Meet our Governors

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Mr William Shaw       Miss Laura Byron       Mr Daniel Stylianou

School does not currently have any associated governors.


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Mr William Shaw

I have been a Governor at North Walkden Primary School since 2004.  I have served as Governor, Vice Chair and Chair of the Governing Board.
My family have several links with the school and its predecessor going back to the 1880’s.  I am retired from a career as a Mechanical Engineer and Lecturer in Further Education.  As a Governor I have worked for and seen improvements in the fabric of the school.  As a Governing Board we are committed to the provision of a school which not only educates our pupils, but gives them the vision and the tools necessary to take them to their full potential, in their onward school career, and beyond.
Our school is a safe, respectful and friendly place with polite happy children. Your Governing Board is committed to maintaining this ethos and to ever improving standards of educational provision.

Mrs Charlotte Richardson


Mrs Helen Warburton

My teaching career began back in 1997, after completing my 4 year teacher training degree at Edge Hill University.

After that, I taught at St Andrew’s Methodist Primary school for 12 years, teaching in nursery and years 1, 2, 3 and 4 over the years!  After this, I then decided that I would like to utilise my teaching experience and work my way into school leadership.

I have been the head teacher at North Walkden Primary School since 2016 and before that I was the deputy head here for 7 years, teaching in year 4. It is a privilege to work here alongside the fantastic staff.

I love my job as head teacher and I am dedicated and committed to ensuring all children achieve the best they possibly can! Whatever our children’s talents, gifts and interests are, we will discover them and help to nurture them so everyone succeeds in something.

‘Nobody is good at everything but everybody is good at something’

At North Walkden we find that ‘something’. Our children are happy, well-mannered and caring.

I want every child to access many different experiences during their time here, but most of all I want the children to be happy! I want children to grow up with fond memories of North Walkden Primary School.

Whilst I am not busy at work, I enjoy spending time at home with my family and with my two children, Tom and Mia and my dog Sasha!

Other things that I enjoy doing are cooking nice meals, going out to restaurants, going for walks with my dog, visiting new places and watching Coronation Street! I like the simple things in life!

Miss Laura Byron

I have been working at Ellesmere Park High School in Eccles for 5 years. I am PA to the Headteacher but my role also involves monitoring attendance, clerking Governing Body meetings, & managing the school website. I have recently achieved my Certificate in School Business Management and a large part of my role is assisting with HR processes within school. This includes recruitment, payroll, absence management and updating policies and procedures, however, the most fun part of my role is leading the Duke of Edinburgh Award with our Year 9 students. Prior to my role at EPHS I was a PE teacher and even taught at North Walkden doing PPA cover during the summer term.

I am very excited to join North Walkden as a Governor and believe that my experience in my current role and the experience that I gained whilst teaching will prove invaluable in supporting the Headteacher in her quest to become an outstanding school.  In my spare time I love to travel, go on long walks in the countryside and eat lots of lovely food!! I also have a 1 year old cat called Poppy.

Mrs V Tyrer


Mr P Greenwood

I have been a governor at North Walkden Primary school since July 2019. I have served as Governor and more recently as Vice Chair and SEND Governor. It is a privilege to be a governor at this wonderful school and I look forward to more terms ahead.

I currently work for Trafford Local Authority SEN team as a senior education, health and care plan case worker where I line manage a team that is responsible for the updating and maintaining of education, health and care plans. Prior to this role I have worked in schools predominantly working with children who have SEN both in a supporting and teaching capacity.

 I studied education and Disability at university and I have always had a passion for supporting the most vulnerable to help raise aspirations, broaden experiences and develop a more inclusive and cohesive society. I saw the opportunity to come to North Walkden Primary School, a local school to my young family, as an exciting and challenging way to apply my knowledge and goals in SEND. I want to help build upon the good work already being done by this wonderful school and its community and to support all our families and staff to show and celebrate the rich and inclusive experience our school offers each and every child.

Away from school and work I love my sports and travel but most of my time is now dedicated to my daughter of 6 months and making the most of the time my wife and I spend with her.

Mrs L Carter

I’m Lisa and I have only recently started in the role as a School Governor at North Walkden Primary.  I have lived in the area all my life and have worked in the higher education sector for the past 30 years.  My current role is a Teaching and Learning Adviser at the University of Manchester where I support the University’s Senior Leadership Team in the delivery of Teaching and Learning activity and enhancement of the student experience.  I also support the development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of strategy, policies and procedures. 

As part of its social responsibility agenda, The University actively encourages its staff to engage with the School Governor role and I was very clear that if I did put myself forward for this, then it would have to be at a School within Salford.  I was delighted when I was approached by North Walkden and after my first visit where I met with some of the staff and pupils, I knew instantly that this was a school that I wanted to be a part of!  The University of Manchester has a distinct programme named ‘Stellify’ which has been designed to develop what we feel are distinct attributes of a University of Manchester graduate– North Walkden Primary’s motto is ‘Reach for the Stars’ – this felt like a perfect match.

I currently have no experience of the primary school sector but I am very passionate about education and all things teaching and learning.  I am very much looking forward to not only learning from this experience but more importantly I am looking forward to contributing and working with the school in achieving its goals.

I love to read and love to travel.  I have been an avid supporter of Salford Red Devils for 25 years and watch them home and away.  I am also a volunteer at weekends at a local dog rescue centre.

Miss F Gray

Hello! I’m Fran: born in Salford and a new governor at North Walkden Primary School. I own a local dog grooming business called ‘Dial a Dog Wash Manchester’ and I also run a dog grooming shop in Walkden, just in case I wasn’t busy enough! I feel strongly about giving back to the local area; I strive to employ local people and offer work experience opportunities where I can.

I started my career as a musician (pianist) at Durham University in the year 2000. I then did a short stint at BBC Newcastle (the angry Manc voice on Points of View) and then returned to the North West in 2005 to study a Primary Teaching PGCE at Manchester University. I worked as the music teacher at Oakwood High School (SEN) in Salford for 5 years, previously having completed teaching placements in Little Hulton Primary Schools.

I left my career in teaching to start my own mobile dog grooming business, based in Walkden, in 2012.

I decided to merge my love of education and animals by becoming a therapy dog volunteer in 2014. Indiana Bones (my very large Malamute cross dog) and I have visited many establishments ranging from local special needs schools to the BBC at Media City. In recent months, I have become an assessor for other therapy dog volunteers and our visiting team is growing every day.

I believe that every child deserves the best chance of a good quality education, with compassionate teaching staff supporting them along the way. I am passionate about learning and know first-hand how important it is to nurture the potential of every child, ensuring that we build confidence and empathy along the way. From what I have seen at North Walkden Primary School, I know that the staff care deeply about the pupils that attend their school and will do everything possible to give them the best chance of success. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to support the school in any way I can.

Miss E Rigby-McGurk


Mr D Stylianou

My name is Daniel and I have recently been appointed as a co-opted governor for North Walkden Primary School. I currently work for the Crown Prosecution Service as a paralegal in the Crown Court, and have previously held roles in the Children & Family Courts and HMCTS.

I lived in Walkden for thirty years (with the exception of two years living in central Manchester to attend university) until I recently moved to Stockport. Even with that move, when I decided I wanted to try and give something back to the local community, I knew I wanted to support the community that had raised and supported me.

In my work, and my previous roles, I have seen youths coming through the criminal justice system who have fallen on to the wrong path, and they often say it is because adults do not care about them and at school, they struggled and felt they were not supported. I have always known I wanted to try and put a stop to that, and I thought the best way I could do that would be to support schools as a governor, sharing my experience with them.

North Walkden is an example of a brilliant school, and I am really pleased to have been accepted as a governor there, especially given that it is a school local to where I grew up. I know the school shares my own ethos of believing every child deserves the very best education and to be supported throughout their formative years. From what I have already seen, staff care about the students and both staff and students respect one another. I am very proud of the work everyone at the school is doing.

Mrs D Lomax

 Hi, my name is Donna and I’ve recently been appointed as a Governor at North Walkden Primary school.

I have worked as a teacher at North Walkden for 20 years and have recently taken retirement. Over my time at the school, I have taught children across the whole age range, from Nursery to Year 6, and have loved my teaching career.

Previous to qualifying as a teacher in 2000, I worked in the financial sector, and as a special needs assistant – helping to integrate children into mainstream primary schools from ‘special’ schools. I have had previous experience as a governor at North Walkden, when I volunteered as Teacher Governor.

I’m currently using my retirement time doing lots of getting out and about in my walking boots, around the Yorkshire Dales, where my partner and I have a caravan. I have recently rediscovered knitting, and love baking and reading. I now have three grandchildren and love spending time with them, and with my elderly ginger tom cat, Taffy.  My main exercise is swimming and I go to the pool several times a week. My partner and I enjoy travelling around Europe and going to live music events.

I am honoured to have been invited to serve as Governor. I have many happy memories of working at North Walkden, and relish the prospect of keeping in touch with this very special  school.

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