Who we represent

The governing body is made up of staff from the school, parent representatives of children at the school and members of the local community.

The governing body is made up of 4 different types of governor. These are:

  • Community governors - invited by the other governors to represent the wider community.

  • Local Authority (LA) governors

  • Parent governors - elected by other parents at the school.

  • Staff governors – a teaching and a non-teaching member of staff are elected by their colleagues plus the Head Teacher.

The Governing Body also has a Clerk who supports the governors by arranging the meetings, circulating the agenda and papers, taking the meeting minutes and keeping governors up to date with their statutory obligations. 

Who we are

Tim Hailwood, Chair of Governors and Parent Governor

I attended primary school in Hartford and I clearly remember playing football and cricket against Victoria Road School during that time, although I can’t remember who won! My secondary education was at a school in Hampshire but ever since then I have lived in Northwich.

My work life has been spent working in two areas. One as a freelance photographer the other as the manager of an aquatics department in a garden centre. Now I have the hardest but most rewarding job and that is as a house husband and looking after our 2 children.

Throughout my 2 careers learning and education have been vital and that is why as a Parent Governor I want to help maintain and improve the standards of our school for all the pupils. We never stop learning and if we make sure our children’s primary school days are happy and rewarding they will be well prepared for their secondary education and life ahead.

Andrew Cooper, Governor

Andrew moved to Northwich from Stockport and has been passionate about the town ever since.  He was elected to Northwich Town Council in 2013, where he has focused on making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people in the area, and in particular those living in poverty.  He has served as a governor at Victoria Road since February 2017.
His professional background is in software development, and Andrew is currently employed at Gadbrook Park working for a company that provides software to the Social Housing sector.
Following the birth of their son in 2016, Andrew spends most of his time outside of work and community commitments, retrieving his glasses from a mischievous toddler.



Cathy Lord, Head Teacher and Staff Governor

I have been a Teacher for over 17 years and Victoria Road Primary School is my first Headship; having previously been an Assistant Head and a Deputy Head teacher in schools in Cheshire East and Staffordshire. I have a lot of experience teaching across the Primary age range and I am very interested in all aspects of both pupil and adult learning.

I believe passionately in developing leadership in others and I am an accredited National Colleague of School Leadership facilitator; helping staff develop their leadership skills through programmes like the Middle Leader Development Programme. I am also passionate about the power of positive thinking and am particularly interested in the philosophy behind ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’.

I have two children and a beautiful Jack Russell called Frank. I am very proud to lead a school where the first word in the motto is ‘Nurture’.

Cheryl Hamnett, Support Staff Governor and Governor responsible for Health and Safety

My name is Mrs Cheryl Hamnett and I am the Teaching Support Staff Governor. Those of you who know me already know this and so I’m stating the obvious, but if you don’t know me, I am a Teaching Assistant at your child’s school and have been since 2003 (blimey time flies when you’re having fun!!!!!) I am therefore in school every day and should you wish to find out more about being a Governor or if you have a concern I’d be more than happy to listen and help.


Mrs Deborah Frosdyck-Rawlins - Safeguarding Governor




Mrs Irene Garland - English Governor

My name is Irene Garland and I am a retired School Receptionist having worked for 10 years in a local High School. Prior to that I was a Secretary for many years. 

I have lived in Northwich for the past 31 years after previously living in Gloucester for 14 years.  I have a daughter and son, six grandchildren, four of which have attended Victoria Road School. Like every parent/grandparent we always want our children to have a good education and be happy in their schooling. I am passionate that children have the opportunity to fulfill their potential in learning and enjoy their years in Primary School. I would like to think, that being a Governor of this School, I can contribute towards this.

Janet Hughes - Clerk to the Governors

The clerk to the governors is responsible for providing administration and advice to the governors. 



Maggie Parker - The Wider Curriculum

Maggie has had two distinct careers, one as a television journalist and the other in education. Her qualifications in Music and special needs led to a long career in teaching before becoming a headteacher and more recently a school improvement partner and schools’ inspector. She is also enjoying her role as a governor for the wider curriculum. To relax, Maggie enjoys walking, playing the piano and reading