Introducing the Governors

Introducing the Egerton Governors

Chris Johnson


Chris worked as a History Teacher in a comprehensive school in Liverpool for 4 years before moving to Prague where he worked for two years as a History Teacher in an International School. His final 3 years in Prague were spent working as a Youth Pastor for the International Church of Prague. Since moving back to England 4 years ago Chris has worked as a Youth Minister at St John's Church in Knutsford. Chris' two children attend Egerton Primary School. Chris is the Chair of Governors who sits on the Personnel and Community committee.

Jeff Dobson

Jeff has been a resident of Knutsford since 2001.  He has two children at Egerton who have always felt very secure and happy within the school community.  He is impressed with the way the school engages youngsters in their learning and by the diverse range of opportunities offered to nurture their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  He has over twenty years’ experience teaching physics in a local High School and currently tutors GCSE students privately.  He has been a governor since 2012.  When time allows he loves listening to British Dance Band music of the twenties and thirties, mountain walking and metal detecting.

Alison Hooper

Alison was born in Sunderland, UK.  She is married to Paul and has daughters, Jess and Alex. Alison began her teaching career in Moss Side, Manchester in 1989. She moved to Cheshire in 1997 to take up a post as Deputy Headteacher at Middlewich Primary School. Alison was appointed as Headteacher at Egerton Primary School in Knutsford in September 2005. Just two weeks after taking up this post their sister school, Egerton Primary School was discovered! Alison leads for Global School Partnerships linked with Kenya for Cheshire East. She is a qualified Local leader of Education, a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, a British Council Ambassador and has an MA in Development Education. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, walking, reading and travelling with family.

Caroline Wood

Caroline is a Cheshire girl born and bred.  Having grown up in Holmes Chapel, she studied Geography at the University of Leicester.  She started out her teaching career at Ashby Grammar School; as teacher and Housemistress.  Since returning to Cheshire, she has worked at Alderley Edge School for Girls since 2005 and as Deputy Headmistress since January 2011.  Caroline brings a wealth of knowledge to the team, as well as a passion for teaching, school development and helping to provide children with the best possible school experience.  As a governor, she sits on the Personnel and Community Committee.  In her spare time, she enjoys travelling as well as reading, baking, swimming and family activities with her daughter.

Robin McCluney   

Robin attended Manor Park Primary School, Knutsford High school and Six Form. In 2005, after finishing University and spending a few years living in Manchester, Robin moved back to Knutsford.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, however after leaving University retrained and now works as an IT consultant at SCC. Robin is involved in the wider Knutsford community and plays an active role in in the Netherward Community Group, he is also a keen cyclist. Currently Vice-Chair of the board of governors Robin also sits on the finance committee and has a place on the project board for the Kingfield Project. Robin has two children who both hugely enjoy attending Egerton. Robin was particularly interested in being a governor at Egerton as he has a broad understanding of the Knutsford community and Egerton’s place within that community. He also felt that being able to share his experience, of working with a broad range of organisations across the UK and Europe, could be of benefit to the governing board.

Liz    Elliott

My husband and I moved to Knutsford over 10 years ago from Manchester where I had studied and graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University for my degree in Biomedical Sciences followed by my MPhil in Biomolecular Science at UMIST. Having grown up in Cheshire it was nice to move back to an area I love. My son Lucas is currently in Year 4 at Egerton and my daughter Evie attends the Pre-school and will hopefully start in reception at Egerton this September.

I am a Clinical Cytogeneticist at The Christie Hospital in Manchester and provide a specialist regional genetic testing service to aid the diagnosis of leukaemia and other tumours. I know the importance of Clinical Governance within the NHS and I am the training officer within our department and also organise staff competency assessments.

I became a governor at Egerton in 2017, joining the Teaching, Learning and Community Committee and I have recently become the SEN Governor. I feel very strongly that every child should have a happy and memorable time at school.

Outside of work and school life I love spending time with my family including our dog Molly. We frequently visit Cumbria and enjoy walking (mostly in the wind & rain!) and when I have time you will often find me with a pair of knitting needles and wool.


Will Tasho

Will moved to the North West in 2001 to study at UMIST having been brought up in Hertfordshire. He liked it so much, he stayed and moved to Knutsford in 2003 after meeting his wife Jan, who is also involved in the community through her role as Secretary of Knutsford Hockey Club and has previously been involved in the organisation of the Knutsford Primary Schools Summer Ball.

Will and Jan have two girls at Egerton, both of whom thrive and love being here. Will began his career working in banking in the City of London, but retrained as a business psychologist in the 90s. His belief in life-long learning and his experience of working in talent management for global businesses has found a connection in the school’s approach to and advocacy of global learning. It’s this which has attracted him to becoming a parent-Governor.

Outside of work, he’s a keen golfer and developing an interest (not so sure about ability) in gardening. His real passion however is travel and exploring the world.


Tom Hardman

I live in Knutsford with my wife and three children. Emily is in Year 3, Cecily Year 1 and Lilly Kindergarden. I lived in Hong Kong from 2001-2012 where I met my wife Caroline and worked as a USD bond and credit default broker. We moved back to the UK and settled into Cheshire raising our children whilst dabbling in some property investments.

I enjoy all sports and when not injured enjoy long distance triathlon as well as sailing and other water sports.

Neil McKinlay


Neil has lived in Knutsford since 1983 with an absence of 4 years when he moved to Dublin to make Baileys Irish Cream. A Mechanical Engineer he has had a career in manufacturing latterly in the healthcare sector and retired in 2012. He is married to Jane, they have 3 grown up children and a recent addition of 2 grandchildren . Neil became a governor this year, sits on the finance committee  and brings experience of managing budgets and strategic planning often in challenging environments.

He is a keen if  frustrated golfer and enjoys travelling and walking.


Robin Maxwell

Robin originates from Northern Ireland, and after leaving school, he moved away to study in Edinburgh and then to work in Glasgow, where he met his wife Anna. During this time, Robin joined his current company Bunzl, where he has now worked for over 16 years in many roles, currently Sales Director.

Having then moved to Knutsford in 2008, Robin settled into the community through sport with Knutsford Rugby Club and then Knutsford Tri Club .

Robin has two very happy children at Egerton. With this in mind, alongside the values of the school and the close family feel, Robin wanted to give something back to the school and in 2017 took an opportunity to do so by becoming a governor. 


Monika Babinska

Monika moved to England from Poland in 2006, after completing her Masters in History.  With a specialism in teaching, she had an interest in developing a career in Primary Education.

Having moved to Manchester, Monika worked across Key Stage 2 at Tithe Barn Primary School in Stockport, as well as taking on the responsibility of Cluster Leader for Assessment for Stockport Council.

Monika joined Egerton Primary School in 2016.  She is currently teaching in Year 5 and is the Acting Deputy Headteacher.  In her second year at Egerton, Monika travelled to Kenya, where she delivered a project for the British Council called Connecting Classrooms; with the aim of helping young people develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy.

Her strengths lie in her ability to engage children, drawing on their natural curiosity for learning.

In her spare time, Monika is a keen baker; much to her colleagues enjoyment.  Living close to the Peak District, Monika enjoys exploring the local countryside and also takes opportunities to travel throughout the UK; walking and visiting places of historical significance with fiancée Dominic and dog, Rocco.