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.

Mr Brendan Crilley (Parent Governor)

I am married to Rachael and we have three brilliant children, two being in Upton Westlea with one being a thriving student in Eden Class.

I am a Northumbrian in exile, with 25 years’ service as a Police Officer, formally serving for two years as a Special Sergeant in West Mercia Police.  My career has been varied, including 10 years uniform front line Community Based Policing and the remainder as a Detective working in various roles, including murder investigations.  My primary discipline as a Detective is within Child Protection and the investigation of paedophilia, gaining vital safeguarding experience and qualification within Child Protection, Forced Marriage & Honour based violence (including FGM) and Domestic Abuse to partners and children.  In 2015, I was one of the 'pioneers' relating to the Pan-Cheshire response to the Jay Report (Rotherham) and the Coffey Inquiry (Greater Manchester) Child Sexual Exploitation Inquiries, working as a Detective Sergeant within the multi-agency Cheshire West and Chester Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Team.  During this time I was a sitting member of the Pan-Cheshire subcommittee and contributed to the writing and delivery of Awareness Training and multi-agency Risk Assessment of Child Sexual Exploitation to professionals. I currently work for the Home Office within a Regional Policing role based at various locations across the North West.

On a personal note, beyond work and family, I have two great interests. I am a Geordie and follow, at great pains, Newcastle United and I have a passion for Boxing. I am qualifying as an amateur and professional Boxing Coach, a Safeguarding Lead and formally recognised Club Welfare Officer (Registered Nationally by England Boxing) for a community based Amateur Boxing club.  I am the CEO of my own sports agency and currently represent two professional boxers and I’ve a publishing deal with regards to my hobby of writing fiction and non-fixation cross over style novels.

My motivation for becoming a governor is so that I am able to offer any professional or personal assistance to the continued improvements and huge strides already taken in ensuring that this school becomes an example of good working practise and which is recognised within any future OFSTED inspections. I want to learn from the professionals with regards to the management and teaching of children with special needs and I hope to offer some support by contributing in as many ways as possible. Despite my Safeguarding knowledge, I recognise that I am a novice when it comes to day to day understanding and methodology of individual needs management and so I look forward to the challenge.

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.

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