Governors Profiles

Duncan Haworth – Co-opted Governor Chair

I am Duncan Haworth and I am currently Chair of Governors at Woodfall Primary School. I worked in industry managing chemical manufacturing sites and then as a self-employed head hunter recruiting for senior manager posts in the plastics and paper industries. Since retiring in 2012 I have concentrated on work in the educational field.

I am a governor at 2 other schools, Neston High School and Sandycroft Primary School. I am what is called a National Leader of Governance which means that I help school governing bodies to improve how they govern other schools. I am also a trained lay inspector for Estyn, inspecting schools across Wales.

I was privileged and honoured to accept an MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours awards for my work in education.

 

 

Julia Bryant - Co-opted Governor

My name is Julia Bryant and I am a Co-opted Governor and also Vice Chair of Governors at Woodfall Primary and Nursery School. I have two children who attend Woodfall and I have been a Neston resident all of my life.
As a registered children’s nurse and a health visitor I am committed to working with families and professionals to improve the lives of children and young people. I have spent many years working in the community with lots of families from diverse backgrounds as well as children with complex needs. I have a good knowledge and experience of safeguarding children and value the importance of continual learning opportunities.
I currently work within the NHS over seeing areas of quality across children’s services. I received the honourable title of Queens Nurse and also a Florence Nightingale Scholarship due to my passion around engagement and service improvement leading to improved outcomes for children and their families. I have a Masters in Senior Leadership and a good understanding of governance.

I believe that every child should receive the best start in life and should be supported as individuals to meet their full potential. I take my role as Governor seriously and enjoy working with the board to oversee school governance and act as the school’s critical friend.

 

 

Hayley Foster – Staff Governor

My name is Hayley Foster and I have worked at Woodfall Primary School since January 1996. I started off working in a reception class before moving to teaching children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Currently I am the SENCo Assistant and I teach a small specialist group of children every morning. In the afternoons I deliver speech therapy programmes to individuals and groups of children from nursery up to year 6. I also teach a language programme with the children in our nursery. I am a 1-2-3 magic parent’s practitioner and deliver this parenting programme throughout the year. I run a very successful Rotakids programme alongside the Rotary Club of Neston. We raise money for local and international charities.

I am mum to two daughters, both of whom attended Woodfall.  Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. For the last 20 years I have run a Rainbow company in Parkgate.

I thoroughly enjoy everything about my role at Woodfall and I enjoy the differing role being a governor brings.

 

 

Trudy Gleave - Staff Governor

I am currently the phase leader for Key stage 1, as well as a Year 1 teacher.

During my teaching career, I have had the opportunity to teach a wide range of children aged between 2 ½ and 11 years old, from a broad spectrum of different catchment areas.

Within school, I am the International co-ordinator and I am very proud that our global enriched curriculum is such an important part of the ethos of our school.  I feel passionate that children need the opportunity and experiences to not only reach their full potential academically, but also develop a voice and feel empowered to make a difference.

All three of my children have also attended Woodfall, so I have also experienced the school from a different perspective.

I am enjoying my role of staff governor and working with others to ensure Woodfall continues to flourish in the future. 

 

 

Joanna Harding - Parent Governor

My name is Joanna Harding and I am a Parent Governor and Joint Vice Chair of Governors at Woodfall.

I have two children at Woodfall, in juniors.

My background is in the technical side of performing arts and I was Technical Manager at Liverpool Hope University for 13 years where I ran shows, managed budgets and lectured in Technical Theatre.

I have been an active member of Woodfall Parents Association for the past 5 years which has given me an unique insight into the school. This helped in my decision to become a Governor to support the school in other ways.

I am throughly enjoying my role as Parent Governor and it’s great to be part of a team who are dedicated to supporting the school and it’s staff to continue its exceptional work at giving its pupils the best possible experience. 

 

 

Maxine Wellsbury - Parent Governor

I am a parent governor at Woodfall and I have a daughter at Woodfall Primary and Nursery School. I studied the Legal Practice Course in Manchester and have worked in the legal and financial field but now work for the Ministry of Justice. I believe that education is fundamental to every child's life so having the opportunity to contribute towards this is of great importance to me.

 

 

Laurie Wilson - Parent Governor
 
I am Laurie Wilson and I am a Parent Governor at Woodfall. I moved to Neston 5 years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed becoming a part of the close-knit community. I am a property and construction lawyer working in-house for a large PLC and have a son at Woodfall.  I am passionate about building the foundations for a bright future whilst having the best experience possible for each child and their needs.
 
As a governor I am keen to use my skills and passion to help make a difference and I am fully committed to working with the board. Woodfall is thriving and it is an honour to be a part of something so special and ensuring it continues to shine.
 
 
 
Andy Malone - Parent Governor
 
I am co-owner and Operations Director of a digital marketing and communications agency in Liverpool, and have spent over 20 years in web/software development and digital strategy roles. 
 
My job is all about solving problems creatively by merging STEM with writing, art and design. As such, I am passionate about children being able to have a wide range of experiences, find inspiration, and discover their passions. 
 
Outside of work I really enjoy playing and watching various sports such as football, golf and Formula 1, and I am also the coach of my son's Neston Nomads football team.
 
 
 
Caroline Peters
 

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My name is Caroline Peters, and I am a Co-Opted Governor at Woodfall. With a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, I spent 10 years working in the Aviation industry, including working for Virgin Atlantic in a strategic capacity and overseas at Dubai International Airport, planning future expansion projects. In 2013 I returned to the UK and retrained as a secondary school Maths Teacher and have spent the last 10 years working in secondary schools in the North-West and North Wales.

Currently I am studying for a PhD in Mathematics Education, with a focus on maths anxiety. I am passionate about education and am involved in a variety of different educational research projects, including the creation of a fully resourced, research-informed school mathematics curriculum with Loughborough University.

I am excited to be part of the governing board at Woodfall and to share my excitement for high quality education with the other members of the school community. 

 
 
 
 
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