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Meet our Trustees & Governors

Our Executive Headteacher

Lisa Vyas
B.Ed (Hons) and NPQH


I am Executive Headteacher working across the Kingsway Community Trust and have been a National Leader of Education since 2006. I have a strong commitment to working in Manchester and have taught in this area for the whole of my teaching career.  I became headteacher at Ladybarn in 1998 and Green End in 2007, taking it from special measures within 7 months.  I was in the first cohort of Primary school improvement partners and I have also mentored future headteachers through the Manchester Aspiring Leaders programme. Our third school, Cringle Brook Primary opened its doors in Levenshulme in September 2014. All our schools are high achieving, are graded Outstanding by Ofsted and have very strong reputations for success both locally and nationally.

I am passionate about enabling all children in our local communities to have the very best possible educational opportunities. I have extremely high expectations of all the children, both in terms of their academic achievement and their emotional and social development

Our Members/Trustees

Ariana Yakas  MBE, Member, Trustee, Chair of Trust Board

Msc in Managing Information Systems 

I live in inner-city Manchester and I am an experienced Business Systems Analyst and IT Project Manager.  I work for the Open University as an Associate Lecturer, specialising in Strategy Development, Project Management and Developing Successful Systems.  I have been a school governor since 2000. In May 2013 I was designated a National Leader of Governance.  I have extensive experience in helping schools in Special Measures, Performance Management, Finance and recruiting senior leaders in schools.  I have  three children.  If I have any spare time I spend it at my allotment or my garden.  In June 2016 I was awarded an MBE for my services to education (governance) in Greater Manchester.

Jill Roberts, Trustee, Member, Chair of Finance, Risk & Audit Committee



I am a Chartered Accountant with experience in professional accountancy practice, the NHS and the higher education sector.   Since 2007 I have held the position of Financial Controller at the University of Manchester.  I am married with two children, both of University age, and I believe passionately in the importance of high quality education and enabling all children to achieve their full potential as individuals.  In my spare time I am keen musician and regularly perform with orchestras in the Manchester area.

Bill Simpson, Member 

I have been married to Carol for 30 years and we have 3 children; 2 sons, a daughter and 1 Grandson. I have worked for Openreach which is part of BT group since 1980 and I am a National Business Development Manager. I have been a school governor since 1996  and in that time I have carried out many roles such as Chair of Governors and more recently Vice Chair of the trust board. 

Emma Antrobus, Member, Trustee - Lead Personnel

BSc Industrial and Business Systems

A Governor since 2005 with a commitment to improving life chances and raising aspirations for children through education. I want the Trust to be the foundation of a strong community. I want to see our children believe they can become the exemplary employees and entrepreneurs of the future. I believe that education  needs to include skills for life and experiences that inspire and excite our children

Duncan Stansfield ACII, IoSH (Tech) Chartered Insurer - Member
Having previously served for 10 years as a School Governor at Green End Primary School it's a joy to continue my connection and return as a Member. I have lived all my life in Burnage and attended Green End as a child and have many happy memories of my school days. I have worked for Aviva, the UK's only and largest Insurance Company, since 1980, I have been married to Susan for 28 years and we have 2 children, a son and a daughter, both of whom attended Green End and have gone on to University. I attend St.Margaret's Church in Burnage and enjoy numerous interests, including sport and music, but one of my main passions is to see children and young people achieve their full potential through education

Sophie Backen - Community Trustee, Vice CHair of Trust Board, Lead for Inclusion 

I work as the Head of Leadership Development for Star Institute, part of a successful cross-phase multi-academy trust working across the North, the West Midlands and London. My role involves leading the provision of National Professional Qualifications, a Strategic School Improvement Fund project across all schools in Blackpool and the development of CPLD in our own schools.  My work has focused on raising life chances for children through the development of exceptional school leaders, and I feel passionately that education has the capacity to transform lives. I live in Levenshulme with my two children and my electrician husband. In my spare time I like to make things including baking, knitting and junk craft with my kids. 

Kevin Moran, Parent Trustee,  Chair of Cringle Brook Local Governing Body, Lead Equality


I am a Parent Trustee for Cringle Brook Primary School and have a child who is a pupil there. I have worked as a Civil Servant in the DWP since 2001, and as a manager from 2009. Before that I worked for a short time for an examination board. In my spare time I like listening to music and watching films.

Jenny Gawne, Parent Trustee - Chair of the GE/LB Local Governing Body, Lead for Safeguarding

PGCE Secondary Education

I am originally from the Wirral but have lived in Greater Manchester for since 2002, at University I gained a First Class degree in Sport Science and moved on to qualify as a teacher with a PGCE in Secondary Education. My  daughters attend Green End School as did my partner and his siblings as  children. As a Secondary School PE Teacher in Bolton, I have a keen interest in Education and Sport. I am passionate about pupils reaching their full potential and setting high aspirations for their futures. As such I work as a 'Raising Aspirations Coordinator' as part of my role.

Chelsea Thomas, Trustee - Lead for Legal & Equality

I live in Burnage and have 2 children who attend primary and secondary schools in the local area. I am a criminal solicitor with 18 years of experience and am also teaching in a temporary position as a Sociology Lecturer at The Manchester College. I have previously been a governor at another local primary school and am a founding member of the Black Solicitors Network North. I believe in equality of educational opportunities. I enjoy yoga, the great outdoors and music. 

Ciaran McLouglin - Staff Trustee - Ladybarn Primary

I joined Kingsway Community Trust in 2011, first working at Green End before taking a position at Ladybarn as an Intervention Teaching Assistant. I am currently employed in the role of Assistant SENDCo at Ladybarn. I am responsible for managing the provision for students with special educational needs. I live in Blackley, North Manchester and love commuting to school using my bike. In my spare time I practice martial arts and volunteer at an animal shelter.

Our Governors

Cllr Bev Craig, Community Governor
BA (Hons)


I am a Councillor for Burnage and live locally. On the Council I am an Assistant Executive Member. I am Board Member for Southway Housing Trust and shadow Governor for the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.

I work in higher education, working on community relations and social responsibility, and currently teaching politics. I have experience of project, people and financial management, organisational change and equality and diversity.

In my spare time I am studying for a PhD, play hockey and like being outdoors!

Reverend Matt Calladine, Community Governor

I have been the Rector of St. Margaret’s Burnage since November 2016 and prior to that I was 15 years in Moston as a vicar there. Here I served 15 years as a governor of a church Primary school and 14 years as a community governor at Broadhurst Primary. Prior to this I was a school governor for 3 years in Stoke-on-Trent where I served my curacy (apprenticeship). My wife is also an ordained minister. We met while training in Durham. We have two children (the eldest is off to Newcastle University to study Psychology in September 2018) and a very friendly little dog called “Chewie”. I like to keep fit especially so I can enjoy a week a year hurtling down a mountainside on skis. To relax and escape, I enjoy gardening- mostly things I can cook and eat.

Lynn Birkinshaw, Staff Governor - Green End Primary

BA (Hons)

I joined the Trust in 2008 as a class teacher with over 20 years teaching experience. I began my teaching career in primary schools in Scotland, and before joining the Trust I was a specialist teacher for children with autism. I am passionate about teaching and learning, and am committed to enabling all children to reach their full potential. I feel very proud to be part of the Kingsway Trust in serving the schools and communities of which we are a part.  In my spare time I enjoy playing netball and with two Mancunian daughters enjoy watching Manchester City Ladies Football Team.

Lis Smith, Staff Governor - Cringle Brook Primary


I am currently a Teaching Assistant at Cringle Brook, having been a Reading Assistant for a year and a half. For over ten years,  I worked for the Christie Hospital in the Human Resources Department.


I have two sons and one daughter and in my spare time, enjoy going down to the allotment, doing the weekly park run and volunteering for age concern.


I love working at Cringle Brook and look forward to the opportunity of being a Staff Governor.

Yasmin Ayub-Iqbal, Parent Governor, Cringle Brook Primary


I am a full time mum to three little girls, two of whom attend Cringle Brook Primary School.  I was a Senior Legal Secretary/Personal Assistant for the same Company for over 13 years, before moving from the West Midlands to Manchester.  I have 16 years Legal and Office experience. I obtained the Ilex Level 3 Diploma for Legal Secretaries, Ilex Level 3 Diploma in Vocational Paralegal Studies and NVQ Level 3 in Administration, whilst in employment.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading and watching films.  I am extremely honoured to have been elected Parent Governor.

Rachel Challinor, Parent Governor, Ladybarn Primary


​I am a senior manager of Student Support services at the University of Salford. I have over 15 years’ experience of working with disabled students and young people including those with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Specific Learning Difficulties and mental health difficulties.  I have also managed financial advice support, front line enquiries and now manage the work of the university’s Chaplaincy alongside other student support services. I came to Manchester in 1996 from Hertfordshire to study psychology at university, gaining a MPhil in 2002 and fell in love with the vibrant and diverse city.  I have been married to my husband for over 10 years and we have two daughters.  We love to get outdoors at the weekend, I have a passion for arts and crafts and celebration cake making and I try to play an active part in the Didsbury WI.

David Eglese, Community Governor

BSc Information Management, PGCE – Secondary ICT

I have lived in South Manchester since 2009, working in Higher Education for MMU and currently the University of Liverpool as the Head of Data Science within the External Relations department. Prior to this I lived in South Yorkshire where I completed my undergraduate studies, teacher training and taught secondary ICT and Business Studies. I’m married with two children and play table tennis in the local leagues in my spare time. I’m passionate about education and supporting learners to reach their full potential.

David Clemmett, Community Governor 

​I have lived locally since 1988 and been a volunteer at Ladybarn since 2017. I retired in 2016 and have worked for various local City Councils in Adult Social Services in older people's  and learning difficulty services . I have always tried to support  services in recognising people's individuality ;supporting their independence and building on people's strengths . This includes seeing that people can develop confidence in a safe environment.  I have three children who all attended local schools and feel schools have an important role to play in their local communities. I have enjoyed my time at Ladybarn and as a Governor want to see children having the best possible opportunities to grow and develop.

Alice Musgrove – Parent Governor Green End

BNurs. (Hons) PGcert. Children and Young People’s Nursing.


I moved to Manchester to study nursing in 2002. After qualifying as an Adult Nurse I spent 10 years working for the Department of Infectious Diseases in North Manchester firstly as a Staff Nurse and later becoming a Hepatitis Nurse Specialist.

I lead the Hepatitis Service for Prisons working in the 4 main prisons in Manchester before leaving adult nursing to become dual trained as a Children’s Nurse. I now work full time as a Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner with Children’s Community Nursing Team in Manchester working with children who have acute and chronic illnesses all over Manchester.

With my husband, Tom, I have 2 children who attend Green End Primary School. In my spare time I love spending time and sharing good food with my friends and family.

Katy Pelling-Jones, Parent Governor, Cringle Brook

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