1. About Us
  2. Governors
  3. Who are we?

Who are we ? 

The Chair of the Governing Board at Arlies Community Primary school is Cllr Sam Gosling, who can be contacted via the school office on 0161 338 4854. 

 With effect from 15th November 2021, the total number of governors is 9 and will consist of 

  • The Headteacher
  • 2 parent governors
  • 1 Local Authority governor
  • 1 Staff governor
  • 3 Co -opted governors 
  • 1 Associate ( no voting rights)


Councillor Sam Gosling (LA Governor) Chair

 I am a father of two children and a local councillor for Stalybridge North.I run a live music venue and own my own business promoting music and managing bands.I enjoy serving my community as a local councillor and am the chair of the Stalybridge Town Centre Advisory Group. I am passionate about providing opportunities for young people and making Stalybridge a great place to live.Outside work I like to spend my spare time reading or attending live gigs.

Dr. Richard Unwin (Co-opted Governor) Vice Chair

Parent of two children one of whom currently attends Arlies and one who has been through Arlies and is now at high school.
I am a research scientist, leading a small research team based at the University of Manchester focusing on finding how diseases related to ageing such as diabetes, dementia and sightloss, with the aim of developing new tests to predict disease risk or how disease may progress, and also to work towards new medicines against these conditions. As part of this role, I am enthusiastic about science –particularly the opportunity for practical science - in schools, and am an ambassador for the STEM network, which promotes science in schools and colleges.
Outside work, I enjoy walking, music and sports.


Ms Denise Heaton (Co-opted Governor)

I am the former Deputy Head for Arlies Primary School and love the opportunity to still be involved with the school as a governor. I am currently running my own independent educational consultancy company which provides bespoke maths consultancy to schools as well as local training events for teachers. In addition to this, I am the Teaching for Mastery Lead with North West Maths Hub two as well as a mastery specialist, therefore, enabling me to work with schools across the North West. 


Danielle Troy (Parent Governor)

Mother of two children; eldest of whom is currently at Arlies.

I am the Head of Software Testing for a leading qualifications body which gives me an insight in how technology can be better used in Education.

I believe in the vision of Arlies.

I am passionate about mental health, diversity and inclusion.

Outside of work I enjoy walking, reading and travelling.


James Moulding (Staff Governor)

I am the current Year 3 teacher and the Computing lead for Arlies. Currently, I am in my sixth year of working in education following the completion of my PGCE, during this time I have worked across KS2.  I am passionate about ensuring that the children at our school are able to reach their potential and have a fulfilling and enjoyable time with us. Outside of school I have a keen interest in football and enjoy walking, swimming and writing for pleasure.
Gavin Browne (Co-opted Governor)
I have previously worked at Arlies Primary School for 5 years as a sports coach delivering high quality PE and extra-curricular activities on behalf of Active Tameside. I am now the Active Education manager at Active Tameside and passionate about providing opportunities for children to be physically active and live their best life. My hobbies include taking part and watching a wide range of different sports and most recently completed the London Marathon in 2 hours 47 minutes.
Stuart Tucker (Parent Governor)
I'm a father of two, both of whom currently attend Arlies.  As a former Arlies pupil myself, the success of the school and the children who attend is very close to my heart. I'm an analyst working for a global recruitment firm who specialise in managed service providers and permanent recruitment process outsourcing and who work with the worlds leading banks and financial organisations. I'm passionate about mental health, diversity and inclusion.
Outside of work I enjoy movies, sports, Marvel comics and spending quality time with my family.
Caroline Hafford ( Associate Governor ) ( no voting rights)