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Meet the Governors

The Governors can be contacted via the school, or by email at governors@millbrook.tameside.sch.uk


Please see below for contact details and a brief profile of each governor. The governors are happy to be contacted by email with any queries concerns or suggestions from parents.

Authority Governors

Francesca Coates


I am a Local Authority Governor and am passionate about education. My son is in Year 1 and we live in Millbrook. We moved to the area in 2013. I was a Governor at St Pauls’ for 7 years, and Chair of Governors for 4 years so I am clear about the role of a Governor and what is expected of me.

Although I don’t work in education, my mum and both my sisters are Primary Teachers so I have seen first-hand the pressures that Teachers are under. I also know what an amazing job they do.

I work for BBC Sport where I work in Business Affairs so my areas of expertise are Law and Finance. I hope to be able to help Millbrook with Strategic planning. I work from home on a Wednesday, and have Fridays off. I’m also able to do school drop every morning (but not pick up so I understand parent guilt). 

I am also part of the PTA and enjoy organising events that the children will love as well as reaching funds for the school.  My memories of my time at school are some of the best I have so I want every child at Millbrook to experience the same.

Outside of work, I love going to the gym and Pilates, reading and seeing friends and family time.

We are so lucky to have such a  brilliant School and I hope to help Millbrook continue to thrive.

Co-opted Governors

Andy Chadwick, Vice Chair of Governors


I was invited to become a Governor in July 2012 and have loved being part of the team.  I live in Millbrook and have 2 jobs, working as the Leader of Revival Church in Millbrook and working for Trinity Christian School in Stalybridge.  I have been involved in Education since 1993 when I started to train as a teacher and love the fact that teachers can have such a positive impact on the lives and futures of children.


During my teaching career, I have taught in both primary and Secondary sectors and have worked in the state and private education sectors in UK and in Spain. Having worked in a variety of schools over the years, I can see that the staff at Millbrook work very hard to provide an excellent education for our pupils.

I look forward to continuing to be able to make a positive contribution to the life and future of this amazing school.


Contact details: andy.chadwick@millbrook.tameside.sch.uk

Sue Nuttall



My name is Sue Nuttall and I am very pleased to be invited to be a Governor at Millbrook. For the past 18 years I have been the Headteacher at Stalyhill Infant School, Stalybridge and have taught in Tameside for the whole of my teaching career, in fact my first post was at Millbrook!  Having retired this Summer, I was thrilled to be invited to be a Governor and I am looking forward to bringing my many years of experience and skills to the role, to experiencing new challenges and to contributing to the excellent education and caring community already in place at Millbrook.

On a personal level, I am married and have two sons, both of whom attended Tameside schools and recently became a proud grandma to a little grandson who I now have lots of time to enjoy! I am also involved in amateur dramatics, enjoy visiting the theatre and going on holidays!

As a headteacher and teacher I have always worked hard to make sure that every child receives the very best opportunity to achieve their individual potential and I look forward to being a part of the excellent team at Millbrook who work so hard to make this happen.

Joanne Smith


Hi. My name is Joanne Smith. I have a little girl, Katie, in Year One and hope to have my little boy Joshua, start Reception in September. I am currently working as a teacher in a school nursery and absolutely love my job. It does, however mean that I don’t get to do the school run. I think that being a governor at Millbrook will open doors to my daughter’s school life that I feel I miss out on. I also think it will give me an insight into how a school runs ‘behind the scenes’ and I hope to bring my experiences to the role.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time as a family going on days out, especially to the seaside, and visiting friends and family. I also enjoy walking our dog and going to the gym.
I feel honoured to have the opportunity to be part of such a fantastic school and hope to use my skills and experience to help the school continue to thrive.

Joe Sykes


My name is Joe, and I am very happy to be a Co-opted School Governor at Millbrook school. During my childhood, I was lucky enough to have positive experiences at school. However, I recognise that education and the day to day school life that goes with it are not easy for everyone, including families. This is my first time being a School Governor, but I have worked with children and young people throughout most of my career to date. I am registered as both a mental health nurse and specialist public health school nurse.  I have worked with children and young people within psychiatric hospitals, schools and in the community. I now work as the Head of Quality for NHS mental health services within a town in the North West. I hope that my knowledge and skills can complement the schools governing body and positively influence the experience of children and families at Millbrook.


Whenever I try and put into writing what my hobbies are, I remember that I do not have very many. While it does not always feel very enjoyable, education and learning are probably my main hobbies. I have been a part-time student at university for several years, and I am currently studying for a Masters degree in Business Administration. Occasionally I try my best to play football, but unfortunately, I am not very good at it. I also like to spend lots of time in bed!

Associate Governors

I'm Leanne Ashton, Deputy Head and Year 2 teacher at Millbrook 


I thoroughly enjoy my job at Millbrook. I began my teaching career at Millbrook and have been at the school for 11 years. During my time here I have taught all classes, currently I am in nursery.  People often ask which is my favourite year group, however I’ve loved teaching at every stage of the pupils’ learning journey!

My curriculum responsibilities include:

  • Pupil Outcomes – including assessment and assessment for learning
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Pupil Premium Champion
  • Safeguarding Deputy
  • Writing across the school – as part of the English team with Miss Connelly and Miss Shearer
  • E-safety Champion
  • Philosophy for Children


As a child I moved schools quiet regularly due to my father being a member of the armed forces. I spent time in various parts of this country and in other countries, such as Canada and Germany. My favourite had to be Canada because I love skiing!! Outside of school I like to spend time with my family particularly my children Arthur and Beatrix. I also really enjoy travelling. 


I became an associate governor in April 2014. I believe I am part of a very special team at Millbrook , every single member of staff works incredibly hard to give our pupils the education they deserve.


Contact details: leanne.ashton@millbrook.tameside.sch.uk


Parent Governors

Mike Robinson - Chair of Governors


Hi, my name is Mike Robinson I became a parent governor in September 2013. My daughter Isabella is in Year 2.


I have lived in between Carrbrook and Millbrook all my life and I currently work in Environmental Health at Tameside MBC.


Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and also playing and watching Football as much as I can!


I believe that the quality of education plays a huge part in shaping a child's future success. I want to support the school and all the staff in providing the best possible learning environment for all pupils. I feel proud to be involved in ensuring the continued success and development of our fantastic school. 


Laura Swann


My name is Laura Swann and I am the parent of Molly Swann in Year 6 and Emily Swann in Year 4.

I have been a governor at Millbrook since 2017 and have really enjoyed working closely with staff at the school and developing my understanding of how the school operates. My parents were both teachers and I have a keen interest in education and supporting the school to continue to provide a great future for our children.

I have worked in local government since leaving university and I currently work for Bury Council, where I have responsibility for Regulatory Services, Climate Change and Building Management.

Outside of work I enjoy walking, running and dancing and days out with the family.

I think Millbrook is a fantastic school and hope I can use my skills to represent parents well and help the school continue to succeed.

Staff Governors



I'm Elizabeth Turner, Headteacher at Millbrook Primary School.


I am proud and privileged to say that I have been part of the team at Millbrook Primary school for the past 24 years. I came to Millbrook as a newly qualified teacher and instantly felt at home, both in the school and local community. Although I trained at Edge Hill College in Ormskirk, I originally come from Droylsden, so have a good understanding of Tameside and how the local area and education system works.


During my time at Millbrook, I have taught throughout the school in both KS1 and KS2. I have worked as Special Needs Coordinator and Literacy Coordinator. I spent the last seven years of my teaching career in Y6 and was part of the team that helped to earn our ‘Outstanding' status as well as some of the best value added results in the country.


I was made Assistant Head in 2009 and in July 2013 became the Headteacher.

For the last 13 years I have been a full time member of the governing body.

I love the challenge and opportunities that working in such an exciting community school bring and feel honoured to continue to work with and help to lead such a committed team.

I have completed my NPQH (National Professional Qualification of Headship)and this has provided a valuable insight into effective teaching and learning and leadership. In 2017 I  completed a post graduate degree (Masters) in early childhood education. Understanding how our youngest children learn and develop has been an important part of my ongoing education and has proved invaluable in supporting practice within school.

I love my job and get enormous pleasure from seeing so many happy children succeeding in so many different ways. I am committed to ensure that all children receive the very best education possible and firmly believe that Millbrook Primary School is one of the best schools in the country!


Contact details: elizabeth.turner@millbrook.tameside.sch.uk

Emma Rawson

My name Emma Rawson and I am the Reception Teacher. I started my career as a nursery nurse over 21 years ago in Manchester.

As a TA, I then went onto become a HLTA (Higher level teaching assistant) and knew I wanted to go into teaching.

During my time in education I have worked with various age groups, but my passion is within Early Years.

I have also undertaken various roles within school life including PTA (parent teacher association), PSA (parent support adviser), TA manager and cover supervisor. My passion is being in class, learning and developing with the children.

This is now my seventh year at Millbrook and I am proud to be a part of a fantastic community, children, parents and staff work extremely hard and this is evident through the school ethos "To create a holistic learning experience".

I am fascinated about language and communication development and have become the “specialist” in school. This enables me to assess the younger children on entry and support other children and staff where appropriate.

Outside of school I live with my husband John. I have one sister and a niece and nephew, and we now live next door to one another!

I like spending time with my family and friends, going on holidays and going to nice restaurants. My husband and I also enjoy walking and weekends away.

I enjoy being part of the Governing body and I love being a teacher. I would not want to do anything else!