Governor Profiles

All governors have a shared responsibility and work as a team, but at the same time actively draw on each other's expertise, skills and knowledge.


Head Teacher: Mr. Carl Leech

Parent Governors: Dr. Paul Nevitt and x1 Vacancy 

Local Authority Governor: Cllr Patrick Redstone

Staff Governor: Alistair Scott

Co-opted Governors:  Mark Harris (Chair of Governors), Alec Smallwood (Vice Chair), Lisa Asprey, Tara Sanchez, Phil Barnish, Carl Ross and Emily Valentine

Associate Governors:  John Frankland


Mark Harris - Chair of Governors

Additional responsibilities: Maths Governor and Head Teacher's Performance Management Panel 

I am honoured to be the Chair of Governors, enabling me to be part of the Rode Heath School community and use my knowledge and experience of the education sector to further develop and enhance the pupil experience and outcomes of this fantastic school.

I have 3 passions. Firstly, to ensure my family are confident, happy and safe – with the opportunity to pursue whatever they want (Maisie in Year 4 and Isabelle has moved up to Alsager High School).

Secondly – education is my vocation, with the passion to transform lives for the better, currently holding a senior role leading on the curriculum and quality in Higher Education at UCEN Manchester (part of Manchester College). And finally, the third passion is football as a lifelong supporter of Stoke City! 


Alec Smallwood - Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor

Additional responsibilities: Chair of Staffing Committee, Finance Management Support Officer 

I joined the Governing Board for Rode Heath Primary in 2015 and was Chair from 2018-2020 and became Vice chair in 2020. I have enjoyed becoming part of the Rode Heath School community; I wanted to lend my support in the capacity of Governor. My eldest son left Rode Heath in summer 2019 and my youngest son, Aaron is in Year 6

In my career I have worked for the Local Authority in their Schools Finance team and currently lead the finance function of a Multi-Academy Trust. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, DIY and the occasional round of golf.   



Dr. Paul Nevitt - Parent Governor 

Additional responsibilities: Science Governor

I am dad to Martha in Year 3 and I joined the governing board in November 2018 as a parent governor.  I really wanted to support the school and hope to contribute as best I can to its continued success. 

I’ve spent my whole career within scientific research and development, currently working as Technical Director within the UK National Nuclear Laboratory. As you’d expect I am a little bit passionate about STEM! Outside of work I get out on my bike as much as I can, try to go skiing each year and love making the most of our National Trust membership


Alistair Scott - Staff Governor


I was elected as the Staff Governor for Rode Heath. I am extremely pleased and proud to represent the staff and to assist with the governance to ensure the school continues to be successful. 

It is my thirteenth year as a teacher: five years as a secondary geography teacher and this is my eighth year as a primary school teacher. My passion is to help learners progress and to see their enthusiasm for subjects grow.

In my spare time I love all things to do with sport. I thoroughly enjoy playing sport whenever I can and gain a great deal from these pursuits. Family is very important to me too, and I love spending time with them.  


Lisa Asprey - Co-opted Governor

Additional responsibilities: Special Needs Governor and School Financial Value Standards

I have been a member of the Governing Board since 2015 and have enjoyed the role and the involvement in school life.

My son Benjamin had a very happy 7 years at Rode Heath and I am pleased to be able to work with the staff in an ex-parent capacity now that he's at high school.  I have worked in the school environment for a number of years and am currently a Bursar in a Staffordshire primary school.




Tara Sanchez - Co-opted Governor

Additional responsibilities: Pupil Premium and Governor Training 

I have been supporting the board of governors of Rode Heath School as their clerk for the last 3 years. When leaving to join another primary school I was delighted to be given the opportunity to continue to support as a co-opted governor. I live locally and have three children who have now left primary school.

I hope to be able to contribute to the diverse knowledge of the already strong and committed board at Rode Heath, and look forward to getting to know the school better and working towards furthering the opportunities for success for the children.    



Carl Ross - Co-opted Governor

Additional responsibilities: Website (Compliance), Health and Safety

After studying pharmacology at The University of Leeds, I decided to move away from a career in science and started working in hospitality management in my home city of Manchester. I moved to Rode Heath in 2014 when taking over as Licensee at The Broughton Arms, where I live with my wife Pam and two children; who both attend the school. Currently Dylan is in Year 4 and Ellie is in Year 2.

I have been a governor since 2020 and it's been great to join such a strong governing board at this fantastic school.





Emily Valentine - Co-opted Governor

Additional responsibilities: English Governor

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I have taken on the role as English Governor at the school because of my love for the subject and my desire to nurture a love of literature in all children. Rode Heath Primary already shows great strengths in this area and i hope to enrich the use of English in the classroom further.

I am an English Teacher at Sandbach High School and have had responsibilities leading KS3 English; this has given me a great insight into the transition from primary to secondary school and I hope to ease any of these challenges for the pupils of Rode Heath.




Councillor Patrick Redstone  - Local Authority Governor

Additional responsibilities: Head Teacher's Performance Management Panel

I joined the governing board in 2019 as a Local Authority Governor. I am a Ward Councillor for Odd Rode and find serving the local community very rewarding. Being a school governor for Rode Heath Primary School is a real privilege. I find the wonderful atmosphere at the school so uplifting and really appreciate being a part of it.



Never forgotten: Andrea Rutledge - Chair of Governors, 11/2015 to 25/05/2017 

"I just wanted to pass on my condolences to you, your staff and of course the family of your Chair of Governors; I was so sorry to hear of Andrea's passing.

It may not come as comfort at this difficult time, but the values and vision that she brought to the school alongside staff and other governors means that her inspiration has been felt by hundreds of pupils. This is a lasting influence that will guide these young people throughout their lives."

Mr. Stephen Bentham, Her Majesty's Inspector  



Rode Heath Primary School

Heath Avenue, Cheshire, ST7 3RY

Main Contact - Mr Carl Leech

Tel: 01270 314414


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