Melanie Walker


Melanie was first appointed a teacher governor in June 2013 and filled the Headteacher governor position in September 2015.

She is ex-officio a member of all four committees. As well as being Headteacher she is Safeguarding Lead and responsible for E-Safety and Cared for Children.

Prior to becoming the Head, Melanie taught at our school for nine years and was a member of the Senior Leadership Team and Head of RE. Before this she was a press officer and journalist, acting as News Editor at Silk FM.

Melanie has a BA Hons in History and Theology and a Masters Degree in Ancient History. She is also a trained journalist and has her NCTJ qualification as well as her PGCE.

Mike Akerman ACIB - Chair

Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 27th February 2017 - 26th February 2021.

Mike had been a Governor since 2015 and is Chair of the Committee 3 and a member of Committee 4. Mike is the Governor with responsibility for Numeracy.

He is a retired bank official and his main passion is local & family history and the Great War.

Canon Veronica Weldon Hydon

Ex-officio Foundation Governor

Current Term of Office: From 27th February 2017 and continuous while she is the incumbent of Bollington as she is an ex-officio Foundation Governor.

She is a member of committee 3 and Chair of Committee 4. Veronica is the previous Chair of Governors.

Original Date of appointment: March 2007 (on becoming Vicar of Bollington).

Professional qualifications include BA General Degree (External London); Cert.Ed (postgraduate) focussed on Primary School Education; Marine Cargo Insurance Broker at Lloyd's of London (1975-1988); General Certificate of Ordination 1991; Ordained Deacon in the Church of England London Diocese 1991, Priest 1994 (now working in her fifth Parish and in her third Diocese).

Skills pertinent to the GB: spiritual support and Pastoral care, knowledge in religious matters, visionary thinking, chairing meetings and strategic planning.

Chair of Bollington PCC and of Macclesfield Deanery Synod; ex-officio Foundation Governor of Bollington Cross School Governing Body; Canon of Chester Cathedral; Rural Dean of Macclesfield.

Ellen Watson BA (Hons) in Primary Education and French

Staff Governor

Term of Office: 27th February 2017 - 26th February 2021.

Ellen is a member of Committees 1 and 2.

She has been teaching for fourteen years with thirteen years experience teaching Upper KS2.  She has worked both in urban and rural primary schools. Her subject specialism is modern foreign languages.  Within the school, she is currently Head of Teaching and Learning, and Maths and Assessment Lead.

Frances Arnott

Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 27th February 2017 - 26th February 2021.

Frances had been a Governor for since 2014 and is Chair of Committees 1 and 2 and is Sports Premium Link Governor. She has a PGCE, and has worked in Education for over 15 years: initially as a teacher (Secondary Maths) and since 2002 in Outdoor Learning. She currently specialises in developing and leading outdoor-based curriculum-linked programmes for Primary School groups.

Her children attend our school.

Faye Daley

Local Authority Governor

Term of Office: 27th February 2017 - 26th February 2021.

Faye had been a Governor of since 2015, is a member of Committees 3 and 4 and is responsible for Governor Training.

She has 7 years HR experience specialising in Recruitment, Social Media and Employee Wellbeing and has a BTEC in Graphic Design and City and Guilds in Photography. She has lived in Bollington all her life and her two children attend our school and she was a former pupil herself.

Dr Tess Phillips M.Sci, MA (Cantab), MRSC, FHEA 

Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 27th February 2017 - 26th February 2021

Tess joined the governing body in February 2017 and is the Governor with responsibilty for Literacy and RE. She is a member of Committees 1 and 2.

She is a Lecturer in Chemistry at Keele University. Two of her children attend our school, and a third who will attend eventually.

Tess is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is interested in education at all levels and enjoys running science activities for children. She has come into school to run hands-on activities at St John’s during science week.

Andrew Selwood 

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 23rd March 2017 - 22nd March 2021.

Andrew is a qualified accountant who has specialised in working alongside non-finance teams, helping them to understand the financial results and impacts of their actions. He is a member of Committee 4

A parent with one child currently attending our school (Year 2) and a second child who will also attend.

As a parent, he has a vested interest in the school and welfare of the children and will continue to be a stakeholder of the school for a number of years.

A Bollington resident for 7 years, who relishes the opportunity to enjoy the local countryside, be that on foot or most often on his bike.

Jane Woodward Cert.Ed; B.Ed. PG Dip HI

Co-opted Governor

Jane retired as Director of Education of a Non-Maintained Residential Special School and Independent Specialist College in 2017, having worked in Special Education for 40 years. She was headteacher of the school for 8 years. Jane taught at the school for many years and is a qualified teacher of the deaf. Jane was a Designated Safeguarding Officer and continues to deliver induction training on safeguarding at the organisation to new starters. She has been a Bollington resident for 35 years.

She is a member of Committees 2 and 3 and is responsible for Looked after Children, Pupil Premium, SEN and Safeguarding.

David Paul Beardmore 

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 21st June 2017 -20th June 2021.

Paul has been self employed for the last 10 years working in Bollington with two businesses: Beekeeping and Quarrying. Previous to that he was involved in IT, He has two children with one attending our school and one starting in September 2018.

Paul is a Member of Committees 1 and 2.

Carl Mallia BSc Msc PhD

Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 23rd July 2018-23rd July 2022.

Carl has recently moved to the Macclesfield area and has a background in Chemistry. He is Maltese by extraction and in addition to that language is also fluent in Italian.


Meeting attendance

  Full Governors Meetings
  06-Mar-17 14-Jun-17 11-Oct-17 14-Mar-18 June 2018  
Mike Akerman Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Charlotte Simpson Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Mel Walker Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Veronica Hydon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Faye Daley Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Tess Phillips Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Frances Arnott Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Ellen Watson Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Jane Woodward - - Yes Yes Yes  
Andrew Selwood - - Yes Yes Yes  
Paul Beardmore - - A Yes Yes  
  Committees 1&2
  15-May-17 18-Sep-17 16-Feb-18      
Frances Arnott Yes Yes Yes      
Charlotte Simpson Yes Yes -      
Tess Phillips Yes Yes Yes      
Mel Walker Yes Yes Yes      
Ellen Watson Yes Yes Yes      
Jane Woodward - - Yes      
Paul Beardmore - - Yes      
  Committee 3
  18-May-17 28-Sep-17 12-Mar-18      
Mike Akerman Yes Yes Yes      
Charlotte Simpson Yes Yes Yes      
Mel Walker Yes Yes Yes      
Faye Daley Yes Yes A      
Jane Woodward - Yes Yes      
  Committee 4
  18-May-17 02-Oct-17 13-Feb-18      
Veronica Hydon Yes Yes Yes      
Mike Akerman Yes Yes Yes      
Mel Walker Yes Yes Yes      
Charlotte Simpson Yes - -      
Andrew Selwood - Yes Yes      
Faye Daley - - A      

Register of Business Interests

Name of governor Relevant business interests Any other educational establishments governed Relationships with the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives
Rev Canon Veronica Hydon Chair Bollington PCC Ex-officio Foundation Governor Bollington Cross School None
Chair Macclesfield Deanery Synod
Canon of Chester Cathedral
Rural Dean of Macclesfield
Melanie Walker None None None
Ellen Watson None None None
Mike Akerman None None None
Frances Arnott None None None
David Paul Beardmore None None None
Faye Daley None None None
Tess Phillips None None None
Andrew Selwood None None None
Jane Woodward None None None
Carl Mallia None None None

Page updated by Mike Akerman.  Correct as at: June 2018.


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Bollington St John's CE Primary School

Grimshaw Lane
Macclesfield Cheshire
SK10 5LY

Tel: 01625 572 025