Joanna Longman

Chair of Governors

Co-Opted Governor

I have a degree in English Literature from the University of London. After working as a VAT specialist in the accountancy profession, including several years at Deloitte, my husband and I set up our own niche tax recruitment business in 2003.

I spend a lot of my time on school governance! I have been chair of governors at Holmes Chapel Primary School for 8 years and am very proud that the board was runner up in the 2017 NGA Awards for Outstanding Governance. I am a National Leader of Governance and an Inspiring Governance mentor and I have recently been appointed by Cheshire East to chair Bridgemere CE Primary School.

I have three children; Beth is now studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Warwick University; Alex studies Economics at Durham and Harry is in Year 11.

Please contact Joanna via the school office

Greeba Jones

Co-Opted Governor

Committee – Vice Chair Resources and Mathematics Link Governor

Greeba has been associated with the school since 1969 in various capacities – as a parent, as part of Cheshire’s Advisory Team and now as a Grandparent! She has two sons Michael and David. Her three grandsons attend the school. She is a helper in school hearing readers in KS1. She taught in several local schools and held 2 Deputy Headships and 1 Headship. Greeba has a degree in mathematics and holds a teaching qualification. She is involved in her family’s local business. Hobbies include Golf, Swimming, Reading and Gardening. Greeba was been Chair of Governors for the former Junior School and later the amalgamated School.

Andrea Cole

Co-opted Governor and Member of the Multi Discover Trust

Committee – Chair of Teaching and Learning, Link Governor for Early Years Foundation Stage and Safeguarding

Andrea is married to Rob and they have two children, Darwin and Edison, who attend the school. She became a parent governor in Darwin’s first year at the school and has developed a special interest in the provision of Early Years Education through Edison attending the Nursery. Andrea is Senior Vice-President of a medical communications agency based in Macclesfield, a job which necessitates a fair amount of travel and time away from home. Not much time is left for hobbies, but she does enjoy listening to an eclectic mix of music, reading science fiction books and watching films.

Emma Ransom


Committee – Teaching & Learning and Resources 

Emma attended University of Leeds, studying Psychology and later went on to complete a PGCE in Primary Education. She attended Upton Priory School as a child and was absolutely thrilled to be able to return in 2015. At school she has led Years 2, 3 and 4, then Key Stage 2 before moving to Deputy Headteacher and then Headteacher. Emma is extremely proud of Upton Priory and enjoys it’s high involvement in sport, music and the arts. In her spare time, Emma plays a lot of netball and loves going on long walks in the Peak District with her husband.

Jane Knott

Co-Opted Governor

Committee – Teaching & Learning

Jane has lived in Macclesfield since 2011 and has a daughter at Upton Priory. She is Assistant Principal at The Fallibroome Academy where she is responsible for the Teaching School designation. This involves recruiting and training new teachers to the profession, providing professional development to existing staff and brokering school to school support for schools in need. Outside of school, Jane enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, reading and supporting Wigan Rugby League Club.

Peter Cresswell

Committee – Chair of Resources

Peter was appointed as a governor in November 2017. His background is in business consulting, heading a consultancy group working with businesses to improve their performance. He has been chair of governors at Broken Cross Primary School and is currently chair of governors at Whirley Primary school and he is a Director of the Fallibroome Trust.

Fiona Williams

Committee – Teaching and Learning

Fiona has been associated with the school since January 2003 as a parent and employee. All three of her children attended Upton Priory School and are now at Fallibroome. She has worked within the Admin team for 7 years and more recently moved over to Finance. She has been a staff governor since May 2017.

Rachael Cragg

Parent Governor

Committee – Teaching and Learning 

Rachael was appointed as a parent governor in 2017 and has a son, Hallam who attends the school. Rachael has lived in Macclesfield all her life apart from a brief stay in Liverpool for University. Rachael has worked in the public sector for 16 years, and for the last 11 has worked as a manager at the Information Commissioner’s Office, the regulator for data protection and freedom of information. In her free time Rachael enjoys reading, scooting and roller skating!

Emma Newton

Parent Governor

Committee – Resources 

Emma was elected as Parent Governor in autumn 2017. She has two children, Alex and Bella, who both attend the school. Emma works at a local NHS Trust as the Head of HR. Outside of work Emma has a keen interest in English literature and studied English at university. Emma is also an avid film buff and has an eclectic taste in music.

Sarah Deeming

Parent Governor

Committee – Teaching and Learning

Sarah was elected as a Parent Governor in the Summer Term 2018. She has two children at the school. Sarah has a strong interest in English with a BA in Humanities, majoring in English Literature. She is also an avid reader and is the editor for book, comics and graphic novel reviews for the British Fantasy Society.

Andrea Fitton

Co-opted Governor

Andrea moved to Macclesfield in 2012 to take a position as a local Youth Minister living and working in Upton Priory. She has a BA (Hons) in Youth Work, Communities and Practical Theology. She was co-opted as governor in the Summer term 2018. She is heavily involved in numerous activities for children and young people based at The Core (Community Hub) and facilitates a small craft club at the school as well supporting some of the Christianity modules within the RE curriculum.