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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

Mike Robinson - Co-Chair of Governors


Hi, my name is Mike Robinson I became a parent governor in September 2013. 


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. 


Sara Barton - Co-Chair of Governors

Hello, my name is Sara Barton and I am a parent governor, joining the body in May 2021. My daughter Elizabeth is in Year one and I have lived in Millbrook since 2003. I am a Hospital Doctor at the Northern Care Alliance (formerly Salford Royal) and spend 50% of my time leading the Quality Improvement team and 50% of my time on the wards in Acute Medicine. I am absolutely passionate about communication, addressing inequalities and improving experiences in my work and this aligns perfectly with the role of a parent governor.  

Outside of work I am studying a Master’s degree in Management, I enjoy singing and playing the piano and devote a frightening amount of time to learning Horrible Histories songs so I can keep up with the small one! Everyday is a school day.

This is my first experience of school governance but so many of the same principles run through supporting the development and delivery of high-quality education as they do in healthcare. Millbrook school wants to support each child to be the best that they can be, and if I can support the team in delivering that then I know it will make a positive difference for all our children.

Francesca Coates


I am a Local Authority Governor and am passionate about education. I joined the Governing Body in 2019. My son is in Year 4 and we live in Millbrook. Previously, 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 am a Business Affairs Executive at the BBC in Children’s. My areas of expertise are Law and Finance. I hope to be able to help Millbrook with Strategic planning and have an oversight of budgets. 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 raising 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, 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

I was invited to become a Governor in July 2012 and have loved being part of the team.  I live in Tameside and am the leader of Reach Church in Millbrook.  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 independent 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.

Sue Nuttall



My name is Sue Nuttall and I have been a governor at Millbrook since 2015. Prior to my retirement, I was headteacher at a Stalybridge school for 18 years and taught in Tameside for the whole of my teaching career - in fact my first post was at Millbrook! As a governor I am able to bring many years of experience and skills to the role and I also enjoy experiencing new challenges as we continue to develop the excellent education and caring community at Millbrook.

On a personal level, I am married and have two sons, both of whom attended Tameside schools and I am a proud grandma of two grandchildren who also attend a school in Tameside. I am also involved in amateur dramatics, enjoy visiting the theatre and eating out!

As a headteacher and teacher I always worked hard to make sure that every child received the very best opportunity to achieve their individual potential and I love continuing to do this as 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.

Associate Governors

I'm Leanne Ashton, Deputy Head and SENCo at Millbrook 


I thoroughly enjoy my job at Millbrook. I began my teaching career at Millbrook and have been at the school for 15 years. During my time here I have taught all classes.  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 Shearer and Miss Ofsarnie
  • 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

Dan Haydon - 


I'm Dan Haydon and I joined the governors for Millbrook in September 2023. My daughter Juliette is in year one and I have a one year old destined to join the school as soon as she is able (she's very jealous of her older sister going to school).


I have lived in Millbrook since 2017 and am a Group Director for a recruitment company in Manchester.


With three very active daughters my life outside work involves a lot of entertaining them in between running them to a host of activities - I do endeavour to squeeze in regular gym sessions though as well as dragging them round the reservoirs in the area.


I have a strong belief that the education system is both undervalued and underfunded currently and that by centring our children's education at the heart of our community we will raise family's living standards and prospects for future development. I aim to play what small part I can in assisting the governor team to ensure that Millbrook continues its ongoing provision of excellent schooling and general community involvement, for the betterment of the next generation.


Kind regards Dan 

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 28 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 17 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!