We are a Values-based School

Holy Family

Catholic Primary School

At Holy Family we grow, learn and succeed in the footsteps of Jesus

Governing Body

NameStatusAppointedTerm of OfficeCommittee
Cath Timney 

Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor


Children and Learning


Headteacher Appraisal

Lauren Robinson

Vice - Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor


Personnel (Chair)

Headteacher Appraisal

Linda DavisonHeadteacherEx-Officio 

Children and Learning

Finance and Premises


Father Stephen Woolley

Parish Priest

Foundation Governor


Finance and Premises

Headteacher Appraisal

Mrs Angela BowerFoundation Governor01/09/202031/08/2024Personnel
VacancyFoundation Governor  


Mr Nick McHughFoundation Governor01/09/202231/08/2026Children and Learning (Chair)
Miss Susan LongsonFoundation Governor17/11/2331/08/2027Personnel
Mr Jon Corden Local Authority Governor15/10/202314/10/2027Finance and Premises (Chair)
Mr Dominic CrawfordParent Governor15/03/202114/03/2025

Children and Learning

Finance and Premises

Mr Phil MansonParent Governor  Finance and Premises
Mrs Ciara Sharvin Staff Governor03/10/202231/08/2026

Children and Learning

Finance and Premises


Meet the Governors


The Governing Body of Holy Family School meet once per term as a full group, but have committees running every month. These meetings are where we set the strategic framework of the school and monitor its implementation. We act as a 'critical friend' by holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and the well being of the children.  The governing body also oversees the finances of the school; making sure money is spent in the best way to support the ideals and needs of the school : 



Father Stephen Woolley  - Foundation Governor

Responsibilities : Finance & Building Committee, Admissions and Headteacher Appraisal

Pecuniary Interests : None            


Mrs Angela Bower  - Foundation Governor

Responsibilities : Personnel Committee and Admissions Committee

Pecuniary Interests : None           

I am a Foundation Governor and was a Founder teacher at Holy Family when it first opened. My career has always been in education, teaching, management and support for Languages and Science in many Trafford schools.  My own family came to Holy Family, and my Grandchildren also come. I have always had a deep affiliation to the school and the church. I am also a volunteer in school helping with reading. I attend the Sacramental preparation services, masses, Lenten services, Christmas shows and productions. I support events by the Friend of Holy Family as I value our school as being part of a larger family of the Parish of Holy Family Sale Moor. Until recently for many years I served as a Eucharistic Minister and helped numerous ways within the parish.


Mr Nicholas McHugh - Foundation Governor

Responsibilities : Children and Learning Committee (Chair)

Pecuniary Interests : None            

I have previously worked in the education and training sector for over 5 years and now work for a Manchester based engineering business. I bring to the role a strong background in performance management and complex data analysis. I am married and have 2 young children both of whom attend Holy Family. I am an active participant in the wider school and church community and relish the opportunity to play a part in the growth and development of the school.


Mrs Cath Timney - Foundation Governor

Responsibilities: Children and Learning, Personnel and Admissions

Pecuniary Interests: None

I am a member of Holy Family Parish.  I taught at Holy Family for nearly 34 years before taking early retirement in 2010. I taught mainly in Key Stage 1 with some time in year 3. My three children all attended Holy Family School.  When I am able I volunteer in school , listening to reading and doing phonic support work. It’s fantastic to see strong, positive values continuing to thrive throughout the school.


Mrs Lauren Robinson - Foundation Governor

Responsibilities: Personnel (Chair)

I have lived in Sale for over 10 years and both my sons attend the school. I joined the governing body initially as an associate member in 2019 before moving to foundation governor more recently in 2022. My background is in HR where I have worked for over 20 years and I hope to be able to bring my experience to the role as governor to help support an environment where our children can flourish and be their very best with the school values front and centre in everything we do.


Mr Jon Corden - Local Authority Governor

Responsibilities: Premises and Finance (Chair) 

Pecuniary Interests: None

I have been an associate Governor at the school since 2017 but more recently a Parent Governor since 2019. I am Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee using my construction and project management experience to keep the school safe, grow and fulfill its potential.  


Mr Dominic Crawford - Parent Governor

Responsibilities: Premises and Finance; Children and Learning

Pecuniary Interests: None

I have lived in Sale for the last 30 years and I have two young children (aged 4 and 2), the eldest of which attends Holy Family. I qualified as a chartered accountant 15 years ago and now work as a Finance Director for an IT company of which I part own. Whilst I am new to being a governor, it is my hope that I can use my knowledge in these two areas to help have a positive impact on the school community.


Mrs Ciara Sharvin - Staff Governor

Responsibilities: Children and Learning; Finance and Premises

Pecuniary Interests: None



Mrs Linda Davison  - Head Teacher - Statutory Right

Responsibilities : Attendance at all Committees


Pecuniary Interests : None        

I have been at Holy Family since January 2006; I started as the Deputy Headteacher and became the Headteacher in September 2008. Previously I worked at St Vincent’s Catholic Primary in Altrincham for 12 years. Being the Headteacher of a Catholic school is so important to me, knowing I am supporting and guiding the children on their faith journey.

My role is not just to lead the school, but to work closely with the governors and staff to make improvements to Holy Family where necessary. I am proud to lead the first accredited Values-based school in our Authority and Diocese. Our values are at the heart of everything we do at Holy Family.

I am proud of all the hard work all stakeholders including our parents and pupils have put into making the school what it is today. As Headteacher I am automatically a Governor of the school.

I currently hold curriculum responsibilities for Religion,  PHSE and MFL.

I was delighted with the outcome of our last Section 48 Religious Inspection where the inspector started the report with ‘This is an exciting time to be a pupil at Holy Family.’ Nothing makes me prouder than seeing the achievement in our children both academically and socially.

Attendance at Governor Meetings for the academic year of September 2023 and July 2024


The full governing body will meet 3 times between September 2023 and July 2024. 

Attendance is shown against the possible number of meetings that an individual governor could have been present. Governors with  a lower total of possible meetings joined the governing body through the year.

Governor NamePossible meetingsMeetings attended
Lauren Robinsons (Vice Chair)22
Father Stephen Woolley33
Angela Bower22
Jon Corden33
Cath Timney22
Nick McHugh10
Ciara Sharvin22
Dom Crawford33
Susan Longson33
Linda Davison44