Cheshire West and Chester Association of Governing Bodies

Cheshire West and Chester Association of Governing Bodies is a voluntary, independent organisation established to support the work of school governors in Cheshire West and Chester. We are affiliated to the National Governance Association.

Our aims are to:

  1. Communicate to members
    1. Produce a monthly newsletter
    2. Produce and maintain a website
    3. Provide twitter updates
    4. Organise termly governors' forum meetings
    5. Organise twice-yearly conference
  2. Provide networking opportunities for members
    1. Organise termly governors' forum meetings
    2. Organise twice-yearly conferences
    3. Liaise with neighbouring associations and the National Governance Association (NGA)
  3. Influence decision-makers
    1. Continue discussions with Local Authority and Edsential, including at the Executive meetings
    2. Influence the local training programme, particularly with regards to providing financial knowledge and developing new governors and Chairs of Governors
    3. Provide a link between the Schools' Forum and the Governors' Forum
    4. Begin to open dialogue with Regional Schools Commissioners (RSC)
    5. Maintain links with NGA

Membership of the Cheshire West and Chester Association of Governing Bodies is open to all governing bodies and governors in Cheshire West and Chester (CWAC). The annual subscription is £35 per school. Membership is also extended to schools in other authorities. Our membership includes 90% of the schools in CWAC.  

Executive Group


Janet Myers Cherry Grove Primary
Vice-Chair Harry Ziman

Cheshire Academies Trust, Kelsall Primary School, Meadow Primary School, Tarporley High School and 6th Form College, Upton Heath C of E Primary School

Secretary Duncan Haworth    Woodfall Primary School, Neston High School, Ysfol Sandycroft Flintshire
Treasurer John Freeman Weaverham High School
Other Executive Members Alison Ashley Hebden Green School
Chris Chapman Hartford Manor CP School
Peter Gaskell Hebden Green School
Francis Kwateng St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary, Cheshire Oaks Primary School
Ceri Lloyd Mill View Primary School, Parkgate Primary School, Neston High School
Martin Nield The Acorns Primary & Nursery & Whitley Village Federated School
David Rowlands Upton High School
Jenny Turner Queen's Park High School, Lache Primary School

CWACAGB works in partnership with the Local Authority to chair termly Governors’ Forum meetings.  The next meeting is:


School Forum and AGM

Wednesday 28th June 2017

7 -9pm

Ellesmere Port Catholic High School,

Ellesmere Port

Disadvantaged Strategy

 Leading Governance


Debbie Murphy –CWAC

Speaker to be confirmed

All governors welcome


Dates for your diary:

New Governors Networking Event Tuesday 18th October 2017 venue to be confirmed

Next School Forum Monday 20th November 2017 venue to be confirmed

All governors in Cheshire West & Chester - including academy governors - are most welcome to attend.

The association would be happy to hear from members who have suggestions or requests for assistance. For further information contact: