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GOVERNORS' INFORMATION

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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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OUR governors

For all correspondences to the chair of MCPA please send to 2 Silchester Drive, Manchester, M40 8NT or mail admin@mca.manchester.sch.uk (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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susan watmough

headteacher

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JENNY MUTER

QuaLITY OF EDUCATION governor

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 BEARD

BEHAVIOUR STAFF GOVERNOR

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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HOLLY WADDELL

QUALITY OF EDUCATION governor

Holly has been a Governor at MCA since 2018 and sits on the Quality of Education sub-committee. She is a qualified teacher with a Master’s in Education and after teaching secondary English she progressed to work at Teach First, the education charity, coaching and mentoring trainee teachers. For the past four years she has specialised in evaluation in the education sector and she currently works as an Impact Partnerships Officer for ImpactEd, a not for profit organisation that supports schools and education organisations to evaluate their impact.

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GRACE HARGREAVES

staff / performance development governor

Grace is currently a managing education recruitment consultant and works with schools across Greater Manchester. Having worked within the education sector for over 10 years, Grace uses her experience and knowledge within her role as a Governor.  Grace is particularly interested in the wellbeing of children, as well as staff development.

 

In her spare time, Grace enjoys cooking, reading and eating cake! 

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IAN WILLIAMS 

TRANSITION GOVERNOR

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DANIEL ANDREW

governor

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.

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ZOE BENN

DESTINATION GOVENOR

Zoe is a qualified teacher with a BA Hons degree in Education and Personal Development.  Zoe has 20 years’ experience within the further education (FE) sector.  Zoe began her career in education teaching in Further Education Colleges and progressed into a Senior Management role. Zoe has experience in managing a variety of vocational curriculum areas and is currently an Assistant Principal for Quality in a Further Education College.

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HELEN JORDAN

PARENT GOVERNOR: PARENT FORUM

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LAUREN THOMPSTONE

FINANCE GOVERNOR

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HELEN ROBINSON

SEND governor

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.