Meet Our Governors

Russell Houghton- Chair (Co-opted Governor)

Hello, my name is Russell Houghton, and I am Chair of Governors at Weston Primary School. I'm also a parent of 1 child at Weston, Jack, who is currently in Year 6. I have been a governor at Weston for 6 years. I am a firm believer that no matter what our strengths are: academic, practical, performing arts or sporting, it is the role of the school to help young people grow and realise their potential. I'm also very proud of our school and the inclusive reputation that we have. The school are fortunate to have an incredibly talented staff, both teaching and non-teaching who strive to make sure all children are happy and deliver to the best of their ability and are open with parents at all times to make sure all is well. 

The role of the governing body is to hold the school to account on behalf of all children and parents, to ensure we are always striving for the highest standards and delivering the best education the school can. It's a role all the governing board take seriously, investing their time into the role and, covid permitting, all members of the board are regular visitors to school to ensure the highest standards are being delivered. We have a dedicated group of governors with diverse skill sets from different backgrounds, both educational and non-educational.  

On a personal level I'm married to Amanda with 2 children,  Leah who is at college and Jack who, as mentioned above, is at Weston. I'm a sales manager at Telefonica O2, looking after a team of account managers. Whilst my job is demanding, I'm also fortunate that my employer supports and encourages me to invest time in the role as chair of governors at Weston. As part of my job I spend a lot of time working with technology and looking at how we can best support businesses to grow using the latest products and technology available. I'm hugely passionate about the benefit technology brings to all of us and actively encourage school to adopt these tools, for the benefit of staff and pupils. As our children grow into an ever-changing world, it is our role to make sure they are best equipped to thrive in the future. In my spare time I like to play golf, I'm a Liverpool fan and love spending time with my children.

I'm incredibly proud to be Chair of Weston Primary School and if you are a parent/grandparent/guardian of a child at the school and you would like to meet me to discuss anything to do with school please contact school and I will be happy to meet you. As a final note I would like to wish all the children at Weston the very best in their time with us. 

Russell Houghton

Lisa Parkes - Vice Chair (Co-opted Governor)

My name is Lisa Parkes and I was elected as a parent governor in November 2016. I am a mum to four boys the youngest of which William is currently in year six at Weston. I am currently a chair of Governors in another local school and find both roles informative and rewarding, especially as you are able to have a positive influence into how the school is run and how we can work together to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children. Outside of school, I work part time as an Send teacher at a school in Liverpool and feel that my own experience of the education system allows me to bring different views and ideas to our meetings to help move the School forward. As parent governor I am always available if you need to discuss any issues or ideas you may have to help Weston carry on being a warm and inclusive school.

Lesley Davies-School Business Manager (Associate)

Lesley started work in the Education Sector in 2002 as a School Improvement Adminstration Officer in the Local Authority, working alongside Education Advisors, Consultants and Head Teachers. From here she moved into Weston Primary School and has seen her role change over the years from School Secretary to that of Business Manager. She supported another Primary School to reform their entire admin function to enable them to become more efficient and compliant. This led to her being appointed as a 'Specialist Leader of Education' in Business and Administration in 2013. In September 2014, Lesley was appointed to the Heath Family Multi Academy Trust as their Primary Business Manager, but continued to work closely with Weston Primary School through a Service Level Agreement. Lesley transferred back to Weston full time in May 2018.

She has completed both the Certificate in School Business Management (CSBM) and the Diploma in School Business Development (DSBM).

Helen Pitt- Headteacher (Ex-Officio)

I have been a teacher and school leader for over 25 years across a range of primary schools. It is a priviledge to to be Headteacher at Weston Primary and work with such incredible children and staff in this lovely community. I committed to ensuring the best outcomes for all children and have always made sure that the children are the heart of every decision we make so that they shine and are best equipped for success on their journey through education. My mission is to ensure we all 'work, enjoy and succeed together' at Weston Primary School.

Tim Bullock (Staff Governor)

I have been at Weston for all of my teaching career and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here which boasts both fantastic children and parents. I am currently the Year 5 teacher, leader of Mathematics, Computing and Languages, and NQT Mentor at Weston. In addition to this, I have completed my NPQML and look forward to contributing effectively to the future provision and success of the school.

John Manning (Associate)

I have been teaching at Weston for over 10 years, which has seen me teach across Key Stage One and Two. I have seen the school grow in so many positive ways and I am proud to say that I teach at Weston. My roles in school are Assistant Head, Year 2 class teacher, Whole School Data and Curriculum lead, as well as being the Art and Design Co-ordinator.

Outside of school, I am a proud father and I enjoy spending time with my son. I am also a movie lover and enjoy torturing myself at the gym at 4am in the morning.

Andy Kelly (Associate)

I have been teaching at Weston for 10 years and I have been an associate member of the governing body for over 4 years. Since the moment I started, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I have experience across all year groups in Key Stage 2. My roles in school are Assistant Head, Year 6 teacher and Teaching & Learning Lead. I am literacy co-ordinator and I have also been PE co-ordinator during my time at Weston. In addition to this, I have completed my NPQML and Safer Recruitment training.

Outside of school, I enjoy playing football and following my beloved team, Liverpool.

Heather Rowland-Clerk to Governors

Margaret Ratcliffe (Co-opted Governor)

My name is Margaret Ratcliffe. I live in Park Road, Runcorn. I am married to Ernie and have two grown up children and five grandchildren. Two of my grandchildren attend Weston Primary School.

Maria McGann (Governor)
My name is Maria McGann and I am a parent to my young daughter who attends a local primary school in Frodsham, just up the road from Weston. I have some experience in teaching and in training and development although for the past 12 years I have worked as a manager in the public sector.
I am a qualified auditor and have experience of managing audits across all sectors. A key objective for audits is to make recommendations and help to drive improvement, and I hope my skills and background in this area will prove useful to Weston. On a personal level, being part of a group who are committed to helping the school be the best that it can be is very important to me. As a parent myself, I am very enthusiastic about this role as ultimately, it is the children who will benefit the most.
I have previously been a wellbeing champion and am a Mental Health first aider in my place of work. I have always been interested in initiatives that involve helping others and I believe these personal values will also be of help to me as a governor. 
Outside of work, I enjoy family time with my husband and daughter, and going to Zumba classes in my local area. I am also an avid reader and film lover.


Contact Us

Telephone: 01928 574544


Headteacher: Helen Pitt

Weston Primary School,

Lambsickle Lane, Runcorn,

Cheshire WA7 4RA

SENCO: Laura Simpson