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 

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.



Richard Gleaves – Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

In my professional life I work at a Stockport school employed as a Learning Mentor & Forest School Practitioner. I have had a long term keen interest in childrens’ education and development and been involved with Bolshaw Primary School over a number of years. I have previously served on the Governing Board as a parent governor for 12 years, with both my daughters attending the school; including a period of time as chairperson under a previous headteacher. I am greatly encouraged by the progress and development of the children at Bolshaw Primary School and a very keen advocate of it’s principles and values.



Marjorie Bottomley –  Co-opted Governor

Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Several years ago, after taking early retirement from teaching, I was invited to become a Governor at Bolshaw Primary School. Being retired has enabled me to go into school frequently, where I have worked with groups of children in their various tasks and also established links with members of the staff. My own personal interests include belonging to a local church, gardening, music and reading. Wider interests take in child protection, global poverty and fairly-traded marketing.




Cllr Peter Burns – Authority Appointed Governor

Chair of Resources  Committee

I was a  Heald Green councillor for over 30 years and have been a member of the Bolshaw Governing Board for about 15 years. I am also a governor of another local school. As a seasoned former councillor, I am well known to the staff of the Education Section of the Town Hall which is a useful asset to the school and I am able to keep up to date with education issues within Stockport and nationally. My wife is a retired Stockport Headteacher and also Chairman of Governors at a special school. We have two grown up children, both educated in Stockport schools and 4 grandchildren. Our daughter works in an advisory capacity in education for Cumbria County Council, which means that education is often a topic for discussion within the family! Being a governor and family life with four grandchildren, keeps me busy.




Nazia Khan - Co-opted Governor

I am a co-opted Governor and privileged to to be part of a dedicated Governing body. I am a proud mother of two children who attend Bolshaw and a local resident of Heald Green, and therefore have a natural interest in the school excelling. I am passionate that all children should have access to and receive outstanding education, which for me is a manadatory requirement. I have worked for over fifteen years in the legal profession, being dual qualified as a Barrister/Solicitor speciallising in Employment Law. These in turn are skills and expertise I bring to the role of Governor. I likewise want to contribute a diverse perspective to the board given the community we serve. In collaboration with the SLT I aim to assist the school deliver its strategic aims and ensure there are solid, positive foundations for both pupils and staff. It's a challenging but rewarding role which I thoroughly enjoy.



Anna Blinston - Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor at Bolshaw since 2018. I have two daughters in the school in year 4 and year 6. I became a governor as I want to support Bolshaw to provide the best opportunities/ care for our children and families and be confident that every child is given opportunities to reach their full potential and staff are supported to help children achieve this. I have a real interest in pupil voice and making sure all our children have the opportunity to have their voice heard. I have also always been involved in the PTA throughout my daughters’ time at Bolshaw.





Jane Grace – Parent Governor

I am a recently appointed Parent Governor and although things are very new to me I am finding the role extremely interesting and rewarding. I attended Bolshaw Primary School as a child and I have 2 children at the school, which can feel quite strange some times. I work part time for a private childcare agency, placing children into foster and residential care, when they are unable to remain at home. Working part time allows me some flexibility to help at school with staff run clubs and events. I have also volunteered as a brownie leader for almost 10 years and it’s lovely to be with the girls in a fun environment: learning, laughing, playing and baking. My daughter has just moved into my brownie pack, making me the proudest Brown Owl in the world! My life is very child centred and I hope that I can bring this passion into my role as a governor.



Tracey Warren - Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in November 2017 when my son was in year one. I have lived in Heald Green for most of my life and was a pupil at Bolshaw as a child. I have spent the last twenty years working with children and young people. In that time I have worked in many different roles, and completed a BA in Childhood and Youth studies whilst working and raising my older children. I have previously been a parent governor when my (now adult) daughters were at primary school. I currently work as a Learning Mentor for Children in Care, and am also a trainee therapeutic play practitioner. My varied roles have given me valuable experience in different schools and education settings, and I feel passionate about the importance of education for all children. 




Lucy Forrest  – Parent Governor

My eldest daughter started Bolshaw Primary School in September and I was keen to become involved with the school.  I have another daughter who recently started preschool locally and who I hope will be attending Bolshaw Primary School in a couple of years.  My husband works in recruitment at Manchester Metropolitan University and we have lived in the area for just over two years. I have worked in marketing for several companies including the Co-operative Bank for six years, but chose to stay at home to care for the children after being made redundant two years ago.  I am particularly interested in equal opportunities and the role that marketing has on contributing to gender stereotypes in children, how this affects them as they get older and what we can do to combat it.



Stuart Marshall - Staff Governor

I 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 17 years. Doesn't time fly? 



Leah Grimsley - Parent 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.   



Shakila Hussein - Co-opted Governor

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.









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