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

Who are we ? 

The Chair of the Governing Board at Arlies Community Primary school is Mr R Unwin, 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)


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

Councillor Sam Gosling (LA Governor) 

 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.



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.


Lisa Bailey (Staff Governor)

I am in my 16th year of teaching at Arlies Primary School. I spent my first 12 years teaching in EYFS Reception and really enjoyed getting to know the new families and building those important relationships, as well as, supporting our pupils with the huge transition from pre-school to primary school. I am currently teaching in Year 1 and in my role as Governor, I look forward to contributing to our school values, whilst continuing to provide the best possible education for our children.
Vacancy (Parent Governor)