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Meet the Governors

Christine Meekley – Headteacher
I was appointed to amalgamate the existing infant and junior schools in September 2001 and have overseen two extensive building projects. I have two school aged children so 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 – Coopted / Healthy & Safety Governor (appointed October 2016)
Having initially been appointed as a Parent Governor in October 2016, I am delighted to now continue in the role as a coopted governor. I live in Cheadle Heath with my wife and two children.

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 attended CHPS from Reception all the way through to the end of Year 6 so we have a good idea of how the school operates and know a few of the teachers J I started as a Parent Governor and have remained as a member of the Board since then.

I became ACCA qualified in 2003 whilst working as an External Auditor in the Finance sector and since then have held multiple roles including Group Reporting Accountant, Internal Audit, Finance Business Partner and Project Lead. I believe my varied experiences across industries and within various functions are beneficial to CHPS in terms of providing differing insight and independent challenge on both financial and non-financial matters.

In my opinion, primary school is the first real building block in a child’s life, not just academically but also socially, and being able to help influence that through a Governor role, whilst also giving back to the community where I live, is a real bonus for me. I’ve enjoyed working with #teamchps and look forward to continuing to help them strive for a great and varied experience for both the staff and students at CHPS.


Joanne Scarlett – Coopted Governor and Vice Chair of Governors (appointed November 2018)

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 have been a Governor at Cheadle Heath Primary School since 2018. I have been a primary school teacher for almost ten years. I have previously worked in three Stockport schools, and I currently work at an academy in Tameside, where I have been fortunate to have taught every year group. I am passionate about education and learning, and I am excited to support the Cheadle Heath community in this role. In my spare time I enjoy participating in amateur theatre, and I have performed on stage in several plays in local theatres.


CarrieAnne Hulbert – Staff Governor
I have been a teacher at Cheadle Heath Primary School since 2014 during which time I have taught in both EYFS and KS1 and I am currently teaching in Reception.  I have no previous experience as a governor but  I am looking forward to the challenge of development and learning and I hope that the experience, skills and knowledge that I have gained through my practice and training will support me in this new role. I am passionate about the children at Cheadle Heath Primary School and I feel it important for every child to reach their full potential, feel confident and be happy in their school environment.

Caroline Dunn
It is a real privilege to be joining the Governing Board at Cheadle Heath Primary School. Every time I have visited the school I have been warmly welcomed by staff and pupils alike and am really looking forward to volunteering my time at a fantastic school that cares so much about its pupils and local community. I am passionate about education and helping young people to realise their dreams and become the very best version of themselves. Growing up and parenting is a challenge and I look forward to bringing my experience of working with young people as a Mental Health First Aider and Safeguarding Lead to support the wellbeing of the young people at Cheadle Heath.

I began my career at Ashton on Mersey School in Trafford as a PE teacher and soon realised that pastoral care was my thing, taking on a Head of Year role in my second year. I have worked in two very large comprehensive secondary schools teaching a range of subjects including PE and Games, Sports Science and General Science and later taking on a number of roles with responsibility for Pupil Progress, Pastoral Care and Safeguarding amongst other things. I am currently one of the Deputy Heads at Cheadle Hulme School.

I have a beautiful 9 year old daughter and we live in Cheadle Hulme. We both love playing netball and hockey and doing other stuff outdoors. I trained as a primary teacher but have spent all of my career in a secondary setting and am particularly looking forward to working with Cheadle Heath Primary School because I think primary age pupils are just brilliant.

Holly Smith - Co opted Governor (elected March 2019)
I am really excited to be taking on the role as a Governor at CHPS. I love the local community of Cheadle where I live with my family and I would like to make a positive contribution to the education of the children with whom we share this community. They are the future and deserve to have the best opportunities available. Attending school is the first step on the ladder of life for children, so this should be a safe environment where they are free to express their individuality and an engaging place for them to learn. I have been blessed with a fantastic education myself and feel it is important to invest my time in this area, as I am passionate that all children should also have access to a great and varied education. I believe we should never stop learning and everyday I continue to learn new skills through my work and through my role as a mother, as well as by travelling, attending the theatre, exercising, my charity work at CRUK, reading a wide range of books and taking on this role as a Governor.

Day to day I work for a major high street bank as a Risk Manager. My role involves analysing information and identifying potential issues and working to mitigate those risks. I also support staff to ensure they are working in accordance with regulations and operating in a compliant manner. I feel my role will enable me to interpret the relevant data to help ensure resources are used appropriately for the benefit of the children. I look forward to learning more about how the school operates, meeting more of the staff and children and getting a real understanding of what makes this school great.