Meet the Governors
Christine Meekley – Headteacher
What an honour it is to lead Cheadle Heath Primary School. The children are fantastic, the staff are committed, the governors are challenging (in the nicest sense!) and the parents are supportive. I was appointed to amalgamate the existing infant and junior schools in September 2001 and have overseen two extensive building projects. Before coming to Cheadle Heath I was Deputy Head at Hazel Grove Primary School and prior to that I worked in Trafford and Manchester LAs.
I have two school aged children so fully understand the constraints of juggling busy family life and a hectic work schedule! In juggling these two hugely important roles I see my work at Cheadle Heath through the eyes of a pupil and parent too. I look forward to welcoming you to Cheadle Heath.
Samantha Donigan – Chair of Governors / Parent Governor / Safeguarding Governor
My name is Samantha Donigan. My daughter started reception at Cheadle Heath Primary in September 2016, having previously attended the nursery the year before.
I work as an Assurance Manager for a local housing organisation, overseeing areas such as risk management, insurance, audit, procurement and data protection. I have a lot of experience of reporting to our own Board of Directors, which is similar to the Governing Board in many ways.
I feel that I bring a range of skills to my role of Parent Governor and look forward to working with the other governors in ensuring that this school remains a great place for our children to develop their potential and a love of learning. Being a Parent Governor is a brilliant way for me to volunteer my time and give back to my local community.
Jonathan Birch – Parent Governor / Healthy & Safety Governor (appointed October 2016)
I am delighted to have been appointed as a Parent Governor at Cheadle Heath Primary School. I live in Cheadle Heath with my wife and two children and my daughter started in the Reception class in September 2016.
I work as a Health & Safety and Facilities Management Consultant and work largely within the statutory and further education sectors. I have worked with multiple schools, academies and colleges across the country and bring experience and knowledge of the sector and good practice and ideas from other schools. I am a member of the British Institution of Facilities Management (BIFM) and hold NEBOSH and IOSH qualifications.
I look forward to playing an active role on the Governing Board and using my skills and knowledge to ensure the school continues to be a safe, and happy learning environment.
Nadeera Pratt – Parent Governor (appointed February 2017)
My son and I have lived in Cheadle Heath for over 5 years. He’s now in Year 6 and has attended CHPS since Reception.
I became ACCA qualified in 2003 whilst working as an external auditor and I have spent the last 7 years working for a Mutual as a group reporting accountant and more recently within internal audit. I believe my varied experience across industries and within various functions at the Mutual would be beneficial to CHPS in terms of providing independent challenge on both financial and non-financial matters.
I believe that primary school is the first real building block in a child’s life and I welcome the opportunity to use my skills to strive for a great and varied academic experience for all children at CHPS. I look forward to working with the other Governors and #teamchps.
Joanne Scarlett – Coopted Governor and Vice Chair of Governors (appointed November 2018)
My name is Joanne Scarlett and I am a Business Manager and Director of a local childcare provider. I am delighted to have been appointed as a co-opted governor at Cheadle Heath Primary School.
I am passionate about the education and well-being of young people and am committed to ensuring that every child receives the best possible education we can give. I have been a parent governor in the past where I gained a wealth of experience which I am sure will help me in my role here at CHPS.
I live in Marple with my husband Paul, we have two children who attend a local high school, one being in Year 8 and one in Year 11 who is about to embark on his GCSE’s. In my spare time, I follow Manchester City (which for the first time in a long time, is pleasurable!!), I enjoy spending time with family and friends, eating out and going to the theatre, cinema and concerts.
Alex Newman – Authority Governor (appointed July 2018)
I was appointed as a governor at Cheadle Heath Primary School in July 2018. I am a primary school teacher at an academy in Tameside, and before this I worked in Stockport for over three years. I am passionate about education and I am excited to support the school in this role.
Sally Hughes– Staff Governor
I was delighted to take on the role of Staff Governor at Cheadle Heath Primary School in Autumn 2018. As an experienced qualified teacher moving schools and local authorities, this is my first experience of being on a Governing Board and I am very much looking forward to gaining insight and experience into this vital role and being part of the wider school community.