Chesterton Playgroup
About Us: Trustees

Trustee Opportunities June 2017
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Chesterton Playgroup is a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance and is a registered charity (charity number 1152029) and is run by four Trustees who are volunteers.

Chesterton Playgroup decided in 2012 to become an Incorporated charity ie a Charitable company Ltd by Guarantee. This meant that we no longer required a minimum of 5 voluntary committee members who needed to be parents or carers of children at pre-school in order to stay open but instead require a minimum of 3 Trustees who could be a parent of pre-school or a member of the local community.

We currently have 3 Trustees who are involved in Chesterton Playgroup. The role of the Trustees is to take responsibility for the overall running of the pre-school including overseeing finance, fundraising, legal requirements and staff appraisals. The Trustees meet regularly and the Pre-school Manager reports in to these meetings on a termly basis.

The Trustees are ultimately responsible for the implementation of the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (2014), however, the day to day implementation is delegated to the Pre-school Manager, Julia Hawkins.

The Trustees ensure that any funds raised through trading (fees) and fundraising activities are used to further the charitable objects of Chesterton Playgroup's Articles of Association. click to downloadDownload the Memorandum Of Association of Chesterton Playgroup

The Trustees are:
Janet Weston
Chairperson -
I have lived in Chesterton with my husband since 1984 and brought up our two children here, both attended the playgroup and Chesterton School. I have worked for the public sector since 1982 in various managerial roles in areas such as Finance, Project Management and IT. Chesterton is a lovely village and I feel that the playgroup is at the heart of it, I am very proud to be part of it as Chair of the Trustees.
Janet Weston
Christine Lane Fox
Treasurer -
Before moving to the UK I completed an Architecture degree and minored in Anthropology at University in America. In 2008 I achieved my Qualified Teacher Status in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 through the Institute of Education, London. I taught in central London for four years before my husband and I settled in the area in 2010 when our first son was born. I currently have one son at Chesterton Playgroup and one son that attends Chesterton CE Primary School. Chesterton is a wonderful village to be a part of and I am honoured to be a parent and a Trustee. My role as a Playgroup Trustee is Treasurer and as the Ofsted nominated person.
Christine Lane Fox
Jackie Meek
Secretary -
I moved in to Chesterton in 2006 and have two children. Christopher was born in 2008 and Anabelle in 2010, so they are now at Chesterton School, having been part of the Playgroup since they were both 2 years old. I really enjoy living in Chesterton and am pleased to be part of the Playgroup as an ex-parent and Trustee. The Playgroup is a valuable asset to parents of small children. My experience includes various administrative and HR positions in commercial and not-for-profit organisations, and since 2005 I've been recruiting finance professionals to go in to the international development sector. My role as a Playgroup Trustee is Secretary.
Jackie Meek


Chesterton Playgroup            The Village Hall            Alchester Road            Chesterton            Oxfordshire            OX26 1UN
Contact Details Julia Hawkins 07722 780 760 (Playgroup Manager and Emergency Chesterton Playgroup)

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