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Our Board & Governance - Board Members

Dr Timothy Peter Cook, Trust Member, Director, Chair of the Board

Peter is a PhD chemical engineer who having worked in ICI for 35 years in various managerial positions then led the formation of SOG Ltd that competitively purchased the ICI headquarters and research facility with 50 staff transforming it into the Heath Business and Technical Park. This privately owned campus is currently home to some 170 businesses employing 1800 people across some 20 different sectors.

Peter retired from SOG early 2013 and now runs his own management consultancy business Plegmund Ltd from the business park.


miscPaula Cain, Trust Member

Paula has been Chief Executive of Halton Chamber since June 2010, having previously been Chief Executive at Knowsley Chamber where she worked for 19 years.  Her role involves the day to day management of the Chamber’s resources, the strategic development of the organisation, including the services and activities it provides to support businesses, its governance arrangements, and providing a vehicle through which the interests of local businesses can be represented. 

Paula is a member of the Halton Strategic Partnership Board as well as the Halton Employment Partnership and, over the years, has played an active role on the boards of other bodies including the NHS as a Non-Executive Director of a Hospitals Trust (where she chaired a number of committees – Audit, Clinical Governance), a director of Merseyside Training & Enterprise Council and the Business Link for Greater Merseyside, and a trustee of a number of local charities.


miscStephen Dewhurst, Trust Member

Stephen was Business Manager of The Heath School for 8 years.  He was responsible for the successful conversion of The Heath to Academy status in 2011 and the subsequent development of The Heath into a MAT – The Heath Family (NW) in 2012. At the same time he maintained responsibility for the Finance & Business Management of The Heath. Since the formation of the MAT he managed the growth of the MAT ensuring financial systems are consistent, robust and compliant. 

After Steve's retirement in August 2016, he became a Member of the Trust, continuing his involvement in The Heath Family (NW).


Kris Billington, Director, Chair of the Business & Finance Committee

Kris has over 20 years’ experience in audit and accountancy having initially developed his interest maintaining the records of the family business. He works with a wide range of entities and organisations and continues to build upon the strong professional relationships he has developed.

Kris qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1997 and has since become a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England & Wales) and the Chartered Insurance Institute. He works closely with a wide variety of organisations ranging from small charities up to multi million pound companies. He also acts as Independent Examiner for a number of small charities and clubs. He has extensive knowledge of the ‘not for profit’ sector, the particular problems and issues that are evident in this area and brings with him a strong financial and commercial view point. Kris’s wife works in education so he experiences some of the challenges working in that environment brings first hand.


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Jeremy Barnes, Director, Chair of the Education & Standards Committee

Jeremy has had over twenty years of teaching experience in both primary and special schools.  Since 2002, Jeremy has been the Headteacher at two very different schools and is currently the Executive Headteacher of 2 primary schools in North Liverpool with additional leadership responsibility for a Children’s Centre and a resources provision for pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties.  Since 2011, Jeremy has also been an Ofsted inspector and since 2014 has led on 12 inspections. 

Jeremy’s particular areas of expertise are in leadership and management, special educational needs and disability, early years, music, and modern foreign languages.


Ruth Hall, Director

Ruth has worked as Executive Director, with over 17 years’ experience in senior leadership roles across high profile branded organisations; domestic and global, across the education, scholarly publishing, and charitable sectors. 

During her career Ruth has had experience in delivering growth in revenues, awareness, engagement and influence within academic, corporate and government settings.  She also has knowledge within brand management, operational strategy, digital strategy, project and change management, forming talented, high-performing teams, recruiting and developing outstanding senior managers both within the UK and the US. 

Whilst in America Ruth was employed by the Stratford School as the Director of Marketing and Communications; where she was directly accountable for brand and reputation management, advocacy, student acquisition and retention, stakeholder engagement and development of their new corporate strategy.

Since returning to the UK Ruth has focused on settling her family back into the North West, and providing consultancy services.


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Helen Stevenson, Director

Helen was previously the Director of Development & Governance of a large MAT, where she oversaw the growth of the Trust from 2 academies to 32 plus a Free School. She has been responsible for the successful conversion of over 40 academies, and has led on the development of numerous successful Free School applications, opening a primary Free School in the East Midlands in 2013.  She is a former teacher and senior leader with NPQH, and has worked extensively on the Academies and Free Schools programmes since 2008, working directly for DfE, local authorities and a number of multi academy trusts. She recently established her own consultancy business supporting the development and set up of MATs, as well as supporting leadership recruitment and resourcing across the education sector. 

Helen has been a Foundation Governor at Carmel College, an outstanding sixth form college in St Helens, for almost 20 years. 

She is married with a teenage son and in her spare time enjoys travelling, reading and socialising with friends and family.


miscJane Ainsworth NLG, Associate Director, Chair of Governors The Heath, Chair of Interim MAT Board Palace Fields Primary School

Jane has been a Primary and Secondary Parent and Community Governor for 18 years, with her current involvement in The Heath School and Palace Fields Primary School as chair and Bridgewater Park as a governor.

She has represented Halton Governors on numerous Local Education Boards over the past 18 years and most recently sat on Halton Safeguarding Children’s Board. She was a member of the Halton Association of Governors executive committee until the end of 2013.


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David Cooper, Associate Director, Chair of Governors Sir William Stanier Community School

David has been a Governor at Sir William Stanier for over 10 years having started as a Parent Governor before moving up to Vice Chair and then onto Chair from September 2014. During his time as a Governor he has been part of several sub-committees dealing with different issues such as Teaching and Learning, Behaviour, Safety and Inclusion. He is currently Chair of the Leadership and Management Committee having previously been Chair of the Behaviour, Safety and Inclusion Committee. David has successfully completed training in Safer Recruitment, Performance Management, Development of Training Culture, Looked after Children, Safeguarding and Child Protection.

David feels that having supported his children through their education it has given him an insight into the workings of the education system.  It has also enabled him to build up experience in this field which has helped him considerably adapt and improve his input into the school.


Steve Rimmer, Associate Director, Chair of Governors The Prescot School

Steve has been a school governor for 15 years, starting as a parent governor at the old Prescot School to the eventual position of Chair of Governors of the old Prescot School, a board member of the transitional body when it merged with Higher Side School from Whiston and became Knowsley Park CfL, then becoming Chair at the new school and ultimately Chair of the reborn Prescot School. 

Within his working life he has been a heating and ventilation engineer, gradually moving through maintenance engineer of heating systems then whole building environments to where he is today as a Project Manager at Liverpool John Moores University, Estate Management department.  Within this role he has had a wide ranging experience of the built environment and all health and safety matters relating to the operation of teaching spaces and pupil/student welfare.  Socially, Steve enjoys scuba diving and instructs students at Liverpool University and teaches them on some of their first dives in open water.  Steve also enjoys travel and current affairs


David Felix, Associate Director, Chair of Governors Daresbury Primary School

David is 62 and is married to a retired teacher; he also has 3 grown up children.  David has been a school governor, on and off, for the past 28 years, and currently is Chair of Governors at Daresbury Primary School, and also sits on the Governing Body at St Chads RC Secondary School.

David has a diverse and varied professional background, initially qualifying as a solicitor practising for many years in the Liverpool area; he then took the decision to become a Priest for the Church of England; which he has been for the past 30 years.  David is currently the Vicar at Daresbury Church; he is also Canon at Chester Cathedral. 

David’s interests are in community and economic development and he is actively involved in the local community; sitting on two parish councils, one of which he is the Chair.  He is also Chair of the Cheshire West Rural Growth Board.

In his spare time David can often be found playing guitar in a Ceilidh band.


Denise Allen, Associate Director, Chair of Governors Halsnead Primary School

Denise has been a Governor at Halsnead Primary School for the past 6 years, starting as Parent Governor and after only a couple of years taking on the role of Chair.  Denise takes great involvement in a number of sub committees and is also Link Governor for EYFS and Child Protection. 

Working in Administration for a number of years, Denise has managed teams but also enjoys working as part of a team towards a common goal.  In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dogs, amateur photography and also spending time with her family.

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A student’s perspective...

A student’s perspective...

The best thing about being a student at The Heath is that all the teachers care and push you to do your best so you do well in life and later in school. Also if you have an issue it is always sorted out by either your form tutor or caring teachers.

Student, The Heath School