Meet our governors

The academy is part of The Co-operative Academies Trust, a multi-academy trust. Please visit the Trust website to find out about the Board of Directors and also to view the Trust's Annual Report, Policies and Financial Statements. 

The Trust and its academies operate within an established Scheme of Delegation detailing those matters that are reserved for the Board and delegated to governors and Principal. 

Decisions reserved for the Trust Board include providing strategic direction to the Trust, ensuring financial viability, establishing an Audit Committee and compliance with Department for Education requirements.

The governors at each academy are responsible for the management of the business of the academy including adopting an annual plan and budget, monitoring the academies by the use of targets and budgets and senior staff appointments. 

The governing body consists of 6 to 15 members, of which between 2 to 5 governors are appointed by the sponsor. In addition, the local governing body includes 2 staff governors, 2 parent governors and the Principal. Up to two further governors can be drawn from formal partners and up to one from the local authority. 

Our academy has three committees who meet in addition to general governing body meetings:

  • Finance and general purpose committee (chaired by Tom Hardcastle)
  • HR and curriculum committee (chaired by Geoff Clarke)
  • Community Engagement committee (chaired by Greig Lees)

Governors, can be contacted through the academy on telephone number 0161 795 3005 or by emailing .

Find out about each of our governors below, or download the key details document.

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Bridget Groarke, Chair of Governors

   
Category of Governor Sponsor / Chair
   
Date of appointment 01/01/2015
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation N/A
   
Appointed by Co-operative Group / Trust Board
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Non Executive Director of New Charter Housing Group,

Commerial Compass- Director/Owner,

Husband & Siblings, Head Teacher/ Deputy Heads

   
Attendance record 2016-2017 3/4
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Elizabeth Atkinson

   
Category of Governor Staff
   
Date of appointment 01/09/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation  N/A
   
Appointed by Election
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests None to declare
   
Attendance record 2016-2017 3/4
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Russell Brady

   
Category of Governor Sponsor
   
Date of appointment 23/09/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation  N/A
   
Appointed by Co-operative Group
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests None to Declare 
   
Attendance record 2016-2017 0/4
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Steve Brice, Academy Principal

   
Category of Governor

Principal - Ex-officio Staff governor

   
Date of appointment 01/04/2014
   
Term of office Ongoing whilst in post as Principal
   
Date of Resignation N/A
   
Appointed by Co-operative Group / Trust Board
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Director CAT Board, Spouse is the Academy Librarian at Co-op Academy of Manchester. Daughter is a student at Co-op Academy Manchester.

   
Attendance record 2016-2017 4/4
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Richard Chew

   
Category of Governor Sponsor
   
Date of appointment 07/07/2016
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation  N/A
   
Appointed by Co-operative Group
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests None to Declare
   
Attendance record 2016-2017 3/4
 
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Geoff Clarke

   
Category of Governor Co-opted
   
Date of appointment 01/09/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation  N/A
   
Appointed by Governing Body
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests Governor Parochial CE Primary School, Pensioner of Co-operative Group PACE Pension Scheme
   
Attendance record 2016-2017 4/4
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Nassali Douglas

   
Category of Governor Sponsor
   
Date of appointment 22/09/2016
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation  N/A
   
Appointed by Co-operative Group
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests Member Pioneer Manager at Co-op
   
Attendance record 2016-2017 3/4
 
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Tom Hardcastle

   
Category of Governor Sponsor
   
Date of appointment 22/09/2016
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation  N/A
   
Appointed by Co-operative Group
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Chair of Ethics Board for Ninety CIC, Director of own consultancy business Gresham Consulting Ltd  Associate of Concultances including Deloitte and a small number of boutique consultancies,

Member of St.Andrews PCC.

Mentor for Inspire Charity,

Sibling is  teacher at the  Penwortham Priory Academy,

Child at Emmanuel Holcome Primary

   
Attendance record 2016-2017 4/4
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Greig Lees

   
Category of Governor Partnership
   
Date of appointment 01/09/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation  N/A
   
Appointed by Governing Body
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Independent Board Member at Gold Gates Housing Trust,

Non-Executive Director at Yes CIC,

Employed by Northwards Housing Ltd owned by MCC

   
Attendance record 2016-2017 3/4
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Gail Lyons

   
Category of Governor Sponsor
   
Date of appointment 01/09/2017
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation  N/A
   
Appointed by Co-operative Group
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests Employed by the Co-operative Group. Member of Chartered Institute of Marketing
   
Attendance record 2016-2017 N/A
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Louise Quinn

   
Category of Governor Partnership
   
Date of appointment 15/03/2016
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation  N/A
   
Appointed by Governing Body
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests None to Declare
   
Attendance record 2016-2017 3/4
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Hilary Stringer

   
Category of Governor Parent
   
Date of appointment 07/07/2016
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation  N/A
   
Appointed by Election
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests Member of Radcliffe Road Baptist Church Bury 
   
Attendance record 2016-2017 4/4
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Former members

Andrew Ablett

   
Category of Governor Parent
   
Date of appointment 01/10/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation  31/08/2017
   
Appointed by Election
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests None to declare
   
Attendance record 2016-2017 3/4
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Hazel Summers

   
Category of Governor Local Authority
   
Date of appointment 15/03/2016
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation  N/A
   
Appointed by Governing Body
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests None to declare
   
Attendance record 2016-2017 0/3
 
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Christina Snowden

   
Category of Governor Staff
   
Date of appointment 01/11/2014
   
Term of office 4 Years
   
Date of Resignation  30/01/2017
   
Appointed by Election
   
Relevant business and pecuniary interests Teacher at The Co-operative Academy of Manchester
   
Attendance record 2016-2017 2/2
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