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Introduction to the Governors

Who's Who of Governors      


Paul Starling, Chair of the Governors  

(Co-opted Governor)

With a Masters Degree in Business and training in a wide range of topics, I have been able to contribute to the school and work alongside the rest of the Governing body and the leadership team in supporting the school’s goals.





Claire Hardwick, Vice Chair of the Governors

(Parent Governor)

I have a teaching degree and worked within the Primary sector in Salford. I have a

personal interest in Special Educational Needs and am frequently involved in

discussions with the LEA on the role of SEND in schools.









Helen Holt

(Staff Governor)

I have a Bachelor of Education degree with specialism in Early Years;

I have always enjoyed being involved in the wider community of the school and was

interested in the supporting role of the governing body.








Gary Eden JP

(Co-opted Governor)

My background was in the Fire Service where I worked for 25 years. I am a serving Magistrate and have been involved with James Brindley Primary School for 30 years so I wanted to give something back  through my role as School Governor.







Pete Molyneux

(Parent Governor)

I have 25 years middle management experience in the Energy sector including 10 years in Project Management. I have a Diploma in Management Studies. My main motivation as a Governor is to ensure James Brindley Primary School continues to maintain the same high standards my children were fortunate to benefit from there between 2004 and 2011.









Beth Fielding-Lloyd
(Parent Governor)

I have been a University lecturer for 15 years and am currently in a management role.

I have a PhD in sociology and an adult teaching qualification. I have one child

at James Brindley and want to support the school in maintaining its exceptionally

high standards.




Dan Evans

(Parent Governor)

I’m a Chartered Environmental Scientist with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science. 

I have 15 years’ experience as a Projects Engineer specialising in brownfield regeneration

across the UK.  My reason to serve as a Parent Governor is twofold; that the children who

attend James Brindley benefit from maintaining the School’s current high standards, and by return,

the School remains accountable for the decisions that are made for the benefit of the children

and the wider community.




Emma Nightingale
(Co-opted Governor)

I am a parent of two boys (aged 5 & 8) and also hold a Management Position in the

Banking Industry. I have a Finance background (Qualified Management Accountant)

and over 10 years of people management experience. As a Governor at James Brindley

I hope to use my business skills and knowledge combined with my passion for getting the

best out of people to contribute to the vision of helping the children reach their full potential.










Michelle Cobley

(Parent Governor)

Having worked in HR for over 20 years, in both the Public and Private Sector, I currently hold a

Senior HR Policy and People Relations role. 

As a Parent Governor at James Brindley Community Primary School, I will work alongside fellow

Governors, to support the School continue to be an outstanding setting for our children.                                              





Matthew Gartland

(Parent Governor)

Having been involved in Education professionally for over ten years, as a parent of two boys at           

the school, one in Year 4, and one just starting in Nursery, I am very keen to support the school  

however I can towards achieving its objectives over the short and long term.                                                                   

Governor Membership







James Brindley Community Primary School








If Spaces are shown in the table below, this indicates places within the constitution which can optionally be filled.  Where Vacancies are shown this indicates places within the constitution which should be filled.








Nominating Authority

First Appointed

Term Start

Term End


Local Authority Governors






Mrs Claire Hardwick



14 Jun 2018

13 Jun 2022








Co-opted governors






Mr Garry Anthony Eden


01 Oct 1996

21 Oct 2019

20 Oct 2023


Mr. Dan Evans


04 May 2017

23 Jun 2021

22 Jun 2025


Dr Beth Fielding-Lloyd


16 Nov 2016

14 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2024


Mr Peter Molyneux


21 Oct 2015

21 Oct 2019

20 Oct 2023


Mrs. Emma Nightingale


15 Mar 2017

15 Mar 2021

14 Mar 2025


Mr Paul Starling


21 Oct 2015

21 Oct 2019

20 Oct 2023




















Mr Chris Moore












Parent governors






Michelle Cobley


18 Jun 2021

18 Jun 2021

17 Jun 2025


Matthew  Gartland


18 Jun 2021

18 Jun 2021

17 Jun 2025


Dr Chris Hughes


09 Oct 2019

09 Oct 2019

08 Oct 2023














Staff governors






Mrs Helen Holt



28 Oct 2017

27 Oct 2021