Meet our Governors...

All state maintained primary, secondary and special schools, are accountable to their governing bodies, which in turn are accountable to parents and the community. Parent and staff representatives are elected to the governing body; the local authority appoints governors to the governing body and the relevant faith bodies appoint foundation governors in faith schools.

The governing body is responsible for the conduct of its school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.

The governing body continues to work in partnership with the Headteacher, staff, parents and students to raise standards of achievement. The governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and the performance management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. Our full governing body meets three times a year. The teaching and learning committee meets six times a year; and the leadership and management committee also meets six times a year. The governors are also involved with regular visits to the school and supporting special events.

Useful links:

Links to our Governors' Statement and Transparency & Accountability Statement can be found at the bottom of the page, along with the minutes of the meetings.  

Our team of Governors consist of:

George Hayes - Chair


Alex Thompson - Vice Chair

Andy Hodgkinson - Community Governor

I am chair of the East Cheshire Association of Primary Headteachers which involves me supporting headteachers across Cheshire East in all aspects of school leadership in collaboration with the Local Authority. I also support the work of the Outstanding Leaders Partnership which has the licence from the government to train new headteachers and deputy headteachers across the North West. I am also an associate of the Institute of Education at UCL where I am involved in research linked to leadership development, curriculum design and assessment. I have three children who are all now at secondary school and am a manager at our local village's football team. I am a huge West Bromwich Albion Fan.

Ann Holland - Community Governor

I have been a teacher for over 40 years and am now retired.  During my career I have taught all year groups - Early Years to Year 6 - teaching the full range of primary curriculum subjects.  It is a job I have loved.

Throughout my career I have developed my interests in literacy and Special Needs.  I have co-ordinated both these important and demanding areas by introducing and developing policies as well as promoting good practice throughout the school.

Having now retired from teaching I still play an active and important role as a school governor at Havannah by ensuring that all our children reach their full potential.

Kate Jones - Community Governor

I have worked in primary education for 11 years, as a class teacher in the Early Years, Key stage 1 and 2 and as a SENCO at Havannah School.  More recently I worked as an Officer for Cheshire East Special Needs Team, and am currently working in a Macclesfield Primary School in Special Needs and Safeguarding.

Being part of the governing body has enabled me to support Havannah in a very different capacity and continue my involvement with the school.  I am passionate about helping children achieve their potential through education and ensuring youngsters have the best opportunities to succeed whilst growing into responsible and caring individuals.  I am really excited about continuing to work with the children, staff and families within the school community.

Andrew Farr - Parent Governor

I have two children at Havannah and was elected as a parent governor in Autumn 2016. I am passionate about sport and physical activity, particularly the benefits that participating in sport and being physically active can deliver in terms of supporting educational attainment, personal self-esteem and social development. 

I am a member of the Teaching & Learning committee and link governor for PE. 

Outside of school, I am a director of a sport and leisure management consultancy firm and enjoy participating in many sports, including cycling, cricket, hockey and running (slowly!). 

Suzanne Hayes - Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor at Havannah since March 2014.  I have 3 children aged 8, 6 and 2. I am a Childminder meaning I have knowledge and understanding of the EYFS Curriculum which ties in nicely with being EYFS Governor.

My background is in Information Management and Data Protection in which I hold a Masters Degree and an ISEB Data Protection qualification.

I was a Trustee and Treasurer for local Charity Ruby’s Fund for many years prior to joining the Governing Body.

Deb Ball - Associate Governor 

Clare Birdsall - Teaching Staff Governor

Stefanie Williams - Headteacher