St. John's CE Primary School

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St. John's CE Primary School

  1. Governors



Governor Details (IEB)

Our Governing board is currently run by an IEB, an IEB stands for Interim Executive board and is a temporary governing board set up by local authorities for schools that are facing challenges, often replacing the previous governing board

The board consists of:

Rob Halsall -Chair Of Governors

My name is Rob Halsall, I live in Middlewich with my wife Kathryn and daughter Sophie after 38 years in food retailing, I retired in 2021 to spend more time with his passion of riding motorbikes and touring through Britain and Europe.

I am the current chair of The Yes Trust which is a trust that educates children with learning challenges as well as a community governor of Sir John Dean's 6th form College in Northwich.

Diane Murdoch – Governor

My name is Diane Murdoch and I’m one of the school governors.  I’ve been volunteering as a school governor for two years now and am pleased to have joined the governing body at St Johns.  I have a particular interest in EYFS, Phonics, Early Reading and school finances.  My day job is as a Governance Professional providing support to school governing boards, so I do spend most of my time thinking about governance.

Any spare time is spent exploring the countryside with my energetic Irish Setter or relaxing with my head in a book.


Collette Denby - Governor

My name is Collette Denby and it was an honour to be asked to serve on the governing body of St. John’s and to support the school community.

I have worked with children and in education for most of my working life. When my two older children were young I worked as a childminder before qualifying as a teacher. I was a teacher for 34 years, 17 of those years were spent as Headteacher at primary schools in Liverpool – the best job!

As well as working as a teacher in schools, I have also had two periods where I worked within the Education Authorities of both Trafford and Liverpool. These posts enabled me to work with professionals across the primary and secondary phases, as well as planning and delivering CPD to staff in schools and to wider audiences including community groups.

In August 2021 I retired from full time work  and since my retirement as Headteacher I have worked, on a part time basis, with Liverpool John Moores’ University as a Liaison Tutor with PGDE students, and their school based mentors, in schools across Liverpool, Wirral and North Wales.

In March 2023 I joined the Governing Body of a C of E primary school in Cheshire West as a co-opted governor and in October 2023 I was elected as its Chair.

I am an active participant in various charities supporting children, the most recent being ‘KidsBank’ which works with families and children in need in Chester, Cheshire and North Wales. I volunteer for ‘KidsBank’ one day each week. I am also a trustee on the board of a charity working with foster carers in Malawi, ‘Malawi Foster Care’, and have been responsible for overseeing their safeguarding procedures. In 2015 I was lucky enough to visit Malawi and witness the great work that the foster families are doing.

In my spare time, as well as spending time with family and friends, including numerous grandchildren, I am a keen cyclist, walking netballer and enjoy a weekly art class.