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Meet the Local Governing Board


Kate Lee – Chair of Governors

Term of Office: 20/06/18 – 19/06/22

Declarations of Interest: Son a teacher at Grosvenor Park Academy, Chester and daughter-in law a student teacher on placement at Rivacre Valley Primary School, Ellesmere Port

Governance Areas of Responsibility: SEND Governor and Strategy and School Development Governor

I volunteered to become a governor after retiring as a Headteacher and wanting to give back to education, as well as to continue to use my skills and expertise, gathered over many years.

The school where I was Head was a two-form entry school with 440 children from reception to Year 6, plus a 100 on roll in the nursey, with 75 children attending, in different groups, each morning or afternoon. It also had a Hearing Support Base to educate up to ten deaf children who were fully integrated into the school. Over the years I undertook school improvement work in other schools and was an Inspector for Ofsted.

I now spend my time with my grandchildren, enjoy walking with friends, reading, go to Pilates and Yoga and am a member of the Rotary Club.


Muriel Breugelmans – Vice Chair of Governors/Parent Governor

Term of office: 09.06.21 – 08.06.25

Declarations of Interest: None

Governance Area of Responsibility – GDPR/Data Protection Governor

My name is Muriel Breugelmans and I joined as Parent governor in April 2017. This is my first governor post and I took the opportunity to support the great work of the school.

I have 2 children: Gaspard in Y7 and Léon in Y1 at Boughton Heath Academy.

I was born in Belgium but have happily settled in the UK 17 years ago. I moved with the family to Chester 8 years ago.

My career background is in marketing and I worked for Nestlé, Lactalis, Müller. I’m currently the Marketing Director for Fox’s Biscuits




Steven Ellis – Principal

Term of office: 19.04.17 – 18.04.21

Declarations of Interest: None





Dr Alex Forsey – Parent Governor

Term of Office: 15.12.17 – 14.12.21

Declarations of Interest: Employed by Open University; Wife employed by Christleton High School

Governance Areas of Responsibility: Health and Safety Governor

I have been a parent governor since 2017 and now have two children who attend Boughton Heath Academy.  My day job is as a lecturer in mechanical engineering at The Open University and I find my experience through my work in laboratory safety useful for my link governor role of health and safety. I wanted to become a governor because I wanted to take an active role in supporting the school and so I hoped my skills with data would be useful to the board. Outside of parenting, academia and being a governor at Boughton Heath I am a keen cyclist and bass trombonist. 





Jon Lenton – Staff Governor

Term of Office: 16.01.19 – 15.01.23

Declarations of Interest: None





Katrina Barlow - Staff Governor

Term of Office: 16.01.19 – 15.01.23

Declarations of Interest: None





Andrew Vaughan – Parent Governor

Term of Office: 12.02.20 – 11.02.24

Declarations of Interest: None

Governance Areas of Responsibility – Pupil Premium and Looked After Children Governor

As a parent of a child within the school I am keen to help maintain a rich and creative environment for all children at Boughton Heath to learn and succeed.  

I have twenty years of experience within the formal education sector as an artist, teacher, creative facilitator, educationalist and manager. Currently I am employed as Learning Manager at the Whitworth, University of Manchester. I care deeply about how arts and culture can support lifelong literacy and how creativity can be used as a tool to inform learning across all curriculum areas.
In my role as governor, I aim to bring critique, ideas and a creative mind-set to problem solving.





Robert Herd – Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 16.01.19 – 15.01.23

Declarations of Interest: Head of Languages at Christleton High School

Governance Areas of Responsibility: Training Governor and Curriculum Governor

I decided to become a governor at Boughton Heath because I feel it is really important to invest time in our local community. The young people who come through Boughton Heath Academy will be the custodians of Boughton for future generations. Being on the governing body at BHA means that we can be part of our future citizen's start, putting children on a socially conscious path so that they can enjoy their future and make good decisions here in Chester or wherever they choose to live. I am a Head of Department at a local secondary school, having previously taught in St Helens and Runcorn. I am a passionate linguist, a committed gym-goer and avid cinephile. I live in Great Boughton with my partner and my Welsh Springer Spaniel, Tegan.




Helen Patterson - Parent Governor

Term of office: 09.06.21 - 08.06.25

Declarations of interest: None

I have been a parent governor since 2017. I took this opportunity to support the school, the teachers, our children and our community. I am passionate at ensuring children at school are safe and are therefore able to do their best in their learning environment. I have two daughters that attend Boughton Heath.

I work as a Professional Lead Speech and Language Therapist for Adults in Runcorn and Widnes. I also run social skills groups for young people and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome across Cheshire for Crossroads Together. To recharge I like to run, dog walk and get outside.


Victoria Roper – Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 20.01.21 – 19.01.25

Declarations of Interest: None

I have always been passionate about education and truly believe that giving children the right start in life should be at the forefront of everybody's minds. Having been fortunate enough to have a fulfilling career with Deloitte working all around the world, I want to help as much as I can so that children from any background have access to the opportunities that they deserve. I also feel that my combination of wanting to make a difference and give back to the community combined with the business skills that I have both from a Finance and Stakeholder management perspective will hopefully help a local school



Governors who have left in the previous 12 months

Elyn Jane Rigby (term of office expired 18.11.20)

Steve Ogilby (resigned 14.07.21)


Local Governing Body Meeting Dates 2021-22

Wednesday 16th September 2021 

Wednesday 13th October 2021

Wednesday 17th November 2021

Wednesday 19th January 2022

Wednesday 9th February 2022

Wednesday 9th March 2022

Wednesday 11th May 2022

Wednesday 8th June 2022

Wednesday 13th July 2022

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