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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

Emma Skeldon, Vice Chair of Governors




My name is Emma Skeldon and I have a daughter Grace in Year 1.  I joined the governing body as a parent governor in September 2012.  As parent governors its our job to communicate parent's ideas, concerns and opinions to the governing body. I work part time as a teacher in a local secondary school so you could find me on the school run at least twice a week if you have any thoughts, questions or just want to know what the governing body is up to!  I feel very proud to be part of the governing body at Millbrook and the more I learn the more impressed and amazed I am at what goes on behind closed doors. I look forward to chatting and meeting other parents in what has to be the coldest playground on the planet!  


Contact details: emma.skeldon@millbrook.tameside.sch.uk

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 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

Margaret Whitehead


Hello - I’m Margaret Whitehead - some of you might recognise me as I  worked for Millbrook Primary school for over 25 years -  starting as a part time secretary, graduating to full time Bursar, then at aged 60 reverting to a part time office administrator before retiring fully at 65. The job brought me great pleasure and satisfaction - which is why I stayed so long. I have many happy memories of my time there and formed many friendships which I have kept to this day. 


I now enjoy retirement and have no problem in filling in my time.  I love my garden and the countryside where I live.  I regularly go to the theatre and cinema and enjoy visiting art galleries and lunching with friends.  I like to travel especially to foreign cities.


I have two sons of whom I am extremely proud.  One is married with two children and works as a teacher in Sweden.  My other son is a manager at the Buddhist Centre, Manchester.  They both benefitted greatly from a good education, starting at a local Tameside primary school.   I firmly believe all children should be given every opportunity to reach their full potential.

I am full of admiration for the staff at Millbrook and hope my period as a governor will help the school to continue to thrive and provide not only an excellent education for children and care and support for parents, but also continue to be an integral part of the  local community.

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.

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, beginning with Year 2, then Year 1, Year 4, Year 5, Year 1 and now back to Year 2!  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. My favourite holidays have been: Borneo (where I saw wild orangutans) and Thailand (where I saw wild elephants!).


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. 


Nils Elgar


My name is Nils Elgar.  I became a parent governor in September 2015 and have two children at Millbrook:  Hanna in Year 5 and Tim in Year 3.


I have lived in the Millbrook / Carrbrook area since 2005, but was brought up half a world away in New Zealand.  I currently work in education, clerking at a further education college and a secondary academy, leading and advising on matters of governance, but have previously worked for central government in policing (UK) and minerals / petroleum exploration (NZ), having trained as a petroleum geologist.  I’ve witnessed the transformative power of education in my current roles, and thought it would be brilliant to be involved with a great school such as Millbrook as a Governor.


When not working, I prefer to be outdoors, with my children playing any manner of sport or walking, or with like-minded people at a Manchester-based mountaineering club.

Laura Swann


My name is Laura Swann and I am the parent of Molly Swann in Year 3 and Emily Swann in Year 1.

I am really keen to get involved in the governing body and learn more about 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 currently work for Bolton Council as Waste and Fleet Strategy Manager and I am lucky to be able to work from home on a Tuesday so I can do the school run.

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.

Jemma Dagnah

My name is Jemma Dagnah and I joined the Millbrook Governing body as a parent Governor in 2016. My son joined Millbrook Primary School at the end of year two and I was hugely impressed with the way the school supported our family through this tricky transition. 

I have worked in the public sector since leaving university in 1999, undertaking various roles including Library Assistant, Executive Support and Intelligence Officer.  I currently work for the Department for Work and Pensions.

I live in Millbrook with my husband, son, three cats and one snake. In my spare time I enjoy walking, dancing and reading and writing poetry and fiction. I am also trying to learn to enjoy running with limited success.

I am an active member of the Millbrook Village Community Group and feel very privileged to live in an area of such outstanding heritage and natural beauty.

With it’s focus on excellence and unique philosophy I feel the school is the jewel in the village’s crown and I am very pleased to have given the opportunity to support it.

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 21 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 10 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. Over the last two years, I have been completing 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 nursery teacher. I started my career as a nursery nurse over 18 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 forth 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 have recently undertaken Forest School training level 3 which I will complete in the new year.

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 am new to the role of staff governor and am interested to see the other side of school life.

I love being a teacher and wouldn't want to do anything else!