22





*Catherine Sandland

Parent Governor

10/11/16 - 10/11/20





Mrs Heather Harris

Associate Governor

22.11.18 to 21.11.19


Link Governor SEN

Spouse employee at HPS

Crowton CofE Primary School



Mr Simon Groves

LA Governor

21.3.19 to 20.3.23


Link Governor Health & Safety

Link Governor Pupil Premium Grant





Mike Watson - Chair of Governors

I am father to Max in Y4, and Izzy who is currently in Y2. This is my 2nd Governorship having previously served as a Community Governor at Platt Bridge CPS in Wigan. 

I currently work in Financial Services as a Business Development Manager for an Automotive Auditors. I have a huge passion for Sport and have worked and volunteered in the industry for the past 16 years. I'm delighted to have been elected Chair of Governors in July 2019 following a 3 year period as a Parent Governor. 

Faye Russell - Vice Chair of Governors

I was elected as a parent governor in December 2015. I will have three children enrolled at the school from September 2019 (in Reception, Year 4 and Year 6) and this is also my old primary school. In my career as a commercial property solicitor I am familiar with reviewing and analysing written reports and data and in helping to provide practical, workable solutions to client's problems I feel these skills provide a useful foundation for my role on the governing body.

Julia Hughes

I have over 30 years’ experience in the special educational sector. Since 2003 I have worked in school administration, specifically in maintained and academy governance. 

My involvement in school governance as a governor began in 2006 and over the subsequent years I have held various positions of office including Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Board and subcommittees. 

Within such roles I have learnt the importance of strong and effective governance and the role it plays in ensuring that all children receive the best possible education to enable them to achieve their full potential. 

I am currently Vice Chair of the Cheshire West Governance Association.

Kate Venables

I became a parent governor in June 2019 and have two children at Hartford Primary School. 

In my professional capacity, I am a partner in a regional commercial law firm and have specialized in Employment Law for over 14 years, advising organisations and individuals across a range of sectors. ess founded in 2004

Prior to that, I was a Chartered Accountant working for Deloittes.

Elizabeth Parker-Clark

I have been on the board of Governors for Hartford Primary school for four years and I was elected as Chair in June 2015. I firmly believe in the values of respect, aspiration, responsibility and pride and am privileged to serve at a school that lives by these values.

Although I was born and raised in Lancashire, I moved to Cheshire in 2000 and have recently relocated to North Wales. I am married with two children and have two Parson Russell Terriers who are loving living amongst the sheep!

In my professional capacity, I am Deputy Headteacher at Hartford Church of England High School, Designated Child Protection Officer, and I teach English and Drama. As part of the Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance, I have chaired the Continual Professional Development Committee and have been involved in Teaching and learning inspections and school interviews across the county.

Dr Kate Knight

I was elected as a Parent Governor in December 2019. I have two daughters in School, Bethany (year 5) and Yasmin (Early Years).

I am a Senior Lecturer in Children and Young People’s Nursing at the University of Chester.  I am passionate about hearing and sharing the voices of children and young people with a special interest working with disabled children and young people.  I volunteer for the Scout Association and lead 1st Hartford Cub Scouts.

I am delighted to join the Governor team.

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