Chair of Governors
Mr. G. Cohen 

Term of Office 4 Years from 01.09.2021


As a past pupil of Tonge Moor School, I feel extremely proud to be the Chair of Governors. The school holds a special place in my heart and I am looking forward to my involvement in taking the school forward.

I have been a Director of our Multi Academy Trust since its conception and have a long association with the St Bede family.


I am a Primary School Teacher with a long career in working within education, particularly within Church of England Primary schools and academies. I have worked within numerous schools and year groups gaining essential experience and knowledge of the challenges within the education sector and what is expected of schools to be able to provide an outstanding education.


I have been involved in Amateur Theatre for over 40 years working both on stage and as a director, providing a useful skill in terms of planning, presenting and problem solving.

I was an installation manager for an Office Furniture Company which encompassed annual project management of £18m budget, where cost control, project planning and liaising with colleagues were essential to the success of each task. This combination of educational knowledge and business acumen ensures that I am able to operate at a strategic level within the Governing body and MAT board.

Vice Chair of Governors
Mr. J. Waring

Term of Office 4 Years from 01.01.2021


I am a retired teacher having worked in secondary schools for the last forty years. I started as a teacher of Geography but ended as a senior leader in the school. As a result I feel that I can bring considerable experience of educational matters and how schools are organised and led.


I am also a governor and Trustee at another local primary academy and have been for the last eight years, latterly as chair. I’m hoping that breadth of experience can be of some value to the school and my fellow members on the Governing body.

C.E.O & Ex-Officio

Mrs S. Bagshaw

Term of Office Not Applicable

Over 25 years’ experience driving successful business operations in a variety of sectors including a £350m turnover FMCG business. Worked within St Bede at a strategic level for over 13 years.


Previously performed the role of acting COO covering for both the CEO and COO and understand the unique and successful way things are done at St Bede. embraces the Christian ethos of the Trust and understand the importance of this alongside the educational excellence. Spent a considerable amount of time supporting Heads of School with class observations, recruiting and mentoring staff.


Key part of the implementation of the aims and objectives of the MAT, ensuring they are relevant and help fulfil the vision of the Trust. Created project teams to lead the development of the MAT, from St Bede Academy conversion (without the use of external consultants) through to the first sponsorship of a second Academy, Tonge Moor. Network nationally to benefit the Trust and educational sector as a whole. Including advising the House of Commons Select Committee for childcare affordability, being part of the NAHT SBL Committee to challenge the Government on their National Funding Formula, and attending select round table talks with Education Ministers. Created a sound financial base for the Trust within challenging times. Under her financial guidance the Trust has been able to self-fund many capital programs (e.g. additional classroom space) and build reserves to continue to do so in the future.

Head of School & Ex-Officio

Mrs N. Whittaker

Term of Office Not Applicable

Head of School from September 2019 


I first became professionally involved with Tonge Moor Primary School from March 2017, as part of School-to-school support. I subsequently became Deputy headteacher in January 2019, after the sponsor lead acdemisation in 2018. As I am a former pupil of the school, it is my passion that we provide the very best educational offer for our children. Our vision is that everyone feels inspired to work towards their lifelong aspirations through a love of learning.  


I have almost twenty-five years teaching experience in five different primary schools and senior leadership experience in four schools. During my career, I have held a variety of leadership roles have included phase leader, whole school responsibility for SEN, Safeguarding, Teaching and Learning and Assessment. As a Senior leader, I have been responsible for ensuring the highest standards of teaching and learning well as the strategic planning and monitoring of continual school improvement. In addition, I have supported the St Bede Primary Academy teaching school and worked with Altrincham Girls Grammar school as a Quality Assurance mentor for School Centred Initial Teaching Training.  I have always felt that it is a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the career development of both experienced teachers and trainees as this always has the best impact on learners. 


Rev M. Bristow

Term of Office 4 Years from 01.01.2021

Originally a foundation Governor of St Bede’s school from the time it became a single site school and came together as a Junior mixed and Infants school (aided). Church and School Reader and takes assemblies on a regular basis, instituting also an ecumenical approach by involving Ministers from other local denominations:- Salvation Army, Methodist, Church of the Nazarene and of course our own Priest in Charge at St Bede. Uses transferable skills (from employment as a Manager /Practitioner with Bolton Social Services Department) as a Director of the MAT (in such areas as general management skills, communications, interviewing, counselling encouragement and support).


A Magistrate sitting on the Bolton Bench in adult criminal, and Family Courts, as well as chairing the Lord Chancellors Advisory Committee for appointment of new Justices. This involves not only interviewing new candidates but disciplinary and pastoral matters. Committed and dedicated to the Christian ethos in every aspect of school life. In July 2012 ordained in Manchester Cathedral.

Staff Governor

Mrs N. Kelleher

Term of Office 4 Years from 01.01.2021

I am very proud to be the staff governor at Tonge Moor Primary Academy.  I have been the Deputy Headteacher here since September 2019, prior to this my teaching career began and progressed at St Bede CE Primary. 


Throughout my teaching career I have held a number of curriculum leadership responsibilities including, Science, Phonics and English.  Within my current role I am responsible for curriculum leadership throughout the school, and I have enjoyed working with the staff and pupils at Tonge Moor to design a vibrant and well-planned curriculum which places our pupils at its centre. 


Within my career to date, I have been committed to developing other practitioners and have held various coaching and mentoring roles.  I have also worked within the Teaching School, delivering various CPD programmes.  One area of my whole school responsibility is the Quality of Education, I am passionate about education for all and want to ensure all our children feel happy and safe in school and grow to reach their potential. 


Mr. I. Walkden

Term of Office 4 Years from 01.01.2021


My name is Ian Walkden and I am a retired Chartered Accountant. I have also been a director of the MAT for the last 4 or 5 years. I have experience of schools finance both at school and Trust level. Indeed a couple of years ago I spent a few months as Finance Manager at Tonge Moor dealing with day to day administration and financial matters. I am obviously new to the role and am looking forward to it and hope that my experience can prove useful.

Co-Opted Governor

Mr M. Rostron

Term of Office 4 Years from 01.01.2021

Bolton born and bred so know the local area very well.


I am a local business owner I have worked in the motor trade since leaving school at the age of 16. I served a modern apprenticeship in vehicle repairs. Then went on to complete a management programme run through Vauxhall motors UK. After working my way up the ladder and working for a large dealership I found myself running a local Vauxhall site.

Wanting to achieve my ultimate dream working for myself and using my experience I had learned along the way I decided to open my own site offering vehicle sales and repairs. As a result of this journey from starting from the shop floor and working hard to get to the end result I feel I have a lot of business and marketing experience to assist Tonge Moor Primary academy from going from strength to strength.


I am completely committed as my new role on the local governing body.

Co-Opted Governor

Mr M. Cottam

Term of Office 4 Years from 01.01.2021

Co-Opted Governor

Miss J. Elsworth

Term of Office 4 Years from 01.01.2021

I am very excited and proud to be a member of the Tonge Moor Governing Body. This is my first time being a Governor, but I am eager to learn and am committed to my new role.


I began a career in education in 2014 as a manager of a private day nursery and am currently a teacher at St Bede CE Primary. I have specialist subject knowledge in Early Years and Outdoor Learning. I am a fully qualified Level 3 Forest School leader and am extremely passionate about children learning outdoors and making full use of our natural learning environments.


Having worked with education for the past 8 years, I have experience of leading curriculum areas, mentoring staff and raising standards. I hope, with my years of experience working within the education sector, to bring a range of skills and knowledge which will support Tonge Moor and the rest of the Governing body.

Elected Parent

Mr T. Lowe

Term of Office 4 Years from 01.01.2021

I am currently a Care Line manager for a housing provider. I have 29 years’ experience in social housing. In various roles I have worked closely with families, supporting their needs. I have a child in reception class and look forward in putting forward a parents views.

Elected Parent

Mrs A. Watson

Term of Office 4 Years from 01.01.2021

I am married with 2 daughters, Luci came to Tonge Moor and is currently doing her A levels and Evie who attends our school in year 5. 

I have worked for the NHSBSA in the Prescription Pricing department for almost 22 years now, it’s a job that has seen many changes in the time I have worked for the NHS. I have been a Parent governor for the past 13 years at Tonge Moor, through this time I have seen lots of changes. I am familiar and friendly face around school with the children and parents alike, I also have lots of experience in the school as chair of the Friends of Tonge Moor PTA. 

Community Governor

Mr D. Edmondson

Term of Office 4 Years from 01.01.2021

I have 2 daughters , with the eldest having progressed through Tonge Moor Academy and on to Secondary School , whilst my second daughter is currently in year 2 . I have lived in Tonge all of my life up until recently and know the area extremely well. 


I am a serving police officer with 21 years service with a very broad , and in other areas a somewhat specialised background in policing . I am also the chairman of the local Tonge Fold Neighbourhood watch , and have funded our scheme area with monies raised.


I am passionate about the surrounding area , making it an area to be proud of and instilling that same pride in the children of Tonge Moor Academy. 

I look forward to building on the hard work already done by the school to build a strong and safe community.

Clerk To The Governors
Mrs J. Roberts

C/O St Bede CE Primary MAT