Governors Profiles

Duncan Haworth – Co-opted Governor Chair

I am Duncan Haworth and I am currently Chair of Governors at Woodfall Primary School. I worked in industry managing chemical manufacturing sites and then as a self-employed head hunter recruiting for senior manager posts in the plastics and paper industries. Since retiring in 2012 I have concentrated on work in the educational field.

I am a governor at 2 other schools, Neston High School and Sandycroft Primary School. I am what is called a National Leader of Governance which means that I help school governing bodies to improve how they govern other schools. I am also a trained lay inspector for Estyn, inspecting schools across Wales.

I was privileged and honoured to accept an MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours awards for my work in education.


Hayley Foster – Staff Governor

My name is Hayley Foster and I have worked at Woodfall Primary School since January 1996. I started off working in a reception class before moving to teaching children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Currently I am the SENCo Assistant and I teach a small specialist group of children every morning. In the afternoons I deliver speech therapy programmes to individuals and groups of children from nursery up to year 6. I also teach a language programme with the children in our nursery. I am a 1-2-3 magic parent’s practitioner and deliver this parenting programme throughout the year. I run a very successful Rotakids programme alongside the Rotary Club of Neston. We raise money for local and international charities.

I am mum to two daughters. My eldest daughter who is now at Neston High School used to come to Woodfall and my youngest daughter is currently in year 2.Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. For the last 20 years I have run a Rainbow company in Parkgate.

I thoroughly enjoy everything about my role at Woodfall and I enjoy the differing role being a governor brings.


Louise Gittens – LA Governor

I am proud to be the Local Authority Governor for Woodfall. I am a Cheshire West and Chester Councillor for Little Neston and Burton and Cabinet Member for Communities and Well Being. I trained originally to be a Teacher but ended up in Learning and Development for Adults. I have been running my own Management Development Company for the last 10 years. Since becoming Cabinet Member in 2015 I have concentrated my time and effort on Council Work.

I live locally and in my spare time love walking in the mountains of Wales. I am passionate about ensuring all our Children have the best start possible in life and I believe as Governors at Woodfall we can help lay the foundations to enable all of our pupils to reach and exceed their potential.


Robina Hetherington – Co-opted Governor

I am a co-opted governor at Woodfall. I have had a long relationship with the school. I have two grown up children who went through Woodfall when they were separate Infant and Junior schools. I served a term as a governor at the Infant School many years ago.

Now that I am retired, having previously worked as an Architect and a University Lecturer, I have chosen to return to governance as I have more time. I live just down the road from the school and I am keen to be of use to my local community. I enjoy working with my fellow governors to ensure that Woodfall Primary continues to be Outstanding and that all of our pupils are happy and given the opportunity to achieve their best.


Michelle Lindfield – Parent Governor

My name is Michelle Lindfield and I am a Parent Governor at Woodfall Primary School. two children both attend Woodfall, the eldest in Year 5 and the youngest in Reception. I work as a Chartered Accountant in the Transformation & Resources Department at Wirral Council, and have been at the Authority for 23 years.

I joined Woodfall’s Governing Body in 2016 because I wanted to be involved in, and make a positive contribution, to my children’s School. I am a member of the Finance & Premises Committee and recently undertook the role of SEN Lead Governor. It is very rewarding to be a Governor and is giving me an excellent opportunity to learn more about the school and the Education system and the vital role it plays in the learning and development journey of our children.



Cheryl Townson – Co-opted Governor

For the past 2 years I have been fortunate to act as a co-opted governor for Woodfall Primary school. I am also the lead governor for literacy.

Throughout most of my career I have worked in television production but for the past six years I have been a producer in BBC Learning, the department responsible for BBC Bitesize, where I produce a variety of educational campaigns, which range from encouraging children to learn a line of Shakespeare to being inspired by classical music.

I grew up in Kent and the Lake District but have lived in Burton for the past 14 years with my husband, three teenagers and a VERY large cat called Puddles!

I am extremely proud to be a governor at Woodfall, an outstanding school with inspirational staff, who believe in giving each child the chance to reach their full potential in a caring and safe environment.


Dominic Roberts - Parent Governor

My name is Dominic Roberts and I am a Parent Governor at Woodfall Primary School. I have two children in the juniors and I am link Governor for gifted and talented. I am also a Councillor on Neston Town Council and I want to use those links to involve the pupils of Woodfall in the wider community.

My training and background is as a Scientist, working for a Government food safety laboratory and currently as a Marketing Manager for a scientific instrumentation company. With three children I am passionate about all of our children’s education and want them to all leave Woodfall confident, knowledgeable and rounded young people. I am very proud to be a part of that development and I look forward to supporting the staff and driving forward Woodfall Primary School.


Neil Reynolds-Winstanley – Parent Governor

I was elected to the Governing Body, as parent governor in the autumn term of 2017.  My wife (who works in the school’s nursery/pre-school) and I have two children that have been through Woodfall and moved onto local Grammar Schools and our third, Harry, is currently in Year 4. 

I work as a regional manager for a national construction contracting business.  The financial, contractual, regulatory and safety experience I have from my career I believe allows me to positively contribute to the various Governor Committees that we have at Woodfall.  I am the subject link Governor for Science and also lead Governor for Mental Health & Wellbeing.

Outside of work and Woodfall, I enjoy walking the family dog (Kai) and most sports.  I am a qualified referee in Rugby Union and can often be found on Saturday & Sunday mornings running around blowing my whistle at Calday Grange Grammar School and/or Ellesmere Port Rugby Club where our eldest son also plays.

I believe that a good quality primary education is the foundation of each child’s ability to reach their full potential.  Providing a safe and happy environment for each child is also vitally important.  I believe Woodfall has in the past and presently does more than fulfil these fundamentals very well.  I am keen through my role on the Governing Body to ensure that the school continues to do so and furthermore that we strive to continuously improve the provision for the benefit of the children and their families.


Chris Allinson – Parent Governor

I joined the board of Governors in September 2019, as a Parent Governor.

I’m passionate about education, having progressed through state-funded schools myself, before achieving a Masters in Engineering. Having worked tremendously hard to land a Senior-Management role in Research & Development at a large multi-national consumer goods company, I’ve seen what a good education can achieve.

My career to date has exposed me to a wide range of opportunities and experiences; including the ability to think and act strategically, to positively influence others and build strong and lasting relationships which will deliver success. All of which I believe will help me be an effective Governor.

As a Parent Governor you can expect me to be fully accountable, action-orientated, to offer measured and well-considered opinions, and to above all help maintain the high standards the school has set.


Contact the School

Woodfall Primary and Nursery School

Woodfall Lane
Little Neston
CH64 4BT

Main Contact: In case of query, please contact the Headteacher.

Tel: 0151 338 2288
Fax: 0151 353 1402

SEN Contact: Mrs Jane Bramham, Deputy Headteacher