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 Group

Chair  Janet Myers

Chair, Cheshire Academies Trust

Vice Chair Chris Koral

Co-opted Governor, Weaverham High 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

Member of IEB, Utkinton St Paul’s Primary

Member of Cheshire Academies Trust

Other Executives

Julia Hughes

Governor, Hartford Primary School

Governance Manager, The Russett Learning Trust

Zoe Lochlin  

Co-opted Governor, Cherry Grove Primary School

Lisa Rigby

Vice Chair of Governors, Antrobus St Marks & Great Budworth

Duncan Haworth

National Leader of Governance 

Lay inspector for Estyn, inspecting schools in Wales from 2010 to present. 

Trust Board member and current Vice Chair, National Governance Association, 2015 to present 

Executive Admin Support : Sharon Clarke

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Heads, Chairs and Clerks Virtual Conference 2021

Friday 26th February 2021 - 9.00am to 12.30pm
Members £30  Non-members £35
Deputy Head Teachers, Vice Chairs, Governors all welcome

Confirmed speakers:

  • Emma Knights OBE
  • Professor Mick Waters
  • Andrew Cook
  • David McNaught

Heads, Chairs and Clerks Conference flyer (pdf)

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

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