Meet the Governors


Mrs K Carruthers (Headteacher)

I have been the Headteacher and a member of the Governing Body at Upton Westlea Primary School since September 2015. I take an active role in all the sub committees and am accountable to all the others members of the Governing Body.

I believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop his/her potential in a happy and safe environment which equips them for all future needs and instils a want for life-long learning through imaginative, creative, enjoyable and practical opportunities. High quality learning and teaching experiences are the right of every child. All children are entitled to a broad, balanced, stimulating and enriched curriculum with a mixture of teaching and learning styles. All of which as Headteacher and a member of the Governing Body I endeavour to provide at Upton Westlea.

On a personal note I am married to Jimmy who is a builder (very useful around the house!!) and I have two wonderful children, Joe and Abi.

 Miss Laura Dalton (Staff Governor)

My name is Laura Dalton and I have been the year 1 class teacher at Upton Westlea since 2015.  I am the Art, Design and Technology and Music subject leads and from 2017-2019 I have been working on achieving the Artsmark Award for our school. I lead the school choir and my passion is anything creative, colourful and potentially a little bit messy!

I am originally a Bolton lass, moving to Chester for university and once completed my teaching degree, I remained in Chester. Outside of school, I am engaged to Gareth and live in Saltney with our fur-baby (cat) Charlie. We love to watch motor racing either at the tracks or on TV and I also enjoy being girly with my friends.

I became the staff governor in July 2019 and am very much looking forward to seeing what I can do!

Mrs Lisa McCluskey (Co-opted Governor)

My name is Lisa McCluskey and I have been a  governor at Upton Westlea for over 10 years. I am married to Iain McCluskey who is an associate governor and we have 4 children.

I am a Teaching Assistant at Upton Westlea in year 1 and I absolutely love my job! I find it so rewarding when I teach a child something new.

I enjoy being on the governing body as I want to help make a difference to the children’s learning as well as giving them new experiences. I feel being a governor helps me in my day to day job as it gives me a deeper understanding into school life.

Mrs Sarah Cocks (Parent Governor / Chairperson)

I have been a parent governor at Upton Westlea since 2008 and have two children. I took on this role because I wanted to support the staff and school in order to provide the best education possible for the children. I believe that all children should have equal opportunity to learn and develop and that the main role of the governing body is to ensure this is achieved.

I also work in the education sector and have been a lecturer in Animal Management at Coleg Cambria for almost 15 years.  I am passionate about wildlife and have been lucky enough to take some of my students to the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.

I have lots of pets including cats, rabbits, snakes, hermit crabs and a hedgehog. I am also a keen horse rider and have my own horse, Ruby, as well as looking after a pony ridden by my daughter. In my spare time I work as a volunteer for Chester Kitty Cat Rescue; this usually means that I have a house full of foster kittens.

 Mrs Nicola Buckley (Co-opted Governor)

I am delighted to be involved in the governance of Upton Westlea Primary School, working alongside the other governors and the school staff. I hope to contribute to the improvements made by the school so far, and assist wherever possible, in the drive to ensure that the children reach their potential.

My background involves 8 years of development and delivery experience in environmental education and community involvement, most recently at Chester Zoo where I manage the team of visitor engagement volunteers within the Discovery and Learning department.

I was born in Chester but I now live in Middlewich with my husband and two year old daughter. We love the outdoors climbing, walking and of course visiting the zoo.

I joined the governing body of Upton Westlea in March 2016 so I am very new to the role but I am totally committed to providing the best possible education for each and every child at the school.

Jill Houlbrook (LA Governor)

Hello, I am Jill Houlbrook. I’m a Parish and Borough Councillor for Upton, but more importantly I’m passionate about our community and our environment.  I retired from the Governing body of Westlea a couple of years ago but I’m delighted to have been asked to return. I’m a member of Friends of Countess Country Park, of Friends of the Earth, Amnesty International and of Chester Zoo, among other organisations. I share my home with two cats and two chickens. My cats came to me from by Chester Kitty Cat Rescue, (of course) and when I’m not doing other things I enjoy baking and walking.

Vicky Field (Associate Governor)

I have been a member of staff at Upton Westlea since 2009, I have worked as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant before becoming the Nursery Teacher and going on to teach Year 6 and my current Year group Year 2. I am now the Deputy Headteacher and have enjoyed supporting the school in gaining our latest Ofsted.
As a teacher I believe that all children deserve the opportunity to a full and engaging learning experience, with a range of new and exciting opportunities and experiences. I feel all children deserve the right to reach their full potential in a stimulating, safe and caring environment which I feel Westlea offers all of our children. I am currently the Maths Subject Leader and Assessment Coordinator for the school.
Outside of school, I am married to Jason and a mother to a gorgeous little girl, Grace and a step mother to Jenny and Chris. I enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy football and musicals.
Mrs Josette Foster (Governor)

I am absolutely delighted to be a governor at Upton Westlea Primary School, working together with the other governors and the school staff. I plan to play an active role in the school’s continued success and towards its strategic priorities.

My background is 32 years in further education as Assistant Principal with a key focus on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment ( especially maths and English), outcomes for learners and personal development, behaviour and welfare.

After taking voluntary redundancy I was lucky enough to be able to have a complete career change and bought Fish and Chips @ Weston Grove. At the shop I am passionate about quality, sustainability, employability and playing a key part in the community.I am truly honoured to take on this role.

Mrs Emily Rowlands (Governor)


Ms Carolina Font Palma (Governor)


Capt Richard Cullen (Governor)

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