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 Term of Office Positions Held Business and financial interests / Background
Gloria Warburton Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC)  30/08/2020 Chair of Board Ex-teacher
RobGibson Co-opted Governor Governing Body  04/10/21 Chair of Curriculum DHT of Gorse Covert Primary
Elizabeth Shone Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC)  12/05/21  Vice Chair of Board, Chair of Admissions Magistrate (North Cheshire Bench)
Brian Furness Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC)  30/08/2020  Chair of Finance Project Management Civil Engineering
Catherine Preece Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC)  TBC   Chaplain to a High School
Vacancy Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC)  TBC    
Ann Elphick Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC)   24/01/22   Lecturer at Chester University
Rev Daniel Howard Foundation Governor Ex-officio (Diocese)  31/08/21  Chair of Premises  School Chaplain
David Chadwick Foundation Governor Diocese (PCC)  22/02/21  Chair of Staffing Ex-Senior HR Manager for NHS
Hayley Johnson Staff Governor  Elected by staff   29/09/2021  

Teacher at school

Nicola Howell Parent Governor Elected by parents  16/07/2019  

Parent of Ex Year 6 pupil

Teaching Assistant and Midday Assistant

Claire Williams Parent Governor Elected by parents  07/06/2021   Parent of Y1 & Y3 pupils
Joanne Hewson LA Governor LA Appointed  04/10/2022   Principal of a Primary Academy
Carsten Kressell Associate Member (NLG) Governing Body  29/06/2019 Attendance at Committees advisory, no voting rights.

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

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
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