Governors & their role


Governors of

The Observatory School



Jane Owens MBE (chair)

Jane Owens is a National Leader of Governance (NLG) based in Wirral. Jane is the Chair of Governors at two local Primary Schools and the Chair of Governors at a Secondary School that is an academy and a teaching school.

Jane was appointed as one of the first cohort of governors appointed National Leaders of Governance in 2012 and she was redesignated in 2014. In this capacity she helped support the National College of Teaching and Leadership to develop the External Reviews of Governance (ERG) process which was in response to the drive towards more effective governance.

As an NLG Jane also supports and mentors local and national Chairs of Governors (referred to as ‘deployments’). Jane works locally and nationally completing External Reviews of Governance, Health Checks and Performance and Impact Reviews and holds the firm belief that strong effective governance improves the quality of experience and education that all children deserve regardless of their starting point. ERGs and Health Checks have been successfully completed across the Primary, Secondary and Special School sectors.

Jane chaired a Statement of Action Committee for 12 months for a school in a Multi-Academy Trust. She also worked as a consultant for 12 months during the trial period when the National Governors’ Association were developing their training and consultancy service and acts as a telephone consultant for The Key for School Governors.

Lately, Jane has been developing her training packages from formal training sessions for groups of governors through to more informal ‘conversations with’ governors which can help inform their future development needs. She encourages governor colleagues to view ‘governor training’ as their own continuing professional development and, occasionally, assists the Local Authority with locality governor training.

She also chairs the local Governors’ Forum and writes a monthly Newsflash for all Wirral governors to keep them updated on local and national issues. Jane represents Wirral governor colleagues on a variety of statutory committees i.e. The Children’s Trust Board.

Jane works part time in the voluntary sector for a charity, is a non-executive director for a community interest company (Big Heritage) and a trustee of a local charity (Viking Centre and Youth Club Limited). Jane has received an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List June 2016 for services to education in Wirral.


Duncan Haworth MBE

Duncan Haworth is an experienced NLG based in Cheshire West. He is chair of an outstanding 420 pupil primary school, a governor at a large 1700 pupil converter Academy and recently finished as a member of an IEB, moving the school from special measures to good in 8 months. Being an Officer of the Local Governing Body Association for more than 15 years, sitting on School Admission Appeals and on Exclusion Independent Review Boards has helped to give a rounded knowledge of schools and school governance. Duncan has been trained and carried out External Reviews of Governance across the North West of England and West Yorkshire since 2013.

He is a Board Trustee of the National Governors Association and has been a trained, registered lay inspector of schools in Wales since 2010. By background Duncan is a polymer chemist but “headhunted” senior managers for new positions in the chemicals, polymers and associated industries from 1996 to 2012. He has been self-employed since 1996 and has appropriate professional indemnity and public liability insurance as well as being DBS checked.

Greg Chiswell - Headteacher
Matthew Lord – Co-opted Governor
Jacqui Kearney – Co-opted Governor
Kevin Smith – Co-opted Governor
Linda Smith – Co-opted Governor
Kishan Bhalsod – Staff Governor
Kerry Menzies – Parent Governor

‘pen portrait to follow’

Former GovernorsTerm of Office
Margaret Morris1st Sept '16 - 15th Nov '16


Governor Documents

Governor Documents
Newsletter No1 Sept 2016
Gov minutes IEB meeting 23.09.16 PART ONE
Govs minutes IEB meeting 21.10.16 PART ONE
Gov minutes IEB meeting 7.11.16 PART ONE
Gov minutes IEB meeting 25.11.16 PART ONE
Gov Attendance Record - 2016-2017
Newsletter No2 Dec 2016
Gov minutes IEB meeting 16.12.16 PART ONE
MINUTES IEB meeting 16.1.17 PART ONE
MINUTES IEB meeting 27.1.17 PART ONE
MINUTES IEB meeting 02.03.17 PART ONE
MINUTES IEB meeting 17.3.17 PART ONE
MINUTES IEB meeting 31.3.17 PART ONE
MINUTES IEB meeting 28.4.17 PART ONE
MINUTES IEB meeting 12.5.17 PART ONE
MINUTES IEB meeting 26.5.17 PART ONE
Newsletter April2017
Newsletter July2017
MINUTES IEB meeting 9.6.17 PART ONE
MINUTES IEB meeting 20.6.17 PART ONE
Newsletter Sept. 2017
MINUTES IEB meeting 3.7.17 PART ONE
MINUTES IEB meeting 18.9.17 PART ONE
MINUTES IEB meeting 9.10.17 PART ONE
MINUTES IEB meeting 20.11.17 PART ONE
Newsletter December 2017
Governor information and declaration of interests January 2018
Governors expenses policy 16.01.17 IEB
MINUTES IEB meeting 11.12.17 PART ONE
newsletter 23.03.18
MINUTES SGB meeting 31.1.18 PART ONE
MINUTES PART 1 The Observatory SGB 5.3.18
MINUTES PART 1 The Observatory SGB 24.4.18
MINUTES PART 1 The Observatory FGB 6.6.18