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Meet our Governors

Picture 1 Janet Pollard
Picture 2 Colin Shackleton
Picture 3 Emma Teale
Picture 4 Shane Hopkins
Picture 5 Nicky Wallace
Picture 6 Alison Paddon
Picture 7 Emily Hindley
Picture 8 Lyndsey Priestley
Picture 9 Revd Martin Cox

Janet Pollard


I have lived in Astley for 25 years. I am married and have two daughters aged 26 and 23. I have 1 grandson who attends St. Stephens school. I have lived in Toronto, Canada for 5 years. I am a qualified Accountant (ACCA), and work for a local authority. My husband runs a small business in the area. My hobbies are listening to classical music, going to the gym and travelling. I joined the Governing body in January 2012. I am a foundation Governor. I am the Chair of the Governing body and also chair of the Finance and Buildings Committee. I bring to the Governing body knowledge and experience of Governance, strategic planning, vision, constructive challenge and strong financial management.

Colin Shackleton


My name is Colin Shackleton and I was elected a parent Governor in Sept 2014. I have two children at St Stephens in year 2 and year 4. My areas of responsibility are currently Child protection and Health and safety. My personal aims of the Governing board are to ensure we are fully engaged with the parents and community of St Stephens and that we create the best learning environment for our children.

Emma Teale


I was delighted to be appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2014, I felt that I had time and experience to give back to the school and our local community. My specific role is SEN/Attendance

and Behaviour Governor. I have a keen interest in all aspects of education. In October 2015 I was appointed chair of the Curriculum and standards committee. I have two children at St Stephens, in Year 1 and Year 5. My background is in facilities management and my main aims as a governor are to ensure the transparency between the school and its wider community and to uphold the ethos of the school. I am keen to provide a great learning environment and facilities for all our children as well as helping to create and maintain a proactive governing body.

Shane Hopkins


My name is Shane Hopkins and I am delighted to be elected as a foundation governor at St Stephens. I have lived in the local area for many years and work as the IT Manager for a firm of Chartered Building Surveyors in Pendlebury. I am currently a member of St Stephens PCC and am Deputy District Commissioner in the local Scouting District. I am also involved with the local Scout Group in Astley. I am on the Finance & Resources committee and hope to put my skills to good use as the link Governor.

Nicky Wallace


I have had connections with St Stephen's Church and school for over 20 years. Whilst my two sons attended St Stephen's I was also an active member of the Parents' Association and a volunteer in school. I started to work in the school office as an Admin Assistant in 2004, taking over the role of Admin Officer in 2009. I am very fortunate to be a member of the Outdoor Learning team for Years 5 and 6, helping to deliver the John Muir Award. In my spare time I enjoy scuba diving and am a qualified diving instructor who helps with the training at my scuba club. I feel that I am in a very privileged position being able to work with the rest of the Governing Body towards achieving the best for our school whilst building stronger links with the Church and wider community for the benefit of all the children.

Alison  Paddon


Foundation Governor and Vice Chair.

Since moving to Astley in 1989 I have been a regular communicant at St Stephen’s Church. My children were variously baptised, confirmed and married at the church and St Stephen’s Church of England Primary School was my school of choice for their education so I was delighted to be asked to serve as a Foundation Governor at the school. As a Governor I am on the Curriculum Committee and oversee the general curriculum at the school. I bring to this role over 25 years experience as a Secondary School History teacher and Director of Studies and more recently my work within the museum sector. I now work at IWM North where I continue to work with teachers and schools having created learning resources to support schools in their commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. Part of this work involves keeping up-to-date with educational changes, knowledge that supports my role as a Governor at St Stephen's. I have a wide range of interests. I enjoy reading, baking and various craft activities. I visit the theatre as often as I can and I enjoy music and film. Having been persuaded to learn to ride by my daughter I share her passion for horse riding. Above all I continue to love learning new things and new skills – I believe that education and lifelong learning is all.

Emily Hindley


My name is Emily Hindley and I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in September 2016. I have two children - my son is currently in Year 3 and my daughter is at preschool and hoping to join her big brother at St Stephen's in September 2017. I work full time and am Secretary of St Stephen's Parents' Association; I am also a regular attendee at St Stephen's Church. I have a keen interest in working alongside school to play an active role in school life and to have a sound understanding of the 'behind the scenes' work that takes place in order for school to function in the most effective way possible. I feel it is important for parents and other members of the St Stephen's community to be aware of who members of the Governing Body are so we are visible and approachable, and to communicate effectively our aims and goals. I have a keen interest in baking and enjoy spending time in the great outdoors with my family.

Lyndsey Priestley


I have lived in Astley/Tyldesley for 30 years. I live with my partner and our two children, Grace age 9 and Jackson age 5, who both attend Garrett Hall Primary School. I started my career at Salford City Council 22 years ago and have had a number of different jobs in numerous departments in that time. My current role as Project Manager in Regeneration involves working with local people, local businesses and elected members to develop and deliver projects that will benefit the wider community. My hobbies include listening to music, socialising with my friends, travelling and spending time with my family. I became a Local Authority governor as I am passionate about doing everything I can to improve the lives and school experience of the next generation. I am committed to being part of the team that ensures that all the children at St Stephens Primary School receive the best possible education and have the opportunity to thrive in a learning environment that makes this possible.

Revd Martin Cox


As Team Rector, I am an ex-officio governor, which basically means I'm a governor because I'm Team Rector! I am married to Heather, who is the administration officer at Garret Hall School. Heather and I have two adult children, both of whom are now married and have their own children. We enjoy walking, musical theatre and cooking - well I do! I have also taken up open-water swimming in the last couple of years and I use this to raise money for good causes. I am also a governor of St George's Central Primary school.