Governor Profiles


Lynne Allan

Co-opted Governor - Chair of Governors and a member of the Curriculum Committee and Building & Resources Committee

I was a teacher in the Manchester area for 35 years in secondary schools, sixth-form colleges and further education. I taught English at all levels and latterly specialised in English Language and Literature at A level and was the Course tutor on an Access to University pathway.

I have had a long association with Beaver Road, as a parent, grandparent and governor. It has always been an excellent school with excellent staff who deeply care for the children in their care.

My work as Chair of the Portico Library in Manchester as Chair of the LGB at Beaver Road has given me experience in managing change and ensuring that much loved institutions have the leadership and governance that will ensure their resilience to survive in an ever changing landscape.

I feel privileged to be working alongside a dedicated Leadership, staff and governing body. Most of all I enjoy working to ensure that the children have the best educational and life experience that is possible.

Term ends: 25/02/2022


Pauline Black

Co-opted Governor

I first became involved with Beaver Road when my daughter was a pupil and was elected Parent Governor when she was in year 4 (she has now just left secondary school).  Although I am not from Manchester, my cousins and their children had also previously been at the school.  I was very impressed with the holistic education Beaver Road offers its pupils and was inspired to get (and remain) involved.

I continue to be impressed by the expertise, professionalism and enthusiasm of the whole school team who, on a daily basis, demonstrate their commitment to providing the highest quality education to the pupils.

In terms of my own work, I am a Senior Lecturer at one of the local universities where I teach social work.  Through this, and my previous work in practice with adults, I have come to really appreciate the value of instilling a love of learning, that can carry people through life and so I am delighted to be a part of the Beaver Road LGB and support the school to nurture that passion in our pupils.

Term ends: 11/09/2024


Anthony Boothman

Parent Governor

Beaver Road Primary School has been part of my family since my dad and uncle attended as pupils back in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  I am keen and excited to continue my family’s connection and be part of the governance and development of the school.  My daughter attends Beaver Road, currently in Year 2 with another daughter in nursery so as a parent I am very interested in the dynamics of the school and the way that it functions.

As a Partner of a large commercial property consultancy firm working with a wide ranging number of different people, professions and governing bodies, I have a wide range of transferable skills such as overseeing the management of properties and ensuring budgets and expenditure are prepared and managed accurately.

Term ends: 22/04/2024


Jane Carroll

Parent Governor

I have fifteen years business operational management experience, including HR and Finance, across leisure, hospitality, retail and property sectors; in both management and consultancy roles. Following a career change, I have nine years experience as a Health & Safety Executive regulatory inspector; inspecting work premises and conducting investigations into serious incidents. I work within the legal framework and with rights of audience in magistrates court. I am an FA safeguarding lead for youth football plus being a football club secretary and member of two Manchester FA working groups ( Women & Girls and Futsal), steering developments within the youth games. I work with primary children weekly as a Level 2 coach of football, futsal and hockey. I have been an active fundraiser for the school and PTA since my children first joined the school in February 2013. I currently have a child in Yr 5 and a child in Yr3.

Term ends: 18/11/2022


Michael Davenport

Staff Governor

Michael has been teaching since September 2011, after he graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a First Class Honours degree in Primary Education. Since then, Michael has worked in two contrasting schools; starting as a teacher at Beaver Road in September 2013. Over the years, as well as being a subject leader, Michael has skilfully taught and led across the different key stages at Beaver Road. After the successful completion of a leadership program, Michael was appointed to the post of Deputy Headteacher in September 2019 and currently line manages year groups, whilst also having responsibility for different areas across the school including assessment, monitoring and safeguarding.

Michael has a real thirst for quality teaching, wanting to bring only the very best opportunities to all children, no matter their starting point or background. Understanding that children only get to experience primary school once, Michael leads with the highest standards and enjoys bringing teams together. Michael's investment in both staff and children ensures they are fully supported. This is reinforced through the strong relationships and collaboration his leadership style not only promotes, but is built upon. Both in and out of the classroom, Michael celebrates originality and has always been a creative practitioner, who seeks to build an environment in which all children succeed through their curiosity being provoked and them feeling safe enough to take appropriate risks. 

Term ends: 10/02/2023


Emma Foster

Co-opted Governor

Awaiting information 

Term ends: 24/01/2025


Emma Forrester

Co-opted Governor - Deputy Chair of Governors

Emma has 20 years HR and Recruitment Business Partnering experience in corporate environments, both in retail and pharmaceutical sectors. She specialises in change management, organisational development and talent development. She lives in Didsbury and has a son in year 3 and a 14 year old daughter who attended Beaver Road.Emma has 20 years HR and Recruitment Business Partnering experience in corporate environments, both in retail and pharmaceutical sectors. She specialises in change management, organisational development and talent development. She lives in Didsbury and has a son in year 3 and a 14 year old daughter who attended Beaver Road.

Terms ends: 24/03/2023


Louise Rifkin

Co-opted Governor (Staff)

My name is Louise Garvey and I am a governor at Beaver Road Primary School. I am employed by the school as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and am now in my 20th year of continuous employment. 

I hold  a BA Honours in Social and Economic History and originally came to the school to gain experience and eventually become a qualified teacher. However, it did not take me long to realise that my strengths lay more with supporting the children in their learning than actively teaching them. I feel that the fact that I am still here after so long and still love my job is testament to that.

I am also an ex-pupil of Beaver Rd and both my daughters were pupils here. I am incredibly invested in this school and love the bones of the place.

All of these facts, I feel allow me to be effective as a governor as I will always have the school’s best interests at heart.

Term ends: 25/02/2022


Sian Hanison

Co-opted Governor

awaiting information

Terms ends: 04/10/2025


Liz Hardy

Executive Headteacher

Liz has been involved with teaching and leading in primary schools and early years settings across Greater Manchester for over 25 years. Liz has served as a Headteacher for 10 years and joined Beaver Road in September 2017. In 2015, Liz was designated as a National Leader of Education. This involves supporting developments in primary schools and early year’s settings across the City of Manchester and the North West.

Liz is passionate about ensuring the highest quality and creative education and care for all children. Together with the team, she ensures each child within our school community is treated as an individual, allowing room for particular talents and skills to flourish, as well as encouraging confidence and success in areas they find challenging to accomplish. Liz is a relational and enthusiastic leader who promotes collaboration, mutual respect and community. She loves to celebrate diversity, and is inspired by culture, creativity and experiential learning.  

Terms ends: ex officio


Rihula Sameer-Mour

Staff Governor

My name is Rihula Sameer-Mour and I am a Teacher Governor at Beaver Road. I have been teaching for 6 years and am in my 4th year of teaching. I am currently teaching in Year 4 as well as fulfilling my role as Head of Year 4 and English. As a Governor, I bring a rich and varied experience of teaching at KS2, my expertise as an English specialist and my firsthand insight into life as a teacher at Beaver Road. I am passionate about teaching and from a very young age I valued the importance of education. It is my absolute pleasure to be a Governor and play my part in helping to shape our school. I know that our children are our future and by giving them wonderful learning experiences we will ignite sparks in the minds of those who will go on to make our world a better place.

Term ends: 10/02/2023


Matthew Coupe

Parent Governor

I am a proud father to 2 children in the school who are 3rd generation 'Beaver Roaders'. As our family has a long and proud association with the school I am delighted to be able to give something back in my capacity as a parent governor.

From 15 years working in Higher Education I have a range of experience in IT, project delivery, information governance, recruitment, quality assurance and budgeting and I currently hold a leadership position at the University of Manchester.

I am a firm believer that consistent and effective communication with carers helps children to thrive at school. I will use all of my personal and professional experience, but most importantly that of a parent, to bring what I hope will be an effective voice to the role.

Term ends: 05/07/2025


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