Meet the Governors


As required by Government legislation, our Governing Body formally adopted a new constitution at our Full Governing Body Meeting in March 2015. As a Church school our governing body includes foundation governors appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education as well as a staff governor, parent governors and a local education authority appointed governor, 12 governors in total. Governors are generally appointed for a period of 4 years.

In order that we didn’t lose the valuable contribution of knowledge and skills made by Mrs Merison and Mrs Foulkes, they were formally appointed as associate members of our governing body, following advice from the Governance Team at Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Whilst associate members can vote on sub-committee decisions, they are unable to vote on decisions of the Full Governing Body. Mrs Merison and Mrs Foulkes are also unable to vote on staffing or finance related items and any other issue where, because of their position as member of school staff, there may be deemed to be a conflict of interest.

Our governors are:

Kathryn Magiera – Head Teacher

Term of office: continuous whilst in post as head teacher.

Graham Sheen (Chair of Governors) – Foundation Governor

Term of office: 2 August 2014 – 2 August 2022

Rachel Clarke (Vice Chair of Governors) - Foundation Governor

Term of office: 31 March 2016 – 31 March 2020

Tim Lee – Foundation Governor

Term of office: 19 November 2014 – 19 November 2018

Vacancy – Foundation Governor

Term of office: 

Lystra Landon - Foundation Governor

Term of office: 29 February 2016 - 28 February 2020

Ruth Cannon - Foundation Governor

Term of office: 02 February 2017 - 02 February 2021

Jacqui Jeffries - Local Authority Governor

Term of office: 24 September 2017 – 23 September 2021

Tracy Parr – Staff Governor

Term of office: 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2020

Paul Cooper - Parent Governor

Term of office: 23 March 2018 - 22 March 2022

Edward Williams - Parent Governor

Term of office: 26 October 2016 - 25 October 2020

Tammy Foulkes – Associate Member

Term of office: 17th March 2015 – 16th March 2019

Sarah Merison - Associate Member

Term of office: 10 October 2016 – 9 October 2018

Governors introduce themselves

Rachel Clarke, Vice Chair: Foundation Governor

This is my 10th year as a Foundation Governor and I am currently the Vice Chair.

Both of my children began their education at Witton Church Walk and they have now gone on to continue their education at Hartford High School. Even though my children have left the school and I don't see the Mums, Dads and Grandparents in the playground any more, I still have a close link to the school through St Helen's Church as a Foundation Governor.

The knowledge I have gained from my years as a Governor has enabled me to continue my involvement with the decision making process on how the school is managed and maintained, also supporting other new governors with their own journey of development. Yes, we have to attend meetings but they are flexible and there are training courses available with support from the head and the staff to imprive our knowledge and gain better skills to become better Governors.

Coming from a non-school background having previously worked in the wallpaper industry. I have learned an enormous amount aboutn the work, dedication and involvement needed for our school to continue to improve and grow into an excellent place to learn, a happy environmnet where each child's development is always first. If I can help to be a part of that I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to continue that support and governance.

Tim Lee – Foundation Governor

I became a Foundation Governor in November 2014.

I have been a qualified teacher for eleven years now and teach at Hartford Church of England High School. I have held the positions of Religious Studies Teacher, Head of Religious Studies, Head of Humanities, Co-coordinator of Citizenship and Assistant Head in charge of Church of England Status. I am currently Assistant Head in charge of Church of England Status with responsibility of Religious Studies and citizenship.

Originally born and raised in a small town outside Nottingham, I moved to Cheshire to complete my further education and pursue my dream of working in education. I have spent my whole teaching career in Northwich and for the last 7 years the town has been my home. I feel I am part of and have a responsibility within the community, a responsibility to support and nurture the younger members of our locality.

Sarah Merison - Associate member

I have been an associate member of the governing body since October 2016 having previously been a parent governor since 2004, and Chair of Governors from June 2010 to October 2016. My daughters were pupils here at Witton Church Walk, my youngest daughter moving to secondary education in 2014. I became a governor because I wanted to help school and learn more about how school and education is organised. I felt that my work as a children’s librarian and experience of working in local government meant that I had skills and experience which I could use to make a positive impact on our school. I am also fortunate that as a part time worker I can devote a lot of time to helping in school and attending the meetings and training which are an important part of being a member of our school’s governing body.

Through my time as a governor I have learned a tremendous amount and now as an associate member I can continue to contribute this knowledge and experience as I support our Chair of Governors, Graham Sheen in his role.

I enjoy my role on the governing body very much and I also continue to help with the school library and the Gardening gang as well as working with the School eco-council.

Graham Sheen (Chair of Governors) – Foundation Governor

I have been a Governor since April 2009 when I was asked by the Diocese to fill a vacancy on the Governing Body. I retired from teaching in 2007 after a career spanning thirty-four years including eighteen years as the head teacher of a primary school. I am also a Parish Reader at St John the Evangelist Church, Lostock Gralam, where my wife and I have worshipped for over twenty-five years. During my time as a serving head teacher I took a Master’s degree in Church School education and I hope that my knowledge of school, particular church schools, and my interest in RE, Collective Worship and spiritual development contributes towards the skill mix within the Governing Body. I am also the well-being Governor and take my role very seriously as I believe that, although schools are primarily about imparting skills and knowledge, they are also places where all people are entitled to personal support and encouragement and are valued as individuals.
Apart from Governors' meetings I really enjoy leading collective worship, assisting with curriculum development and spending time talking to the children and staff. It's a great school to be involved with and I feel very privileged.

Lystra Landon - Foundation Governor

I was asked to become a Foundation Governor in March 2016.

I have been involved with Witton Church Walk for the last twelve years. All three of my children have attended this school. As a result I do have experience of how Witton Church Walk's stimulating teaching environment with its variety of enrichment activities, prepares our children for life-long skills of learning.

I have been blessed with academic opportunities to achieve a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work. I hope this along with twenty plus years experience working with and safeguarding vulnerable children will assist me in my role as a Governor.

However I am a parent with a strong Christian faith first and foremost. I have a strong belief in Christian values and regularly attend a church in Winsford. I am also passionate about participation, inclusion and Sport.  Therefore I have the same hopes, aspirations and limitations as many of our parents and school community. So with this in mind I look forward to learning more through Governance, about how we can continue to improve the outcomes for our children and school to make it an excellent place to learn.

I currently have Lead responsibility for PE and Sport and Chair the Workforce and Community Committee.  

Edward Williams - Parent Governor

I was interested in becoming a Parent Governor at the school as I fervently believe not just in the power of education for its own sake, but also its ability to enable students to forge a life for themselves and create opportunity no matter what their background. Education at its best fosters and develops ambition and talent and interest and I wanted the opportunity to help in the delivery of that in some small way. 

I have two, soon to be three children at various stages in the school so am deeply invested in supporting it in whatever way I can to deliver a first rate educational experience. I have worked variously at the BBC, University College London and a large recruitment PLC but for the last nearly seven years I have run my own recruitment business as well as being a partner in an academic consultancy for the last two and a half. Both of these roles have shown unequivocally the need for a solid educational foundation upon which to build ones career goals. I have worked with a number of schools and students locally to provide advice on how best to define and articulate what their goals are and then design a strategy that will help them achieve them. I hope and believe these experiences can contribute to the mix of skills that exist within the Governors and I will do all I can to champion the school and its pupils and give them the chance to exceed their own ambitions. 

Ruth Cannon – Foundation Governor

I was delighted to be invited to fill a vacancy as a Foundation Governor in February 2017. I have been involved with Witton Church Walk since September 2006 when my eldest son began his education here. He is now in Year 11 at high school whilst my youngest son is in Year 6.

I was fortunate enough to be able to graduate from university with a combined Honours degree in Education, Theology and English, all subjects which will undoubtedly be useful in my role as a Governor within a Church School. From there I went on to work in my local Magistrates Court, focusing primarily on the granting of Legal Aid. I am now a Company Director in my husband’s company which allows me to be flexible enough to devote the time required to my role as Governor.

I am lucky enough to be able to spend time in school, particularly focusing on reading with children in Reception. I am also actively involved with the PTA having previously held the roles of Secretary and Chair – though not both at the same time! I am a committed Christian and regularly worship at St Helen’s Church.

I am passionate about education and believe that all children should be given a wide range of opportunities, both academic and extra-curricular, within their school life. I look forward to developing my role and relish the opportunity to both support and challenge.

Paul Cooper - Parent Governor

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to be a parent governor at the school. I have a daughter in year 2 who badgered me to apply for the position and was over the moon when I was appointed so I am aware I need to do a good job! I have spent most of the past twenty years working with vulnerable young people and their families in a variety of settings including mainstream schools, social care, Local Authority Education Team and Pupil Referral Units; most recently I founded an Alternative Provision based in Northwich that works with vulnerable young people at risk of exclusion from school.

I understand the frustrations some families experience with the education system and the importance of making school an enjoyable place where their children feel happy, safe and valued as individuals. I believe all of my experience will ensure I play a positive role as parent governor and a critical friend in shaping Witton Church Walk and I aim to support the excellent standards already established and ensure we maintain an environment in which our children can flourish and receive the very best education and support.

Contact the School

Witton Church Walk CE Aided Primary School

Church Walk

Main Contact: Mrs T Foulkes - Bursar

Tel: 01606 288128