Meet the Governors



Sue Whitfield - Staff governor, Headteacher – attends all committees



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 or email

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  Vice Chair- Chair of 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. 

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.


Becky Simpson - Parent Governor, 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, Chair of 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

Lisa Cotterill- Resources Committee - Parent Governor

I'm a parent governor with three children currently attending Mossley Primary School. 

I have Senior Leadership experience & spent most of my career to date working within the Financial Industry. 
Within recent years I have had exposure to managing a number of projects which have given me an insight to new & transferable skills. 
Many of which I hope to bring to the committee! 

From my personal experiences of our school I am passionate about the excellent way in which the Teachers & the whole team support our children & deliver such a high quality of education to all of its pupils and ensuring children achieve their potential. 

As a new governor, I look forward to contributing to support the school.

Shelley Knott- Curriculum and pupil progress committee - Parent Governor

I am a new parent governor at Mossley School.  Currently, I have 1 child in Year One and one joining in Reception in September 2019. 

Having taught as an English specialist at Eaton Bank Academy, over the last 17 years, I am firmly committed to the education of young people, raising standards of education and developing a lifelong love of learning in the stakeholders of all members of the school community.

I am looking forward to working to pushing Mossley towards its goal of being not just an OFSTED rated "Outstanding" school, but also a thriving hub of excellence where our children look forward to attending every school day.

Adrian Swindells- Resources Committee - Foundation Governor

I am a recently retired company director and co founder of my own successful company which I have been running for the last twenty six years and was recently acquired by a large Swedish company.Married with three grown up children and one grandchild currently at the school and one who was at the school but who is now at Eaton Bank. Practising Christian and appointed to the role by The Diocese of Chester. Trustee of a local charity and have been raising funds for various charities over many years.To give something back locally is my desire and I wish to help develop children a little entrepreneurship in their early years.I hope to be able to bring my business skills to this all ready well run school and contribute in a positive way to the governing body.


Loretta Grace- Curriculum and pupil progress committee - Diocese Governor

I have just recently retired from as a Qualified Teacher of Visual Impairment which has followed on from a teaching career working extensively with those who have a special need or disability, as well as teaching music per se, having taught in both specialist and mainstream schools and been an advisory teacher on visual impairment. I am a firm believer in pupils acquiring independence through good support strategies and am particularly concerned with the social and emotional wellbeing of pupils as part of their learning; In keeping with my own Christian faith I come to Mossley CE Controlled School as a Foundation Governor where I can support the Christian ethos of the School. When not involved with the school I can be found as a part-time Manager at the Chappell Centre and a regular musician within Congleton Team Parish. You may also have noticed me as the grandmother of two Mossley pupils, one of whom has now moved on to High School and the other currently in year six.




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Cheshire, CW12 3JA

Main Contact: Mrs S Brereton or Mrs L Knibbs

Tel: 01260 272451