I would like to introduce our members of the Bolshaw Governing Board and explain who we are and what we do. We are a committee that operates to support the Headteacher and staff of Bolshaw Primary School to provide the best possible learning experiences and environment for your children.

Our committee consists of parents, staff and members of the wider community who have all been elected onto the Governing Board. We share a common aim; to support Bolshaw to the best of our ability, in its exciting journey to becoming an outstanding school.

Mrs A McMillan – Chair of Governors


Ann McMillan – Co-opted Governor 

Co-Chair of Governors

I first became a parent governor shortly after my children started at Bolshaw Primary School in 1976. Since this time I have been involved in many aspects of school life including P.T.A. (treasurer for many years and running  a home produce stall for the Spring Fair), school trips including residentials, organising a German pen pal scheme for Year 6 and generally assisting around school and in the classroom in any way I can. My career history was banking, police officer, playgroup leader (whilst my children were young) and medical secretary.

Having now retired from the N.H.S. I work one day per week for an osteopath. Since my retirement I go into school regularly and love getting to know the children. My other interests include my family/friends, travelling, theatre, reading, knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking.



Shakila Hussein - Co-opted Governor

Co-Chair of Governors

I recently joined Bolshaw Primary School as a co-opted Governor, and would like to say how proud I am to be in this position. I am a mother of four children and currently have two sons attending Bolshaw School, one in Year 6 and one in Year 2. I’m originally from Sheffield, and moved to Heald Green four years ago. I have worked for my husband’s online sports company for the best part of seven years and I’m currently studying to become a Criminal Barrister. The role of governor excites me as to make positive changes and being part of a great team at Bolshaw.

I’m a member of the Bolshaw PTFA and enjoy working and creating fun things to raise money for the children. I’m a strong believer in equal opportunities and my aim is to empower women from BAME backgrounds. My hobbies are spending time with my family, yoga, and I’m also part of a great team that helps the homeless once a month, cooking and distributing hot meals in Manchester city centre.




Leah Grimsley - Co-opted Governor

I have recently joined the Governing Board at Bolshaw Primary School as a parent governor and feel honoured to be a strategic part of the school. I have lived in Heald Green for the majority of my life and am the proud mum of my son who also attends Bolshaw.  I have worked in education for some 20 years, beginning my career as an NQT and then on to many different roles, including as a school governor.   

For the last 11 years I have been in post as a Deputy Headteacher and currently work in a large, three form entry primary school. I absolutely love my job and find it an utter privilege to be a part of such a diverse community and working with the children, parents and staff at my school.  I am passionate about making a difference to the lives of our young people.   



Richard Lawther - Parent Governor





Carole McCann - Local Authority Governor

Joining the Board of Governors in 2023, I hoped to bring my vast experience of finance with me. Having been a Governor at Outwood Primary for 20 years, and being Chair of  Finance too, I have invaluable experience in this field. I am also Chair of Finance at Cheadle Catholic Junior School, and whilst both schools are different, budgets the basics are primarily the same. I am a local independent ward Councillor for Heald Green and Bolshaw School is within my Ward.

I am committed to helping them govern and manage the school to enable the Head and her staff to continue to thrive. I have lived in Heald Green the majority of my life and have worked at Roger Dean’s Estate Agents since 1987. Heald Green is really my core and I am passionate about all aspect of village life, including the Christmas Markets that I introduced in 2021. I hope my passions and experience are invaluable to Bolshaw Primary School.


Carol Williams - Co-opted Governor 

I had the  privilege of joining Bolshaw Primary School Governing Body in 2023 and hope to bring my wealth of experience in the teaching profession to support and challenge the school in its further success as a good provider to the children in its care.

I taught for 37 years culminating, in the Headship of a Stockport three-form entry primary school which was one of the first to convert to Academy status. Since retirement, I have been a governor at many schools in Stockport and East Cheshire across Primary, Secondary and Pupil Referral Units. This breadth of experience has helped me to understand the challenges in the current educational climate and offer solutions.

I live in Stockport and believe passionately in the importance of the school family as a whole in nurturing our children. My favourite link with the school is attending school performances and watching the joy on children’s faces, as they make us all proud.




Mr Robert Slezak - Staff Governor




Mr James Hacking - Parent Governor

I joined the Governing Board at Bolshaw Primary School in December 2023 as a Parent Governor. I have worked in the Ed-Tech sector for the past 18 years and have experience supporting schools and MATs with their challenges across finance, HR, and recruitment.
I have son in Year 2 at Bolshaw and another son who will hopefully be joining in a few years. I love the culture and ethos of the school and am committed to doing all I can to support Bolshaw in maintaining this and improving outcomes for our children.





Mrs Zaib Ahmad - Co-opted Governor



Mr Robin Tomlinson - Co-Opted Governor

I joined Bolshaw Primary School’s Governing Board as a co-opted Governor early in 2024.  I’ve lived in Heald Green since 2006, with all three of my sons attending Bolshaw since 2011. I’ve worked in IT and technology throughout my career across many diverse sectors. Currently I’m part of the digital, data and technology leadership team at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in Wilmslow, who are the UK’s data protection regulator. I’m a keen supporter of the people and activities of Heald Green, where I volunteer and help at many of our community-led events throughout the annual diary.

My aim as a governor for Bolshaw Primary School is to bring together my long-standing connection with the school, the knowledge/skills gained from my working life and the commitment to a focused team of like-minded people.    



Stuart Marshall - Associate Member

I originally took on the role of Staff Governor having joined Bolshaw in 2018 as School Business Manager. My previous experience saw me working in the Petroleum Industry for   many years, followed by a lengthy spell in Retail Management, specifically in the Music Sector. My day to day role is primarily focused on all the financial aspects of running the school, but beyond this I'm heavily involved with Health &  Safety and the general upkeep of the building and grounds.

I am originally from London (don't hold that against me!) but have been happily living 'Up North' with my wife, and more lately my daughter, for nearly 20 years. Doesn't time fly? 




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