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Cheshire West Governance Association

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.

Championing good governance
Provide networking opportunities for our members
Communicate 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
  • Support the local authority and other regional groups by providing guidance about training and advising our members of free training opportunities
  • 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

  • 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 2023-24

Chair Debbie Tomkinson
  • Governance Director to Board, Cheshire Academies Trust
Vice Chair Moira Griffiths-Parr
  • Governance Professional (NCDP), St.Winefride's Catholic Primary School
  • Foundation Director, The Catholic High School Chester
Secretary Chris Hampshire
  • Member and Trustee for Frank Field Education Trust
  • Trustee for Weaver Trust
Treasurer Andy Canham
  • LA Governor (Chair), Elton Primary School
  • Chair of Governors (Trust Co-Opted Governor), Utkinton St Paul’s Primary School
  • Trust Member, Cheshire Academies Trust.

Other Executives

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
Zoe Lochlin
  • Co-opted Governor, Cherry Grove Primary School
  • LA Governor, Malpas Alport Endowed Primary School
  • Co-Opted Governor, St Chads Primary School
Sue Tomlinson
  • Governor, Wharton C.E. Primary School 
Adanma Chrys-Chikere
  • Governor, The Country High School, Leftwich