Governing Body


The Chair of Governors is Mrs Jane Ainsworth, if you need to contact any of the governors in the first instance please contact Marie Wadsworth, Clerk to the Governors, 01928 576664 or email

To see documents of the Governing Body please follow this link.

Governing Body Member Profiles

Jane Ainsworth – Chair of Governors and National Leader of Governance (NLG) – Trust appointed governor

Jane is Chair of Governors at The Heath School, Chair of the Interim Multi Academy Trust Board at Palace Fields Primary School and Chair of the Chair of Governors (CoG) Forum. Jane has also been elected as the Secondary Representative for CoG Forum; in this role she reports directly to the Trust Board on behalf of the Chairs of Governors across the secondary sector.

Jane has been a Primary and Secondary Parent and Community Governor for eighteen years, with her current involvement in The Heath School and Palace Fields Primary School as Chair and Bridgewater Park as a governor.

She has represented Halton Governors on numerous Local Education Boards over the past eighteen years and most recently sat on Halton Safeguarding Children’s Board. She was a member of the Halton Association of Governors executive committee until the end of 2013.

Dawn Bamber – Trust appointed governor

Dawn is a Trust appointed governor at The Heath School.  She has served as Parent Governor at a local primary school and at The Heath School for over nine years and recently moved over to her new role as Trust appointed Governor. She is a fully trained governor with extra units on employment, SEN and funding.  She sits on the inclusion focus group and has done for five years.

She was employed by the civil service for over seventeen years (currently on a career break) as an executive officer holding many roles; personal adviser, lone parent adviser and in the latter years, compliance.  She is currently working part time within the family business directly responsible for HR, staff management, data processing, staff appraisals and financial management.

Dawn is a parent representative of Halton Impart which was set up to work closely with the Local Authority at base level to give parental input on future policy and procedures within the borough regarding SEN.

Her drive is to ensure that The Heath School continues to develop and deliver the best possible education and pastoral care for every single student.

Julie Hayes – staff governor

Julie has been a staff governor at The Heath School for five years.  She has worked for seven years as a Learning Support Assistant at The Heath where she supports the Peer Mentor and Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme within school.  She has also worked for seven years as a Teaching Assistant in the Primary sector in Halton Primary Schools.  During recent years she has achieved a degree in Learning Development and Support.

Over the last three years she was a trustee on the Canal Boat Project Committee and was also on the committee at the local pre-school where her daughter and son attended.

She has been a volunteer for various children’s organisations, in particular within the Prince’s Trust Cheshire Committee where her role involved being an application assessor for disadvantaged 14-25 year olds. She was on the committee for five years and during that time took three groups of 18 – 25 year olds on a one-week residential course in Ayr, Scotland.

Vickie Hodgson – Parent Governor

Vickie was elected as Parent Governor at The Heath in May 2018.  She has worked within the Social Housing Sector and the Local Authority for eighteen years which has provided her with an insight to community issues, Local Government economy, constraints on resources/budgets and subsequently led to her career choice within social housing.

Her son and daughter attended The Heath School and she strongly believes that the school’s positive and dedicated staff provide a safe environment to deliver the school’s ethos and support their students to thrive into mature individuals.

She works within socially excluded communities and in close partnership with the Local Policing Team, Local Authority Community Safety Team, Adult and Child Social Services, the local High and Primary schools and many other agencies to reach positive outcomes for all concerned ensuring people have equal opportunities and are treated fairly.  Vickie sits on The Heath Inclusion focus group so her knowledge and career will enable her to provide a diverse input.

Vickie would like to develop and learn new skills whilst bringing her vast experience to the role of Governor and fundamentally aims to help make a difference to The Heath community.  Her children are now of an age which allows her to have time to fully commit to the role and she is looking forward to the exciting challenges and opportunities.

Stan Mansfield – Staff Governor

Stan was elected as a staff governor in 2017 and is married with two children.  He started teaching at The Heath in 1982 as a full time teacher of Physical Education.  In 1989 he became Head of Department, a post he held for fifteen years.

In his role in PE he has been involved in various school teams and extra-curricular activities which have brought him into close contact with many parents and members of the local community as well as numerous local and national schools.

Alicia Parry – Trust appointed governor

My Belief: Every child has the right to a good education to assist them to reach their full potential, every child does matter and learning is for life.

My career was in transport management and logistics from which I have now retired. In September 2000 my son started his High School education at The Heath and I became a parent governor, this was the start of a wonderful journey and experience for us both which still continues for me to this day. I am currently serving as a Trust appointed governor with responsibilities for SEN, Safeguarding and The Looked after Child, am also Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of The Inclusion Focus Group.

Having experience of Child Social Care as a foster parent closing the gap, pupil premium and safeguarding are a priority for me.

It is a privilege to work with so many dedicated and talented Staff and Governors of The Heath School.

Maria Smith – Parent Governor

Maria was elected as a parent governor at The Heath School in November 2018.  She took a keen interest in choosing The Heath School for her children to attend and looks forward to being involved with the school for several years to come.

Maria is currently in her second year of her Health and Social Care degree, having previously gained CACHE level three in supporting teaching and learning in schools. Due to this, she has had eighteen months’ experience working within the education sector, at a local special needs school and is up to date with polices and legislation.

Her work placement requires her to be reflective upon what can be done better? How I can I improve? She intends to transfer these skills into her role as governor.  She is passionate about ‘every child matters’, inclusion and ensuring a holistic approach to children’s wellbeing.

Val Snelson – Trust appointed governor

Val has had over thirty years teaching experience in various high schools, as Head of Year/Faculty, Deputy Head and Acting Head. She has worked for several examination boards and was Senior Examiner for AQA.

As a governor at The Heath for over twelve years, Val has served on various committees including Finance, Inclusion, Pupil Behaviour Panels and Principal’s Performance Management.

Maria Warburton – Trust appointed governor

Maria has been a governor at The Heath School for a number of years.  She was elected initially as a parent governor before becoming a co-opted governor and currently is a trust appointed governor.   Her son attended The Heath School and her daughter is currently a pupil.

Maria’s desire to be a part of The Heath School’s GB derived primarily from being a parent of a child at the school and also having a genuine interest in school improvement at all levels and a belief in the importance of education for all.  She is the link governor for teaching and learning and visual and performing arts.  From her work background she brings knowledge of governance and developing governing bodies.

Rachael Ward – Staff governor

Rachael was elected as a staff governor in October 2018.  Rachael has almost twenty years’ experience as a teacher in secondary schools. She has worked at The Heath since 2008 and is currently Progress Co-ordinator for Year 11 and is a teacher in the English department.

Rachael stood as a staff governor in order to understand the school’s governance from a different perspective and to contribute a staff viewpoint to the governing body.