Meet our Trustees & Governors
Our Executive Headteacher
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.
Ariana Yakas MBE, Member, Trustee, Chair of Trust Board
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.
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
Emma Antrobus, Member
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
Jenny Gawne, Trustee - Chair of the GE/LB Local Governing Body, Lead for Equality & Community
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.
Sophie Backen - Community Trustee, Vice CHair of Trust Board, Lead for Personnel
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, Trustee, Chair of Cringle Brook Local Governing Body
I am a 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.
David Clemmett, Trustee, Lead for Inclusion
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.
Shamiha Patel, Trustee, Lead for Safeguarding
I am an experienced Project and Strategy Officer, with an educated background of Social Work, Homelessness and Psychology. I was the first person in my family to go to university. Therefore, I feel strongly committed to children achieving their full potential to go onto achieving their aspirations and a great school is the foundation of a child’s attainment and learning. I have been married to my husband for 3 years and we love spending time with our cat, Nico. In our spare time, we love to go on holidays and explore different cultures.
Atiyah Malik, Trustee, Lead for Health & Safety/Premises
I was born and bred in the local area and therefore I am passionate about being a Trustee for local schools. I am an experienced Solicitor-Advocate. I am a strong believer in education being an essential foundation for a child in their journey through life. My parents instilled the importance of learning in myself and my siblings from an early age. I have one (amazing) little boy who keeps me busy. In my spare time I like to be in the outdoors, I love reading and I like team sports.
Cllr Chris Wills, Community Governor
I am a Councillor for Withington Ward, where I also live. I am one of the Council's Lead Members for LGBT+ issues. I work in Higher Education, as a university administrator, and have worked in this environment for over 15 years. I believe all children should have the opportunity to realise their full potential, and that schools have a fundamental role to play in this.
Being a Councillor takes up much of my spare time. However I do also enjoy travel, reading, the cinema and music. I try to keep fit and am currently learning to swim.
Rachel Challinor, Parent Governor, Ladybarn Primary, VIce Chair Green End/Ladybarn LGB
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, Vice Chair, Cringle Brook Primary LGB
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.
Lynn Birkinshaw, Staff Governor - Green End Primary
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.
Joe Troop, Staff Governor - Ladybarn Primary
I joined the trust in 2015 as an NQT and, in my role as a floating teacher, have gained experience teaching across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. As a Mancunian born and bred, I believe passionately in the children of our community having access to the best educational opportunities and am committed to playing my part in ensuring this is achieved. In my spare time I am a (sometimes) keen cyclist and runner and am a season ticket holder for both Manchester City men's and women's teams.
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 led 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
I am a parent governor for Cringle Brook School. I’m married and have two children, one of whom is a pupil at the school.
I am a senior business analyst and have experience in financial services, the public sector and the charity sector.
I’ve lived in the local area since 2016, and in my spare time you can find me and my family exploring the local parks and amenities such as Levenshulme market.
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.
Philippa Bird, Parent Governor Cringle Brook Primary
I am currently an inclusion and diversity manager focussing on equality of opportunity within the financial services. My work experience spans strategic and media planning roles.
Along with our two children who attend Cringle Brook, my partner Trond and I feel at home in Levenshulme. We love being part of its vibrant, multicultural community. I try to stay fit and enjoy playing the piano, creative writing and travelling with my family.