Moorside Community Primary School


Hello and a very warm welcome from the governing board at Moorside Community Primary School.

We are a very committed and active governing board. As well as fulfilling our duties by both
supporting and challenging Mr. Lawler-Smith and his senior leadership team and monitoring
activities and progress in school, we also enjoy being involved in day to day events. All staff and
governors work together with a common aim of providing a safe and vibrant learning environment
in which all children are encouraged and enabled to reach their full potential and have an
enjoyable experience in this wonderful school.

Our staff team of excellent teachers and support staff are committed to every child’s success; they
instil a love for learning, self-confidence and respect for others and, along with the school
governors, work hard to value every person for their contribution to our school community as well
as to the wider community. As parents and carers, you are very much part of the whole school
community and your opinions and comments are very valuable to us.

I hope you enjoy your visit to our school website.

Stacey Corlett
Chair of Governors

Our Governors

Governors 2023 / 2024
Governors 2022/2023
Pecuniary Interests
RoleNameTerm of office expires
Co-opted GovernorStacey Corlett (Chair)October 2026
Co-opted GovernorAndrew Cartwright (Vice Chair)July 2025
Co-opted GovernorMicheal BlackJune 2027
Staff GovernorDawn HowarthSeptember 2024
LA GovernorVacancyVacancy
Parent GovernorSarah KeavneyDecember 2024
Parent GovernorVictoria McDermottJuly 2026
Parent GovernorRebecca McShaneOctober 2028
Associate Member (Non - Voting)Huw DaviesMay 2027
Associate Member (Non - Voting)Helen TabinerMarch 2025
Associate Member (Non - Voting)Vee MorrisJuly 2027
RoleNameTerm of office expires
Co-opted GovernorStacey Corlett (Chair)October 2026
Co-opted GovernorAndrew Cartwright (Vice Chair)July 2025
Staff GovernorDawn HowarthSeptember 2024
LA GovernorVacancyN/A
Parent GovernorSarah KeavneyDecember 2024
Parent GovernorVictoria McDermottJuly 2026
Associate Member (Non - Voting)Huw DaviesApril 2023
Associate Member (Non - Voting)Helen TabinerTbc
Associate Member (Non - Voting)Vee MorrisJuly 2023
NameAppointed ByPecuniary Interests
Stacey Corlett (Chair)Governing BoardParent to pupil in school. Also a Governor at Moorside High School
Andrew Catrwright (Vice Chair)Governing BoardDirector of Property, Funeral, Hotel and Food Businesses. Member of the Conservative Party
Dawn HowarthStaffNothing to declare
Victoria McDermottParental BodyParent to pupil in school
Sarah KeavneyParental BodyDirector of Estates Agency. Parent to 2 pupils in school.
Rebecca McShaneParental BodyParent to pupil in school
Huw DaviesAssociate MemberHead Teacher of Ghyllside Primary School. NUT member
Vee MorrisAssociate MemberNothing to declare

Governor Bios

Stacey Corlett – Co-opted Governor (Chair)

Having grown up in Salford, I attended Moorside Primary School and then Moorside High School. As a member of the Moorside community, I take a great deal of pride in serving and supporting local children and families. It is my fundamental belief that all children deserve an outstanding and enjoyable education.

The first time I was elected was as a parent governor in October 2010. I am now a co-opted governor. In October 2012, I was elected Chair of Governors, and besides having an overview of the whole school, I am the link governor for safeguarding and young carers. As a critical friend, I challenge the Senior Leadership team in all areas of decision making and hold them vigorously accountable. I don't shy away from asking difficult questions.

The key areas of my professional experience and focus are Business Improvement, Performance Management, and Project Management. Currently, I am employed by the University of Salford.

Andrew Cartwright - Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair)

Although I was born in Manchester, I have lived and worked in Salford for over 40 years, and I have been in the funeral business for just over 40 years.

In addition to being friendly and approachable, I enjoy travelling, dining out, and keeping physically fit. With a background in primary school governance, I am well-equipped to serve in this role.

As part of the Moorside Community Primary School team, I bring fresh energy, a good vibe, and a different perspective to support and challenge the school on how to best achieve its goals.

Sarah Keavney - Parent Governor

I worked in education teaching and supporting children with S.E.N, children with behaviour issues and those who struggled to self regulate. It wasn’t until July 2020 when we adopted our youngest 2 children, that with a heavy heart and to support the needs of our own 5 adopted children, I left education for flexibility around appointments and school runs.  

Working with and supporting children has always been my passion in life and becoming a Parent Governor gives me the opportunity to continue supporting children, parents, staff and other governors at Moorside Primary.

Vee Morris - Associate Governor

Since moving to Salford over 12 years ago, I have become part of the Moorside family. My son started reception in 2011, is now in college, and my daughter attends Moorside High School. Over the years, I have served as a parent governor, a co-opted governor, and I am now an associate member involved in Strategic Planning and the Headteachers performance management process.

I work for Salford Royal as a Programme Manager. Most of what I do involves improving services for patients whether in the community or in the hospital by changing the way we do things. Sometimes the smallest change can reap the biggest rewards. My role as a co-opted governor allows me to work alongside Team Moorside as it continuously improves, ensuring all children get the highest quality education possible and enabling the Moorside family to be the best that it can be.

Outside of school I enjoy long walks, travelling and exploring, live music and spending as much time with friends and family as I can.

Huw Davies - Associate Member

I am an associate member of the Moorside Governing Board which I joined during the Summer of 2013. In my day job, I am Head Teacher of Ghyllside Primary School in Kendal, South Cumbria. Previously, I was Head Teacher of Old Hutton CE Primary School, also near Kendal.  I feel Moorside is a school which shares a very similar educational ethos to my own – it is all about the education of the whole child and preparing them for life in the 21st century.  It is because of this that I am a member of the Governing Board.

I am married to Paula and have two sons, Max, who is on Year 11, and Jasper who recently started secondary school. In the spare time I have, I enjoy rock climbing, running, cycling and reading.

Victoria McDermott - Parent Governor

I have 20 years experience working in the public sector from medical secretary to school health administrator to Greater Manchester Police Authority. I am currently settled as a Data Analyst at Arts Council England where I specialise in analysing financial figures, answering parliamentary questions and creating business intelligence tools that support how strategies are implemented and how public money is managed and spent across the country.

I have passion for supporting others and I felt it beneficial to be involved with the school’s governance to ensure everyone’s needs are being met: the children, the staff and the parents. Being a Parent Governor allows me to use my skills to make a positive impact to support Moorside, enabling it to be the best it can be, and I believe in supporting our children to reach their potential with support that is right for them. My daughter loves being part of Team Moorside and  I am looking forward to learning more about how the school is run. I hope my contribution is useful to the school and the pupils. 

Many thanks, 


Michael Black - Co-opted Governor

I was born in Salford and proud to have lived here all of my life.  I am a divisional finance director in the rail industry, having had a career in various senior finance, commercial and operational roles.  I feel passionate about using this experience to support the local community; I enjoy working with Moorside to be the best they can and it helps me achieve my ambition.

 Outside of work, I have a wife and two boys and in my spare time enjoy holidaying and fitness activities.

Rebecca McShane - Parent Govenor

My husband and I moved to Salford in 2014 and our son started Moorside Primary School in 2023, the same term I was elected as parent governor. I also volunteer for Salford Junior Parkrun.

I highly value this role to support the school and influence the children of Moorside’s experience to achieve their best.  I am a qualified social worker therefore I understand safeguarding and child development well, I also have qualification in adult teaching and have trained carers, patients and staff in research skills.  Currently I am a senior manager at Health Education England with 16 years management experience in the NHS where I gained skills in human resources, staff and team development, objective critical appraisal, coaching and mentoring, performance management,  health and safety, financial management, information governance and policy development.

I bring enthusiasm, curiosity and a balanced well thought out parent perspective to this role.

Helen Tabiner - Associate Member

I have been a volunteer within schools for a number of years, via the Salford Foundation, working with students for example in providing mock interviews to secondary schools pupils and participating in career days, with a view to giving students exposure to the world of business.

I benefited from an excellent education in my local state school, and I relish the opportunity to help in any way to shape and contribute towards the successful education of the next generation. It is a privilege to have a role in ensuring that future students have access to both an excellent education and a rewarding school experience.

Governor Attendance at Meetings

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Meeting Attendance 2023 - 2024


Governing Board Meeting Dates 2023 - 2024

DateMeeting Type
17th October 2023Full Governing Board
5th November 2023Full Governing Board
5th December 2023Full Governing Board
30th January 2024Full Governing Board
26th March 2024Full Governing Board
23rd April 2024Full Governing Board
11th June 2024Full Governing Board
16th July 2024Full Governing Board