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As part of the Greater Manchester Academies Trust, the MCA local governing body reports directly to the GMAT Trust board. Find the GMAT Governor Structure here

To view the Governors’ Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests and Attendance Records click here


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For all correspondences to the chair of MCPA please send to 2 Silchester Drive, Manchester, M40 8NT or mail (F.A.O Clive Palmer)

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Clive Palmer

Chair and safeguarding of MCA

Clive currently works as Head of Equalities at the Department for Education (DfE), leading cultural change initiatives and assisting the developing of policies that make opportunity equal for children and young people.  He has previously held senior management appointments in the Criminal Justice and Health and Social Care industries and awarded Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) in 2015 in recognition of his leadership and management achievements. 


Clive has a passion for mentoring, coaching, and supporting individuals to develop their potential. In addition to his work at DfE, he has a long history of voluntary work supporting individuals from vulnerable and disadvantaged groups within the community.


Clive is committed and looking forward to his term with the school’s Local Governing Body, and contributing to the future success of the students and staff.


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Jenny is the Director of Impact at The Tutor Trust, an innovative charity that partners with schools to provide small group tutoring to pupils in disadvantaged communities. Prior to joining The Tutor Trust in 2017, she worked in a variety of teaching and middle leadership roles at a secondary school in Bolton, and is a TeachFirst ambassador. She shares MCA's commitments to educational equity, evidence-based practice, and working closely with families and communities.

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Niall is an experienced IT professional and currently leads the IT department at Greater Manchester Academies Trust.


Over the past 12 years, Niall has worked in various school settings which include early years, primary and secondary schools.  For many years, Niall held the post of Chairman of a local sports team.  Holding this post and the various school posts throughout his career, has provided Niall with a deep understanding of the education sector and how this supports the lives of young people living in Manchester. 


Niall joined Greater Manchester Academies Trust in 2014 and has served as Staff Governor at Manchester Communication Academy since 2019.  Niall is a member of the Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare sub-committee.

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Daniel Andrews, Programmes co-ordinator at Creating Effective Generations (CEG) was born in Manchester, Rusholme.


Daniel’s experience includes working with one of the UK’s most influential educational charities called TLG. Daniel works closely with schools, colleges, alternative provisions, external organisations such as Keys-Group & families, whether it’s sharing his story in motivational talks or assisting in the delivery of one of his 3 programmes. Daniel’s passion is to see young people that are in vulnerable situations have a better start to life, make young people aware of the repercussions of crime, re-discover their dreams and change their mindsets towards their future.

Daniel’s role in delivering the CEG programme includes, young people mentoring, seminars, assemblies, and classroom content around the country. Daniel is involved in delivering training for various organisations around knife crime & county lines, his past experiences and involvement in gangs has built him credibility and value over the years. Daniel is gifted with the ability to see the potential in young people and get the best positive outcomes from them. Daniel is big on providing opportunities for his young people so that they can have a focus point and achieve positive goals in life.




Helen is a retired Nurse and Social Worker for children and their families.  Helen is married with two adult children and presently, is a carer for her grandson who attends the school.


Helen volunteers at her local church groups as well as with The Friends Group for a local primary school where she is Chair of the Board.  Helen is also involved with the Charitable Youth Organisation where she is Deputy Chair of the Board. 


Helen's hobbies include meeting new people, working with youths, cooking, travelling, singing and dancing, reading and keep fit sessions. 


Helen joined the Local Governing Body as the Parent Governor in September 2019. 

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Helen joined MCA as a Governor in April 2021 and feels privileged to be part of such a dedicated team of staff and Governors. MCA made a huge impression on Helen right from her first meeting with John Rowlands when she realised that she shares many of the same values as the school. Most importantly, Helen feels that all children have the right to receive the best quality education regardless of their postcode.

Helen’s professional background is in the education sector where she has been a primary school teacher for the last 7 years. Helen has worked in most of the primary year groups and is currently working in Year 6. At her school, Helen is geography subject leader and have been heavily involved in the Year 6 to Year 7 transition process between her own and her feeder school. Helen’s varied roles have given her the amazing experience of working closely with primary children of all ages. Helen looks forward to now working within the secondary sector to help MCA to continue to provide the best education they can for their students. 

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