Meet the Governors

Kevin Unsworth ~ Chair of Governors

I was appointed as a Co-Opted Governor of the Acorns Primary and Nursery School and Whitley Village Federated School in July 2017.
Until 2016 I was chair of Governors at my local village school, so I am no stranger to the governor role and I am really looking forward to working alongside Mrs Mansfield and the team.

It’s a real privilege to be part of your school. Being a governor always gives me a great sense of pride, helping support the school to nurture, develop and educate your children ready for their step into high school and beyond.

My wife, Mrs Unsworth, currently teaches in Year 1/2 at The Acorns, so whilst I am new to the governing body I am aware of all the great work the staff, children and parents have done and continue to do across both schools.


Away from being a governor I work for Lloyds Banking group, and have done for the last 20 years. When not travelling to London, or other parts of the country I like to find time to get out on my bike, and when the weather isn’t kind I tend to be at home with my head in a good book…when my 2 daughters allow me the time!





             Hannah Mansfield ~ Head Teacher

As Executive Headteacher of the Federation, I am privileged to sit on the Governing Body and attend all Committee and Full Governing Body meetings. Our Governing Body is a pleasure to work with. They are a group of dedicated and committed people who strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of our pupils. We have worked hard together as a team to clarify our aims and objectives and have a shared vision of every pupil being the best they can be in school and in life.





    Amanda Hatton ~ Local Authority Governor

I was appointed as a Local Authority Governor of the Acorns Primary and Nursery School and Whitley Village Federated School in October 2015. My son is a pupil at Whitley. I work as a Solicitor in Sale.

This is my first time on a Governing Body and I am thoroughly enjoying being part of the team, (although it has been a steep learning curve!) helping to ensure that both schools are the best they can be.

When I have spare time I enjoy running, which I have only recently taken up. I recently took part in the Whitley Fun Run with my son and I am planning on doing the Whitley 10k next year.





             Lizzie Langton ~ Parent Governor ~ Chair of Finance Committee

I have been a Parent Governor since October 2015 and have 2 children at Whitley Village Primary School, currently in Years 5 and 1. I work as a Management Accountant at the University of Manchester and have over 20 years experience working in Higher Education Finance.  Prior to being a Parent Governor, I was Treasurer for ‘Friends of Whitley School’ (FOWS) for 5 years.








      Emma Morgan-Lloyd ~ Co-opted Governor

Since 2005 I have been a Primary School Teacher, joining the team at The Acorns in 2013 and joining the Governing Body in 2014 as a Co-opted Governor. In my career to date, I have taught every single year group but I currently teach in Year 4 and am also one of the Maths Leaders, which I really enjoy because we get to make maths as fun as it can be.

Alongside being a teacher I have another demanding yet exciting role and that is one being a parent to my beautiful children. I have a little girl who is now 6 and a little boy who is 3. They have given me a completely different perspective to education since becoming their mummy. I now believe more than ever that the children are the future and deserve the very best opportunities to fulfill their dreams.





               Jess Haigh ~ Staff Governor

I completed my BEd degree at Chester University and graduated in 2014 when my teaching career began at The Acorns. I am currently the Year 3 teacher and lead modern foreign languages across the school. I was elected as the staff governor in 2017 and I am looking forward to helping grow and develop the children's education within the schools to ensure they can be the best they can be.








   PC Graeme Morrison ~ Co-opted Governor

I have been a serving Police Officer for 16 years, starting my career in Ellesmere Port before working in both Chester and the Rural area of West Cheshire. I have been back in Ellesmere Port for the last 4 years and my work brings me into contact with young people on a daily basis. My role involves close partnership work with other agencies such as housing providers, substance misuse services, and the Local Authority’s Troubled Families scheme.

I am dedicated to neighbourhood policing and community issues. I have had the great pleasure of spending time in school and meeting staff and pupils. I am delighted to have been appointed as co-opted governor in 2017 and sit on the School Improvement Committee.


Hilary Berry ~ Co-opted Governor

I am a member of the Communication Council and am currently Chair of Cheshire West and Chester Association of Primary Headteachers.

As a key system leader in Cheshire West and Chester, I demonstrate the ability to broker professional dialogue and conversations between colleagues so that they can co-create strategies to deliver national policies whilst incorporating their local priorities. 

I also act as a mentor and critical friend to Headteachers, influencing and guiding their personal and professional development.

Previously, I was a serving Headteacher for nineteen years, working with children, parents, governors, external agencies and the wider community. I demonstrated proven drive, clear vision, personal skills, experience, motivation, ambition and determination to provide positive and effective leadership.

My philosophy is based upon the belief that children's natural curiosity; enjoyment and enthusiasm should be valued and encouraged, by providing quality learning experiences in a caring, happy and secure environment. My efforts are directed towards preparing each child for life beyond school. They are concerned with developing the highest standards to which each pupil can aspire.

I actively support children and families facing challenges or who have additional needs and am committed to improving the quality and extending the range of services and experiences that can be offered.

Throughout my career, I have enjoyed warm and productive relationships with pupils, parents and professional personnel across many spheres.


Martin Nield ~ Co-opted Governor; Vice-Chair

I've been a Governor at the Acorns since 1998.  During this time I've served as Chair and am at present Vice Chair.  I also serve on the Finance, Personnel, and Premises Committee and am also safeguarding link governor. 

Before retiring, I spent 35 years in the nuclear industry in various roles, the last being responsible for training at the site. Since retirement I’ve operated as a part-time Chester Tour guide.

I feel it's very important that our schools provide the best opportunities we can for all our children.


Crystal Rees ~ Parent Governor

I have a son currently in year 3, and an older daughter. I have been a parent governor for over two years now and am really enjoying being part of the school team. I am the link governor for SEND (special educational needs and disability) and also maths within the Federation. I am on the School Improvement Committee and often help with other developments and events within the Federation. I worked in education with children with special educational needs after leaving university in 2004, and then moved onto a new path in nursing and midwifery in 2012.


Di Buckley ~ Co-opted Governor

When I initially became a governor at Whitley Village School our priorities were to increase numbers on roll and ensure the school was at the heart of the community. Since then there have been many challenging and exciting stages on our journey. The collaboration has gone from strength to strength and I am proud to be part of the leadership team. Through a great deal of hard work and perseverance, both schools are thriving.

The students are very proud of their schools and attitudes to learning are very positive as a result of fantastic teaching and an engaging curriculum. In my personal life, I am an English teacher at a High School and live locally to Whitley Village School. Both my children attend Whitley School and are very happy; they love going to school and are both thriving.





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The Acorns Primary and Nursery School

Pooltown Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 7ED

Main Contact: Mrs K. Cairns, Acting Executive Head Teacher

Tel: 0151 355 1546

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