Meet our Governors!

Chair of Governors - Jolene Weaver



This is my first role as a School Governor but I have a range of experience in governance serving as a trustee for a number of charities over the past 12 years.

I have always been involved in learning having qualified as a Primary School Teacher before moving onto to teaching adults. My current role is as a Development Manager for a local charity working with health services to overcome health inequalities. I have worked on a number of educational projects with different charities which helped me to develop skills that I now utilise as a Governor, such as ensuring quality in education and developing strategy.

I believe that all children should be able to access high quality teaching in their local area; learning from others from diverse range of backgrounds. I feel that a good education provides children with the opportunity to use their own strengths to grow and develop into positive members of society and I work as part of the wider governing body to ensure that our school is supporting all of our children to achieve this.


 Vice Chair of Governors - Charlotte Edwards



I became a Governor in March 2016. My daughter was then in reception and I wanted to put something back in to the school where my children attend and provide support during these challenging times and from a personal perspective learn more about the education my children would be receiving. 

I am a senior operations manager with over 15 years experience in various industries. Day to day I manage a large team and am the finance representative on all our large projects so can provide a lot of support to the school in different areas. I hope to work with the other Governors to support and the challenge the school to be the best it can be.


Safeguarding Governor - Andy Avery



I have recently re-joined the Governing Body after a few years break. I have been connected with the Hoole CE Primary and it’s previous incarnations since 1997 and love being part of the school community. I’m looking forward to being part of the School In The Community committee as well a supporting the RE and Church Schools ethos. I work for Hoole Baptist Church as a Children’s and Family Worker and enjoy living and working in the wonderfully vibrant community that is Hoole. 

I have lived in Chester since coming here to study in 1993 and very much consider it home even though I grew up down in Surrey. I loved Chester from my very first visit when I came for my university interview so it’s no surprise I’m very happy here.

Away from work, I love music – both listening to and playing a range of instruments. I always enjoy being outdoors. Give me mountains or a beach and I’ll be happy for hours. I’m also the unofficial ambassador in Chester for the mighty Woking Football Club (who? I hear you say) having been a fan since my youth and was delighted to find another Woking fan locally so we can travel to games together when they play in the North West.


Staff Governor - Elaine Robertson



You may already know me through my role here in school as Learning Mentor, whereby I offer pastoral care and support to children and their families. I firmly believe in an inclusive approach to education and that all children are valued and nurtured and have the opportunity to achieve their goals.

I am a Staff Governor with the responsibility for Staff Well-Being, and I am a member of the School in Community Governors’ Sub-committee.

I am married with two grown up children, who both attended Hoole CE Primary some years ago.

This is my third year as a Governor, and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead working with the other Governors to ensure our school goes from strength to strength.


Governor - Dr Amanda Roberts



I joined the Governing Body in January 2019. I live in Hoole with my partner and we have two daughters in Reception class.

In addition to my primary aim in life to raise my daughters to the best of my ability, I work in the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist. In my working life I am privileged to be able to support the psychological health and well-being of people with additional learning needs, where at times their learning and social environments haven’t been conducive to their needs and educational attainment has been severely compromised. My role involves strategic leadership and influencing, and working within complex teams and systems and I have a strong personal and professional interest in human rights, equality, diversity, and inclusion.   

I am also keen to support the training of next generations and Lecture at both Liverpool and Lancaster Universities for the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, and mark and convene teaching modules.

With experience in strategic leadership and influencing I am looking forward to a new role as member of the Governing Body and ‘critical friend’ in supporting the school to value its strengths, recognise improvements and foster an organisational culture which enables a happy, safe and productive teaching and learning environment.


Governor - Christine Darwen


I thought that I would write a little rhyme

to introduce myself as a Governor (first time).

I was the first in my family to go to university;

education means so much to me.

From being put on the ‘top table’ at the age of 5

a good education is what has made me feel alive.

At primary school, Maths and P.E. were favourites to do …

along with reading, poetry, music and dancing too!

I have been in IT for over 35 years in many a role

and am also a holistic therapist (treats a person whole).

I have lived and worked abroad several times and love to roam,

but for over 20 years now Chester has been my home.

I love to walk in the hills and by the sea

Tenby in Pembrokeshire is a special place for me!

I have participated in the UK 3 Peaks Challenge twice for charity;

enjoy most sports, baking and fund-raising ….. that is me!


Governor - Vicky Reeve 

I have been a Governor since December 2019 and have two children in the school.  I have over 14 years of experience working in education in both the UK and overseas in a variety of roles including Early Years classroom teacher, English language instructor, teaching assistant and member of school leadership teams.

In my last school I was heavily involved with the School Improvement Team which was established to ensure standards were met and safeguarded in readiness for external quality assessments and accreditations. I believe that all children deserve a safe and nurturing school environment where they feel valued, have a voice and are listened to.


Governor - Julie Tynegate



I joined the Governors as a Foundation Governor. I am looking forward to strengthening links between All Saints' Church and Hoole CE Primary, two central community hubs in Hoole.

I spent over 25 years as a primary teacher, mostly in Early Years. I was always keen to promote a creative, challenging curriculum in Early Years and to develop close links with families to actively engage them in their child's learning. I hope to offer practical support and advice within Hoole Primary school.

I recently retired to volunteer with playgroups and family outreach projects in Hoole and Blacon, and to be a very enthusiastic part time carer for our grand daughter. I love going to the theatre, getting messy in the garden, cooking, dog walking and spending time with my family.

Governor - Theo Heath


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I joined the governing body in Summer 2021, this is my first posting. My partner and I both live in Chester after moving from Manchester in 2017. We love it here!

My current role is Lecturer in Power and Energy within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester. This position lets me apply my knowledge and passion for engineering and education to inspire the next generation of problem solvers. It also involves plenty of teaching, marking, curriculum planning, future thinking and project and budget management, so I realised there are lots of transferrable skills that could be well used to support my local community as a school governor; I am very pleased to be part of the Hoole CE Team.


I see my role as a governor as an extension of my work in education, as ensuring strong early foundations is key to supporting students in reaching their full potential. I look forward to assisting the school in its ambitious future plans while making sure decisions are equitable, well-reasoned and justifiable.


Governor - Sam Durdant-Hollamby


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I have been coming into Hoole Primary School for the last eleven years delivering assemblies, special Easter project work, Lego club, and more generally as a listening and pastoral ear to anyone and everyone. In 2020, I became a Governor at the school, and most recently a Foundation Governor. It is my joy to work alongside the school to help to continue to develop its Christian distinctiveness. My heart is to see everyone flourishing in all they were created to be. I am also invested in the school as a parent with two children who attend. 
In my professional life I am a church leader and Curate in the parish.

Governor - Tina Harwood


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This is my first role as a School Governor but I’m looking forward to working with the school. My background is 23 years in Local Government within Finance/Accountancy and Business Management. After taking voluntary redundancy when Cheshire was split East and West, I ran the back office for a micro business providing training and support to Children’s Centres for a number of years. The last 5 years I have spent working on reception for the Infant part of the King’s School, Chester. I provide admin support to the school staff and am the first contact point for parents.

I completed my Diploma in School Management some years ago hoping this would help me to move into a school setting and I look forward to using some of my skills to help to support the school.

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