Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Governor information

From September 2015, Governing Bodies are required to publish, on their website, information about their governors:

Name Category



Terms of Office Committees Official responsibility





Bill Ponzini

Local Authority

Local Authority 14/07/2009-22/11/2018

Standards & Curriculum


Chair of Governors

Chair of Standards &Curriculum committee

SEND Link Governor

EYFS Link Governor

None None
Ian Cooper Headteacher

Whiston Willis

Governing Body


Standards & Curiculum


  Headteacher None
Richard Bunnett Parent Governor Parent Body 24/11/2015-24/11/2019

Standards & Curriculum


Vice Chair of Governors

Link Governor Upper KS2

None None
Lisa Haworth Parent Governor Parent Body 22/11/2016-22/11/2020 Resources Link Governor None None
Zoe Hathway Parent Governor Parent Body 22/11/2016-22/11/2020 Standards & Curriculum

Link Governor -attendance


Joyce Jones

Staff Governor


School Staff 01/09/2015-01/09/2019 Resources   Member of staff None
Jill Watkins Staff Governor (teaching) School Staff 01/11/2010-01/11/2018 Standards & Curriculum   Member of staff None
Maria Morris Co-opted Governor

Whiston Willis

Governing Body

01/04/2014-01/04/2018 Resources

Chair of Resources committee

Link Governor KS1

None None
Len Marlow Co-opted Governor

Whiston Willis

Governing Body

07/07/2015-07/07/2019 Standards & Curriculum

Link Governor KS1

Link Governor-Safeguarding

None None
Graham Phillips Co-opted Governor

Whiston Willis

Governing Body

07/07/2015-07/07/2019 Standards & Curriculum Link Governor Lower KS2 None None
John Addison Clerk to The Governors

Whiston Willis

Governing Body

Alice Irwin Associate Governor

Whiston Willis

Governing Body

01/09/2015-01/09/2019 Standards & Curriculum No right to vote None None
Katie Mannion Associate Governor

Whiston Willis

Governing Body

22/11/2016- 22/11/2020 Standards & Curriculum No right to vote None None

Governors who have stepped down from their post within the last 12 months:

Mr A.Armstrong July 2017


Governors must declare any relevant business interests as well as the details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register must also set out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives. It is important to address any perception of a conflict of interest by making clear where such potential personal or pecuniary interests might apply; this might be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school or County Council when dealing with outside organisations or individuals.

Examples (potential conflicts):

  • A governor whose spouse/partner is employed by the school – Should not take part in discussion regarding the school’s pay policy or any staffing matter that might impact on their partner. Both direct and indirect decisions might impact on the salary range of senior staff e.g. increasing pupil numbers (PAN) or the age range (first to primary).
  • A governor on the management committee of a childcare provider or after school club who rent part of the school – Should not be party to discussion involving the use of the school or their charging policy.
  • A governor who is a supplier of goods or services to the school – Should not take part in decisions regarding the letting of contracts for that type of goods or services or where a sub-contract relationship might exist.

Examples (other declarations):

  • Being a governor on another school or academy
  • Relationship to staff members

The register of governor interests must be reviewed and updated on an annual basis.

Associate governors must be included on the register and it should be clear where they have voting rights.

The school is required to maintain a similar register of staff interests that should also be reviewed annually – as specified in the NCC code of conduct. Staff had previously been included with the governor’s declarations but in light of the governing body register of interests being required to be published on the school web site, a separate register should be drawn up. Staff governors will need to be included on both registers.

Contact the school

Call and speak to either

Mrs Joyce Jones

on 0151 477 8270

Whiston Willis Community

Primary School, Milton Avenue

Prescot, L35 2XY

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