Our Governors

 
The Governing Body at Gawsworth Primary School consists of twelve people, two of whom are Parent Governors.
 
Suzie Blackwell
Chair of Governors
 
I am currently a stay at home parent and have three boys who attend Gawsworth School. Along with all the parents of children at Gawsworth, the school will be an important part of my family’s life for many years.  My role as a governor gives me the opportunity to use my skills and experience to support the continuous improvement of the school.  I am enthusiastic and committed to Gawsworth School being a safe, happy, learning environment where all children are encouraged to be positive and to fulfil their potential.
 
I spent ten years working in Operations in the pharmaceutical industry and my roles included purchasing, logistics and production management.  I am delighted that I can use my skills and experience, as part of a strong and passionate board of governors, to help Gawsworth in its pursuit of excellence.
 
I have been a governor since 2014 and was appointed Chair in 2016.
 
Neil Gunn
 
 
I am an experienced international project manager with 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical, food and agrochemical industries. I also have experience in the ICT sector. Since leaving full-time work in 2010 and becoming “part-time self-employed” I now use my spare time and professional skills in voluntary work within the local community as well as pursuing my keen interest in running and group leadership (with a specific aim of  developing beginner runners). I am currently the Treasurer of Macclesfield Harriers & Athletic Club and help to organise several local road and fell races.
 
 I have been a school governor at Gawsworth since 2010 and I believe that my skills can help Gawsworth Primary School to provide an excellent education and learning environment to all the pupils in the most  efficient and cost effective way. 
 
Charlotte Jennings
 
A business studies and language graduate, I have been in the creative and marketing industries for 20 years, largely working in scientific and healthcare sectors. Latterly a board member of an international marketing agency based near Manchester, my role as Strategy and Planning Director involved working at board level with clients to put together and execute their marketing strategies. I am currently taking a career break to have some time with my family, and am involved in a number of voluntary roles.
 
I have been a Governor at Gawsworth Primary since November 2013. I believe my business and marketing experience contributes to what is a very well rounded Governing Body. My children have both attended Gawsworth and my youngest is now in year 6, so I also bring a parents’ perspective to the role. 
 
James Jennings
 
My connection to Gawsworth School goes back to when I was a pupil in the 1980s and prior to that my mother attended the school. I have three children at the school and have a passion to keep Gawsworth on the map as a popular and outstanding school. 
 
I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years and have gained much experience, such as, working in a regulated environment, logistics, training, engineering and manufacturing.  I also have a limited experience of accounts through a personal interest. I joined the governing body in 2011 and was amazed by the energy and passion the governing body had to achieve the ongoing development of the pupils. 
 
I have been involved in premises management working with the head teacher and caretaker to ensure that the services the school receives are cost effective and fit for purpose. 
 
Helen Jepson
 
My name is Helen Jepson and I am the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One Coordinator at Gawsworth.  I am a BA Hons graduate specialising in English Language & Statistical Maths, after which I studied for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education – specialising in Early Years and Key Stage 1.  Prior to teaching in Cheshire, I was in charge of an Early Years Foundation Unit at a primary school in Staffordshire for five years.  Here I planned and implemented with my team the education & provision, including wrap around care for nursery and reception children.  It was whilst I was teaching in Staffordshire, that I embraced the opportunity to teach across the age ranges from nursery, through key stage one, to the top end of key stage two.  I also ran a series of family learning classes in conjunction with Newcastle College, to promote parents returning to education.  
 
I am passionate about Early Years education and value the impact that we as practitioners can have on the lives of the children in our care.  I firmly believe that every child is entitled to an education which encourages them to be the best that they can be.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and love nothing more than getting away in our caravan.  In my spare time, I volunteer at our village Brownie group. 
 
Michael Shaw
 
I grew up on a mixed farm close to Knutsford in Cheshire. Following my GCSEs and A Levels at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, I attended Nottingham Trent University for my BA (Hons) Humanities and then went on to study a PGCE (Primary) at Nene University College which is now known as Northampton University. 
 
My first teaching post in 1998 saw me return to Cheshire at The Vernon Junior School in Poynton. After four years, I moved to Astbury St Mary's CE Primary School near Congleton. After two years there, I decided to teach abroad and spent some time at Providenciales Primary School in the Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies. 
 
After two years in the Caribbean, I returned to Astbury St Mary's for a term and in January 2007, took a position as Deputy Head Teacher at The Quinta Primary School in Congleton, during which time, I studied for and passed the National Professional Qualification for Headship. After nearly five years at The Quinta, I gained my first headship at Tithe Barn Primary School, an outstanding school in Stockport, where I had taught French as an undergraduate some twelve years earlier.  

In September 2016, I was delighted to commence my second headship here at Gawsworth, joining an established and fantastic school team.  
 
Kerry Webb
 
After graduating with a degree in languages I have spent the last 20 years working predominantly as a secondary school teacher. Until Christmas 2013 I was Head of Modern Foreign Languages at a local high school, where I taught French to GCSE and A level. I took the decision to move into the primary sector and I am now employed by two primary schools in Congleton and Wilmslow as a French teacher.  I have always relished the opportunity to work with younger pupils and felt that with the introduction of mandatory MFL teaching in September 2014 it was an ideal opportunity for me. I hope to be able to use my experience of the education system and knowledge gained from working in a variety of schools to be an effective governor. 
 
I have two children at Gawsworth Primary School and since our eldest daughter started in 2011 I have been an active member of the PTA and currently I am the Chair coordinating fundraising events to raise money for the school. As a parent governor I am keen to play my part in supporting the school’s continued evolution and pursuit of excellence. 
 
Claire Dickens
 
I have been an ordained Salvation Army Officer (Minister of Religion) for twenty five years and this role has taken me all over the country, into a myriad of different situations and introduced me to all kinds of people. Prior to this I was a Staff Nurse (RGN) and although no longer registered, the knowledge and experience gained has been invaluable. 

I am married with two children. My eldest daughter graduates in 2019 and my youngest is a pupil at Gawsworth. 
 
My passion is not in league tables or SATs results, but in how we (by our actions and attitudes) teach our children to become adults with integrity who will make a difference in the world. 
 
Matthew Hartley
 
I have lived in Gawsworth for the past 10 years with my wife Gemma and three young children, two of which attend Gawsworth Primary School. With young children growing up in Gawsworth and attending the school, I am keen to help support the school where I think I can make a difference.

I am an IT professional with 20 years of experience in varied technology based roles with a passion for the constantly changing world of technology. I hope my knowledge of technology will be able to help drive the schools IT learning environment forward at the school providing an excellent resource for teachers and pupils alike.
 
Elizabeth Goda
 
Anne-Marie Hasson-Plumb
 
 
Steve Hasson
 
 
 
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