Meet the Governors

 

Christine Meekley – Headteacher
What an honour it is  to lead Cheadle Heath Primary School. The children are fantastic, the staff are committed, the governors are challenging (in the nicest sense!) and the parents are supportive.  I was appointed to amalgamate the existing infant and junior schools in September 2001 and have overseen two extensive building projects. Before coming to Cheadle Heath I was Deputy Head at Hazel Grove Primary School and prior to that I worked in Trafford and Manchester LAs.

I have two primary school aged children (Year 4 & Year 6) so fully understand the constraints of juggling busy family life and a hectic work schedule! In juggling these two hugely important roles I see my work at Cheadle Heath through the eyes of a pupil and parent too.  I look forward to welcoming you to Cheadle Heath.

Louise Skelhorn – Chair of Governors (appointed December 2014)
Hello, my name is Louise Skelhorn and I am delighted to introduce myself as the Chair of Governors. I have worked in the field of social justice, particularly working alongside people with multiple disabilities and communication differences for over 20 years. With a background as a qualified Learning Disability Nurse and Social Worker, I immensely enjoyed my career as an Independent Trainer, Mentor and Consultant, for over a decade. After being diagnosed with a degenerative long-term health condition several years ago, my desire to ‘give something back’ and to try to ‘make a difference’ has only increased. After serving as a Parent Governor at another local school, I am genuinely honoured and delighted to be invited to be the Chair of Governors at Cheadle Heath and look forward to meeting you all soon. What a privilege!

Tony Korycki – Coopted Governor / Development Governor
I’ve lived in Stockport for 22 years, and, having a professional background in communications and technology, hope that I can contribute through my viewpoint and skills, relevant to the exacting challenges faced every day, term and year within the school. I became involved in education through experiences whilst mentoring in Manchester; so I’m passionate about the importance of a “great start” and the impact that early learning has on our community. I’m committed to serving the school to the best of my ability and am particularly enthusiastic about being involved with a school that offers children such great opportunities to use information technology, and to learn about music.

Jenny Yates – Coopted Governor (appointed December 2014) / Vice Chair of Governors / English Link
I was appointed as a co-opted governor at CHPS in December 2014 and, following the relocation of the previous Vice Chair of Governors and our ‘Good’ Ofsted judgment, I am now undertaking the role of Vice Chair of Governors.  My whole working life has been spent in education, in the primary, infant and nursery phases, including headship and local authority advisory work so it is a good time for me to put something back into the community as I am now retired. I consider this to be an opportunity to share skills with the governors, the headteacher and her staff, for the benefit of the children and their families at this enterprising school.  I also have fond childhood memories of relatives on Heathside Road!

Ann Deering – Coopted Governor (appointed December 2014) / Maths Link Governor
I have lived in Stockport for over twenty years . I have spent all my working life in education as a primary school teacher, with six years as a deputy headteacher. For many years I was the school’s Maths Co-ordinator and retain a particular interest in the Maths curriculum. I have taught from year two to year six and was also staff governor for a number of years. I am now working as a part time supply teacher in Greater Manchester. I am really looking forward to working with the school community in my role as co-opted governor.

Bethan Archer – Staff Governor
I was delighted to take on the role of Staff Governor at Cheadle Heath Primary School in Spring 2016. As a recently qualified teacher, this is my first experience of being on a Governing Board and I am very much looking forward to gaining insight and experience into this vital role and being part of the wider school community.

I have been a teacher at CHPS for three years and for that time, have been a Reception teacher. It is truly a pleasure to welcome the children I teach into life at CHPS, knowing that they are starting their journey at this great school. I am incredibly proud to be a part of #teamchps and look forward to working with the rest of the Governing Board to ensure that all pupils who come to our school have equal opportunities to be the very best that they can be and achieve their potential.

Samantha Donigan – Parent Governor / Safeguarding Governor
My name is Samantha Donigan. My daughter started reception at Cheadle Heath Primary in September 2016, having previously attended the nursery the year before.

I work as an Assurance Manager for a local housing organisation, overseeing areas such as risk management, insurance, audit, procurement and data protection. I have a lot of experience of reporting to our own Board of Directors, which is similar to the Governing Board in many ways.

I feel that I bring a range of skills to my role of Parent Governor and look forward to working with the other governors in ensuring that this school remains a great place for our children to develop their potential and a love of learning. Being a Parent Governor is a brilliant way for me to volunteer my time and give back to my local community.

Jonathan Birch – Parent Governor / Healthy & Safety Governor (appointed October 2016)
I am delighted to have been appointed as a Parent Governor at Cheadle Heath Primary School. I live in Cheadle Heath with my wife and two children and my daughter started in the Reception class in September 2016.

I work as a Health & Safety and Facilities Management Consultant and work largely within the statutory and further education sectors. I have worked with multiple schools, academies and colleges across the country and bring experience and knowledge of the sector and good practice and ideas from other schools. I am a member of the British Institution of Facilities Management (BIFM) and hold NEBOSH and IOSH qualifications.

I look forward to playing an active role on the Governing Board and using my skills and knowledge to ensure the school continues to be a safe, and happy learning environment.

Nadeera Pratt – Parent Governor  (appointed February 2017)
My son and I have lived in Cheadle Heath for over 5 years. He’s now in Year 4 and has attended CHPS since Reception.

I became ACCA qualified in 2003 whilst working as an external auditor and I have spent the last 7 years working for a Mutual as a group reporting accountant and more recently within internal audit. I believe my varied experience across industries and within various functions at the Mutual would be beneficial to CHPS in terms of providing independent challenge on both financial and non-financial matters.

I believe that primary school is the first real building block in a child’s life and I welcome the opportunity to use my skills to strive for a great and varied academic experience for all children at CHPS. I look forward to working with the other Governors and #teamchps.