Local Academy Board (Governors)

Willow Wood Primary and Nursery School is part of Concordia Multi Academy Trust and we operate under the Trust's governance model and operate a Local Academy Board. 

If you are interested in becoming a representative of our Local Academy Board please visit: https://www.concordiamat.co.uk/local-governance-recruitment

We understand that there are times that you may wish to approach a member of the Local Academy Board (LAB) and ask for our help or assistance, or simply ask a question.

You may see us from time to time at school events or on school premises, and you are very welcome to approach us, but we would also like to let you know that you are also able to contact us.

If you are unsure about which types of queries we may be best placed to assist with, the information below may help.

Once again, if you think you have a question we can help with, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to help.

Please contact via the school office on 01606 593896.

You can contact the Trust Governance Professional via email [email protected].

Meet our Local Academy Board

Lyndsay Barwell


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Martin Bell


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Elaine Capper


I have been at Willow Wood since 2011. I am in my second term as staff governor and have enjoyed the opportunity to be closely involved with our school journey over the last few years. It has been an interesting and exciting time for us and will continue now we are part of Concordia MAT. Within my teaching career I have worked with all ages, both Primary and Secondary within specialist settings and in the Mainstream, currently teaching within our Resource Provision- a role I love as it involves getting to know our families as well as the children in our group. On a personal level I love to garden, enjoy my yoga and love to spend time with close family.

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Samantha Guy


Having been a passionate advocate for support all SEN children, including my own, I am absolutely thrilled to be a Parent Representative on the Local Academy Board. It is not always easy or comfortable advocating for your child, and it often requires great determination and resolve. However, I am and always will be unapologetic and unwavering in the ultimate goal of ensuring the continuation of the great care and support provided at Willow Wood and ensure we are collectively doing everything to further its development and success for its student population.

This school and its values align greatly with my own. Ensuring happy, safe and secure environments for children has been my life’s work. I have worked with children with SEN, in Early Years childcare as well as working with many young people in care. I have worked with vulnerable children and young adults from a diverse range of backgrounds and appreciate the complexity and nuances that come with this type of work.

The commitment of Willow Wood’s staff to ensuring such a high standard of care is the reason I decided to become a Parent Representative. It is so important that we as parents take ownership and have direct involvement in our children’s education. I will think of your children as I do my own. In an ever-changing world, it is vital that our children’s education prepares them for the next stages of their life, with its challenges and opportunities, whilst also meeting their individual needs.

Over the years, both in advocating for my own children and in my professional work, I have amassed a great deal of knowledge in a range of areas such as safeguarding, Personal Education and healthcare Plans, Ofsted regulations, CQC inspections, Child Protection, Health and Safety amongst others. I am pleased to be able to apply that knowledge in my role as a Parent Representative. I look forward to continuing the great work of the school, its staff, parents, and board.

Anita Harries


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Christine Hankinson


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Jan Kay

Co-opted, Vice Chair

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Rebecca Yates


I am committed to my role on the Local Academy Board, and I am keen to support the school and all the children to ensure that they are empowered to achieve their true potential. One of the things I love most about Willow Wood is the commitment, passion and drive to supporting all SEN children individually and actively striving to meet their individual needs to the highest standard. The pastoral support and SEN support on offer is excellent in my opinion and something I believe the school excels in.

I have been a Parent Governor at Willow Wood since April 2023. I have a child at the school. I attended Willow Wood for the duration of my infant and junior school years before moving onto Weaverham High Schools and subsequently Sir John Dean's College.

I then qualified as a Social Worker from Lancaster University in 2008, securing a 2:1 Degree. I began my career as a Social Worker in Manchester City Council where I remained for 4 years working on a Child In Need/Child Protection Team. In 2012 I began employment with Cheshire East Borough Council as a Social Worker on Child in Need/Child Protection Team and in April 2016 I completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Social Work at Salford University and secured am Advanced Practitioner post in April 2017. In 2019 I secured a Team Manager post within the same team.

I have 16 year's experience within front line Social Work practice. I have experience in work with children from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds and with a wide range of lived experiences. I have experience in working with SEN children and children who are Cared for by the Local Authority and as such have knowledge specific to Personal Education Plans and Pupil Premium funding. I also have extensive knowledge in regard to safeguarding policy and procedures.