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Gavin White
Chair of Local Governing Committee

Gavin is a councillor in Old Moat ward, a qualified architect and a charity trustee for a number of local charities in Manchester.  His work includes helping with various homeless projects in the City, ex-offenders and operational/staff management, organisational development and governance with 3 local charities in Manchester.

Gavin also works part-time (2 days per week) for Jeff Smith MP as a constituency caseworker and is involved with many community groups in the Old Moat and Withington area.

Gavin is a Parent Governor with 1 child at Old Moat Primary School and has been a Governor at Old Moat since 2006.  

Isabelle Qamar 
Vice Chair of Local Governing Committee
Co-opted Governor 

Isabelle has been a Governor at Old Moat since 2006, originally a Parent Governor, and is the Link Governor for Safeguarding.

Isabelle has worked with children since 2002 and is the Managing Director of Community Minded Limited.  Isabelle manages Old Moat Childcare based in the Community Hub wich includes full day care, playgroup, after school club, creche, holiday care and play schemes.  She is the designated person within Old Moat Childcare responsible for recruiting staff and volunteers/students and is responsible for Health & Safety and staff training.

Isabelle is a keen runner and volunteers at a junior park run to support children from 4 years to 14 years to complete a 2km run.  Isabelle speaks French and enjoys horseriding.

Sally Fletcher 
Co-opted Governor 

Details to follow 

Sharon Smirk 
Staff Governor 

Sharon is a Year 2 Teaching Assistant and runs the school breakfast club. 

Sarah Bennett
Staff Governor

Sarah is a Year 1 Teacher and member of the RE Curriculum Team.

Sue Jones
Parent Governor

Sue moved to Withington in January 2015.  She has a son in Year 5 at Old Moat, and her daughter has just left Old Moat, having attended since Nursery.  Sue is an active member of the parents' group, donating time to help with fund raising, school trips etc.  Sue became a governor in 2020.

Ajai Singh 
Co-opted Governor 

Details to follow

Chloe Salins
Co-opted Governor

Chloe is a Liaison and Training Officer at a national Ombudsman, previously working within Higher Education supporting students to develop their skills alongside their studies and supporting incoming and prospective students to understand the different opportunities available for people post-education.  

Additionally, Chloe was a member of the Young Persons Advisory Task Force, working with Manchester Council during the pandemic to ensure young people (9-24) had opportunities and specialist support with their education, skills development, and access to mental health services. 

Avni Hindocha
Co-opted Governor

Avni is a paediatrics doctor in the North West, and is currently taking some time out to do research in health inequalities. 

She has several years’ experience working with children and families in Greater Manchester, and is particularly passionate about early years development, health promotion and safeguarding. She is especially interested in understanding the long-term effects of the pandemic and economic crisis on the health and wellbeing of our children and young people. 

Avni has strong links with the area having been born at Withington Hospital, attending school nearby, and after many years living and training in London she has now returned to live locally with her toddler and husband.

"The leadership of the headteacher and the executive headteacher is outstanding."