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St Anne's CE Primary School

Inspire | Challenge | Care | Respect

Trinity Road, Sale M33 3ES

0161 973 7181


St Anne's CE Primary School

Inspire | Challenge | Care | Respect

the governing body: Who Are We?

The Governors are from a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences ensuring the school can benefit from a wide range of views. There are five types of Governor on the St Anne's Governing Body:

  • Headteacher
  • Ex-Officio – i.e. the Vicar
  • Foundation – Appointed by and representative of Chester Diocese
  • Local Authority – Appointed by and representative of the Local Authority
  • Parents – Elected by and representative of the Parents
  • Staff – Appointed by and representative of the Staff 


It's important to note that whilst the Parent Governors are elected by the parents of St Anne’s, they are not like an MP or Councillor in that they are there to take up issues raised by parents. They are there to provide a parent's perspective.





Term of Office Ends

Miss Claire Cowgill

Staff Governor



Mr Will Jones

 LA Governor



Rev'd. Alison Cox




Mrs Polly Goodson




Mrs Beverley Hobson

Foundation (Chair of Governors)



Mr Chris Jones 

Foundation Governor 



Dr Sarah Kostiuk

Foundation Governor




Foundation Governor



Mrs Lee Slater

Foundation Governor



Mrs Pauline Stacey

Foundation Governor



 Mrs Anna Bond

Parent Governor



Dr Jonathan McNamara

Parent Governor 



Mrs Claire Sheldon 

 Parent Governor



Mrs J Saunders

Foundation Governor



Mrs Tricia Walker

External Advisor: Headteacher Performance Management N/A N/A


There is also our clerk, Sue Tracey.  All correspondence for the governors should be sent to our Clerk.

Foundation Governors

Chair of Governors - Bev Hobson

Hello my name is Bev Hobson, currently the Chair of Governors at St. Anne’s C of E school.


I am very proud to have been associated with the school since 1992 when my eldest child started in reception. I was involved in the Parents association for many years and became a parent governor in 2001 and then a Foundation Governor when my youngest daughter left St. Anne’s. I have 3 adult children and a granddaughter. I attend Sunday worship, when work commitments allows, and try to support both the school and the church at fund raising events.


I work full time as a nurse manager in intensive care. I come in to school at least three times each half term to meet with Mrs Goodson along side attending meetings and Governor training.


I love the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.


Chris Jones

I was pleased to be asked as someone with a business background to apply to be a Foundation Governor.

Having joined in Autumn 2019, I  sit on the Resources and the Discipline committees.


As a lawyer I worked in private practice, and then  in-house for a large commercial consumer facing organisation in Manchester, where I enjoyed working with a wide variety of people, and gaining experience of a range of legal and business matters.


I live in Sale Moor, and attend the church where I am involved in a number of activities, including playing the clarinet in the band. 


My hobbies include leisure cycling, racquetball, and singing in a local community choir.


Sarah Kostiuk-Smith

I joined St Anne's CofE governing body in November 2018 and serve as a Foundation governor, which means that I was appointed by the church. In addition to "normal" governor duties and responsibilities my role is help to preserve and nurture the Christian ethos of the school.


I live close to the school with my husband and our little rescue cat. Educated as a scientist, I have a PhD in Chemistry and now work as a patent attorney in central Manchester, helping my clients to protect their inventions. I try to bring a corporate perspective to the school's governing body.


I sit on the resources committee and assist with auditing the School Fund account, and as Health & Safety governor will periodically visit to school to check that the facilities continue to be maintained to an appropriate standard.

Lee Slater

I am an active member of the congregation at St Anne’s Church and originally became a foundation governor when my three children attended the church school. I am passionate that all children should achieve their full potential and want to have a role in supporting this.

I currently work full time at a primary school for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) as the Early Years Foundation Stage leader and teach reception age children. My knowledge of SEND supports my role as link governor for SEND and I am currently chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee.  

I have a love of learning and in my free time I am learning to play the piano and enjoy knitting, crochet and reading. I feel that being a school governor is a privilege and I regularly attend meetings and keep up to date with training.

Pauline Stacey

I have been a Foundation Governor since 31 August 2016. I am a regular worshipper at St Anne’s Church where I am also currently Church Warden.   

I am a recently retired teacher having taught in Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and also for a central education support service within a Local Council. I have been a SENCO, an Assistant Head teacher and manager of a small central education support service team. My years in education have given me lots of experience in schools and my aim for St Anne’s School is that the children receive the very best education within the context of Christian belief and practice. I see education holistically. This means preparing children to live in society as well rounded individuals who care about each other and the world in which they live. This is very much a small community school which aims to love, learn and grow together as part of God’s family and I whole heartedly support those aims. The Christian distinctiveness of a church school is crucial and as a Foundation Governor I hope to particularly support this in my role.

On a personal note I have a family of my own which includes two children who have been through the education system and are now adults themselves. As a parent I understand the pressures parents face and have many years of involvements with schools as a parent to reflect upon. I think this brings some experience too to the Governor role.

I enjoy cycling, walking, art classes, sewing and cooking. I have a husband Paul. I also have two rather large cats.

Jennie Saunders

I am a member of the congregation at St. Anne's Church and a part of the Sunday School team as well as a baptism sponsor. I've enjoyed interacting with the children at St. Anne's school in church for Experience Easter and Christmas events. My own children were members of the church choir and have benefitted greatly from the warm, caring environment at St. Anne's Church. I have a background in scientific research in university and industrial settings.

LA Governor

My name is Will Jones.  I have previously been a governor at Manor High School in Sale (now Manor Academy) between 2011 and 2016. Where I served as Chair of Governors between 2013 and 2015. During this period the senior management team and governing body guided the school to academy status as a multi-trust academy. I also gained governor experience across committees particularly in personnel and finance.

I currently work as a home-based Software architect for the DXC Technology corporation working health systems, primarily for the NHS. I have a very strong IT background that can be utilised on committees to improve processes at St Anne’s. I live locally in Timperley were have lived for 3 years having previously lived in Sale for 13 years previously.

I am very active as a volunteer with various groups in Timperley and Sale including the Sale Wombles who are a volunteer litter pick group that I jointly established with several other volunteers in 2012. Other groups I am involved with are Friends of Pickering Lodge Park, Timperley Country Fair and Altrincham Festival.

I hope to use my experience to help St Anne’s achieve its ambitions and goals in the coming years.



Parent Governors 

Anna Bond

My name is Anna Bond. . I have 2 children, both now at St Anne’s and I have very much enjoyed being part of the school community with them since 2016. I have been particularly inspired by the leadership that Mrs Goodson has brought to the school and for that reason I have volunteered to be on the Governing body.

For my ‘day job’ I am a strategic manager for the Environment Agency, my role is to work with partners across Lancashire to deliver DEFRAs vision for the environment- to leave a better environment for the next generation. As part of my role I carry out strategic planning, continuous improvement, chair meetings and have an incident role to protect people and properties during flood events.

On a personal note I am passionate about my local community and the people within it. I set up and chair a local community group; We are Sale Moor in 2015. I sit on Trafford Health Advisory Board and have an active role in supporting 14th Sale Beaver Group. As part of this local network I bring a range of skills and relationships which I hope can benefit the school and the governing body.

I am currently involved in two working groups the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Leadership and Management group where I have supported the development of the Governor Action Plan

Jonathan McNamara

I joined the school Governing Board in 2014 to serve as a Parent Governor. I was excited to support the school as a former student (I left in 1987) and the parent of two children currently at the school (my eldest left in 2018). As a committed Christian, I value the importance the school places on ensuring Christian values remain at the centre of our student’s education. Working as a teacher of Mathematics at Sale Grammar School I believe I can offer the Board and the school the necessary support and guidance to continue on their journey to becoming outstanding in all aspects of their provision. In addition, I bring experience from secondary education in monitoring whole school performance (against local and national benchmarks) and of secondary governance in the areas of finance, resources and teaching and learning. I am a keen runner and have run a number of marathons (I’m due to run the London Marathon in 2020). I am also a qualified football coach and currently coach and U11s football team.

Claire Sheldon

I joined the board at St Anne’s as a Parent Governor in November 2019.  I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Sub-Committee.  I have 2 Children in KS2 so have been involved in school life for several years.  I have previously been involved with the PTA as Treasurer and have organised and supported many Fairs, Discos and Quiz nights. 

I work as a Consultant in Financial Services, delivering data and systems to meet client needs. 

I feel enormously proud of the school - for its strong community feel, for the way the teachers not only educate our children, but also instill in them the values that will help them grow into caring and responsible adults.

As a new Parent Governor, I welcome the chance to build new skills and gain a deeper understanding of local education needs and am looking forward to working with the existing team and providing support to enable St Anne’s School, staff and children to continue fulfilling their potential.

Contacting Governors

We can all be contacted through the school office by leaving a letter addressed to the Governor(s) in question.


business and pecuniary interests

Governor's Name Status Other Governance Business Interests Declared Other Positions of Influence
Miss C Cowgill Staff Governor None None Acting Deputy Headteacher
Mr W Jones LA Governor None  None  None
Ms Alison Cox Vicar None None St. Anne's Church, Sale Moor
Mrs P Goodson Headteacher None Guardian Education Headteacher
Mrs B Hobson Chair - Foundation None Spectra (Health and Safety) None
 Mr C Jones Foundation None None None
Dr S Kostiuk Foundation None None PCC Member
Mrs L Slater Foundation None None Teacher at Pictor School
Mrs P Stacey Foundation None None Church Warden - St. Anne's
 Mrs Anna Bond Parent None None We Are Sale Moor CIC 
 Dr J McNamara Parent Sale Grammar  None Teacher at Sale Grammar 
 Mrs C Sheldon Parent None None None 
Mrs S Tracey Clerk None St John Vianney RC High School None