Governors at Ashton Hayes

Mrs Sharon Varey

Role: Initially Parent Governor, presently Co-opted Governor
Committees: Chair of Governance
Headteacher Performance Committee

Key Link: Safeguarding and Children in Care
Subject Link: SEND
Link for: Thematic Learning, Everyone is Welcome

I became Chair of Governors in September 2018.  I was originally elected as a parent governor and have since become a co-opted member of the team.  During this time I have been link governor for Literacy and Chair of the Curriculum, Children and Staffing Committee (known as Sub B for short).

I really enjoy being a governor as I am passionate about providing the very best education we can for our children.  I was a primary teacher for a number of years, so I believe my governor role is one where I can put my educational skills to good use.  In the years I have been a governor, I have seen both the Governing Body and the school develop and grow from strength to strength.

Since leaving teaching and having a family, I have completed a PhD in Landscape History and have written articles relating to the local area, Cheshire and Shropshire.  In my spare time I can be found at the Record Office trying to decipher old handwriting or walking the local landscape with our dog Amba.

Mrs Ann Lowry

Role: Initially Community Governor, presently Co-opted Governor
Committees: Vice Chair of Governance, Chair of Sub B Committee
Subject Link: EYFS
Link for: Mastery, Outcomes, Thematic Learning

I was appointed a community governor in 2012  and am currently Vice Chair, Sub committee B Chair and link governor to EYFS. I am also Mental Health governor.

Being a governor has allowed me to give something back to the community, to help make a difference and, to ensure pupils receive the best education possible by raising and maintaining the standards and performance of the school by supporting the headteacher and staff.  I am enthusiastic and committed  and care about the educational attainment of all our pupils.  

My background was in event organising,  primarily  within the motor sport industry , therefore, I believe I am a good 'team player', which can be useful on committees. 

Since becoming a governor I have volunteered in school on a regular basis and during my term of office I have assisted on school residential visits to Burwardsley, Tattenhall, Condover and Ironbridge.

Mrs Margaret Papworth

Role: Initially Community Governor, presently Co-opted Governor
Committees: Sub B Committee
Link for: Mastery, Outcomes

I became a Governor as I believe that it is important for the local community to take an active role in making schools the best they can be.  I am enjoying my role and I aim to use my skills and experience in a way that will benefit to the children, staff and parents at Ashton Hayes Primary School. 

I have had the privilege of serving on the Governing Body for a number of  years and have recently stepped down from the role as Chair as I am taking up the role of Pastoral Worker at St John’s Church Ashton Hayes. Throughout my career I have worked across the education service and remain committed as a member of the governing body  to using my skills and experience in a way that will continue to benefit the children, staff and parents at Ashton Hayes Primary School as we ‘Aspire to be Amazing’. 

Mr David Wilson

Role: Initially LA Governor, presently Co-opted Governor
Committees: Chair of  Sub A Finance and Premises
Headteacher Performance Committee
Subject Link: N/A
Link for: Outdoor learning

Following my retirement, I became reconnected with Ashton Hayes Primary School when I became a Local Authority Governor.
Both my daughters attended the school and I was pleased to at last have the time to become involved and to give something back. I must say that I have found it to be a most interesting and rewarding experience.

As a Chartered Management Accountant, I felt that the knowledge gained in financial management of a medium sized manufacturing facility would be useful to the governing body, especially since becoming Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee.

I enjoy hearing children read each week. I have been delighted to join staff and pupils in attending many class residentials.

I enjoy playing golf and badminton which I hope contributes to keeping me fit.

I am honoured and proud to be a Governor at Ashton Hayes Primary School. We have great staff, pupils and governors, all sharing a common goal striving for excellence.

Miss Beth Carter

Role: Teacher (Staff) Governor
Committees: Sub B Committee
Subject Link: English, Computing
Link for: Mastery, Outcomes, Thematic Learning

This is my seventh year as a class teacher at Ashton Hayes and third year as staff governor. For four years I have taught Year 2/3 mixed keystage class, before moving into Year 1/2 in September 2018. 

Raising educational standards in school is a key priority of mine. Our staff are dedicated to providing lots of RICHER learning opportunities, promoting conscious discipline and embedding our ‘everyone is welcome’ ethos. Working closely with the teaching staff enables me to accurately communicate to the governing body how well our curriculum is being delivered and supported. 

Being staff governor also gives me the opportunity to learn more about decision making and effectively communicating views between the staff and governance. I enjoy working as a part of our strategic team to ensure the school provides the best possible quality education for all pupils.

Mrs Ruth Mason

Role: Parent Governor
Committees: Vice Chair Sub B Committee
Subject Link: English
Link for: Mastery, Outcomes

I became a parent governor in 2012, and in September 2018 I was appointed Vice Chair of the sub B committee.

I have lived in the village of Ashton Hayes for ten years with my husband and two children, and my youngest is in Year 4 at Ashton Hayes. As I parent, I believe the partnership between parents and school is very important and have always tried to be involved with the wider life of the school – I was previously chair of the PTFA.

As a primary teacher myself, I am passionate about the quality of the educational experiences and learning environment that a school provides and feel I have the skills to support the staff of Ashton Hayes in their drive towards providing a RICHER curriculum for all. It is a great opportunity for me to be able to contribute to different aspects of school life, other than teaching, and to have an active involvement in my children’s education.

In my spare time I enjoy baking with my daughter, reading and walking.

Mrs Mary Jefferson

Role: Parent Governor
Committees: Vice Chair Sub A Finance and Premises

I have been a Parent Governor at Ashton Hayes Primary since 2015.  With two children at the school, I have been keen to play a part in the running of the school as I believe in the importance of the partnership between families and school.  During this time I have been a Parent Governor on the Finance  Committee (Sub A).

Our children have great opportunities to learn in a school with a rich outside area, enthusiastic and committed staff and a really fantastic PTFA.  I work in the public sector and believe that my professional skills can be put to good use in my governor role.  The school has really grown since my son started there four years ago, particularly in relation to the outdoor learning opportunities which the children have in abundance now. 

I am an approachable parent governor, mostly available on morning drop off, when I enjoy the walk to school with my children from our home in Mouldsworth.

Mr Matt Denman

Role: Parent Governor
Committees: Sub A Finance and Premises


I became a parent Governor in March 2020. As a parent of 3, with 2 currently attending Ashton Hayes Primary School (the 3rd sure to follow) I have seen how the School has helped them grow and develop. I would like to be a part of continuing to help all the children at Ashton Hayes attain an excellent education, making friends and having fun along the way. 

I am a qualified accountant working as a Finance Director for a Fintech firm based near Manchester. On top of being responsible for the financial management of the firm I provide financial oversight and guidance for associated companies, a skill which I will be able to apply as my role as a Governor.  

I live in Ashton and with 3 small (but growing) kids I have little spare time. However, I used to enjoy golf, scuba diving and reading.  

Mr Jack Mellor

Role: Community Governor
Committees: Sub B Committee

Subject Link: Mathematics

Link for: Mastery, Outcomes

New to the board of governors in 2020, I will be supporting the Sub B committee. Having moved to the village in December 2019, I was keen to get involved in the community. I am a Secondary Mathematics Teacher also studying for a Masters degree in Learning and Teaching at the University of Oxford. Working in a secondary school has highlighted to me the importance of a well-rounded primary education, for all students, which I hope to help continue in my time as a governor. 

In my spare time I enjoy playing and watching sport along with long walks with my dog Bertie!


I look forward to working with the other governors and staff in the years to come.

Mrs Tracy Snell

Role: Parent Governor
Committees: Sub B Committee
Link for: Outdoor Learning, Thematic

I became a parent governor in June 2018 and currently have two children at the school, one in key stage 1 and one in key stage 2. I am part of the Curriculum, Children and Staffing Committee and the link governor for Maths and outdoor learning (which also includes Science and PE).

I am a Chartered Landscape Architect working as a Garden Manager for the Royal Horticultural Society. I have spent the past 16 years managing and designing large-scale projects, managing budgets and balancing development with environmental benefit, to provide sustainable places for people to live, learn and work. Outside of work I love spending time in my garden, at my allotment or enjoying the outdoors.

Every Friday you will find me in the school garden sharing my passion for science, the environment and horticulture with the children. I started volunteering in the school in September 2017 and during this time I have worked closely with the school to develop and expand the school garden, advising and contributing to funding bids and arranging local volunteer help to deliver improvements. I am also an Eco-Schools Assessor and work closely with the school to develop their environmental values.

I enjoy my role as a parent governor as I feel I can contribute positively to helping the school deliver learning excellence for all.

Mr Martin Willis

Role: Local Authority Governor
Committees: Sub A Finance and Premesis
Headteacher Performance Committee 
Link for: Outdoor Learning

I moved to Ashton Hayes in 2017 with my wife, repatriating after 7 years in Singapore.   Later that year our son arrived and we have become more involved in village life and the community.  When the governor vacancy was advertised I was keen to apply to contribute to the community, invest in the school that we hope our son will attend and bring my experience to support the school.

As the head of strategy and business development in a global water treatment company, and with experience gained from previous technical, commercial and operational roles, I can bring broad knowledge and expertise to the board.  I feel this will help to continue the positive journey the school is on, aid it’s effective running as efficiently as possible and give the very best for every child and the staff.

In my spare time I love to run and am an active member of the local Delamere Spartans running club.

I am grateful for this opportunity to serve the school and community and look forward to getting stuck in.

Mr James Lutton

Role: Co-opted Governor
Committees: Sub A Finance and Premises
Link for: Health and Safety

I have recently joined the Governing Body and will be supporting the finance committee (Sub A).

My background as a chartered surveyor gives me a broad range of experiences in property/finance and business industries across a range of sectors and look forward to being able to use my skills at the school.

I live in Ashton with my wife (who was raised in the village) and two small children, which means I’m not left with much spare time!  I am also a local parish councillor and enjoy putting something back into the community.