Meet Our Governors

Gail Maguire

Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor)

I feel privileged to be Chair of Governors at Charles Darwin Community Primary School. I have worked in education over the past twenty years in a variety of roles, including that of  headteacher and am a former member of staff at Charles Darwin. Currently, I am working as a consultant for an education training company improving the skills and knowledge base of staff and governors in schools both in the UK and overseas.   


Sally Gray  

Vice –Chair of Governors  (LA Governor)

I have been a member of the Governing Body of Charles Darwin Community School for seven years and it has been a pleasure to be involved in the school’s continuing drive for excellence in all it does. As a retired Headteacher and Early Year’s educator, I take a special interest in the younger children in the school and enjoy my regular visits to their classrooms and activities.


George Studd (Co-opted Governor)

I spent the whole of my working life as a teacher, the last twenty two as head teacher of a local high school.  Two years ago I was delighted to accept an invitation to join the governing body as a co-opted member.  It has proved to be a very rewarding experience.  This is my first direct involvement in a primary school although I have wide experience as a governor having previously served on the governing body of a local high school, Sir John Deane’s 6th Form College and finally Mid Cheshire College of F.E. where I was Chairman for 8 years.  I live locally and both my children attended local primary and secondary schools. 


Rebecca Skelly (Co-opted Governor)

I have been a Governor at Charles Darwin for the past three years and have enjoyed every aspect of it. I was the Link Governor for Gifted and Talented pupils at the school and am now focussed on making sure the curriculum continues to be broad balanced and vibrant. I am a Property Solicitor at Mosshaselhurst Solicitors in Northwich and have been qualified for 4 years. I also enjoy taking an active role in my community and working with the school has helped me to develop this further.


Peter Skelly (Co-opted Governor)

I started as a Governor at Charles Darwin at the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year and it has been a really interesting challenge. I am currently the Governor for finance. I work in the financial services industry as a manager at Zedra Trust Company in Knutsford where I have worked for 5 years.  In my spare time I can be found walking my border terrier, Murray, or at a pub quiz.


Marianne Bennett (Staff Governor)

I joined Charles Darwin in 2015 as a class teacher and Deputy Head.  Having been a teacher for 17 years and having worked in a number of local schools (both secondary and primary), I have had the privilege of working with many children from the Northwich area and have enjoyed seeing them grow in understanding and confidence as their time in school progresses.  I am delighted to represent the staff as Staff Governor at Charles Darwin.

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Charles Darwin Community Primary School

Darwin Street
Castle, Northwich

Main Contact: Mr Adam Croft (Headteacher)

Tel: 01606 75194
Fax: 01606 784143

SEND Contact: Miss Joanne Tilley
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