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.


Julia Bryant - Parent Governor

My name is Julia Bryant and I am a Parent Governor and also Vice Chair of Governors at Woodfall Primary and Nursery School. I have two children who attend Woodfall and I have been a Neston resident all of my life.
As a registered children’s nurse and a health visitor I am committed to working with families and professionals to improve the lives of children and young people. I have spent many years working in the community with lots of families from diverse backgrounds as well as children with complex needs. I have a good knowledge and experience of safeguarding children and value the importance of continual learning opportunities.
I currently work within the NHS over seeing areas of quality across children’s services. I received the honourable title of Queens Nurse and also a Florence Nightingale Scholarship due to my passion around engagement and service improvement leading to improved outcomes for children and their families. I have a Masters in Senior Leadership and a good understanding of governance.

I believe that every child should receive the best start in life and should be supported as individuals to meet their full potential. I take my role as Governor seriously and enjoy working with the board to oversee school governance and act as the school’s critical friend.


David Clark - Co-opted Governor

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I have lived in Neston with my wife for 37 raising and educating our two children in Raby Park School (now demolished) and Neston High School. 

I moved here to become Manager of Marks and Spencer in Birkenhead and Liscard (both shops now gone!). Since 1989 when I left marks and Spencer I have worked in various sectors including 9 years for one of the Prince of Wales’ personal charities and for Local Authorities in private sector engagement. After retiring from mainstream employment, I committed myself to public service and have undertaken Board roles in health, further education and housing. I also Chair Neston Community Youth Centre and Hip & Harmony, as well as driving a minibus as a volunteer for Ellesmere Port and Neston Community Transport.



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.


Trudy Gleave -Staff Governor

I am currently the phase leader for Key stage 1, as well as a Year 1 teacher.

During my teaching career, I have had the opportunity to teach a wide range of children aged between 2 ½ and 11 years old, from a broad spectrum of different catchment areas.

Within school, I am the International co-ordinator and I am very proud that our global enriched curriculum is such an important part of the ethos of our school.  I feel passionate that children need the opportunity and experiences to not only reach their full potential academically, but also develop a voice and feel empowered to make a difference.

All three of my children have also attended Woodfall, so I have also experienced the school from a different perspective.

I am enjoying my role of staff governor and working with others to ensure Woodfall continues to flourish in the future. 


Paula Phillips – Co-opted Governor

I joined Woodfall as a governor in September 2018. I am currently chair of the Standards Committee and link governor for Mathematics.

I decided to become a governor to support a primary school locally and give back to the community. I love being part of Woodfall’s community and I am committed to ensuring that the school continues to provide an outstanding education to all its pupils.

I have been in secondary education for over 20 years as a Physics and Science teacher. Since 2009, I have been a Senior Leader and School Improvement Lead, specialising in Science, Assessment and Leadership. I am a designated Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) and a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers. I am passionate about teaching, learning and leadership and I am active in Research Based Learning.


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.


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.


Joanna Harding - Parent Governor

My name is Joanna Harding and I am a Parent Governor at Woodfall. 

I have three children at Woodfall, in reception and juniors.

My background is in the technical side of performing arts and I was Technical Manager at Liverpool Hope University for 13 years where I ran shows, managed budgets and lectured in Technical Theatre.

I have been an active member of Woodfall Parents Association for the past 5 years which has given me an unique insight into the school. This helped in my decision to become a Governor to support the school in other ways.

I am throughly enjoying my role as Parent Governor and it’s great to be part of a team who are dedicated to supporting the school and it’s staff to continue its exceptional work at giving its pupils the best possible experience. 


Maxine Wellsbury - Parent Governor

I am a parent governor at Woodfall and I have a 5 year old daughter that has recently started at Woodfall Primary and Nursery School. I studied the Legal Practice Course in Manchester and have worked in the legal and financial field but now work for the Ministry of Justice. I believe that education is fundamental to every child's life so having the opportunity to contribute towards this is of great importance to me.


Laurie Wilson - Co-opted Governor
I am Laurie Wilson and I am a Co-opted Governor at Woodfall. I moved to Neston 3 years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed becoming a part of the close-knit community. I am a property and construction lawyer working  in-house for a large PLC and have a two year old son. I am passionate about building the foundations for a bright future whilst having the best experience possible for each child and their needs.
As a governor I am keen to use my skills and passion to help make a difference and I am fully committed to working with the board. Woodfall is thriving and it is an honour to be a part of something so special and ensuring it continues to shine. 
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