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Our Governors support Tilston School, the headteacher and the staff by helping with the leadership and management of the school. Their formal role involves setting the main objectives, policies and targets for the school. These include targets for educational improvement, the School Development Plan, the budget and staffing policies. The role of Governors includes monitoring the progress and success of the school and challenging the headteacher in a constructive and supportive way.

To get in touch with any of the Governors, contact the School Office on (01829) 250204 or e-mail admin@tilston.cheshire.sch.uk

Our Governors are local people with an interest in helping make Tilston a thriving and successful school.  Eleven Governors make up the Governing Body and most are appointed for a four year term of office.
Our current Governing Body consists of: 


Kay Dutton
Parent Governor

I am a former pupil of Tilston School and I have worked in the education sector for most of my career.  I currently work at the University of Chester in an academic development role, having formerly worked at Reaseheath College, Nantwich. I live just outside Farndon with my husband and daughter Alexa (who is in Year 2 at Tilston School) on my family’s dairy farm.  I have recently joined the Governors as a Parent Governor.  Tilston School gave me a great start to my education and I am now looking forward to supporting the school in my role as a Governor over the next few years. 

Tony Clare
Parent Governor

Two of my children currently attend Tilston School and are enjoying their time here enormously. I have been a Parent Governor for just over one year and have enjoyed supporting the school however I can and gaining a greater understanding of the complexities of running a school. Part of my role on the Governing Body includes Chairing the Buildings Committee and also being a member of the Staffing Committee. I work as a Land Consultant and freelance writer and in my spare time enjoy spending as much time as possible enjoying the countryside with my wife Mandy and our children Mari, Denis and Ronan. I am a keen screenplay writer and enjoy cycling, running, and watching most sports, but mostly enjoy watching Everton FC. 

Julie Rowlandson
Parent Governor
Jon and I moved to Tilston in 1992 and produced four boys! The younger three have attended and thoroughly enjoyed their time at Tilston School. I have been a parent governor at the school for 6 years and have relished the opportunity to support the amazing staff and children throughout that time. I have been involved in education in various roles for over 20 years and returned to full time teaching four years ago after several wonderful years spent as a full time mum. I am currently teaching in Foundation Stage 2 and am passionate about Early Years education. I am also a Forest Schools leader and love mud! My role on the governing body is as chair of the Achievement and Safeguarding Committee and as a member of the Staffing Committee. I also have responsibility for Special Needs, Looked After Children and Safeguarding.
Dan Spry
Parent Governor
 I am a parent governor, and the father of Nya and Finn Spry.  I work for the local authority as an Early Years Consultant, supporting reception classes, children centres, pre-schools and day nurseries across Cheshire West and Chester. I take my role as governor very seriously and enjoy attending school events as both governor and parent. One of my main roles as a governor is to chair the Staffing Committee. In my spare time I enjoy being outside walking with our dog, canoeing or climbing and now get immense joy from sharing in these activities and experiences with Nya and Finn who I recently took climbing for the first time on natural rock in North Wales over half term.
Sue Fryers
Community Governor 
I have lived in Tilston with my husband Tony for nearly 30 years and I became community governor in 2011. Before I retired, I worked as a teacher in a state grammar school on the Wirral, where I was head of Russian. I enjoy bell-ringing, both in Tilston and Tattenhall, playing the piano and going to concerts. I have a keen interest in environmental issues and sustainability. On the Governing Body I am a member of the Finance and Achievement & Safeguarding Committees.
 Will Clowes
Foundation Governor
Both of my children have been educated at Tilston (2001 - 2011);  I have been a foundation governor here since 2002; and I have lived in Tilston since 1996 with my wife Clare. During the day I work in Liverpool for Jones Lang LaSalle as a Chartered Surveyor dealing with commercial properties across the Merseyside and North Wales region, but at home I like a more countrified style of living and try to grow as much home produce as possible.  I am Vice Chair of the Governors, providing support to the Chair and Head.  I am also Chair of the Finance Committee, which meets termly, with principal responsibility for the setting and monitoring of the annual school budget and providing help and assistance on all matters financial relating to the school.
Neil Ritchie
Cheshire West and Chester Council
I have lived in Tilston since 1989 and have been a Governor of the school since 1995, as well as being a Parish Councillor. Before I retired I worked for Cheshire County Council as head of their architectural and building service. I then served as Ward Councillor for Tilston on Chester City Council and until 2011 on Cheshire West and Cheshire Council. This included the roles of executive member for environment, Lord Mayor of Chester and Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council. At home my wife Kathie and I keep a small flock of Hebridean sheep and Kathie runs Tilston Lodge Bed and Breakfast. We have two daughters and one son, who are married with families of their own. Of our six grandchildren, five are school age or nursery school age. 
Tom Stephenson
Community Governor
 Chair of Governors
I have lived in Tilston for 30 years.  Now retired, I have been a maths teacher and a barrister.  I worked for local authorities for almost 30 years, including Cheshire County Council and Leicester City Council.  I now keep busy with my family and friends, by supporting various activities in the village and as a trustee of Chester Voluntary Action.  I joined the Governors in November 2008.  As the Chair of Governors, it is my job to chair the full meetings and to make sure all the Governor arrangements are operating properly.  I am the main link between the Governors and the Head, and between the Governors and the local authority.
Rev Jane Stephenson
Foundation Governor
Priest in Charge of St Mary’s Church

 If you go on the link to St Mary’s Church you will see a much more glamorous drawing of me and I’m wearing an official dog collar, as I have been the Priest-in-Charge (another name for the Vicar!) of Tilston and Shocklach since 2009. I have lived in Tilston for 30 years, married to Tom and with three children now grown-up: John, Jenny and Sally. I spent many years as a secondary school teacher of Geography and I am also a fan of Landscape History, which is why I like the bumps on the school field! As this is a Church of England Primary School, the Vicar gets to be a governor, which is a great thing to be. I very much enjoy spending time in Tilston School when I can and welcoming the school to St Mary’s Church. I am the link governor for Years 3 and 4, but I am also always happy to have a chat with anyone: pupil, staff member, parent, or carer. 

Pam Edwards
Staff Governor
I have been a member of the teaching staff at Tilston for 6 years and I have many years experience as a teacher governor. I represent the staff's ideas and views at Governors meetings and I contribute to the Achievement and Safeguarding Committee. I have been in the teaching profession for over twenty years across a number of local authorities. I am an experienced EYFS practitioner and currently manage the school's Foundation Stage Unit.  
Richard Harley
Staff Governor and Head Teacher
 I was appointed as Headteacher at Tilston School in May 2011 and I thoroughly enjoy my role. I have been in the teaching profession for 17years and have experience in a variety of schools in Cheshire, Manchester and Bolton. I am fortunate to have been a staff governor in four different settings. Working at Tilston is a very rewarding job and the school is well supported by this team of talented, committed governors who take a genuine interest in what goes on here.
The full Governing Body meets once a term and committees of Governors do more detailed work in areas such as Standards and Curriculum, Staffing, Finance and Buildings.  Most Governors have an individual role to take a special interest in areas such as Safeguarding and Health and Safety.
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