Mike Milne - Chair (Co-opted Governor)
The time our children spend in primary school has an enormous impact on their future life opportunities.
We can all remember how our own primary school experiences helped to shape our world view and laid the foundations of our future lives, even though for some of us it was a very long time ago!
I am passionate about giving all children the best possible experience at Oak Tree, encouraging a love of learning, and identifying and overcoming obstacles so that each and every child can grow and develop into the best version of themselves.
I was co-opted to the Oak Tree Primary School Governing Body in the Autumn Term 2017 and was appointed to the role as Chair of the Board of Governors in October 2019.
I have a background in NHS primary care dental practice, and postgraduate education and teaching.
I enjoy applying my skills and experience in education and quality assurance to inform an external, objective perspective to challenge and support the continuing progress and development of the School.
Our daughter is currently in Year 5 at Oak Tree Primary School and our twin boys attended Oak Tree before leaving for high school in 2020.
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I was appointed as a governor to the Oak Tree Primary School Governing Body in the Autumn Term 2017. One of my three children currently attends Oak Tree and I enjoy the opportunity governorship has given me to support the school and its pupils.
Professionally, as a registered Social Worker my expertise lies in the area of children's safeguarding and family support.
Momin Hashmee (Co-opted Governor)
After graduating from the University West of England with a degree in Business & Marketing, I have spent 15+ years in various marketing roles at multinational technology companies such as Intel, Microsoft, Nokia and Lenovo - I am currently working as EMEA Partner Manager Lead at Dell Technologies.
I am also a Mental Health First Aider and a Work & Life Coach. I help individuals with various workplace challenges affecting their Mental Health and Wellbeing, such as Anxiety, Work/Life Balance and Stress Management.
On a personal note, I moved to Gatley, Cheadle in 2014 after 6 years in London and 25 years in my hometown, Bristol. I currently have two children who attend Oak Tree Primary School, two children in High School and an 18m old baby.
I have been extremely fortunate to have travelled throughout the world and to collaborate with people from all kinds of diverse backgrounds on a daily basis throughout my career. I have also lived in various locations throughout the UK each with its own socio-economic, religious and cultural diversity. I firmly believe we can bridge gaps within communities through focusing on similarities and understanding differences through empathetic listening. I am honoured to be involved with Oak Tree Primary School and look forward to providing whatever assistance I can to help the school grow.
Momin is the Inclusion Champion on the Governing Body and has a role linked to the Wider Curriculum
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Keith Holloway (Local Authority Governor)
I have lived in the catchment area for over thirty years, and both my daughters attended Queens Road School before going on to local secondary schools and Sixth Form Colleges.
I was on the Governing Body of Orrishmere School and was delighted to have the opportunity to serve on Oak Tree School. I am an elected councillor (for Cheadle and Gatley ward) so am able to provide a link from the school to Stockport Council.
My role on the Governing Body includes input on the “wider curriculum”, subjects outside the basic areas of reading, writing and mathematics, which gives me the opportunity to visit the school, observe lessons and talk to members of the teaching staff. I take every opportunity to support social events at the school - limited over the last 18 months, but hopefully now moving back to normal.
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Terry Bebbington (Co-opted Governor)
I became a parent governor and later a co-opted governor at Orrishmere Primary School in Cheadle Hulme in 1994, where I was Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of the Buildings and Environment Committee.
I became a co-opted governor at Oak Tree upon its opening in September 2015. I have previously served as Vice-Chair of Governors, chair of the Resources and Buildings committee, and as the Health and Safety Governor. I served for 30 years with Greater Manchester Police and retired in 2012, then worked for 6 years on the Hillsborough Investigation on contract to the Home Office as an audio/visual investigator. I then returned to GMP working with the Major Incident Team until February 2019. I am currently working at Manchester Airport as an Aviation Security Agent for a private company.
Between 2015 and 2017 I was a non-executive director and served on the finance and Risk Committee at the children's charity Retrak, which worked with street children in Africa and Brazil, up until the charity was absorbed into the anti-slavery charity Hope For Justice. I have visited Ethiopia and Uganda to work with street children and have been involved in large fundraising events in support of the charity.
I lived in Cheadle Hulme from 1986 to 2016 and currently live in Bramhall. My wife, Alison, my youngest daughter, Emily and my son's partner, Kirsten are Teaching Assistants at Oak Tree and my two eldest grandsons attend the school. I feel privileged to be able to use my varied experience in serving as a governor at Oak Tree, to ensure that all children are afforded every opportunity to be the best that they can be, to support the staff in providing quality education and investing time in my local community and its families.
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Janet Fitzgerald (Co-opted Governor)
After performing miserably in my A levels at both school and college, I finally obtained a Bachelor of Education degree in 1990 as a mature student. It was by far the hardest way as my sons were 5 and 7 when I started!
All of my teaching career has been in primary schools in areas with high levels of social deprivation across Manchester. My final full-time role was as Headteacher of a single-form entry school in East Manchester.
I became a co-opted governor in September 2016 when two of my grandchildren attended Oak Tree; both have now transferred to high school. My previous experience was valuable in supporting the school on its journey from Requires Improvement back to where it belongs as a Good (and I think very good) school as judged by Ofsted. I serve as chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee and am Pupil Premium Champion.
I am a trustee for Gorton Imagination Library which is affiliated to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library; we provide free books to children under 5 years to support family literacy and readiness for school.
I am also involved with The Portico Library in Central Manchester and, with a special interest in literacy, deliver workshops and projects which aim to support reading for pleasure.
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Christine Slater (Headteacher)
Having been in education for almost 30 years, I still have the same excitement, enthusiasm and passion I had when I started my career in London in 1988. After moving North in 1995, I joined Orrishmere Primary school as Maths Lead and Y5 teacher becoming Deputy Head in 2002 and eventually Head Teacher in 2011, before moving to Oak Tree as Head Teacher in September 2015.
I have been lucky enough to teach throughout the primary age range spending the majority of my most recent teaching in Y6. The relationship between the Head Teacher and the governing board is a crucially important one. I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with so many dedicated and talented governors throughout my teaching career and continue to do so today at Oak Tree. I am often astounded and totally grateful for the commitment, effort and time that governors give voluntarily to our school and feel that we have the firm foundations to continue to move our school forward in partnership.
Rachel Walters (Staff Governor)
I joined the Oak Tree community as a Newly Qualified Teacher in 2016. I studied Early Years and Primary Education at Sheffield Hallam University and specialised in Inclusion. I am passionate about the Early Years and giving every child the best start to their Education.
In my second year of teaching I took on the role as PE coordinator. This has given me the opportunity to work with children across all year groups and outside agencies. I work closely with our sports coaches, Stockport 'SHAPES Alliance and other local primary schools. I thoroughly enjoy taking our children to events and supporting them with their health and fitness. My main focus is the children's well-being and providing opportunities for all children.
I am very proud to be a teacher at Oak Tree and I look forward to working with governors, staff and pupils to continue the growth of the school.
Andrea Clarke (Staff Governor)
I first joined the governing body as a parent governor at Queens Road Primary School in 2001. At that time my two daughters were in Years 4 and Reception.
My passion for working with children led me to working with children with Special Educational Needs on a part time basis, working with children from Nursery to Year 6. Following completion of an NVQ level 3 in Childcare and Education I was able to secure the position of Teaching Assistant at Queens Road Primary on a full time basis.
Following my appointment I then became non-teaching staff governor where I have sat on both the Teaching and Learning and the Buildings Committee. I have been the Development Governor for a number of years responsible for the induction of new governors and for the training requirements of the board. I have recently taken on the role of SEND Governor which I am excited about and will be working with the schools SENCO.
My time at school has been incredibly rewarding. I’ve had the privilege of working with hard working and enthusiastic children as well as a dedicated team of colleagues. I live school life on the front line on a daily basis and am able to share the realities of this experience with my fellow governors.
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Lucy Galloway (Co-opted Governor)
I became a co-opted governor in November 2017 and I am also Chair of the Premises and Resources and Premises Committee. I have lived locally to the school for the past twenty years, and I also have a daughter in year 6, and an older daughter at high school who also attended Oak Tree.
In my professional role I am a qualified management accountant currently working at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust managing the finances for research and innovation. In previous finance roles I have worked for Manchester Mind, and the University of Manchester supporting the senior leadership team on all finance and budget matters.
I am also very interested in wellbeing and complementary therapies along with the importance and benefits they bring to both work and personal life for everyone young and old. I feel this is even more important due to the unprecedented times we are all now living in, and the mental health challenges that so many people face.
I am honoured that I have the opportunity to use the experience and skills gained in my job, and my perspective as a parent to play my part within the governing body.
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Helen Pease (Parent Governor)
I was appointed parent governor in October 2020. I am a member of the Resources and Premises Committee and Development Governor. I have a strong connection to the local area having grown up in Cheadle Hulme and attended Orrishmere Primary as a child. I returned to Cheadle Hulme in 2008 and have two daughters; my youngest attends Oak Tree in Year 4.
I am a qualified solicitor and worked in private practice in central Manchester for 13 years after qualification, specialising in defendant personal injury law. During this time, I worked extensively with schools and local authorities. I moved into education six years ago obtaining a Diploma in School Business Management and I am currently a School Business Manager at a three form entry primary school in Fallowfield. I have relished the challenges and opportunities this has brought and hope my experience in school finances and development as well my experience as a parent can support Oak Tree’s continued growth.
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Natalie Peters (Co-opted Governor)
I have two children that currently attend Oak Tree and one that has just moved on to high school. I also have first-hand experience of the SEND provision at Oak Tree.
I work in adult social care (domiciliary care) as a community development and training manager. I run regular social groups aimed at older people but for all adults, providing different activities and experiences for them. I am also in charge of staff training, making sure all staff training is up to date and that new staff are all fully inducted. More recently, during the pandemic I was the covid-19 champion, familiarising myself with all the new legislations, PPE requirements and sourcing, infection prevention and control and staff vaccinations.
I have worked in many different sectors previously, in a supermarket, as a bus driver, a cargo agent at Manchester Airport and as a Special Constable for Greater Manchester Police. These jobs have enabled me to come across people from all walks of life and enable me to see things from different perspectives.
I am currently the ROOTS secretary. I love to be able to help organise fun activities raising funds to help better the education and experiences of our children.
Natalie joined the Oak Tree Governing Board in Spring 2022 and is a member of the Resources and Premises Committee.
Helen Choen Yin Chan (Parent Governor)
After graduating with a Maths degree from the University of Manchester, I moved to China and eventually became a teacher there. I have had a mixture of teaching experience, including working at British international schools and for the British Council, but mostly I taught English as a foreign language for a number of years at universities. I came back to the UK in 2015 to start a family and we settled down in Manchester. In 2016, I completed a Master’s in Intercultural Communication and since 2017, I have been doing a PhD in Education at the University of Manchester. I also currently work at the University, teaching and supervising undergraduate and master’s students studying Education.
I moved to Cheadle last year (summer 2021) and I currently have two children in Oak Tree, with a third about to start in September. We have been really impressed with Oak Tree so far and our children have settled in really well. We could not have been happier with our choice of school.
I was recently elected as a parent governor (May 2022) and I look forward to working with the governing board at Oak Tree. I hope that my personal and professional experience and knowledge can provide a useful perspective to the governing board. I feel privileged and excited to be able to play a part in the further development of our school.