Mrs Fiona Bailey - Chair (Community Governor)
I’ve been lucky enough to be a parent governor at The Willows since 2006, co-opted governor since 2014 and chair of governors since 2010. My three children have all attended The Willows.
My first real introduction to the Willows was in 2005, when I arrived to be shown around school prior to my daughter starting in reception. From the minute I was first greeted at the door by the school office manager, I had a strong sense of the genuine warmth and care that underpins the school’s ethos.
With a degree and PhD in psychology, I’ve spent my career working as a chartered psychologist, specialising in the diagnosis and support of adults with learning difficulties. I’ve had a life-long interest in education and learning and these are skills and interests which I find really help me in my role as a governor.
I feel very privileged to be a Willows school governor, and have learnt a lot during my years on the board. Being the chair, means I spend a lot of time in school, which helps ensure I know the school well and can work on maintaining good relationships with the staff and particularly our Head teacher, Mrs Warren. I chair our various termly governor meetings and meet regularly with Mrs Warren to discuss current issues in school and to lend support and advice as needed.
Mr Andy McCorquodale - Community Governor
My name is Andy McCorquodale and I am the father of Katie who has recently left The Willows to start secondary school. I became a Community Governor in 2014 after serving as a Parent Governor since 2010.
During my time as Parent Governor I have been actively involved in the recruitment of both our new Headteacher and Deputy, being able to provide input to both the shortlisting and interview stages of candidates based on my views as a parent.
I have spent 2 years as Numeracy Governor where I reported developments in numeracy to the Governing body and was then asked to join the Finance Committee to assist the school management in ensuring the financial stability of the school is retained through these times of budgetary cutbacks.
My background is in running my own businesses which I have done so for the past 15 years, and I find the knowledge and experience this gives me ensures I can add value in my role both on the finance committee and on the full governing body too.
Mr Dave Garrod - Community Governor
I am the parent of three children who have attended the Willows. In 1991 I was one of the founding members of the Home/School Association, the forerunner to the current PTA. I then became a Parent Governor and continued in this role until my children left the School when I was then co-opted onto the Governing body and have remained so ever since.
I am a badminton coach and coach at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. Professionally I am a graduate Chemical Engineer and currently work as a "troubleshooter" for Ineos based at Runcorn. I have expertise in finance and personnel matters having previously been a General Manager and Director of two different companies. I enjoy these aspects of being a Governor and the contribution I can make by drawing on related skills and my experience.
However, my greatest joys are the days I spend in school each term, taking part in lessons in every class. This enables me to get to know the children, the teachers and the support staff, as well as having a lot of fun in the welcoming environment that is the Willows Primary School.
Mr Mark Anderson - Community Governor
My name is Mark and I am very happy to say I have been elected as a Community Governor in 2016. I have spent my career in financial services and have been an independent financial advisor since 2006.
I attended the University of St. Andrews where I studied an MA in Mathematics and Philosophy, after which I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. I have continued to study through professional exams and I have attained the qualification of Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, after which I worked as an examiner for the leading industry body.
My wife, Louisa, is a teacher at another school and my daughter has just started in Reception in a Primary School in Sale, so I have an interest in education and I would particularly like to apply my skills and assist where I can with the financial management of The Willows, amongst other things.
In my spare time, I like to keep fit and I’m particularly interested in long distance running and triathlons. My ambition is to run the ‘big six’ marathons. I have already completed London, New York, Berlin and Tokyo and I look forward to hopefully completing the Chicago and Boston marathons.
Mr Suresh Bhatt - Parent Governor
I was honoured to be elected parent governor in 2016. Since my daughter Arushi joined in 2015 I have had a number of positive experiences with the school. Involvement in PTA events and helping to organise Willows' dads football has helped me to understand what a force for good the school can be when harnessing the talents and enthusiasm of children and adults associated with this school.
I am a trained lawyer working in a commercial law firm and hold the position of director of a professional trustee company. In my down time I do my best to keep up with my daughter's busy life and am a passionate sports fan ( both watching and participating).
Much good work has been done by the school governors in the past but many challenges still remain and I relish the opportunity to combine my skills and experience with my fellow governors to ensure our children continue to make the most of their talents in a safe and nurturing environment.
Mrs Zoë Heaton - Parent Governor
I was lucky enough to be elected as parent governor in October 2016. I feel very privileged to be able to help the school in a new role, having been involved with the school in various voluntary roles, since my eldest son, Ben, started in Reception, in 2009. I started my involvement by helping with the PTA, and spent two years as co-chair.
I also spent a year, whilst training to become a teaching assistant, volunteering in the Willows for two days a week, helping out in the Nursery, Reception and Year 2 classes. This was an excellent opportunity to see the wonderful staff at work, and work with many of the children. It is lovely to see those children flourish and become kind and happy individuals. I now work as a teaching assistant at Forest Gate Academy, in Partington, which has given me a broader experience of primary school education, outside the Willows.
Previous to becoming a teaching assistant, I worked in various roles in the Pharmaceutical Industry over 18 years. I have a BSc in Applied Chemistry from Portsmouth University.
I am married to Nick, and have 2 children. Ben is now at AGSB, and Holly is still at the Willows.
Mr Simon Shemilt - Parent Governor
I am Simon, dad to Tom, who is currently in Year 6 with Mr Byrne, and I have recently been elected to join the Board of Governors from November 2014. I am thoroughly looking forward to working with the other Governors, and helping maintain the fantastic ethos found at The Willows. Seeing Tom develop so well, through the nurturing and supportive atmosphere created at The Willows, has encouraged me to become further involved with the School, and to help support the Staff, Parents and Governors to improve the experiences of our children even more.
My own educational background stems from a love of maths and science, leading to an Engineering degree and M.Sc. from Birmingham University. Since graduating, I came back to the area, to initially work for an Engineering Consultancy in Sale, before progressing into Project Management within the Construction Industry. I hope that the multitude of skills that I have gained over the past 15+ years in this field will be beneficial to the School and Board of Governors, especially during the short-term changes within the School premises.
I am looking forward to gaining a more detailed understanding of how The Willows is run, and the plans in place for the managed growth of the school over the coming years. I hope to learn through working with the other Governors, as well, as within the sub-committees, and attending the additional course provided by Trafford Council, specifically designed to help and support school Governors. I will endeavour to update this profile in the coming months, as I progress through the meetings and committees, and gain first-hand experience of the management of The Willows.
Mr Haroon Bangee - Parent Governor
I am dad to Zack in Year 6 and Tara in Year 4. We have lived in Timperley for 12 years now and Zack has been at The Willows since September 2009. I have been a parent governor at The Willows since October 2013.
I attended Manchester Metropolitan University where I studied Economics, after which I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing at Kingston Business School.
My working background is in retail and finance. I current work in the retail network for a major UK bank.
Mrs Carol Mounfield - Local Authority Governor
Hi, my name is Carol Mounfield and I am the local authority member for The Willows governors. I have a 22 year old daughter who has progressed through the Trafford education system, attending Woodheys Primary, then going onto Sale Grammar. She graduated from Sheffield Hallam university last year, achieving a 1st degree in psychology - I'm a very proud mum!
My career has been spent within the advertising and newspaper industry, I currently work for a local newspaper based in Mold, north Wales.
My personal motos are; two wrongs don't make a right; and, do unto others has you would have them do unto you.
Mrs Kirsten Warren - Headteacher
My name is Kirsten Warren and I have been the headteacher at The Willows Primary School since September 2012, having been the deputy for 7 years before that.
My first childhood memories revolve around dreaming of being a teacher. As a child, I was homeschooled until I was eight years old, which unfortunately was a lonely and sometimes unhappy time for me. Therefore central to my aims for the Willows, is the promise to create a nurturing and caring family ethos in the school. I will ensure that we provide a creative and fun, as well as a meaningful, well balanced and rounded education for our children.
I began my teaching career in a small village school in Lancashire. This was during a time of great change within the education system and the introduction of the National Curriculum. Although many years (decades!) have passed, education continues to change and I believe it is vital that the Willows keeps up to date with new initiatives and current educational thinking. I want the school to provide an excellent quality of education for every child, enabling them to make rapid progress and reach high standards.
I have taught in six very different schools and have fulfilled various leadership and management roles during my career. I truly valued my time as Deputy Headteacher of the Willows. I feel it is crucial that a school has a strong figurehead steering the direction of the establishment. However, no Headteacher can do this alone and I consider it essential to be part of a team, where I can work closely with staff, governors and, of course you, the parents to discuss and decide together what is right for the school and our children.
One of the joys in my personal life has been becoming a parent myself. I have been blessed with two lovely children and view my family life as very precious. I know this has made me a better teacher over the years, as I have grown to understand children more fully. Furthermore, I recognise this has enhanced my relationships with parents, as I appreciate a parent’s point of view more deeply. I am confident that I can continue to develop a mutually supportive partnership between home and school for the benefit of all the children. I hope we can have much fun together and share many happy times, whether they be in the classroom, at school functions or having a laugh at a PTA event!
My door is always open, please pop in and see me whenever you want. I look forward to working with all our stakeholders to move our school into a bright future.
Mr Dave Byrne - Staff Governor (Deputy Headteacher)
I was fortunate enough to be appointed the position of Deputy Headteacher at The Willows in 2012 and was voted on to the Governing Body in the same year.
I began my teaching career after completing my BA (HONS) in Primary Education at The Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000. My first teaching post was at Ashdene Primary School in Wilmslow where I spent ten very happy years. Having decided that I would like to try and progress my career more along the leadership path, I decided a change of school was necessary. This led me to Newall Green Primary School in Wythenshawe as Assistant Headteacher. Both these schools, in very contrasting locations, have provided me with the opportunites to develop and learn not only as a teacher and leader but also as a person.
I am thoroughly enjoying my time at The Willows and feel very lucky to work along side such wonderful staff and children, and I am very grateful for the support I have received form the parents since arriving. I feel very much part of The Willows family!
On a personal note, I am happily married to Ruth and have two amazing young boys: Toby and Leo. I'm a keen sports fan but my particular passion is football. I play a couple of times a week and enjoy (well, not all of the time!?) following Liverpool FC.