Mike Milne - Chair (Co-opted Governor)
I was co-opted to the Oak Tree Primary School Governing Body in the Autumn Term 2017 and was elected Chair of the Board of Governors in October 2019.
I graduated from Manchester University in 1984 with a degree in Dentistry, and worked in general dental practice for almost 35 years, working as the principal dentist and clinical lead in a busy NHS practice until 2019.
Whilst in practice, I have served as educational supervisor / mentor for a several new graduate dentists, and recruited and trained many other team members.
In 1993, I was appointed as training programme director for the South Manchester Dental Foundation Training Scheme. A position I held for 16 years, firstly with Manchester University Department of Postgraduate Medicine and Dentistry, and then with Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority.
This role involved organising annual study courses and a series of residential conferences to support graduate dentists embarking on a career in General Dental Practice. In addition, I was involved in recruiting, training, supervising and supporting a team of experienced trainers and advisers, as well as developing curricula, assessments and professional development portfolios.
In 2005, I gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Sheffield University.
During my career, I have led or participated in a range of healthcare and educational quality assurance inspections and audits.
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.
The time our children spend in primary schools 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 have three children currently attending Oak Tree: twins in Year 6 and our youngest is in Year 3.
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Having worked in education since 2007, most recently as a School Business Manager at another local primary school and previously as a Project Manager for The University of Manchester, I have a thorough understanding of the sector from early years to higher education. Two of my three children are currently at Oak Tree and I have lived in Cheadle since 1990 so have a personal interest in the success of the school and the local community.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to utilise my professional skills and experience and parental knowledge to support the staff and children at Oak Tree Primary School.
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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 Global Online marketing roles at multinational tech companies such as Intel, Microsoft, Nokia and Lenovo - I am currently working as EMEA Merchandising Manager at Dell Technologies.
Outside of work, I volunteer for a charity called Refugee Action as an Employability Mentor assisting UK Refugees on workplace readiness, skills development and confidence building. I am also a passionate men’s Mental Health advocate and have been coaching and mentoring individuals through various personal challenges for a number of years.
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 three children who attend Oak Tree Primary School, one child in High School and a 4 week 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.
Keith Holloway (Local Authority Governor)
I am the Local Authority governor on the Oak Tree Governing Body. With my family I moved to Cheadle Hulme some 30 years ago, when my two daughters both attended the then Queens Road school. I worked in the public sector in Greater Manchester until my retirement some 6 years ago, and was elected as a Stockport local authority councillor the following year.
I had been a governor at Orrishmere School and was nominated by Stockport council to be the local authority governor for Oak Tree: I was delighted when the governing body accepted the nomination. I am a member of the school’s Teaching and Learning Committee.
I have a particular interest in mathematics and science, and my governor link role is to covers the schools provision of a wider curriculum, as part of the school’s commitment to the development of all pupils – to aspire together, achieve together and grow together.
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Simon Baxter (Co-opted Governor)
I have lived in Cheadle Hulme with my wife and family for the past twenty years.
My association with the school began as a parent in 2009 and I became a parent governor in 2010 – firstly at Orrishmere and then at Oak Tree. I am now a co-opted governor, and feel as strong a sense of commitment to the governance role as I did ten years ago.
I sit on the resources and premises committee and serve as the school’s health and safety governor.
I have been a General Practitioner in South Manchester for twenty-one years, a role I continue to love, and have had the opportunity during that time to work in some additional roles in safeguarding, information governance, GP federation work and football stadium/ crowd safety medicine.
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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.
Janet Fitzgerald (Co-opted Governor)
I became a co-opted governor in September 2016 when two of my grandchildren attended Oak Tree; both have now transferred to high school. I serve as chair of the Monitoring Committee and am Pupil Premium Champion.
I am a retired Primary Head teacher so feel that my experience is valuable in providing a balance of support and challenge to the school.
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.
Ashley Holt (Staff Governor)
I am in the staff governor role at our school. I joined Oak Tree a year after the amalgamation and have seen the huge transformation across the school in this time. Having worked as a professional musician for a number of years, I trained as a teacher in 2015. I came to Oak Tree as a newly qualified teacher and jumped straight into Year 6. I worked with the team to raise standards in Key Stage 2, and quickly became aware of the mental stresses that modern life can have on our children. Since then, I have sought new opportunities to better wellbeing across our school. As I have taken on the responsibility of School Council this year, I am hoping to provide an invaluable link with the governing board to ensure that the voices and ideas of the children of our school are regularly heard. I am also the National Education Union representative for our school, which represents most of our teaching staff. My primary focus in these roles is the wellbeing of the staff and pupils of our school. I look forward to working with governors, staff and pupils to continue to make improvements in this vital area.
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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 a member of the Premises and Resources and Premises Committee. I have lived locally to the school for the past fifteen years, and I also have two children who attend the school.
In my professional role I am a qualified accountant working at the University of Manchester supporting the senior leadership team on all finance and budget matters. 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.
Helen Pease (Parent Governor)
I was appointed as parent governor in October 2020 and am a member of the Resources and Premises Committee. 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 who both attend Oak Tree, currently in Years 6 and 3.
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 five 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 I am looking forward to now using my experience in school finances and school development as a parent governor to support Oak Tree’s continued growth.