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 10 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.
Governor - John Kirkland
I became a Governor of the old All Saints Infants and St James Junior Schools when we moved to Chester in 1995 and continued as a Governor at Hoole CE Primary when the new school opened. During that time I have held a number of roles, most recently as Chair of Staffing Committee, and I have a concern for the well-being of all the staff at the school. I am regularly in school as part of the Church team from All Saints which has the privilege of leading assemblies in Key Stages 1 and 2 on Wednesday mornings.
I am married to Kate, who is a secondary school teacher, and have four children, the youngest of whom was a pupil at Hoole Primary some years ago.
I am also the Vicar of All Saints Church and I am keen to see how we can develop and express the Christian ethos of the school, working together in partnership in the local community.
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 end 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 - Kristy Bengree
I have been a Governor since January 2019. My two children both attend the school and I became a parent governor as l want to support the school in being the best it can be in ensuring our children achieve their potential. I have over 15 year experience working in Human Resources and currently work for Cheshire West and Chester Council as a HR Lead. I provide advice on all aspects of HR including recruitment, employee relations and organisational culture/design.
I look forward to working with the governing body and hope that I can make a positive contribution to the school so that it can build upon its strengths.
Governor - Dr Amanda Roberts
I have recently 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 - Jenny Clarke
I am one of the newest governing board members, having joined in October 2019. When I came to visit Hoole Primary, I was really struck by the enthusiasm and welcoming nature of the pupils and teaching staff.
I am a marketing and communications professional, specialising in arts education and have worked on programmes such as Arts Award (arts qualifications for young people) and currently lead the communications, and support the development of, the Artsmark Award – Arts Council England’s award for schools that celebrates and develops cultural education.
Having worked with hundreds of schools across the country, I have seen first-hand the difference a broad, balanced and creative education can make to a young person’s life as well as the whole school community. I promise to bring my knowledge, experience and inquisitive nature into my role as your school governor, ensuring your children grow into well-rounded, well-educated and happy young people.
Governor - Ulf Herzog
Having been invited to join the Board of Governors in November 2019 I’m very excited about the opportunity to work within a team of highly motivated and experienced people, all with varied backgrounds and bringing in different skills, but all united in the common goal: supporting the school in enabling all pupils to thrive, to be curious and to develop a passion for learning, as this is the most highly valued skill in and for life.
My main motivation to join the board is being able to give something back to the community, having lived in Hoole now for nearly 7 years and both my daughters attended Hoole CoE Primary school before moving on to High School.
I’m an accountant by profession, having worked in the investment banking industry for the last 20 years. I’m hoping that I can bring in my financial skills alongside my project work experience and I’m looking forward to likewise learn new skills from the experienced hands already present.
My ultimate goal is to work with the other governors and the school leadership team to make Hoole CoE Primary the best place it can be for learning as part of a formal education.