Our Governors

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring the school is run both efficiently and effectively by the Head of School and its staff, by playing the role of “critical friend”. The Body meets in full four times per academic year and termly as part of two sub-committees, which cover the school’s operational structure – ‘Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Resources’.

The Governors take a full and active role in the monitoring of the School Development Plan. Each Governor acts as a ‘Link Governor’ to a named member of staff and meets twice per term to focus on particular areas of the curriculum.

Each Governor is appointed or elected for a four-year term of office.

You can contact the Chair of Governors either via the school or email.

Local Governors

  • Individuals who sit on local governing bodies (LGBs) are usually referred to as ‘local governors’
  • Trustees delegate governance functions to the local level as per the Scheme of Delegation.
  • LGBs only have such responsibilities as are delegated to them by trustees and as indicated in the Scheme of Delegation
  • Trustees have complete discretion over what is delegated to each LGB
  • MAT leadership and management comes from the MAT executive leaders; governance comes from trustees and (only as a last resort) from members.

Download our Governing Body Terms of Reference and Remits

David Vanstone – Interim Chair of Governors (01.03.18)
I became Chair of Governors in September 2013 after 17 years as Headteacher of a Trafford-based secondary school. As Chair I am also a Director of the Dunham Trust which enables me to represent the interests of Barton Clough alongside those of the other four local schools run by the Trust. My role is to help coordinate the work of our other governors and support staff and students in this time of tremendous change as the school improves standards, which is rewarded by the tremendous welcome I get from every class when I visit during a working day.

Sue Smith – Co-opted Governor (8.05.18 – 07.05.22)
Teaching and Learning Sub-committee

Although I now live in Timperley, most of my teaching life has been spent in Bedfordshire, working in 9-13 Middle Schools. During that time, I taught a variety of subjects, including French and Music as well as English, Maths and Humanities.

Whilst living in Bedfordshire, I took a short career break of about 7yrs, accepting a post in an American International School in Rome. I began by teaching general subjects, eventually replacing the Director of Music in the Elementary School, teaching Music to all age groups from 3yrs to 12yrs, in addition to having an overall responsibility for the school’s liturgical Music.

On my return to Bedfordshire, I joined another Middle School as an English teacher, though I continued to have an interest in Music; I was also appointed RE lead. I took over the English Department just before the onset of The National Literacy Strategy, continuing as English lead until my semi-retirement.

I moved to Timperley to be nearer family members, a move that has been very positive for me. I volunteer at St Ambrose School one day a week where I teach English to pupils identified as needing extra support; I’m a member if The Alma Singers which I really enjoy; I attend a WEA French course once a week and, as a U3A member, I am a member of a French conversation group. I speak both French and Italian. I still play the piano, love reading and gardening, and take advantage of Manchester’s theatres whenever I have the opportunity.

I am delighted to be a member of Barton Clough’s Governing body and hope that my experience in and continued enthusiasm for education will enable me to both support and make a positive contribution to the school’s development.

David Watson – Co-opted Governor (8.05.18 – 07.05.22)
Resources Sub-committee

My family and I came to live in Manchester in 1995 having moved here from the Netherlands, in order for me to take up the post of Director (Governance) with the British Council. My daughter enrolled with Elm Ridge school. I worked from 1998 as a freelance consultant in developing countries until my retirement in 2013. I became a Governor at Barton Clough in April 2018 and am the Link Governor for science education, and for health and safety at the school.

My background is as a development economist: concerned with economic and social development of poorer countries. I have lived and worked (initially as a volunteer economist) in Fiji and Botswana, and thereafter as a human resource management and governance consultant in Indonesia, Ecuador and the Netherlands.  I speak Indonesian and Spanish (and enough Dutch to navigate on trains). However, my first language is ‘Scouse’ since I was born and brought up in Liverpool.

I have been interested in management of people at work, and therefore education and training, throughout my career. I worked for the Industrial Society (now the Work Foundation) in London where I ran training courses for trainers from developing countries. My consulting work has included education sector reform and capacity-building assignments in Indonesia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Pakistan.

In retirement I avoid air travel and work voluntarily for the National Trust at Quarry Bank as a ranger on the woodland estate and as a photographer of events and school visits.

I have found my role as a Governor enormously rewarding and challenging, and look forward to working with the excellent school staff and fellow Governors in driving forward further educational progress for our pupils.      

Eve Butler – Co-opted Governor (8.05.18 – 07.05.22)
Teaching and Learning Sub-committee

I have been working in education since 2010 and prior to this have worked in administration for banking and accountancy. I studied for a BA Hons degree at Leeds University in English Language before being employed by The Cooperative Bank. Following this I worked as a Learning Support Assistant working with children with SEN before completing my teacher training course at Manchester Metropolitan University in Secondary English. Since qualifying, I have worked in schools in varied contexts and taught ages 11-18. I am currently Head of English at North Cestrian School in Altrincham where I also sit on the governing board as staff governor. I am particularly interested in supporting the development of English and Literacy at Barton Clough as well as taking up the roll of lead governor for Safeguarding.

Donna Coker – Parent Governor (8.05.18 – 07.05.22)
Teaching and Learning Sub-committee

I am delighted to have been elected a Parent Governor for Barton Clough Primary School and thank the parents/carers for giving me this opportunity.  As Parent Governor I will act as a critical friend, representing the voice of parents/carers to ensure that school provides the best possible learning opportunities and experiences for all our children.

I am a mother of three children, two of whom attend this school.  I have been a qualified mathematics teacher for 20 years.  For the last 16 years, I have specialised in education for vulnerable children, especially those with Special Educational Needs.  I am confident that my experience can prove useful as a member of the Governing body.

I am passionate about supporting Barton Clough Primary School in my role and find being involved in the school community very rewarding.  I am generally in between playgrounds most mornings and afternoons if you want to come and chat and find out more about my role as Parent Governor, or if you want to share any compliments or concerns.

Lisa Adderley – Parent Governor (8.05.18 – 07.05.22)
Resources Sub-committees

I am a mother of three children, one of which currently attends Barton Clough, and one will begin reception in September. I was also a pupil myself at Barton Clough over 20 years ago.

I currently teach full time at St Antony’s Catholic College alongside being the Progress Leader for Year 7 and the Transition Coordinator. As well as a broad understanding of education and assessment, I also have a strong knowledge and understanding of the pastoral care system within a school as well as having completed training in safeguarding up to Level 2.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the new Governing Body for Barton Clough and I look forward to being involved in its future as part of The Dunham Trust.

Charlotte Higgins – Staff governor (8.05.18- 07.05.22)
Teaching and Learning Sub-committees

I joined Barton Clough in September 2014 as a Newly Qualified Teacher. I spent my first year of teaching in Year 5 before moving up with my first class into Year 6. I have since spent the last three years teaching in Year 6. I am extremely proud to watch our pupils grow into excited, motivated and confident young learners ready to move into the next stage of their education and this is something I find very rewarding. In my role as staff governor I look forward to supporting the development of our school, pupils and staff and further strengthening and promoting strong relationships with families and our wider community. I am very proud to be a member of the Barton Clough team and look forward to our bright future.

Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2019/2020

Local Board  Local Board Local Board
26/09/2019 30/01/2020 28/4/2020
David Vanstone Attended Attended
Joanna Goodfellow Attended  Attended
Sue Smith Attended  Attended
David Watson Apologies  Attended
Eve Butler Apologies  Attended
Lisa Adderley Attended  Attended
Donna Coker Attended  Attended
Charlotte Higgins Attended Apologies
Observers Alison Keen Jayne Carmichael

Attendance at Resources Sub-committee Meetings 2019/20

Resources Sub Resources Sub Resources Sub
21.11.2019 12.03.2020 2.07.2020
David Vanstone Attended
Joanna Goodfellow Attended
David Watson Attended
Lisa Adderley Apologies
Observers Ben Crouch

Denise Clark

Attendance at Teaching and Learning Sub-committee Meetings 2019/20

Teaching and learning Teaching and learning Teaching and learning
14/11/2019 5/05/2020 25/06/2020
David Vanstone Attended Attended
Joanna Goodfellow Attended Attended
Sue Smith Attended Attended
Eve Butler Attended Attended
Donna Coker Apologies Attended
Charlotte Higgins Attended Attended

Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2018/19

Local Board Local Board Local Board
08.11.18 25.02.19 15.07.19
David Vanstone Apologies Attended Apologies
Joanna Goodfellow Attended Attended Attended
Sue Smith Attended Attended Attended
David Watson Attended Attended Attended
Eve Butler Attended Absent Attended
Lisa Adderley Attended Attended Attended
Donna Coker Attended Attended Attended
Charlotte Higgins Attended Attended Attended
Patrick Mather Apologies Apologies
Observers Simon Beswick S Brymer Nicola Toop

Attendance at Resources Sub-committee Meetings 2018/19

Resources Sub Resources Sub Resources Sub
04.10.18 04.02.19 14.05.19
David Vanstone Apologies Attended Attended
Joanna Goodfellow Attended Attended Attended
David Watson Attended Attended Apologies
Lisa Adderley Absent Apologies Absent
Patrick Mather Absent Absent Absent
Observers Nicola Toop and Mark Crieghton Nicola Toop

Cath Thompson

Miss S Leonard

Cath Thomson

Simon Beswick


Attendance at Teaching and Learning Sub-committee Meetings 2018/19

T&L Sub T&L Sub T&L Sub
27.09.18 24.1.19 02.05.19
David Vanstone Apologies Absent Absent
Joanna Goodfellow Attended Attended Attended
Sue Smith Apologies Attended Absent
Eve Butler Attended Attended Attended
Donna Coker Attended Attended Attended
Charlotte Higgins Attended Attended Attended
Observers Simon Beswick

Emma Davies

J Britton

Simon Beswick

Register of interests

Name Role Name of Business/ Associated Interest Nature of Business Nature of Interest Date Interest Commenced
David Vanstone Director (Trust) Wilmslow Prep School
Independent Schools Inspectorate
Acre Hall Primary School
Trafford Safeguarding Children’s Board
Prep School
Member Director
Chair of Board
Simon Beswick Executive Principal (Trust) Nothing to declare N/A N/A N/A
Joanna Goodfellow Headteacher The Kingsway High School Governor 30 Apr 18
Sue Smith Co-opted Governor Nothing to declare N/A N/A N/A
David Watson Co-opted Governor Nothing to declare N/A N/A N/A
Eve Butler Co-opted Governor North Cestrian School Education Employee & Staff governor May 2018
Lisa Adderley Parent Governor Nothing to declare N/A N/A N/A
Donna Coker Parent Governor Nothing to declare N/A N/A N/A
Charlotte Higgins Staff Governor Barton Clough Primary School Education Staff May 2018
Patrick Mather Co-opted Governor Nothing to declare N/A N/A N/A