Meet the Governors



Sue Aston - Staff governor, Headteacher – attends all committees



Nick Barnes - Resources Committee - Parent Governor

I’m a parent governor who has one child currently at the school and two that have now gone on to Eaton Bank. My job as a Magician allows me to perform at many schools giving me a good insight into the running of other schools.

Graham (Howard) Bould - Church Foundation governor, Curriculum and pupil progress committee

Having spent my whole working life in education, and at all levels from the cradle to the grave, it is a pleasure to maintain the link in retirement. It is particulary pleasing to serve as a governor at Mossley Academy as I was a pupil at Mossley Primary before going to King's school in Macclesfield.

Other interests include music (an organist) and railways (a volunteer at Churnet Valley Railway).


Sharon Hennam-Dale - Parent Governor Curriculum and pupil progress committee

I am a Parent Governor with 1 child currently attending Mossley Primary School.

I have been in education for over 25 years, including twelve in senior leadership, starting as a primary teacher and progressing to Primary Headship. I have worked in a wide range of schools, including those in challenging circumstances and those that are outstanding. After leaving my headship in 2012, I work as a leadership coach and facilitator, leading training for colleagues at all levels of school leadership. I have extensive experience of working in quality assurance, working with Ofsted and as a national moderator and accredited assessor for the NPQH, NPQSL and NPQML programmes. I also work with Cambridge Assessment as an International Trainer, working with school leaders and teachers in Africa, Malaysia and Pakistan. The reason I wanted to be a governor at Mossley, was because I am passionate about education and our school. As a governor, I seek to be a critical friend to the school to help Mossley move towards an outstanding Ofsted. I also want to ensure that we continue to work closely with parents and the school community to provide the best possible start in life for our learners.

Dorothy Dentith – Church Foundation Governor, Resources Committee

I have been appointed as a Foundation Governor at Mossley School by the Parochial Church Council. I have lived in Congleton for thirty years with my husband Paul. Our daughter and son both attended Mossley School but are now adults living in Lancashire and Barcelona.
I am retired now after a career in teaching and education, and spend my time gardening, volunteering at The Chappell Centre here in Mossley, running a local Guide Unit and being a member of various guiding committees at county and national level.

Helen Harrison - Staff Governor, Deputy Head - Attends all meetings




Ben Heades - Staff Governor - Curriculum and pupil progress committee



Sue Mills - Curriculum and pupil progress committee - Parent Governor

I have two children who have both been educated at Mossley School since Reception. I therefore have a vested interest in ensuring that the school delivers a high quality education to all of its pupils. I believe that my previous roles as primary classroom teacher and more recently as a local Police Inspector, have equipped me with the necessary skills for governance.

I have experience in setting strategic aims and ensuring that these are met. I have also been responsible for the performance management of teams and ensuring that best value and efficiency is achieved. 


Andy Mitchell - Community governor, Chair of Governors - attends all committees

I have been a  Governor at Mossley since 2011 and as Chair of the board of Governors, I am committed to working with the school's leadership team to provide a high quality environment, where all the Mossley children can thrive and achieve their potential. I welcome feedback about how the governing body can improve and I can be contacted via the school office if you have any suggestions.


Becky Simpson - Parent Governor, Chair of Curriculum and pupil progress committee

I made the decision to stand for election as a governor because I believe primary education is fundamental to shaping what our children become and equipping them for the future. With that in mind I welcome the opportunity to be a representative parent helping to shape the key strategies for the school and help facilitate the best environment we can for our children in partnership with the teachers and local community.
In my professional life, I am a partner in a Cheshire law firm and any time left is enjoyed having fun with my family!



Keith Smith - Community governor, Resources committee

In previous years I have acted as Chair of the SLMF committee and Vice Chair of the main governing body, I have been involved with the school for over 16 years as a parent of three children and 12 years as a governor. My personal experience extends across a wide range of business where I have held senior Finance and IT positions. In the past few weeks, I have started my own company working with small businesses to help them develop and secure growth.
Our youngest daughter has moved on to Eaton Bank where I am also a school governor.

Grace Street- Resources Committee & Early Years lead - Parent Governor

I am a parent Governor with 1 child currently at Mossley Primary School.

I work at Mossley Pre-school where I care for children from 2 and a half – 4 years. I also look after the business side of things.

 I feel well placed in my role due to my knowledge of Early Years and like to support school in any way I can.

Liz Knibbs - Staff Governor - Resources Committee

Revd. Canon David Taylor - Church Foundation governor, Curriculum and pupil progress committee

I am Team Rector of the Parish of Congleton, a partnership of four Church of England churches in Congleton. I have particular responsibility for St. Stephen's, Congleton and Holy Trinity, Mossley and am therefore a Foundation Governor of Mossley School. A Lancastrian by birth, I am married to Anne and we have two sons, both in their twenties. I have been associated with schools almost all my working life. Until 1991 I was the Head of Modern Languages in a comprehensive school in Co. Durham. I was ordained as a minister of the Church of England in 1993 and in my previous parish in Macclesfield was Chair of Governors of our Church of England Primary School. My interests include walking, reading and the theatre


Edward Whitehead - Community governor, Chair of Resources committee

I have lived in and around the Congleton area all my life and have developed and continue to develop my commitment to the local community. 

I have worked for the last 15 years in packaging related industries , for the last 10 years I have been operations director of a locally based business which is part of an Israel based PLC.  I have P&L responsibility for 4 business ranging from £150k – £10m + I have expertise in the development of businesses and the people that work within them, whilst constantly maintaining financial control to ensure managed and sustainable growth.

I have committed to the role of Governor my time and energy,  I hope to contribute in what ever way  possible to the excellent team already at Mossley.  I hope to help build on the foundations and principles in place, support and challenge  the teams, individuals and myself.





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