Members and Trustees



Joanne Lucy - Member

Register of Interests: No Declared Interests

Jo Lucy is Executive Director at Riverside Housing Association, leading IT, HR, Business Intelligence and corporate change. She has a long history of working with local schools. Her previous roles include chair of governors for Boughton Heath and Vice Chair of CAT. 


Duncan Haworth - Member

Register of Interests: Chair of Governors at Woodfall Primary and Nursery School,  Trustee Neston High School, Vice Chair of Governors, Special School on the Wirral,  Lay Inspector of Schools in Wales, NGA Trust Board Member, Chair of the Cheshire West and Chester Schools Forum, Member of the Executive of the Cheshire West Governance Association

Duncan Haworth has extensive experience of school governance. He is Chair of Governors at Woodfall Primary and Nursery School, is on the Trust Board at Neston High School and also Vice Chair of Governors at a special school on the Wirral. He is a lay inspector of schools in Wales having been involved in over 100 school inspections in the last ten years. Duncan is currently a Trust Board member of the National Governance Association, having been a previous Chair of the organisation. At a more local level Duncan is the current Chair of the CWAC Schools Forum as well as member of the executive of the Cheshire West Governance Association.


Andrew Canham - Member

Register of Interests: 

Integrated Reservoir Solutions – Geologist/Director/ Shareholder, Elton Primary and Nursery School – LA governor and Chair of Governors, Utkinson St Pauls Primary – IEB Member, Cheshire West Governance Association - Treasurer 

Andrew is qualified in Earth Sciences to post-graduate level and is a director of two limited companies providing consultancy and analytical work for hydrocarbon exploration and production, mineral extraction and civil engineering companies worldwide.

An experienced Chair of Governors, Andrew’s interests are based around finance and budgeting, effective use of Pupil Premium and SEND, as well as the more general role of providing support and challenge to the SLT and HT in particular. Andrew is also the Treasurer for the Cheshire West Governance Association.


Nick Ankers - Member

Register of Interests: No Declared Interests

Nick retired as a Chief Inspector from Cheshire Police in 2011. Since then he has undertaken a number of voluntary sector governance roles including:

A governor with the NHS Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust.

Governor at Kelsall Primary School where he sat on both the Teaching and Learning and Resources (finance) committees before being elected as Chair of Governors. Nick stood down in 2018 after serving two terms of office.

Is currently a trustee with a local brain injury charity, Head Injured People in Cheshire, having been in this role since 2011. One of his responsibilities as the nominated Secretary is to ensure members are informed of the work of trustees to ensure the charity is meeting its strategic goals and objectives.


Richard Bowman - Member

Register of Interests: No Declared Interests

Richard is an experienced governor having served as Vice Chair of Governors and Lead Finance Governor at a primary school in Chester. He is a highly skilled, versatile cost management professional with wide ranging private sector experience working for employers, consultants and contractors. Richard has strong construction financial management, contract negotiation and administration skills and has well developed skills in organisational change and problem solving.


Terence Harrop - Member

Register of Interests: No Declared Interests

Terence is retired after having served 44 years in the Education Department with Cheshire County Council where he was Senior Business Manager with responsibility for the delivery of all support services.

Terence has significant governance experience having served as a governor at Kelsall Primary School where he was Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. He was Chair of Kelsall Parish Council for eight years and has held a number of governance roles with the Cheshire County Football Association, Sports Cheshire and Mid Cheshire District Football Association. He is currently a member of the Kelsall Community Centre committee with responsibility for upgrading and improving the facilities to ensure access to all members of the community.


Alison Ashley - Member

Register of Interests: 

Chair – Adelaide Heath Local Governing Board, Member – Brine Leas MAT LGB, Director, CITA

A former trustee at Cheshire Academies Trust, Alison Ashley has been Head Teacher at Hebden Green for seven years. Over this time the school has been awarded Outstanding in both its school and social care OFSTED inspections. Alison is a Director of CITA teaching school and works regionally and nationally to improve the outcomes for pupils with SEND. She also leads a national and strategic SEND group.




Janet Myers

Chair of Trust Board

Trustee appointed by Trustees

Term of Office: 04/05/2018 - 03/05/2022

Register of Interests:

NGA Consultant Trainer

NGA Regional Lead

Chair, Cheshire West Governance Association

Trustee, The Oldfield Trust

Janet is a governance professional with multi-disciplinary background including project management, customer service and marketing. Expert at taking a strategic vision and turning it into manageable, deliverable projects, Janet works as a freelance consultant trainer for the National Governance Association, providing bespoke support and training for governing boards and delivering training for the NGA Inspiring Governance programme in the North West region.


Alison Brennan

Vice Chair of the Trust Board

Chair of the Standards and Curriculum Committee

Co-opted Trustee

Term of Office: 20/01/2017 - 19/01/2021

Register of Interests: None

Alison is a partner in the corporate team of DTM Legal LLP, a commercial law firm with offices in Chester and Liverpool. Recommended in the last 6 editions of the Legal 500 and noted as being a “first class lawyer with strong commercial acumen”, Alison has more than 15 years’ experience advising businesses of all shapes and sizes and enjoys helping her clients to put in place and maintain a structure and legal framework to promote success and growth in a way that works for them. Her clients include a number of charities and not for profit organisations and Alison is also DTM Legal LLP’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (“COLP”) responsible for ensuring that the firm complies with its regulatory obligations. Alison has two children at Boughton Heath Academy.


Janet Sandford

Chair of the Resources Committee

Co-opted Trustee

Term of Office: 12/10/2018 - 11/10/2022

Register of Interests: None

Janet is an HR professional with over 20years experience working with both blue chip and SME businesses. Most recently operating at leadership level within professional services organisations, she is a specialist in talent management and people development with a long held interest in the connectivity between education and employment.


Martin Huber

Co-opted Trustee

Term of Office: 20/01/2017 - 19/01/2021

Register of Interests: None

Martin was appointed to the role of Trustee in January 2017 following a 34 year career in banking. A strong background in risk management, Martin has undertaken a number of senior leadership roles and has extensive experience of business turnaround, restructuring and delivering change. He is currently a Restructuring and Risk executive with a local investment bank and a Subject Matter Expert with the Chartered Banker publication. His wider community experience includes a commitment to and a recognition of, the value of local sport, particularly to children. Martin is a keen supporter, past treasurer and current first team manager of Chester Boughton Hall C.C. and presently sits on the Executive Committee at Chester Rugby Club with responsibility for Projects.

Rob Hughes

Co-opted Trustee

Term of Office: 05/12/2018 - 04/12/2022

Register of Interests: None

Rob is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with Deloitte before moving into industry roles in SMEs and larger corporate entities.  He has experience in audit, corporate finance and investor relations and is Head of Finance at a freight logistics company, Quality Freight (UK), based in Ellesmere Port.  Rob has three children, all of whom attend Boughton Heath Academy

Peter Woodhouse

Co-opted Trustee

Term of Office: 23/10/2019 - 22/10/2023

Register of Interests:

Parent governor at The Learning Alliance

Peter has a professional background in planning, property development and urban regeneration having worked in the public and private sectors and as a freelance consultant. Experienced in strategy and visioning he also focuses on implementation through strong programme and project management.

Peter served as a governor in a primary school for 7 years of which he was Chair for 4 years during which time he oversaw significant changes to the management of the school and in outcomes for children. The Governing Body work was recognised by the NGA through an Outstanding Governance Award in 2019.


Emlyn Wright

Term of Office : 06/11/2020 - 05/11/2021
Co-opted Trustee

Register of Interests:

Emlyn Wright Education - freelance education consultancy 

Senior Service Lead - Education and Standards for Wigan Council

Governor at The Mosslands School, Wirral 

Emlyn is an education professional with 20 years experience, including leadership of a Teaching School Alliance and two headships (maintained and academy) in the secondary sector.

Emlyn is skilled in all aspects of education but specialises in education leadership and strategy,  self evaluation and subsequent action/development planning, preparing for Ofsted inspection, curriculum and integrated financial planning, improving teaching and learning, high-impact pupil premium strategy and whole school and pupil-level progress data systems, analysis and associated interventions. 

Emlyn now works as a freelance consultant,  providing wide ranging support to secondary and primary schools across the North West region.


Sarah Price

Term of Office : 06/11/2020 - 05/11/2021
Co-opted Trustee

Register of Interests: TBC

An experienced teacher and leader, Sarah is currently a Head of School and during her career has had experience of supporting a number of schools with their strategic leadership and school improvement. She has worked with the Department for Education to review policy change and as a lead teacher on assessment protocols and procedures. She is also a Lead Moderator and SLE for Assessment and English. Sarah has governance experience and has been a Chair of Curriculum and Personnel Committees.


Mike Giffin

Term of Office : 06/11/2020 - 05/11/2021
Co-opted Trustee

Register of Interests: None

Mike is a Management Consultant with over 20 years experience helping clients design and deliver Transformation Programmes. Prior to this Mike served for 7 years as an Army Officer. His experience covers strategy, operational excellence, organizational and leadership development, governance and change management. In 2015 he became a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is passionate about sport and coaches junior football and rugby teams.


Geoff Mason

Term of Office: 08/12/2020 - 07/12/2024

Co-opted Trustee

Register of Interests: Daughter Works at Bexton Primary School

Over a long career that has focused primarily on Information Technology, Banking, Utilities and Consultancy, Geoff has worked across many organisations, large and small, in the UK, across most European countries and in North America.

Geoff has coached many senior managers on business change and effective leadership and have extended this at times, to teach at several Sixth Form Colleges and Universities.

Now semi-retired Geoff took the opportunity a few years ago to become a Governor at Manor Park School in Knutsford where he used his experiences of management, leadership, coaching, strategic planning, finances and communication. 


Accounting Officer: Steve Ellis,

Declaration of Interests: No Declared Interests


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