CWGA ‘supporting the work of governors, trustees & clerks’

Cheshire West Governance Association (CWGA) is a voluntary, independent organisation established to support the work of governors, trustees and clerks in Cheshire West and Chester.  We are affiliated to the National Governance Association.


  1. Championing good governance
  2. Provide networking opportunities for our members
  3. Comminicate to members

Our aims are to:

1. Champion good governance
  • Continued links and open dialogue with the Local Authority at Executive meetings and networking events
  • CPD - coach and mentor our members
  • Influence the local training programme, particularly with regards to providing financial knowledge and developing New Governors and Chairs of Governors
  • Provide a link between the Schools’ Forum and the Governors’ Forum
  • Provide a link with the Cheshire West Education Improvement Board
  • Maintain links with NGA
2. Provide networking opportunities for members
  • Organise termly governor networking events
  • Organise an annual conference
  • Maintain affiliated links with the NGA
3. Communicate to members
  • Produce a termly newsletter
  • Maintain an up to date NGA microsite
  • Social media presence
  • Encourage feedback from our members

Annual Membership of the CWGA is open to all trust boards and local governing boards, in all categories of educational settings Cheshire West and Chester (CW&C). The annual subscription is £35 per trust/LGB and is payable in September.  For further details email    

Executive Officers 2021-22

Chair  Janet Myers

Chair, Cheshire Academies Trust

NGA Regional Lead (North West)

NGA Consultant

National Leader of Governance

Vice Chair Zoe Lochlin

Co-opted Governor, Cherry Grove Primary School

Secretary Debbie Tomkinson

Chair, Cherry Grove Primary School

Clerk to Board, Cheshire Academies Trust

Treasurer Andy Canham

LA Governor (Chair), Elton Primary School & Nursery
Chair of Governors (Trust Co-Opted Governor), Utkinton St Paul’s Primary School.

Other Executives

Simon Livingstone

Vice chair, Weaverham High School
Parent Governor at Sir John Deane's College

Duncan Haworth

Chair, Woodfall Primary and Nursery School
Governor, The Observatory School
Trust Board Member, Neston High School
Governor, Ysgol Sandycroft
Member, Peninsular MAT
Trust Member, Cheshire Academies Trust   
Lay inspector for Estyn in schools in Wales
Governor, The Mosslands School                            


Executive Admin Support : Sharon Clarke

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Annual Statement for 2020-2021


CWGA Spring Newsletter 2022

CWGA Autumn Newsletter 2021

Archived newsletters


CWGA Summer Newsletter (May) 2021

CWGA Autumn Newsletter (December) 2020

CWGA Autumn Newsletter 2020

CWGA Summer Newsletter 2 2020

CWGA Summer Newsletter 2020

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  • NGA, 36 Great Charles Street, Birmingham, B3 3JY
  • Phone: 0121 237 3780 | Contact Us
  • Charity Number: 1070331 | Company Number 3549029

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