Our Governors

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring the school is run both efficiently and effectively by the Head of School and its staff, by playing the role of “critical friend”.  The Body meets in full 4 times per academic year and termly as part of 2 sub-committees, which cover the school’s operational structure – ‘Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Resources’.

The Governors take a full and active role in the monitoring of the School Development Plan.  Each Governor acts as a ‘Link Governor’ to a named member of staff and meets twice per week to focus on particular areas of the curriculum.

Each Governor is appointed or elected for a four-year term of office.

You can contact the Chair of Governors either via the school or email.

Local Governors

  • Individuals who sit on local governing bodies (LGBs) are usually referred to as ‘local governors’
  • Trustees delegate governance functions to the local level as per the Scheme of Delegation.
  • LGBs only have such responsibilities as are delegated to them by trustees and as indicated in the Scheme of Delegation
  • Trustees have complete discretion over what is delegated to each LGB
  • MAT leadership and management comes from the MAT executive leaders; governance comes from trustees and (only as a last resort) from members.

Download our Governing Body Terms of Reference and Remits

Paul Reilly – Chair of Governors & Chair of The Dunham Trust (01.07.12)
Link Governor for RE & Collective Worship, PSHCE & SMSC and PE & on Resources Sub-Committee

I have been associated with Elmridge School since 1975 when I moved here from Sheffield.  Since then, all our four of my children (and three of my grandchildren, one currently) have been educated here.

I joined the PTA in 1980 and was its Chairman when the then surplus classroom was converted in to a library.  In 1995 I was pleased to be asked to join the Governing Body and have continued since then.

In my professional life, I was a senior Personnel Manager at British Nuclear Fuels Limited’s Risley site and, after taking early retirement, I became a business start up manager for The Prince’s Trust.  In this role I helped young, disadvantaged people move into self employment – an area in which The Trust had much success.  I am still a trustee of the Nuclear Industry’s Benevolent Fund and Chairman of its Cases Committee which helps past and current employees when they experience difficult financial situations.

Jo Appleyard – Chief Executive Officer of The Dunham Trust, Head Teacher at Elmridge Primary & on Teaching & Learning and Resources Sub-Committees (06.01.97)

I have worked within the primary sector for thirty five years.  I am passionate about primary education offering wide and balanced experiences for our young people.  I have been the Headteacher at Elmridge Primary for nineteen years.  Elmridge became an academy in September 2012 and an academy sponsor in 2013.

As a cohort one Teaching School, Elmridge has been at the forefront of educational change ensuring that the child is at the centre of everything we do.  We have been privileged to support a number of schools as a National Support School and have learnt so much in our association with others.

Mark Edmundson – Head of School & on Teaching & Learning and Resources Sub-Committees (27.04.16)

I have been Head of School at Elmridge since January 2015, having previously been Associate Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher. After qualifying as a secondary school teacher and teaching Spanish and French in Yorkshire for three years I made the transition to primary education.

I arrived at Elmridge nearly 17 years ago as a classroom teacher and have seen the school evolve dramatically during this time. I feel tremendously proud to work at the heart of this thriving school community alongside a talented and hard-working staff and Governing Body. Both my sons were educated at Elmridge and often share their happy memories of their time there. When I am not working or spending time with family, I enjoy running, reading and playing the guitar.

Neil Downie (Co-opted Governor) Term of Office 13.11.18 to 12.11.22
Link Governor for Art & Design and Design Technology & on Teaching & Learning Sub-Committee

Elmridge has been part of my life for a very long time; I was a pupil myself thirty something years ago, my father was a parent governor, and both of my own children were, until recently, pupils there.

For a long time I ran my own IT business providing bespoke web development solutions to health services and police forces which required security clearance to the highest level.

From there, I turned my hand to photography, a childhood love, and have been an award winning freelance professional photographer for over 10 years serving commercial business needs, providing fine art wall hangings to consumers, supplying training and leading workshops around the world.

Experience running my own businesses has allowed me to develop comprehensive skills in the areas of finance, customer service and delivery along with a set of strong communication and listening skills, all of which I believe will help me make a positive contribution in the role of School Governor.

I thoroughly enjoy being part of the school’s work, which is striving to provide outstanding education and pastoral care in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.

Jen Price (Staff Governor) Term of Office 1.09.15 to 31.08.19 & on Teaching & Learning Sub-Committee

I have worked at Elmridge since qualifying as a teacher in 2012. I taught in Year 1 for three years and moved to Reception in September 2015.  Being a teacher at Elmridge provides many and varied opportunities and experiences; I particularly enjoy working with and mentoring student teachers. I am currently undertaking the NPQML which will provide me with a qualification of Middle Leadership within the Primary setting.

Dr Jawad Amin (Parent Governor) Term of Office 1.11.15 to 31.10.19
Link Governor for Science, History and Geography & on Resources Sub-Committee

I am a recently appointed Parent Governor at Elmridge.  I thought I would wait until three of my children were at Elmridge before I applied, when a vacancy became available.  So I’m following in the footsteps of our eldest daughter in Year 5, our younger children are in Year 2 and Nursery.

My hobbies include football and politics, but not at the same time.  In my real life I work as a GP, which involves pretty much anything and everything.  I also work for NHS England as an Appraiser, and for the Care Quality Commission as a Primary care Inspector.  I’m hoping to make a positive contribution to Elmridge’s future.

Peter Tarry (Co-opted Governor) Term of Office reappointed 1.09.16 to 31.08.20
Link Governor for SEND, Gifted & Talented, Safeguarding and Health & Safety & on Resources Sub-Committee

I am a governor at Elmridge and Acre Hall, both schools are in The Dunham Trust. I am also Chair of Directors at Wellington School, Timperley. I became a governor in ? and feel very passionate in my role. My own experiences and skills in the construction industry have been put to good use with the new building of Acre Hall and the refurbishment of Elmridge. It is especially rewarding to be involved a range of different schools, I have learnt a lot about how different schools function and I enjoy sharing my experiences of these schools.

As well as being involved with Acre Hall and Elmridge at a Local Governor level I am very keen to contribute my skills and interests at a child-level. I regularly accompany children on their residential trips and support the children with their outwood bound activities. It is fantastic to see the children grow in confidence when spending time away from home and tackling activities they have never done before.

Deborah Pattison (Co-opted Governor) Term of Office appointed 31.10.16 to 30.10.20
Link Governor for Foreign Language and Music & on Teaching & Learning Sub-Committee

I have been associated with Elmridge Primary School for the past 12 years as both my sons attended the school. As well as being involved with the school and teachers in supporting my children’s education I have actively supported the PTA and for the last 4 years held the  position of Chair of the PTA.  This enabled me to work more closely with the school in not only raising valuable funds, but also identifying key areas where the PTA could support and fund activities and equipment for the educational and social development of all pupils.

Outside of school I am a qualified rugby coach and manage an Under 12s team.  This gives me further insight to the challenges faced by teachers and organisations in developing the skills and talents of children of mixed abilities

In my professional life, I have worked in various countries including teaching children in Spain as I studied both French and Spanish at University. I have a wealth of experience in management and leadership within the Banking industry where I have worked in many and varied departments within the Corporate Banking Sector and have held roles from Manager to Senior Director in the following areas Project Management, Client Relationship Management, Product Development Product Management and HR.

I feel that my experience as a parent, school supporter and sports coach gives me insight into the development and pastoral needs of children, this matched with my background of working in a heavily structured and regulated environment will allow me to make a positive contribution to Elmridge Primary School and the Dunham Trust to ensure that the great work that has already been achieved by the School is maintained and nurtured in a challenging environment.

Carolyn Moore (Co-opted Governor) Term of Office appointed 31.10.16 to 30.10.20
Link Governor for Mathematics & on Resources Sub-Committee

Catherine Air (Parent Governor) Term of Office appointed 13.11.18 to 12.11.22
Teaching and Learning Sub-Committee

I have recently been appointed as a Parent Governor at Elmridge, where my children are currently in Years 1 and 3. I grew up locally and, after completing my degree, returned to Manchester to undertake the Graduate Teacher Programme. I took up a teaching position at Withington Girls’ School in 2007, where I am now the Head of History. I have a genuine interest in how early education prepares children for lifelong learning.

I have always welcomed the opportunity to be involved in events at Elmridge and look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the Governing Body through my interest in – and experience of – Teaching and Learning. It is a privilege to be able to play a part in supporting the development of such a nurturing and aspirational school.

Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2018/19

Local Board Local Board Local Board
13.11.18 05.03.19 08.07.19
Paul Reilly Present
Jo Appleyard Absent
Mark Edmundson Present
June Tracey Resigned
Neil  Downie Present
Jen Price Present
Dr Jawad Amin Present
Peter Tarry Absent
Deborah Pattison Present
Carolyn Moore Present
Catherine Air Present
Observers J Carmichael

Attendance at Resources Sub-committee Meetings 2018/19

Resources Sub Resources Sub Resources Sub
01.10.18 28.01.19 13.05.19
Paul Reilly Attended
Mark Edmundson Attended
June Tracey Attended
Jawad Amin Attended
Peter Tarry Apologies
Carolyn Moore Attended
Catherine Air N/A
Observers N Toop
M Creighton
A Katic

Attendance at Teaching and Learning Sub-committee Meetings 2018/19

T&L Sub T&L Sub T&L Sub
24.09.18 21.01.19 29.04.19
Mark Edmundson Present
Neil  Downie Absent
Jen Price Absent
Deborah Pattison Present
Observers J Carmichael

Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2017/18

Local Board Teaching and Learning Subcommittee Resources Subcommittee Local Board Teaching and Learning Subcommittee Resources Subcommittee Local Board Joint Teaching and Learning & Resources Subcommittee
17.10.17 13.11.17 20.11.17 06.02.18 05.03.18 12.03.18 22.05.18 23.07.18
Paul Reilly Present N/A  Present  Absent  N/A  Absent  Present Present
Jo Appleyard Absent Present  Absent  Present  Absent Present  Present  Absent
Mark Edmundson Present Present  Present  Present  Present  Present  Present Present
June Tracey Absent N/A Absent  Present  N/A  Present  Absent Present
Neil  Downie Present Present  N/A  Present   Present  N/A  Present  Absent
Jen Price Present Absent   N/A  Present  Absent  N/A  Absent Present
Dr Jawad Amin Present Absent   N/A  Present  Present  Present  Present Present
Peter Tarry Present N/A  Present  Present  N/A  Absent  Absent  Absent
Deborah Pattison Present Present   N/A  Present  Present  N/A  Present Present
Carolyn Moore Present N/A  Present  Present  N/A  Present Absent  Absent

Register of interests

Name Role Name of Business/ Associated Interest Nature of Business Nature of Interest Date Interest Commenced
Paul Reilly Director (Trust) Nothing to declare N/A N/A N/A
Jo Appleyard CEO (Trust) Bright Futures Educational Trust Education Trustee 2017
Mark Edmundson Head of School Eversheds Sutherland Solicitors/supplier Husband of Employee 1997
June Tracey Co-opted Governor Xavarian Sixth Form College VI College Governor 1996
Neil  Downie Parent Governor Nothing to declare N/A N/A N/A
Jen Price Staff Governor Elmridge Primary Education Employee 2015
Dr Jawad Amin Parent Governor Nothing to declare N/A N/A N/A
Peter Tarry Co-opted Governor Nothing to declare N/A N/A N/A
Deborah Pattison Co-opted Governor Nothing to declare N/A N/A N/A
Carolyn Moore Co-opted Governor Nothing to declare N/A N/A N/A