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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.


Jennie Brown - Staff Governor

I have been a teacher for over ten years now, working in a number of different schools in the north west of England and also for a year in Australia. I started working at Springfield in 2012 and knew immediately that this was the school I wanted to stay at! I am passionate about PE, it was my specialism at university and I have always been heavily involved in sport, both in and out of school. I am proud of how I have further raised the profile of sport at Springfield and also very much enjoy my role as team leader. Working at Springfield is definitely fast paced; it is full of hardworking, dedicated staff and children, and I relish being part of the team. 


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.


Andrew Rainford - Parent Governor

As well as being dad to Isabel and William, I am an Architect and Director of a large architectural practice based in central Manchester.  I have seen at first hand the absolutely brilliant work that the team at Springfield do in both running the school and developing the children. I hope that being a parent governor will allow me to give something back to the school and the wider community, and that my skills and experience would complement and enhance the school management team and existing board of governors.


Reverend Barbara Sharp

I am The Reverend Barbara Sharp and am Vicar of St Paul's church next door to the school. Our motto is ‘Serving God and the Community’ and I see being a school governor as one of the ways I can serve the local community.  I was a school governor in my last parish and really enjoyed it. I have previously worked as a Prison chaplain and for NACRO in the areas of education and recruitment.    I am also a Mum and a Grandma.


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.



At Springfield we care, learn and achieve together