Meet the Governors

Statutory Governor Requirements

Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. In the interests of transparency, the governing body publishes up-to-date details of its governance arrangement.



Mrs Rebecca Ellams

Chair of Governors, Co-opted governor
4 year term commenced 29 November 2013
Chair of finance committee

I am a fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants, having qualified in 2004 and work as an accounts and audit manager for a local accountancy firm. I am a former pupil of Weaverham Forest and my two children currently attend the school.

Mrs Anne Jenkins

Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor

July 2014 - July 2016

Curriculum committee

Governor for safeguarding and Special Educational Needs

I have 2 boys at the school who are currently in year 2 and year 6 and have been involved with Friends of Forest during the time my children have been at school. I am a teacher and have worked in Special Educational Needs for the majority of my career.

Mrs Kath Burgess

My four daughters attended Weaverham Forest Primary School and during that time I was a parent governor. Now my two granddaughters are pupils at the school. I am a recently retired senior lecturer from the University of Liverpool where I was Head of the Directorate of Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy for eight years. I have a keen interest in local football and enjoy watching most sports. I help to run the Cheshire Girls Football League which keeps me very busy on Saturday mornings. Although I am still involved with my profession at a national level, I am keen to support my local primary school where our children begin their educational journey and develop their aspirational goals for their future lives and careers.

Cllr Charles Fifield

I live in Acton Bridge and work locally as a Chartered Surveyor. I am married and have 3 children. I became a Local Authority Governor of Weaverham Forest in 2011 following my election as a Local Councillor for Weaver & Cuddington ward. My favourite subject at school was History.

Mr Russell Prigmore

Co-opted Governor


I'm a member of the curriculum committee and finance and personnel.

Mr David Rushton

Co-opted Governor


My three daughters currently attend Weaverham Forest and I welcome the opportunity to have an input into their education. In work I am a programme manager and try to bring the knowledge and experience I have from work into the operation of the governing body. I am also an Explorer Scout Leader and enjoy spending time pursuing outdoor activities. At school my favourite subject was Geography.

Dr Ken Baird

Co-opted Governor

My three children all attended Forest Street School and my granddaughter enrolled in 2015. I taught (1 year) in a Grammar School in Northern Ireland and I lectured in a college of further education before joining the pharmaceutical industry in which I have worked since 1982. I have been self-employed for the last 15 years. During this time I have learned a lot about leadership, finance, interpersonal skills and people management. I have also been a magistrate in Cheshire for the past 23 years and chairman of our local scout group for over 10 years.


Mrs Jayne Gilmore

Parent Governor

My twin daughters enrolled in Weaverham Forest Primary School in 2016. I have worked for Cheshire Constabulary since 2006 in various roles but always with the Research department.  My current role is as a Research & Business Intelligence Officer. I also have experience working in Higher Education, finance and banking.

By nature, I enjoy analysing things so I like to ask lots of questions and enjoy problem solving. I’m a new Governor so I am currently trying to learn as much as I can about the school and education in general so that I can support pupils and school staff alike, helping to promote wellbeing and striving to fulfil potential.

My favourite subjects at school were Maths, Chemistry and Biology.

Mr David Erne


I have been the Headteacher here at Weaverham Forest Primary School, since 2014. I am immensely proud of the work we do here at Weaverham Forest and am passionate about providing opportunities to inspire, so that every child has the tools to become a life-long learner.

Mrs Clare Rushworth

Assistant Headteacher

I have been a teacher at Weaverham Forest for over 20 years, and I love it! I teach EYFS, I am also Assistant headteacher and my specialism is Special Educational Needs.

Mr Mike Hornby

Co-opted Governor

I was a pupil at Weaverham Forest, as were my two sons.

Now retired, I worked for HM Revenue and Customs, latterly as a policy officer at HMRC HQ.

My principal role at school is as a classroom volunteer, presently with Year 2, so as a Governor I try to maintain links and a watching brief on school life.


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