We are pleased to inform you that we currently have two vacancies for Parent Governors to serve on the Local Governing Body of Old Moat Primary School.

Please see the attached letter to parents, role of Governor and Parent Governor nomination form sent out in October 2019.


Gavin White
Chair of Local Governing Body
Member of Finance & Resources Committee 
Director for the CLIC Trust 

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 2 children at Old Moat Primary School and has been a Governor at Old Moat since 2006.  Gavin has also been a Director of the CLIC Trust since  September 2016. 

Isabelle Qamar 
Vice Chair of Local Governing Body
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.

Dr Vincent St.Clair Wilkinson (Vince)
Co-opted Governor 

Vince was co-opted onto the Governing Body in June 2017.

Vince is from Leeds but has spent most of his life in Manchester.  He worked in the FW Sector for over 15 year but also worked in secondary schools, local authorities and universities in various capacities, including teaching, development and management.

Vince is a former member of the University of Manchester General Asssembly (former University Court), held vaiours memberships, positions of Chair and Trustee of various local community and voluntary organisations.  I have held two former governorships; one at a primary school in Leeds and more recently, at a a secondary school in Manchester.  I am currently involved with the Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust Saturday schoool.

Vince is semi-retired and is a keen (but not competitive) cyclist, gardener and walker.

Richard Buckley
Member of Finance & Resources Committee 
Co-opted Governor
Director for the CLIC Trust

Rich was co-opted onto the Governing Body in January 2018.


Rich grew up in Rochdale before joining the Army and completing a degree in Electrical Engineering.  As an Army Officer, Rich held several Engineering Management poisitions including 2 years with responsibility for techincal training and spent time in both the UK and overseas before studying Pashto and working as an interpreter in Afghanistan. 


On leaving the military, Rich worked in operations and project management for Walkers Snack Foods (part of PepsiCo) at their Skelmersdale factory before spending 3 years working in PepsiCo's European Nutrition supply chain team working with several brands including Tropicana & Quaker.  Rich currently leads the Manufacturing Excellence agenda for PepsiCo in the UK.


Anum Noor Sabhani
Parent Governor


After moving from Milan to Manchester in 2013, Anum studied a Foundation Degree in Business and Management and then graduated in 2017 obtaining a BA(Hons) degree in Financial Services. During her time studying, Anum worked as a Senior Administrator at Community-Minded Ltd, before becoming a board member in 2016, whilst being a single mother for her two children.


In June 2017, Anum saw the opportunity to work with Haven IFA and jumped on board. She currently the PA to the Directorate and the advisory team. In December 2016, Anum happily remarried and now leads a busy life as a freelance makeup artist outside of work, and supports her husband’s company, adding to her every growing list of skills and experience.

Anum has been a Parent Governor at Old Moat Primary School and the link for the Data Committee since 2016.

Anum lives in Manchester with her husband Syed and both are proud parents of two boys, Furqan and Aban.



Sharon Smirk 
Staff Governor 


Caroline Nugent 
Staff Governor

Caroline is a year 3 teacher at Old Moat. She has been a governor for two years.

Caroline qualified as a teacher in 1984 and has taught years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in schools in London, Nottingham and Manchester.  She left the profession for a few years working in a bank then in a company importing textiles from China before returning in 2006.


Contact Us

If you are interested in becoming a Governor or would like to get in touch with our Governors, please contact Clair Travis on 0161 881 1621.


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