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Meet Our Governors


Linda Wales -  Chair of Governors

(Chair, Co-opted Governor, Resources, Teaching and Learning Committee, Pay Committee, Safeguarding,  HT Performance, personnel)


Faiza Khan - Vice-Chair of Governors

(Vice-Chair, Parent Governor, Teaching and Learning Committee, SEND, Safeguarding)

Katherine Gibson - Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

I joined as a governor at Birchfields Primary in September 2016. I am Assistant Vice Principal at the new MEA Central Secondary School which opens in September 2017. I will be working on the Teaching and Learning sub-committee and hope to bring my experience as a classroom teacher and school leader to this role. I have been a History teacher for 13 years and am excited about learning more about Birchfields Primary School. As the new neighbours we have had a lovely, warm welcome to the community from the staff and students of Birchfields and I look forward to working with them.

(Chair Teaching and Learning Committee, Co-opted Governor, Aspire, CPD, curriculum)


Sarah Wakefield - Chair of Resources Committee


I have been a Community Governor for Birchfields since 2012 and I live just down the road in Levenshulme. In my day job I work for the Co-op Food Offices in Manchester as Food Sustainability Manager, this job can take me anywhere from chocolate factories to meetings in Parliament!

As a Birchfields governor I sit on the Resources sub-committee, where we discuss finances and staffing. I am also the governor for Pupil Premium and responsible for ensuring that those children who receive Pupil Premium are given the best start possible on their educational journey.

I love the energy and happy feel which Birchfields has and my hope for the school is that we can get an Outstanding Ofsted rating – something which would recognise all the hard work of our teachers and children!

(Chair Resources Committee, Co-Opted Governor, Pay Committee)


Sarah Wakefiled
Sarah Wakefiled


Sadia Akram- Parent Governor


I have recently been appointed to the role of parent governor and a member of the teaching and learning committee. I currently have two children attending Birchfields Primary School.

I have a strong belief in giving children maximum opportunities to discover their full potential through education and extra curriculum alike.

 My background is in banking, where I have worked for 13 years.

As a parent governor I will offer commitment, enthusiasm and determination to make a difference: striving for academic excellence and to be a link for communication between governors and parents.

I am looking forward to bringing fresh ideas forward and am able to see issues from a different perspective. I hope to build on the schools success and continue the work hard to  make it a school where children can ‘dream, believe and achieve.’

(Parent Governor, Teaching and Learning Committee, website, pupil/sports premium)


(Co-Opted Governor, Resources Committee, Health and Safety)

           Fatima Saleem - Parent Governor


(Parent Governor, Teaching and Learning Committee, Health and Safety)


Emily Coleman - Staff Governor

My role is that of Staff Governor and I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.
Since I joined Birchfields as a teacher is 2003, I have seen our school community change and develop in many different ways. I endeavour to provide Governors with professional knowledge and understanding of our school's ethos as well as a unique perspective of Birchfields' culture and values. It is only through the dedication and involvement of the Governing Body that we will continue to provide the best possible opportunities to all of our learners, whether they be pupils or staff.

 (Staff Governor, Teaching and Learning Committee, Attendance)

Cllr Rabnawaz Akbar - LA Governor

 (LA Governor, Resources Committee, Premises)

Shaista Ikram - Parent Governor

(Parent Governor, Teaching and Learning Committee, English and Maths)