Our Governors


Co-opted Governors - Appointed by the Governing Body
Parent Governors - elected by the Parent Body 
Staff Governor - elected by the School Staff 


Jenny Moran –  Co-opted Governor 

Link Governor to Year 4

Chair of Curriculum Committee


I have been a Governor at Willaston for nearly 11 years, 8 of which was as Chair. I am a member of the Resources and Curriculum Committees and my areas of responsibility are Literacy and Science, I am also Link Governor to Year 4.  Both my older children, Amy who is 22 and Jon aged 18 went to Willaston and my youngest Jack has just left Willaston. I work at Keele University and am also carrying out research towards a PhD in immunology and inflammation. In what little spare time I have, I enjoy visiting Amy in Manchester (for lunch and shopping!) and walking our two dogs. I love being a Governor at Willaston; we have fantastic children and supportive parents who really care about their children, it is a privilege to help keep Willaston successful. Please contact me via the school office or catch me in the playground, alternatively I can be contacted at moranjenny@aol.com




Steve Cropper – Co-opted Governor

Link Governor to Year 1


I am a Co-opted Governor at Willaston Primary and was appointed in January 2010. I live near Woore, just into Shropshire, and work at Keele University, as a specialist in health services and education management. As you will imagine, I talk a lot, but I also run, walk and climb a bit. I am on the school's Curriculum Committee and my areas of responsibility are Healthy Schools and SEND.  You can contact me via the school office or scrop@btinternet.com




Amanda Mellor – Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair)

Link Governor to Year 3 

Chair of Resources Committee


I was previously School Business Manager at Willaston and then co-opted to the Governing Body in 2014 after 7 years as the Staff Governor.  I have two daughters and a step daughter, two of whom are working and one is studying for a PhD at Liverpool.

I am passionate about the school and helping to drive it forward, making sure the pupils and staff are all catered for, to secure the future of Willaston Primary Academy. 

I am part of the Resources Committee.  I can be contacted at amandajanemellor@gmail.com


 Penny Hodgson - Staff Governor

I have been teaching at Willaston Primary since September 2012 after completing a BA Hons degree in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University and then a Graduate Teaching Programme (GTP).  Previously I worked in a variety of primary schools as a Teaching Assistant and Higher Level Teaching Assistant.  I thoroughly enjoy my job as a class teacher at Willaston Primary Academy and I am proud to be part of a wonderful staff team and to be working the fantastic children.  My current teaching role  is in Year 5 and alongside this i am the Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Mentor which I find very rewarding as I support new teachers in their first position.  I ma also the PE subject leader, something very close to my heart as I feel that exercise supports learning across the curriculum and teaches the chidlren to support others and work together. 

Now I have been elected as Staff Governor, I am looking forward to being involved with the development and progression of the school and tobeing proactive in the school's future, both inside and outside of the classroom. 



Debbie Thelwell – Co-opted Governor

Link Governor to Reception 

Both my children have attended Willaston Primary Academy and are now embarking on transitions to South Cheshire College and Malbank high school.

My passion is early years education, I'm a nursery manager and owner and love outdoor learning and supporting families. One of my  role as  school Governor is to  support the foundation stage reception class as link governor and I’m also a  member of the  Curriculum  Committee. I look forward to working with you and your children.




Louise Wynne - Parent Governor

Link Governor to Year 6


I've been a governor at Willaston Academy for 2 years. I have one child at the school in Year 4 and my eldest is in Year 7. I am a police officer in Cheshire Police and work within the Public Protection unit, with this area I deal with child protection, domestic violence and other vulnerable areas. As my role of governor I am on the Resources Committee and have been assigned the role as the Safeguarding Governor. I enjoy my role very much and am grateful to have the opportunity to make a contribution to Willaston Academy. No school is perfect and that of course includes Willaston, however there is a team of vibrant, enthusiastic and very talented individuals at Willaston who will make the school go from strength to strength.




Paul Springthorpe - Parent Governor


I have been Governor at Willaston since March 2014. My child Henry is in year 4 at Willaston and my eldest Gracie is in Year 7.  I am Joint MD at The Printing House and also a Partner in an online clothing company called Vectorbomb. I am pro-active and keen to contribute to the team of Governors and the school.  I am a member of the Resources Committee.




Richard Graybrook - Parent Governor


I have been a Governor since 2015, have 1 son now in Year 8 and 1 son who attends Willaston and I am a member of the Resources Committee.

I have returned and settled in Nantwich after a full career within the military and with previous mandatory regular location moves, bring extensive experience of providing support, advice and guidance to Primary education establishments.I now work as a Senior Management Consultant for Turner and Townsend Consulting, based from Manchester but working nationwide.

I enjoy all competitive sporting events specifically Triathlon and distance running, in addition to being a keen climber and high altitude mountaineer (when time allows!)




Sian Williams - Parent Governor

Link Governor to Year 2 

I became a Governor at Willaston in April 2015. My son is in Year 3 and I sit on the Curriculum Committee.

Away from the school, I work for the Dove Service as a Counsellor and Trainer, managing a project aimed at ensuring families and professionals can access adequate support following a bereavement or significant loss/change.  I also work for Cheshire East Youth Support and Youth Engagement Services, and 'Survive', an Abuse Charity. 

I am passionate about Health and Wellbeing and enjoy supporting and enabling others to reach their potential. I hope to be able to use my experience creating and managing projects alongside my experience within the mental health sector to benefit Willaston Primary Academy.





Ken Mitchell - Co-opted Governor. 

Quality education is very close to my heart as I have one child in Year 11 and my other is in Year 6.  I am currently both the Chair of Trustees for a Multi Academy Trust (The Birchwood Trust) and Chair of Governors at the Berkeley Academy where I have been a governor for nine years.  My areas of interest are finance, buildings, PE and IT and I currently sit on the Resources Committee at Willaston.  

I have an international commercial background strecthing back over 30 years.  The business skills that I have acquired on this journey are the ones that I use within the school forum and hope these will aid Willaston in improving on its already fabulous offering.  Alongside this I also coach rugby for Sandbach under 15's where 'team' is at the centre of everything we do.  I am enjoying being part of the team at Willaston Academy. 



Toni Brookshaw - Co-opted Governor - Chair of Governors

Link Governor to Year 5

I joined Willaston's Board of Governors in March 2017 and have recently been voted in as Chair of Governors.  I am currently a member of the Resources and Curriculum Committees and have a special responsibility for the Development of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT's). 

I have 15 years experience in education, across a variety of settings.  I am a qualified secondary school teacher, teaching History and Politics.  I started my career working in a school emerging from special measures, a challenge that was rewarding and from which I learnt a great deal.  I now work in a local Cheshire East school, that was rated Outstanding by OfSTED in 2015-2016. 

I was secretary of Willaston Pre-School Committee from 2011-2017.  During this time, this wonderful institution was also rated 'Outstanding' by OfSTED.  This gave me a great deal of knowledge about issues within EYFS, as well as a keen interest in primary education.  Both of my children attend Wilaston Primary Academy and I am committed to securing the vision and ethos of the school.  I welcome all conversation with fellow parents and am on the playground a few days a week should anyone want to chat.      





Clare Grehan - Headteacher


I joined Willaston Primary in September 2010 as Deputy Head and was appointed as Head in February 2012.  It is one of the most rewarding jobs anyone can have.  I am lucky to work with over 200 fantastic pupils and their families and watching the children develop and grow over their time in school is such a privilege. 

The Governing Body here at Willaston is such a talented and dedicated group of parents, professionals and members of the community.  As you can see from their testimonials, they come from varied backgrounds and each bring so much experience and expertise to our school. 

The development of the Link Governor role over the last few years has seen our governors become so much more involved in the daily life of our pupils, getting to know the different cohorts and the day to day running of the school.  It has really helped to make that secure link between their strategic roles on the Governing Body and how they impact on the children's education, enjoyment and safety.

Reconstituting the Governing Body in February 2013 has allowed us to retain the strong membership that we now have and continue to build upon the strengths and dynamics that we have built over the years.


Governor Information 2015-2016

Governor information 2016-2017 

Governor information 2017-2018 

Governor attendance 2015-2016 

Governor attendance 2016-2017 

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