Mr Nathan Davies Chair of Governors

I became a Parent Governor in October 2015 as I wanted to become more involved with Canon Johnson due to my daughter becoming enrolled here in September 2013. One of the main attractions to the school was the close sense of community.

Having worked in the education sector for nearly 15 years, I firmly believe that supporting schools to raise the standard of education for our children is a privilege.

I lived in Ashton for a number of years (attending Christ Church) before moving to Bardsley. I’m an avid fan of Rugby League and I try to promote the sport as best I can.

Mrs Tracy Temple Vice Chair & Foundation Governor

I am a Christ Church foundation governor, I live locally with my husband and three children. We have our own limited company- Temple Joinery and Property Maintenance Ltd, working from home allows me to contribute to the community through church and enables me to have time to be involved with Canon Johnson.
I started as a governor in January 2017 and chair the finance committee, with the current challenging budgets keeping on top of finance is really important. I am now vice chair.
I feel education is key in giving children the opportunities and skills they need to be whatever the want and dream to be in life.
I was honoured to be asked to become a governor and feel becoming part of the Forward as One Trust is totally the right thing to have done. The progression of school with support not available through the local authority is priceless and I am excited for the future.

Mr Tom Wragg Co-Chair of Governors

I have been a governor of the school for many years and so am familiar with the way in which the role of governors as partners with the headteacher in the drive for continuing improvement has become increasingly important.

In my working life I was employed by a large chemicals manufacturing company as a process engineer with responsibility for the design, commissioning and technical support of production facilities. In a voluntary capacity I have been chairman of district and county-wide criminal justice bodies.

A great pleasure in school is witnessing children’s eagerness to learn, an impulse that I still share – I continue to develop my own thinking with a wide range of reading.


Miss Lyndsay Buckle Staff Governor


 Mrs Jill Ott Foundation Governor

I started work at Canon Johnson school in 1999 as a teaching assistant in years 3 and 4.  My mum, Mrs Manning, was secretary here for many years and my two daughters also attended Canon Johnson making it a big part of our family.

I’ve always lived in the Waterloo area and attended Wilshaw Nursery School before starting at Waterloo Junior School.

I have also attended Christ Church since being baptised there many years ago.

When I was younger I enjoyed attending Brownies and 7th Ashton Guides.  I also attended the Sunday school where my two daughters followed in my footsteps and enjoyed being part of the Rose Queen activities and whit walks for many years.

I love working at Canon Johnson and with the children and being part of the extended community.

Rev Dr David Jacks Ex-Officio Governor

I formally took up post as Vicar of Christ Church, Ashton-under- Lyne, on 17 July 2016.   By virtue of that position I am an Ex-Officio Governor at both Canon Johnson School and Canon Burrows School.

I have been impressed by the Christian ethos and values which are clearly apparent and which form such a significant part of a Church of England School.  Similarly, I have been impressed by the skill and commitment of staff in the nurture of children in their care.

I have a wide variety of interests myself and my commitment as Vicar and as a Governor is to do whatever I can to be part of the nurture and support structure whether in school, church, or in the wider community.

Mrs Cope Parent Governor

I am a relatively new governor after being elected as a parent governor in 2018.

I wanted to become a governor at school to provide effective challenge and enable better outcomes for our children. I believe we should help children enjoy their learning and achieve their potential in all aspects of school life.

It has been very positive since joining the Forward as one academy trust and I have seen many exciting changes within school. Joining the academy also offers many more opportunities for our school to improve by working collaboratively with the other schools within the trust, we will be able to benefit from their knowledge and access many more resources.

 Mr Brooks Foundation Governor

I have been governor for almost two years, during this time I have enjoyed being part of the Management and Leadership committee and completing several training courses to understand the expectations of being a school governor.


My working career started as an apprentice electrician 1975 then as an electrician with various electrical contractors before moving to a mobile service engineering company for the last thirty years. 


I have lived local to Canon Johnson for twenty four years and I am married with two grown up children. During this time I have attended Christ Church most Sundays and had the honour of being church warden for six years. 


I wanted to be a governor at Canon Johnson because over all the years of good and bad times the school has always portrayed Christianity to parents and children. With this ethos and good teaching with the best possible resources it will unlock the full potential of every child which will lay a excellent foundation for future success.


Now with the school joining The Forward As One Academy with its quality resources and guildance, I envisage it will rapidly improve the schools results  while holding on to its christian values.  


Mrs Audrey Jones Foundation Governor

My name is Audrey Jones. I am an Authorised Lay Minister at Christ Church Ashton- under Lyne, where I worship & am an active member. My whole life has been dedicated to the education of primary school children; as a teacher & now as the Diocesan Governor at Canon Johnson School.

It is my joy & pleasure to visit & take part in the life of the school.


Mr Phillip Blanchard Foundation Governor