Meet the Governors

  • Cllr Sheila Woodyatt


    Sheila is the Chair of Governors at Cherry Tree and is a notable figure in the local community, recognised with the award of an MBE in 2000 for services to the community in Cheshire.

    In her role as governor at Cherry Tree since 1979, her passion and commitment to the on-going development of the school and leadership on the Governing Board knows no bounds. She is also a governor at Lymm High School.

    She brings years of unparalleled experience and a network across Lymm and Warrington gained from a host of roles as a primary school teacher, a Lymm Parish Councillor, the former Mayor of Warrington, a Warrington Borough Councillor, and Cheshire County Councillor where education was one of her main interests.

    Sheila’s hobbies include gardening, swimming, knitting and foreign holidays.

  • Ms Christine Mitchell-Brown

    Vice Chair / Co-opted Governor

    Christine is a resident in Lymm and has been a governor at Cherry Tree for more than eight years. She cares passionately about supporting Cherry Tree and helping to improve the children’s educational attainment by being able to work as part of the wider team on the Governing Board.

    Her experience working in the IT sector for major US and European blue chip companies means she brings a strong business and commercial perspective to the work of the Governing Board. She is particularly focused on ensuring the school utilises resources to add the greatest value to the school and will go the extra mile to ensure school needs are met fully within challenging budget constraints.

    In her personal time, Christine loves keeping fit, cooking, cracking crosswords, reading and travelling.

  • Mrs Helen Graham

    Head Teacher

    Helen has been the Head Teacher at Cherry Tree since 2012. Her teaching career began in Moss Side, Manchester where she taught Year 1 and Year 2 children before moving to Cherry Tree. The opportunity to become the Head Teacher at the school was a further exciting progression for Helen from her role as Deputy Head.

    Being a member of the Governing Board is a given as a Head Teacher but prior to her appointment, Helen served as a teacher governor at Cherry Tree School – taking the time she has served on the Governing Board to over ten years.

    Helen’s commitment to the school is evident in everything that she does. She is passionate about ensuring that all of the children have an exciting, relevant and fun education. Her leadership and inclusive style is of immense value to the Governing Board, which looks first and foremost at the needs of the children. Her depth of knowledge and attention to detail is essential to the way the Board monitors and reviews the work of the previous year and plans ahead to develop our school further. It’s a partnership with the common aim of making Cherry Tree School the very best that it can be.

  • Mrs Georgina Walker

    Parent Governor

    Appointed April 2017. Photo and biography to be added shortly.

  • Mr Phil Adams

    Staff Governor

    Biography to be added shortly.

  • Mrs Claire Caton

    Co-opted Governor

    As a resident of Lymm, Claire is passionate about education and is delighted to be volunteering in the local community in her role as co-opted governor.

    Claire brings over ten years of communications experience, and uses it to great effect in supporting the work of the Governing Board and in particular to the development of the Cherry Tree area of the website. Like all of her fellow governors, Claire is committed to maintaining Cherry Tree as an outstanding school.

    Claire most recently worked as a press office manager at Merseyside Police, having previously worked at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and Ofqual, the examinations watchdog.

    In her spare time Claire, enjoys volunteering in the community, spending time with her family, and outdoor pursuits particularly snowboarding.

  • Mrs Shirley Sawyer

    Co-opted Governor

    Shirley was a teaching assistant at Cherry Tree for 12 years and during most of that time was a school governor. Since retiring, she is seen regularly in school helping the children to develop their skills in painting and drawing.

    Shirley enjoys all aspects of art including painting and attending local and regional exhibitions. Her commitment to the children’s on-going development and insight as a former teaching assistant is of immense value to both the school and the Governing Board.

    Away from school, Shirley enjoys travelling, reading and is an avid Warrington Wolves fan.

  • Mrs Jo Young

    Co-opted Governor

    Jo has been a governor at Cherry Tree for seven years, initially as a parent governor and now as a co-opted governor since her children progressed to Lymm High School.

    She was drawn to the role through a desire to learn more about how the school operated and to play a key part in its continued success. Today, Jo continues to be driven by seeing pupils thrive in such a wonderful environment. As a former business analyst and European Marketing Manager she brings commercial acumen and great financial rigour to the work of the Governing Board.

    As well as being a cricket coach and manager, Jo enjoys outdoor sports and cooking – she’s a well-known member of the Lymm Pudding Club.

  • Mrs Louise Haskins

    Co-opted Governor

    Louise is a resident in Lymm and has been a co-opted governor at Cherry Tree since 2013. She is very passionate about helping the school to maintain its status as an outstanding school. She also supports the creation of a learning environment that encourages achievement and raises standards whilst at the same time supports the happiness and social wellbeing of the children.

    Having worked with teams in a highly regulated industry and for clients, through her own business, in the public and private sector, Louise brings skills and insight in strategic planning and implementation, business management and her core competency of marketing and communications.

    In her leisure time Louise enjoys time with her friends, family and the church she’s been associated with since childhood in Padgate.

  • Mrs Anna Patterson

    Parent Governor

    Appointed Summer 2017. Photo and biography to be added shortly.