Who's Who?

Chair of Governors - Lee Walsh        Vice Chair - Natalie Grandison

Chair of Learning and Achievement Committee - Jennifer Brooke

Chair of Finance and Premises Committee - Lee Walsh

There are no material interests between governors or relationships between governors and school staff.

Current Governors

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Louise Boardman, Headteacher

I am proud to be leading Styal Primary School. This is a truly special school where everyone matters and everyday matters. We are a small school with a family atmosphere.

Before working at Styal, I worked in a large, two form entry school in Bolton. I have been a teacher for eighteen years - a vocation I truly love. I was assistant head and then deputy head in a previous primary school and now feel truly privileged to be the headteacher of Styal Primary School since September 2020.

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Lee Walsh

Chair of Governors

Chair of Finance and Premises Committee

Link Governor for Attendance

Complaints Committee

Headteacher Performance Management

Pay Committee

I graduated from Huddersfield University with a Masters Degree in Architecture and I am now the Principal Director of a successful Manchester based architecture firm. I am also a Director of a building management company responsible for all major finance and building maintenance for prominent city centre buildings. In addition, I work within the NHS Dental Sector as the Principal Business Director of a dental surgery. My son Max and my daughter, Marta, attend Styal Primary School. In my spare time I enjoy travelling with my family, cooking and keeping fit. 

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Natalie Grandison

Vice Chair of Governors

Pupil Premium and Cared for Children Governor

Appeals Committee

I’m a parent governor with two of my children at Styal, a girl and a boy. I also have another boy who will be coming in a few years time. In my profession I am part of a retail management team. I am very much committed to supporting the team here at Styal. 

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Amy Yardley-Goldrick

Staff Governor

I am honoured to be a part of the school’s governing body, striving for excellence for our lovely school and wonderful children. I trained as an Associate Teacher in 2016 and was thrilled to be back working here as a teacher 2 years later.

I have a real passion for the teaching of Reading and Writing, facilitating the learning of fundamental skills, that children will rely on right into their adult lives. I feel privileged to be the school’s English Subject Lead. 

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Gemma Pinnington

Co-opted Governor

EYFS link Governor

EHWB link governor

SENDCo link Governor

Exclusions Committee

Pay Committee and Headteacher's Performance Management Panel

My name is Gemma and I am so happy to become part of the governing body as a co-opted governor. I live in Handforth with my family and my son attends Styal Primary. I qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2010 and am practicing locally at a small animal practice. I am passionate about Styal, it’s community and the school, and look forward to supporting Styal Primary for the years ahead. I have a particular interest in the school's curriculum and am excited to learn more about this. Outside of work I love to take walks with my family in the countryside and have an interest in decorating and DIY.


Helen D'Urso

Co-opted Governor

Safeguarding Governor

Link governor for RSE

Complaints Committee

Exclusions Committee

Pay Committee

Headteacher's Performance Management Panel

My name is Helen Moss and we have lived in Styal village since 2015. I have 3 young children. I work as a Doctor in the NHS and I’m particularly passionate about Palliative Care. In our spare time, we love exploring Styal woods and cooking traditional Italian food. I am pleased to be a co-opted governor and look forward to serving the community and our wonderful school.




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Jennifer Brooke

Co- opted Governor

Chair of Learning and Achievement Committee

Link Governor for Foundation subjects


I have been with the National Trust at Quarry Bank for 5 years, as the Visitor Operations and Experience Manager. I have responsibility for the delivery of our business plan and strategy, focussing on operations and visitor experience. I’m very proud to be joining the Governing Body at Styal Primary School and I’m very keen to strengthen the connection between the National Trust and the School. I am also passionate about young people and learning, and will use my background in teaching to help where I can.

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Chris Novak

Co- opted Governor

Finance and Premises Committee

Link Governor for Website Compliance

SFVS Link Governor

Benchmark Governor 

I have lived in Styal since 2011 with my family. My eldest started the school in 2016 and my youngest will start in a few years’ time. In ‘real life’, I run a Mortgage Brokerage based in Alderley Edge, I’m also the Chair of Styal Parish Council. In my spare time, I can usually be found cycling, watching my son play football or working as a Commissaire for British Cycling.

I’m excited to be part of the School Governing Body, having been co-opted after previously being an Associate Governor, supporting the Head and Staff of the school in a unique learning environment.


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Shan Bristow

Co-opted Governor

Learning and Achievemnet Committee

I have been a Cheshire teacher for many years, working first in large primary schools in Wilmslow. Later I developed a love for small schools: was  Deputy Head at Lower Peover School and Head at Kingsley St. John’s School.I taught for 5 years at Edgehill University, Ormskirk on the B.Ed programme for initial teaching training and post graduate courses. In my teaching I have always championed the value of the Arts (Visual Arts, Music and Dance). My children were both at a Wilmslow Primary and secondary schools.I love being involved in community activities: I am a Quarry Bank Mill volunteer, a Citizens Advice adviser; member of Barnby choir and a Green Room supporter. I am delighted to be involved as a Governor in the unique Styal Primary School.


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Michael Murphy-Pyle

Co-opted Governor

Finance and Premises Committee

Since March 2023 I’ve been the Head of Media for Manchester Airport, responsible for
promoting and protecting the reputation of the airport in the press and wider media as well as
acting as a spokesperson for the airport and briefing the Managing Director for media
appearances. Prior to that I was Chief Media Officer for the Department for Education,
fulfilling similar functions and reporting to several Secretaries of State and before that I was a
journalist. I’m a proud dad to a primary-age daughter and in my spare time I’m a keen home
brewer, guitarist, and long suffering supporter of Nottingham Forest.   

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Lee Whitworth

Local Authority Governor

Learning and Achievment Committee

I am the current Head of Education, Skills, and Work at HMP Styal, and a member of the prison's Senior Management Team. I am keen to
foster community links between the prison and its local area and believe passionately in the power of education as a rehabilitative tool.  
Previous to my work within HMPPS, I worked at various secondary schools across: Calderdale, Bradford, and Kirklees in both Middle and Senior
Leadership capacity.
I have two daughters - who attend a primary school back in my native Lancashire. Also, I am a keen supporter of Burnley Football Club and a
creative writer.


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Styal Primary School

Altrincham Road
Styal, Wilmslow

Main Contact: Miss Jenny Nolan
SENDCo: Mrs Claire Holliday

Tel: 01625 917280

Email: admin@styal.cheshire.sch.uk

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