Meet the Governors

Please meet the Governors of William Stockton and Wimboldsley Federated Schools                                                     


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Ms Lynne Mullen

Type of Governor: Chair of Governors

My name is Lynne Mullen, I was a deputy head in Cheshire West and Chester many years ago and have since taken on a variety of leadership roles including SENDCo, advanced skills teacher and head teacher. My background and track record reflect my unflinching ambition to improve outcomes for all children. I am currently in my seventh year of leading a primary school in Bolton and by the end of this academic year I am hoping to return to the classroom, supporting children with reading and writing- back to where it all began 30 years ago! I have a considerable amount of experience of governance and I am looking forward to putting all of this to good use as part of your federation.


Mrs Joyce Mahon 

Type of Governor: Co-opted 

My name is Joyce Mahon, I am the Safeguarding Officer at William Stockton. I have been in post for a total of 15 years, prior to this I was the Learning Mentor at Wolverham Primary School for 2 years. I was part of the initial Learning Mentor Training in 2003.  I have a Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning and a Degree in Inclusive Education, I achieved these at the young age of 50! I have worked in education for over 35 years and have always had a special interest in special needs and safeguarding. My role involves a great deal of emotional support and counselling for both pupils and families. I find my role challenging but rewarding. I am committed to my role on the Governing body.



Name:Mrs F Chesters

Type of Governor: Co-opted staff 

My name is Fiona Chesters and I have been a Teaching Assistant at Wimboldsley for over 10 years. I also hold the role of Welfare Assistant and have been trained in Mental Health First aid as well as a number of other welfare based qualifications. In addition I produce the weekly newsletter and any press releases and design and production of promotional/display material.  I am a staff governor and on both the Outcomes of pupils and Personal Development committees.


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Name: Davina Hein

Type of Governor: Parent

I am a parent to my 2 children Sophia and Isabelle and my two cats: India & Pixie. My Children have been brilliantly cared for by William Stockton School for the last 10 years. I am part of the Friends of William Stockton (Chairperson) or FOWS as we are nicknamed and have enjoyed raising money for the support and enjoyment of all the children. I work as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant at a local school. I have a passion for education for all, especially for children with SEND needs and work hard to advocate for children/adults in my spare time. I look forward to working with the Governors of the Federation to maintain the high expectations and support for both Schools. I especially look forward to learning from the wealth of experience and knowledge from the Governors and staff as I begin my journey in Governance.



Name: Mike Slater

Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor

For the past twelve years most of my teaching activities has been with graduates entering the agricultural industry where they were being prepared to advise farmers on crop production matters. It was so revealing to see the  range of understanding they had on food and it’s production. At an early stage all children would benefit from both access to the natural world and an understanding of the value and source of the foods they eat,   

When possible I have facilitated trips for children to see farming and offered facilities for nature study and used to take lambs and calves into schools until it was felt that risks from contact with animals was too great. The great disconnect between especially urban children and the countryside has to be overcome.

My aim as a governor would be to help bring these connections together in simple ways to foster children’s interest for the rest of their school careers. Also to protect their learning environment were possible providing adequate space for them to learn and have fun.



Name: Jody Darlington

Type of Governor: Parent Governor 

I am a hard working individual and have been a dedicated volunteer and PTA member at Wimboldsley since my eldest child first attended in 2016; I have also proudly held the PTA Chair role for the past 3 years. I have always been passionately committed to contributing to the school in any way possible and would dearly love to further this via the parent governor role, as at present, my contribution is limited. I understand how crucial the quality of leadership and the importance of inclusion are in the ethos of the school and its aspiration of achieving excellence. I am a trained TA with a CACHE Level 3 certificate and have worked in a pre-school and a primary school. I have completed the HLTA Level 4 theory modules and have recently signed up to complete the remaining modules


Name: Mrs M. Atkins

Type of Governor: Staff

Role: Executive Headteacher

My name is Moira Atkins, I have extensive experience of classroom teaching and senior leadership roles in five schools of contrasting catchments and sizes across Cheshire; including two successful primary Headships in schools in challenging areas.  As Head teacher I have effectively transformed the reputation and category of each, with a focus on raising standards and school improvement. I have worked with schools across Cheshire and in other authorities as a Professional Partner for New Head teachers as  Local Leader in Education, a Cheshire West School Improvement Advisor and a School to School partner for Ignite Teaching School Alliance. Through these roles I have assisted many schools on their journey to Good and Outstanding. I haved worked in schools in Australia, France, Ghana, Jersey and London on Literacy Teacher Training, the Curriculum, Action Research Projects and ‘Solutions Oriented School’ business. I am trained ‘Inclusion Quality Mark’ assessor and Pupil Premium Reviewer. I have professional qualifications in ‘Leading Educational Change’ (Masters level), Postgraduate Advanced Diploma and Certificate in Primary School Management, The Primary Executive Headship Qualification and the National Professional Qualification for Headship and I am  currently undertaking the Future Leaders Executive Educators Programme and am serving Ofsted Inspector.


Name: Mr M. Allen

Type of Governor: Staff

Role: Headteacher of William Stockton 

My name is Mark Allen, I am the Headteacher of William Stockton Primary School, where I have worked for over 20 years.  I have previously been Assistant Head teacher and Deputy Headteacher at William Stockton Primary School.  As the partenership between William Stockton School and Wimboldsley began to develop, I was instrumental in setting up of the Federation of the Schools, working closely with the then governing body and staff across both schools.  From this work I became Headteacher at Wimboldsley Primary School and worked there for over five years from 2013 to 2017. I am currently undertaking the National Professional Qualification in Executive Leadership.


Name: Mrs S. Jones

Type of Governor: Staff

Role: Headteacher of Wimboldsley

My name is Samanther Jones and I am Headteacher of Wimboldsley Primary School. Having started my teaching journey as a newly qualified teacher at William Stockton Primary School 12 years ago I have subsequently worked within and across the Federation for many years. Over time and with growing knowledge and experience, my role progressed to Assistant Head at William Stockton and in 2019 I made the transition to Wimboldsley as Deputy Head and eventually Headteacher My intention is to continue to build on the prior successes of the school, working closely and in collaboration with the senior leadership team, staff and governors to provide a curriculum and environment that provides the opportunity for all pupils to achieve excellence.