Governor Profiles

Sue Jacobs

I have been a Governor at Heygarth for over 10 years. I am currently Chair of Governors, a position I have held for 6 years, and a Co-opted Governor. I was elected as a Parent Governor when my eldest son Matthew was attending the school and my daughter Katie is now in Year 9.

I undertake various roles within the Governing Body, including Mathematics Governor, Chair of Finance Committee, a member of the Pay Committee and Headteacher Performance Management.

I work part time as a tax specialist for a Wealth Management Business in Liverpool which gives me time to visit the children in class during learning walks, meeting the School Council and interviewing the children, listening to them talk proudly of their learning. 

Jo Pires

My name is Jo Pires and I am a Parent Governor and Chair of Governors here at Heygarth Primary School.  I have three children at the school, Carys in Year 4, Megan in Year 3 and Cameron who is in Year 2.

My current roles on the Governing Body are:

- Member of the Finance Committee

- Member of the Pay Committee

- Member of the Headteacher Performance Management Committee

I thoroughly enjoy being a Governor at Heygarth and am very passionate about role which includes working with the Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and staff members to help shape the strategic vision of the school.  My personal highlights from last year were visiting the school and observing the excellent relationships between the staff and pupils, meeting with the School Council, attending Core and Creative Curriculum meetings, attending several Governor training courses.

My employment background is in management.  Prior to leaving work to care for my young family and settling on the Wirral, I held the role of Regional Retail Manager for a well known cinema chain.  I was responsible for the retail performance, financial performance and training and development of staff in 40 cinemas across London and the South West of England.

Councillor Dave Mitchell

I am the Local Authority Representative on the Board of Governors.  As a local Eastham Councillor, I have a lot of experience in dealing with many different issues to a successful end, and have chaired quite a few meetings over the years, even Full Council.

I am now retired after many years working in engineering.  My focus is to give our young people the very best start in life.  My aim is to support and assist all staff in providing a welcoming and enjoyable school environment, for the betterment of the early years education of all our children.

My two youngest granddaughters are in Reception & Year 1 at Heygarth. 

Tim Jones

My name is Tim Jones and I am a Parent Governor at Heygarth Primary School. When moving to Eastham, my wife and I chose Heygarth because we recognised it as a good place to learn. I spent 5 years as a Governor at a previous school, sitting on the Buildings Committee, as Chair of the Finance Committee and as the Deputy Chair of Governors. I believe I have the skills and experience to help take the school forward in challenging times for education. I am a BBC news cameraman for the Northwest of England.

My eldest son left Heygarth last year and moved onto secondary school and my youngest son in now in Year 6.

Lewis Stevenson

My name is Lewis Stevenson and I am a Co-opted Governor at Heygarth Primary School. I am a serving police officer with 16 years experience. One aspect of my role is the safeguarding of vulnerable children, and working in partnership with other agencies such as social services, child and adolescent mental health services and youth offending services to achieve this. I am a playing member of Wirral Rugby Club and I am also involved in coaching the minis and juniors. I am also a former pupil of Heygarth.  My eldest son is in Year 6 here at Heygarth too. 

Hazel Beamish (Headteacher)

As the Headteacher of Heygarth Primary School, I am also a Governor.  I am now entering my fourth year as Headteacher of the school and prior to that I had been the Deputy Headteacher here since January 2009.  

Outside of school, I enjoy the theatre and dancing.  Having been involved in several amateur dramatics groups and many performances in the past, I now very much enjoy visiting the theatre.  

I also have two children, who are 10 and 5. 

Gareth Lewis

I am the staff Governor here at Heygarth Primary School. I have been Deputy Headteacher of the school since September 2015 and prior to that was a Local Authority Advisory Teacher for Mathematics. 

I enjoy playing football and spending time with my 2 young sons, who is just 2 and 5 months old.