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Boughton Heath Academy is part of the Cheshire Academies Trust and governance of the Academy is split between those matters decided at Board Level, and those matters delegated to the Local Committee.

The Local Committee is made up of community representatives, parents and school staff. For further information on governance of Cheshire Academies Trust, please see their website.

Once a vacancy arises, governors are elected or appointed onto the local committee and perform their role on a voluntary basis.

The focus of the local committee is:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure it’s money is well spent.
  •  Ensuring that other key players with a stake in the organisation get their voices heard.

We do this by getting to know the school and the wider educational context, reading meeting paperwork and attending meetings where we ask questions to ensure that the best possible decisions are made for the benefit of the children in the school, attending training and development events to improve our skills and knowledge and adhering to the trust’s code of conduct. 

The minimum commitment expected of a governor at Boughton Heath Academy is that they attend monthly local committee meetings.  These are usually held on a Wednesday evening.  Most governors also take on additional responsibilities, eg Safeguarding or GDPR governor. 

Becoming a Governor

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.  It is an immensely rewarding role that allows you to be involved in raising standards within school. 

In addition to being over 18 years of age, governors need a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children, the inquisitiveness to question and analyse, and the willingness to learn.  They need good inter-personal skills, appropriate levels of literacy in English, and sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data.  

Parent governors are elected by parents of children attending school at the date of election, co-opted governors are appointed by the local committee and staff governors are elected by staff members of the school. 

You can find out more about the role of a governor on the National Governance Assocation website

We currently have a vacancy for a Co-Opted Governor.  If you are interested in joining our governing body or would like more information, please contact the Governance Manager, Julie Griffiths at juliegriffiths@cheshireacademiestrust.co.uk or by telephone on 07340 670108 during normal office hours.

Our committee meets at least none times each year.

Dates 2019 / 20 - all meetings at 6:30pm

Meeting Date:

Wednesday 11th September 2019

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Wednesday 13th November 2019

Wednesday 15th January 2020

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Wednesday 11th March 2020

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Wednesday 15th July 2020


List of Boughton Heath Governors who have resigned in last 2 years

We are required by law to publish information on anyone who has been a Boughton Heath Academy governor in last 12 months:

  • Keith Scargill resigned 16th January 2019
  • Janet Myers resigned 31st August 2019

Contact the Boughton Heath Academy governors

If you have any ideas or comments for the governors in relation to the strategy or vision of the school, please do get in touch with us at kate.lee@boughtonheath.cheshire.sch.uk

School governors have a strategic role and do not deal with the day to day running of the school. Any questions of this nature should always be directed to school staff in the first instance. 



Meet our Governors



Steve Ellis

School Principal

Steve has worked as Principal at Boughton Heath Academy for 7 years and has led the school to an outstanding Ofsted judgement and was heavily involved in forming Cheshire Academies Trust, a Multi Academy Trust . He is passionate about leaders being given autonomy to make the best decisions for their pupils and has experience of working in four different primary schools (both rural (90 children on role), urban (460+ on roll) and academy) in three different local authorities.

Steve has worked as an additional inspector for CfBT inspection services from 2013-2016 and inspected schools who achieved a range of judgments from special measures to outstanding. He became a National Leader of Education in December 2016 and is working with a number of schools to support their development and improvement.

Throughout his teaching career he has been a leading mathematics and ICT teacher. Steve is passionate about early years teaching right up to Year 6, ensuring children are offered tangible experiences that provide inspiring learning opportunities for all groups of children.

Muriel Breugelmans

Parent Governor

Term of Office 19/04/2017 - 18/04/2021

GDPR Governor

My name is Muriel Breugelmans and I joined as Parent governor in April 2017. This is my first governor post and I'm very excited about it!

I have 2 children: Gaspard in year 4 and Léon at Noah's Ark Nursery.

My career background is in marketing and I worked for Nestlé, Lactalis and currently for Müller.

I was born in Belgium but have happily settled in the UK 14 years ago. I moved with the family to Chester 5 years ago.

Elyn Corfield - Rigby

Coopted Governor

Term of Office 13/11/2019 - 12/11/2023

Finance Governor

I joined the local governing body of Boughton Heath Academy in November 2015.  I have 2 boys in the school, in Year 6 (Joe) and Year 2 (Morgan).


On a day to day basis I work as the Managing Director for Consumer Finance at Lloyds Banking Group, based on the business park in Chester.  Responsible for the Group’s credit cards and unsecured personal loans businesses serving individual customers and businesses under the Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Lloyds Bank and MBNA brands. 


Prior to this role I was the Managing Director of MBNA following the acquisition of MBNA by Lloyds Banking Group in June 2017.  I joined MBNA back in 2001 and held a number of Financial roles including Chief Finance Officer.


Prior to joining MBNA, I held various finance positions during 11 years with Lookers PLC, a large motor group based in Manchester.


I studied Business and Finance at Manchester Metropolitan University, and graduated in 1990.I qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1996 and I am currently a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


I live in Boughton and I am also a non-executive director for Marketing Cheshire and a trustee of the MBNA Foundation, a charitable trust.

Stephen Ogilby DipFPS

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office 19/09/2017 - 12/09/2021

I joined the local governing body at Boughton Heath in September 2017, as a Co-opted Govenor.

Having studied a BSc Hons Degree at University of Chester, I then worked for a number of established pharmaceutical companies including AstraZeneca. I then decided to pursue my passion for financial services, where I'm currently a Partner at St James's Place Wealth Management, having fully completed my financial qualifications.

Away from the office, I have two beautiful children both at Boughton Heath Academy. I'm also a very keen sportsman, having represented Ireland and Cheshire Minor Counties on a number of occasions in my favoured sport of cricket. I've also captained Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club, and currently coach both the junior cricket and football teams. 

Helen Patterson

Parent Governor

Term of Office 03/05/2017 - 02/05/2021

Safeguarding Governor

I joined the governing body early in 2017.  I work independently for the charity Carers Trust for All, Cheshire where I deliver a social communication Speech and Language Therapy groups for children with a diagnosis/suspected diagnosis of Aspergers, and communication groups for Adults with similar diagnoses. In my NHS role I am a Lead clinician for the Adult Speech and Language Therapy service, fulfilling an advisory role across North Wales.     I pride myself on my motivation, commitment and enthusiasm to ensure quality in service provision.

My two daughters are at Boughton heath. I adore time with family and friends - camping – usually in Anglesey, baking, swimming, mini creative projects, and of course drinking the odd wine.I am brave, speak up for my beliefs and have a tough skin. I am passionate about enhancing, developing, motivating and leading change within Boughton Health Academy, transferring skills/qualities that I have in health to education.  I value the importance of our children’s education and will work very hard to ensure a gold standard for them.



Rob Herd

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office 16 January 2019 - 15 January 2023

Training Governor

Rob is a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages with a Masters degree and extensive experience in the education sector.


His motivation for being involved in school governance is to enhance the educational profile of the area where he lives.


Kate Lee (Chair of Governors)

Chair of Governors

Term of Office 01 September 2019 - 31 August 2023

SEND Governor

I joined Boughton Heath Academy Local Governing Body in July 2018 and was elected as Chair with effect from 1st September 2019.  I have many years of primary school governance under my belt in different schools, as a teacher representative, then a headteacher governor. I have a B.Ed and M.Sc in Leadership and Management, enabling me to enjoy a long and successful career in primary education progressing from class teacher, two deputy head teacher roles, one an infant school then a primary school; an acting head teacher, then a head teacher for 19 years. During this time I worked on school improvement, both within my own and supporting other schools, expanded my school by over 100 children and additionally created a 120 place pre-school, leading the school to become a stand-alone academy. Amongst other roles I was a mentor for newly appointed head teachers, led INSET across the authority for the workforce review and was asked to turn around a failing school by the DfE and LA. I was an inspector for Ofsted for four years. I have an absolute passion for education and making a difference to children’s life chances.

Alex Forsey

Parent Governor

Term of Office January 2018 - January 2022

Health and Safety Governor

Pupil Premium and Looked After Children Governor

I joined the governing board at Boughton Heath Academy as a parent governor in January 2018. I have one child at this school and another who will get there when he’s a bit bigger. I am a keen road cyclist but my passion, beside my family, is music, and I play bass trombone with a number of orchestras around the north west.

In the real world I am a lecturer of mechanical engineering at the Open University. In this role I teach maths, thermodynamics and structural integrity for the BEng and MEng degree programs. I also supervise research PhD students working in materials and metallurgy. This role has enabled me to be a scientific advisor for a BBC documentary. My main research areas are in high temperature material behaviour and image processing. I got my MEng in mechanical engineering at the University of Liverpool and followed this by a PhD in materials science from the University of Manchester. 




Katrina Barlow

Staff Governor

Term of Office 16th January 2019 to 15th January 2023


Jon Lenton

Staff Governor

Term of Office 16th January 2019 to 15th January 2023


Please see records of Governing Board meetings below for 2017 onwards

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