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.


Chris Founds – Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor at Woodfall and have two boys in school, recently moving back to Little Neston after 20 years away. I have a wide interest in all school activity and represent on the Achievements and Standards Committee and have been a Governor in other schools since 2012.

I own a local Design & Management Consultancy business and I am a qualified Civil Engineer. I am passionate about our children’s learning, including STEM activities, and will work with the School Leadership Team to ensure they enjoy the very best education the school can provide.


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.


Andy Hinch - Parent Governor

I was elected as a Parent Governor in October 2015 and have 2 children at Woodfall, both in the Juniors. I am Chair of the Finance and Premises committee and link Governor for Maths and the Nursery / Reception years.

At work I am Director of the Unilever factory in Port Sunlight and enjoy bringing my financial and leadership skills to Woodfall as well as learning more about the school and education and bringing that back into my work.

I believe that Primary education is a key part of every child’s development and am proud to be part of the Woodfall team and support our school in its ongoing development.


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.


Richard Lowry – Staff Governor

My name is Richard Lowry. I am a teacher governor and I sit on the Finance and Premises committee, as the Health and Safety lead. I first joined Woodfall Junior School in 1998 before the amalgamation in 2005 and I currently teach in Year 2.

Until this year I have held the role of PSHCE education subject leader that has included coordinating Sex and Relationship Education and Drugs Education. I have introduced many wider enriching opportunities that help children become better informed citizens. As the Eco School’s leader, I am very proud of our achievements and passionate about promoting all aspects of sustainability. I currently lead the Science curriculum and I hope all children can be inspired by the awe and wonder moments and that they gain the confidence and ability to work scientifically.


Mike Moss – Parent Governor

My name is Mike Moss and have been a parents governor since 2013, taking on the role after heading the school's PTA. I have 2 children at Woodfall. As a governor I am on Pay and Personal Committee and responsible for Safeguarding and AG&T.

As well as my day to day role of running a UK Shipping Company, I am a coach and School Liaison Office for Neston Nomads Community Football Club. I am also keen on all forms of fitness, triathlon, travel and skiing.

I am passionate and proud to be a Governor of a wonderful, outstanding School for our children and am keen to further promote and nurture how it integrates and works with the local community.


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.


Contact the School

Woodfall Primary School

Woodfall Lane
Little Neston
CH64 4BT

Tel: 0151 338 2288
Fax: 0151 353 1402