The Board of Governors has a membership of 14 committed professional volunteers (including those with a background in education, human resources and finance, church representation and parents).

The board is made up of governors with different skills, and has re-constituted to 14 members following a skills audit.

The Governing Body has corporate powers.  Individual governors have no powers on their own.

The Governing Body is appointed in accordance of the Instrument of Governance and must uphold the Trust Deed of the Foundation that underpins this Church School.

They meet as a full Board at least 3 times a year.  To be efficient, groups of governors meet as committees under Terms of Reference.  Four committees regularly meet termly.

To ensure that the full board is strategically and efficiently organised the chairs of each committee meet as a Chairs' Committee half-termly before the termly full board and the cycle of termly committee meetings.

The governors have a Governors Handbook that explains in detail the processes and procedures governors follow (available from the Documents section of this website.

Correspondence to the Chairman should be directed c/o the Clerk to Committees, School Office, St Margaret's CE Primary School, School Road, Orford, Warrington, WA2 9AD.

The school must publish up to date:

  • details of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body and its committees
  • information about each governor, including their:
    • full name, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable) and who appointed them (in accordance with the governing body’s instrument of government)
    • business and financial interests
    • governance roles in other educational institutions
    • any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)
    • attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year


A list of pecuniary interests for governors is available here: Governor's Pecuniary Business Interests



Schools should publish the membership of committees.  Here is the membership chart of our committees.

Governor Committees Membership Chart


Schools should publish the attendance record of each governor at full governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year.  Here is the attendance for our governing board for the last academic year.

Governor Attendance Table


Name Category Appointing Body Appt Date / Term of Office Positions Held Business and financial interests / Background
Ann Elphick Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC)

23/01/2018 - 24/01/2022 

Chair of Board & Chair of Ethos & Environment

HEI Lecturer (Chester University)
David Chadwick Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC) 21/02/2017 - 22/02/2021 Vice Chair of Board, Chair of Staffing Ex-Senior HR Manager for NHS
Elizabeth Shone Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC)

11/05/2017 - 12/05/2021

 Chair of Admissions Magistrate (North Cheshire Bench)
Rob Gibson Co-opted Governor Governing Body  03/10/2017- 04/10/2021 Chair of Curriculum DHT of Gorse Covert Primary Academy
Brian Furness Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC)  29/08/2016-30/08/2020  Chair of Finance Project Management Civil Engineering
Gloria Warburton Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC) 29/08/2016-30/08/2020   Ex-teacher
Vacancy Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC)      
Vacancy Foundation Governor Ex-officio (Diocese)      
Mark Asher Parent Governor Elected by parents    

Parent of pupils

Claire Williams Parent Governor Elected by parents  08/06/2017 - 07/06/2021   Parent of pupils
Joanne Hewson LA Governor LA Appointed  03/10/2018 - 04/10/2022   Principal of a Primary Academy
Carsten Kressell Associate Member (NLG) Governing Body Reviewed Annually each Academic Year Attendance at Committees advisory, no voting rights.

Chair of St Barnabas CE Primary School, Warrington. Director of Kressel Regeneration Ltd

Hayley Johnson Staff Governor  Elected by staff   28/09/2017 - 29/09/2021   Teacher at school
Chris Metcalfe Headteacher Ex-officio  N/A Executive Headteacher Director of Innov8ed Foundation Ltd, Trustee of St Michael's Academy, OFSTED Inspector, Exec Head Cinnamon Brow CEPS
Matthew Boyle Observer Governing Body Reviewed Annually each Academic Year Head of School  
Nicola Heap Observer Governing Body

 Reviewed Annually each Academic Year

Clerk to Committees  
Full name Category Appointing Body Date of Appt Term of Office Date stepped down
Rev Daniel Howard Foundation Governor Ex-officio (Diocese)    

19/01/2020 (Commissioned to another parish) 

Nicola Howell Parent Governor Elected by parents   4 years  16/07/2019 (Term of Office ended)
Catherine Preece Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC)      31/08/2021 (Husband Archdeacon commissioned to another diocese)
Clare Howarth-Platt Co-opted Governor Governing Body 21/10/2019   Moved out of area
Gary Hughes Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC)  31/08/2017   Ordination Training
James Koltan Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC) 21/06/2018   Family reasons
Mark Eccleston Local Authority Governor LA Education Committee 12/05/2018   Y6 Pupil left school
Caroline Tress  Parent Governor Elected by parents 11/06/2017   Office ended
Juliette Legge Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC) 19/07/2015   Office ended
John Ansell Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC) 10/09/2016   Office ended
Rev Canon Stephen Boyd Foundation Governor Ex-officio (Diocese)     Moved parishes

Anna Mawby

Governor Diocese (PCC)  Foundation 21/01/2021   Resigned due to work commitments
Milton Wimpenny LA Governor LA Appointed 25/01/2021   Resigned due to other commitments