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Meet the Governors


The Governors of Springfield bring a wealth of expertise to our Board – you will find an introduction to all of us below.

If you would like to contact the Board of Governors please do so through the School Office. 





Alison Chard - Headteacher

I have worked in education for 24 years, as a teacher, deputy head and now headteacher. Arriving at Springfield in 2001 I have taught throughout school, led new initiatives, residentials, teams of staff and now the school itself, which I am immensely proud of. I am passionate about education and our local area, being born and educated in Sale. Springfield's mission statement "Caring, Learning and Achieving Together" is something I feel drives every aspect of our school and underpins our unique ethos which many visitors and staff comment upon. Springfield is a fantastic, hard working school, where there is never a "normal day", being surrounded by committed, inspiring staff and diligent, motivated and enthusiastic children.


Marzita Abdul-Rahman

I have been a governor since October 2012 and have been involved in both Finance and Buildings committee. As a governor for parent liaison, I attend PTA meetings and help at fund raising events to form links between parents and governors of Springfield. I am also looking forward to serving in the working group for the next phase of Springfield’s outdoor development.

I have 2 children who both attended Springfield and I have recently set up my own architect’s practice.


Lesley Dowdall

I am proud Mum to two Springfield children and joined the Springfield Governing body as a co-opted governor in November 2015.  I work in fundraising and donor relations for the University of Manchester and am responsible for both the strategic direction and operational execution of the University’s major giving, regular giving and donor relations activities.  The University actively encourages staff members to become school governors and provides additional support and resources that I also hope I can utilise for Springfield's benefit. 


Mike Freeman 

I have lived in Sale for 36 years and spent 30 years with Greater Manchester Police, rising to the rank of Detective Superintendent, where I specialised in Professional Standards. I am married to Michelle and have two children who both live and work locally and experienced the Trafford Education system. I am a Local Labour Councillor for Sale Moor Ward and passionate about ensuring local people's voices are heard and represented. I am the School Safeguarding Governor and was Governor lead for the new build project. In Springfield we all have a local school we can be immensely proud of and I am proud to represent the school as a Governor.


Tracey Sutton 

I am a very proud Mum of 4 children, Luca being my last child to be privileged to be educated by Springfield.  By the time he leaves school I will have been a parent here for 20 years non stop! I absolutely love being a governor at Springfield and have been for 10 years. I have been on all committee’s and I am currently on the School Effectiveness team.  My main passion is being a Mum and I also have my own business running antenatal hypnobirthing classes and birth support. I work closely with Wythenshawe hospital to promote positive birth and am currently writing a book on the subject! I feel honoured to be part of a wonderful school community.


Alex Flowers

I'm Alex Flowers and am a newly appointed member of the Board of Governors, and I am the Link Governor for SEN and Pupil Premium. I am a teacher at a local Trafford secondary school and I am from the local area so giving back to my community is extremely important to me. I completed my undergraduate degree at The University of Manchester and then moved to China to teach English and travel for a year. I then completed my PGCE at MMU and I’ve been teaching for the last 7 years.

I’m really looking forward to supporting the future development and shape of Springfield.


Clare Bruce

I am Mum to Daniel and Fraser, currently in Years 4 and 1 and have seen from my own experience what a brilliant school Springfield is over the last 4 years. I work at the BBC as a Finance Manager in BBC Childrens and am involved in the production of TV content for children of all ages. I am also a Mental Health First Aider. I am now excited to be a governor, and to have the opportunity to give something back to the school! I am sure the skills and experience I have from both my work at the BBC and other roles, will help me add value in supporting the future of this fantastic school.


Jenny Sykes

I am Jenny Sykes, I work at a secondary school in Cheshire East but live and went to school in Trafford. I am a Mum to two teenagers and a labradoodle and my husband is also a school Governor. My current role is Director of Business and Operations and I have to admit I love all things health and safety! Working in a school I know that no two days are ever the same and enjoy the challenges this brings. It has been a pleasure to get to know the team at Springfield and understand more about the amazing work being done. I am looking forward to spending more time in school getting to know the pupils and staff.


Clara Cheung

Clara is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering in The University of Manchester She also serves as the Assessment Lead of the department. Prior to that, she taught in the Department of Civil Engineering in The University of Maryland, in the USA for seven years. Throughout her academic career in engineering in both countries, she found there is a strong need to strengthen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in primary and secondary school education, especially in empowering more girls to study and develop their future career in STEM. She hopes she can help Springfield to further develop this area. In addition, as a researcher in occupational health and safety, part of her research focuses on improving well-being and resilience of the workforce. She hopes she can use her knowledge and research findings to inform the school policies and practices of Springfield. 


Tony Martin

I have lived in Sale for most of my life and  I have experience in hospitality, building operations and shopping centre management. I was on the management team of The Trafford Centre for 9 years before joining property company Bruntwood, first managing commercial office space buildings before moving on to manage Manchester’s iconic retail institution Afflecks where I spent 10 happy years. I recently took the opportunity to manage Stanley Square shopping centre in Sale that is undergoing major redevelopment and it was this move that then provided me with the opportunity to join Springfield Primary School as a co-opted governor.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to help make a difference to my hometown with all the exciting developments that are taking place at Stanley Square, and I am truly honored to join the team of governors at Springfield.


Gareth Holly

I am a newly appointed Governor at Springfield and I also sit on the Curriculum, Staffing and Effectiveness Committee, as well as being the link Governor for Science. I am dad to Thomas and Jack who are in Years 3 and 1 respectively and they both love the school and are a key reason for my desire to be involved. Professionally, I am a Director at KPMG where I am a Chartered Accountant, specialising in Governance, Risk Management and Internal Control. Springfield is a very special school, reflected by the recent Ofsted rating, and I am massively looking forward to contributing over the next few years.  


At Springfield we care, learn and achieve together