About the CGA

Welcome to the “About the CGA”  page for the Calderdale Governors Association.

CGA now has an agreed Constitution which redefine the CGA role and priorities, using feedback from Governors in a questionnaire as guidance – please see results elsewhere in newsletter. The officers were elected in May 2013.

It is our intention to communicate with, and seek to involve as many governors as possible so that governors feel CGA is their organisation. Over time we hope to establish various means of communication, including our own website and regular termly meetings. It is important that we remain independent from the LA whilst maintaining a close professional relationship. We are:

  • developing working relationships with the LA at all levels.
  • working with Governor Support to organise our Conference (on 26th November 2011) to ensure it covers areas of concern for governors.
  • in the process of writing a CGA Constitution so we understand our aims and objectives.
  • in the process of agreeing a Memorandum of Understanding with the LA to formalise the relationship with Governors.

Our main aims/priorities are:

  • To promote school improvement and excellence in Governance, for the benefit of the children of Calderdale.
  • To facilitate networking between Governors to share information, knowledge, experience, good practice and provide mutual support.
  • To ensure Calderdale Governors views are considered by the wider education community, LA, NGA and Government.

Here are brief pen portraits of the current officers (note: we are looking for volunteers to take on the secretary and vice-chair roles, do get in touch if you would be interested):-

John Eccleston, Treasurer

I became a parent governor in 1996, joining Warley Road Primary School in 2001 as a community governor and becoming chair some years ago. I retired from running a textile company in 2010. It is exciting to be part of a great community, Calderdale Governors, at a time of change but where working together we can make a difference for children.

Can be contacted here

Tony Hillyard, Chair & Website

I’ve been a primary governor since 2000 and was a Chair at a primary school from 2008 to January 2015. I was appointed a National Leader of Governance in March 2015 and am now supporting a number of primary schools, including carrying out External Reviews of Governance.  I continue to be  a governor at another primary school in Calderdale. I am retired after a career in IT and business consultancy, most recently in the financial services sector. Much of my time is taken up with voluntary IT work with a local charity where I am also a Trustee.

We can be contacted by email


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