Meet our Governors


Miss Lisa Carter / Mr William Shaw             

School does not currently have any associated governors.


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Lisa Carter


I’m Lisa and I began my role as School Governor at North Walkden Primary in 2019.  I have lived in the area all my life and have worked in the higher education sector for over 30 years. 

My current professional role is Teaching and Learning Officer within the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Manchester where I support the School and Faculty Senior Leadership Team in the delivery of Teaching and Learning activity and enhancement of the student experience.  It is my responsibility to interpret professional standards guidelines to ensure all requirements including regulatory compliance, can be met and this includes a close working relationship with both the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council.  In my previous role at the University, I also supported the development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of strategy, policies and procedures.  Hopefully all skills that I can lend to North Walkden Primary School.

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 back in 2019 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 am very passionate about education and all things teaching and learning and this past five years I have really enjoyed working with the staff and fellow Governors in helping the School achieve its goals.

I love to read and love to travel.  I have been an avid supporter of Salford Red Devils for nearly 30 years and watch them play both home and away.  I am also a volunteer at weekends at a local dog rescue centre.

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

I’m Charlotte, the Deputy Head and the staff Governor at North Walkden Primary School. I have been teaching for over 25 years and find it a privilege to teach the next generation. I enjoy long walks, meeting friends and cooking meals for all the family. 

I have supported many roles throughout my teaching career and currently support students/ ECT’s throughout their teacher training. I enjoy working with the younger pupils at school in their early reading journey. We have recently implemented the Read, Write Inc Phonics scheme in school, which I have lead and I am looking forward to seeing the changes that this will make to the progress of reading at school. 


Mrs Helen Warburton

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

My first teaching position was at  St Andrew’s Methodist Primary school, where I stayed  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 Alf!

Other things that I enjoy doing are cooking nice meals, going out to restaurants, going for walks with my dog who is called Alf ,  visiting new places and watching cookery programmes and good dramas on television ! I like the simple things in life!


Mrs V Tyrer

I'm Vicki a parent governor of North Walkden Primary, I've been a parent governor for 3 years at North Walkden and enjoy making decisions for the school with the other governors. I have 2 children who attend North Walkden.

I work full time in a SEMH school with children aged from 9 to 16 years old who have Autism, ADHD and other special educational needs as well as mental health. I also work as a youth worker for Salford youth services.

In my spare time I voluntarily run a friends of the park group in the area in which I organise and plan events for the community as well as working alongside other community groups and the council to improve the amenities in the area. My hobbies are spending time with my children, going on holiday, rugby league (Salford Red Devils), reading, watching a good film or series on Netflix, listening to music, going to music concerts/festivals, eating out and helping out at my daughter's cheerleading group.


 Mrs T Green


 Mr M Baranski


I’m Marek Baranski and one of the newest Governors to your school, appointed by the Local Authority. I am retired from working for forty years in Education; a journey which began as a Teacher of English in Little Hulton and continued in secondary schools in Manchester and Rochdale before completing the circle with my appointment here at North Walkden Primary.

Even after so many years, my beliefs around education and what it is for haven’t really changed and I’m glad that the school clearly shares these ideals where we want the best for every child and to ensure that their learning is not only relevant and enjoyable but that it empowers our pupils to progress in today’s world and achieve their full potential.

I know I have a lot to learn about my new role but I am really looking forward to being part of the team which will allow the school to flourish in the next few years.


Ms Blessing Ehibor


I hope to be an invaluable member of the governing body at North Walkden Primary School. As a dedicated School Governor, I bring a wealth of experience, passion, and commitment to the role, playing an essential part in shaping the school’s vision and direction.

I have over 12 years of professional experience spanning from various sectors in Nigeria, I have honed my skills in customer service, relationship management, and strategic planning. Currently pursuing a Master of Science in International Business Management from the University of Bolton, I combine my academic pursuits with a deep dedication to serving the community. Additionally, I am employed at Cover People United Kingdom, where I use my expertise to support educational initiatives.

I have a passion for education and empowering the next generation which is evident in my active involvement in shaping educational policies and fostering a conducive learning environment at North Walkden Primary School. My commitment to ensuring every child receives a high-quality education drives my work as a School Governor. Furthermore, I volunteer my time with Tutor The Nation, where I extend my support to students outside the classroom.

 Mr Alan Thomas

 I am from Swansea and obtained a Chemical Engineering degree from Manchester University back in 1967. I subsequently worked for BP oil company in various roles and different locations in the U.K, Europe and North America. Since I retired in 2001 I have held a number of volunteering roles in local government and the police in the Swansea area as well as being a governor and chair of Swansea College.

I have been married to Wendy for 53 years and we moved to Worsley in 2019 to be close to our daughter Lisa who is a teacher at St. Marks Worsley and to the grandchildren who are currently in Walkden academy.

Having settled into the area I now volunteer as a tour guide at RHS Bridgewater at the weekend.

I was appointed as a governor here in March 2023 and I look forward to contributing to the governing body team in a positive manner.


 Sarah Oghogho

Hello! My name is Sarah, I am a recent graduate of the University of Bolton, where I earned a degree in Data Analytics and Technologies. I'm excited to bring my skills and experience to my new role as a school governor.

Currently living in Bolton, I'm proud to be giving back to my local community. When I'm not working as a customer service representative, you can find me volunteering at a charity shop in Horwich or singing at church.

I'm a friendly and enthusiastic individual who loves working with children and is eager to contribute to the team. I'm looking forward to learning and growing with the community!"

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