Cheshire West Governance Association

Cheshire West Governance Association, CWGA (formerly 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

a.    Produce a monthly newsletter

b.    Produce and maintain a website

c.    Provide twitter updates

d.    Organise termly governors' forum meetings

e.    Organise conferences

  1. Provide networking opportunities for members

a.    Organise termly governors' forum meetings

b.    Organise conferences

c.    Liaise with neighbouring associations and the National Governance Association (NGA)

  1. Influence decision-makers

a.    Continue discussions with Local Authority, including at the Executive meetings

b.    Influence the local training programme, particularly with regards to providing financial           knowledge and developing new governors and Chairs of Governors

c.    Provide a link between the Schools' Forum and the Governors' Forum

d.    Begin to open dialogue with Regional Schools Commissioners (RSC)

e.    Maintain links with NGA

Membership of the Cheshire West Governance Association is open to all governing bodies and governors, in all category of school 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

Christleton High School, Boughton Heath Academy


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


Duncan Haworth   

Woodfall Primary School, Neston High School, Ysgol Sandycroft Flintshire


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

Duncan McAllister

Hoole C of E Primary School

Martin Nield

The Acorns Primary & Nursery & Whitley Village Federated School

David Rowlands

Upton High School

Jenny Turner

Lache Primary School

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


Wednesday 28th June 2018

7 -9pm

Christleton High School

Christleton High School, Village Road, Christleton, Chester CH3 7AD

Topics under discussion:

  •  Prevent and Cyber issues – Richard Strachan (ex Police Chief Superintendent and current Chair of the Warrington and Halton Safeguarding Boards)
  • Early Help and Prevention Service (Children & Families Services) - Karen Cove
  • Children’s Social Care (CWAC) – Amanda Jones

All governors welcome

Please send any questions you would like discussed at this session to:

All governors in Cheshire West & Chester - including academy trustees - 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:
Follow us on twitter @cwgovassoc