Members, Trustees & Governors

Meeting Attendance 2017/18

Members

 

Danielle George

Professor Danielle George is Vice Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and a Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering at the University of Manchester. She completed her BSc in Astrophysics, MSc in Radio Astronomy at The Victoria University of Manchester based at Jodrell Bank Observatory, and her PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with UMIST.

Miles Hewstone

Miles Hewstone is Professor of Social Psychology, University of Oxford. He has published widely on inter-group contact, segregation and integration, and is actively involved in national public policy to improve inter-group relations.

Andrew Kilburn

Andrew is a former Chief Executive of Oldham Council and former Chair of Governors at Oldham Sixth Form College. He has a wealth of experience in the areas of leadership, resources and finance.

Estelle Morris

Estelle Morris is a former teacher, Member of Parliament and Secretary of State for Education. She recently chaired the Oldham Commission into Education which set out a framework for raising standards across the town.

Sanna Waseem-Khawaja

Sanna Waseem-Khawaja is a former student of both Hathershaw and Oldham Sixth Form College. She went on to study Medicine at the University of Oxford and University College London. She is currently working as a junior doctor at King’s College Hospital in London and maintains strong ties with both schools through the promotion of higher education and careers in Medicine.

Trustees

 

Chair of Trustees

Andrew Kilburn

Andrew is a former Chief Executive of Oldham Council and former Chair of Governors at Oldham Sixth Form College. He has a wealth of experience in the areas of leadership, resources and finance.

Vice Chair of Trustees

Cllr Ateeque Ur-Rehman

Ateeque is an elected member of Oldham Council and local businessman. He has been Chair of Governors at The Hathershaw College for the last seven years.

Accounting Officer | Executive Principal

Jayne Clarke

Jayne has been Principal at the highly successful Oldham Sixth Form College for the last seven years. She is an active member of the Sixth Form College Association Council and Chair of the Funding Committee. Jayne is a National Leader of Education, a member of the Oldham Opportunity Area Partnership Board and continues to support other secondary schools that are not members of The Pinnacle Learning Trust through membership of a number of Governing Bodies.

Dave McEntee

Dave has been Principal at The Hathershaw College for the last five years. He has overseen the College’s journey from an Ofsted Requires Improvement judgement in February 2014 to Good in April 2016. GCSE Progress 8 outcomes in 2018 (+0.46), placed Hathershaw results in the top 18% of all schools nationally. Dave is also a Local Leader of Education.

Mike Gibbons

Mike is the Director of External Relations and Deputy Registrar at Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to his appointment on the Board of Trustees at The Pinnacle Learning Trust, Mike was a governor at Oldham Sixth Form College.

John Porter

John is a partner in a local firm of solicitors and heads the firm’s Commercial Department, specialising in Employment Law and Business matters. He is also the current Chair of Governors at Oldham Sixth Form College.

Chris Wilson

Chris recently retired from a successful career at The Co-operative Bank where he took ultimate responsibility for the Specialist Sectors business, including Local Authorities, Charities, Real Estate, Co-op Retail Societies and Treasury. Living in the Borough from the age of 10, Chris has also been a Governor of North Chadderton School, Chair of the Local Advisory Board of the Career Academy and Chair of the Partnership Board of the University Centre Oldham.

Irene Howard

Irene is an experienced Primary Headteacher and has worked extensively as a School Improvement Advisor and Independent Consultant in Primary education. Irene joined the Board of Governors in 2007, initially as a Parent Governor, a position she held for 2 years while her daughter and son attended the college. Irene was invited to join OSFC Board of Governors as an Independent Governor in November 2007, and was elected Chair of the Quality Committee and Vice Chair of Governors. Further to the creation of the Pinnacle Learning Trust in 2018, Irene is Vice Chair of Governors of OSFC LGB, a Trustee of the PLT and a governor at two primary schools, including Werneth.

Register of Pecuniary Interests

Pecuniary Interests

Governors & Committees

Oldham Sixth Form College

 

Principal

Jayne Clarke

Jayne has been Executive Principal for The Pinnacle Learning Trust since 2017 and Principal at the highly successful Oldham Sixth Form College since 2010. She is an active member of the Sixth Form Colleges Association Council and Chair of the Funding Committee, along with chairing the North West SFC Principals Group. Jayne is a National Leader of Education and supports a number of other secondary schools in a Governance capacity. She is also a member of the Oldham Opportunity Area Partnership Board.

Chair of Governors

John Porter

John is a partner in a local firm of solicitors and heads the firm’s Commercial Department, specialising in Employment Law and Business matters. He is also the current Chair of Governors at Oldham Sixth Form College and a Trustee for The Pinnacle Learning Trust.
Term of Office: 31/07/2021

Vice Chair: Irene Howard

Irene is an experienced Primary Headteacher and has worked extensively as a School Improvement Advisor and Independent Consultant in Primary education. Irene joined the Board of Governors in 2007, initially as a Parent Governor, a position she held for 2 years while her daughter and son attended the college. Irene was invited to join OSFC Board of Governors as an Independent Governor in November 2007, and was elected Chair of the Quality Committee and Vice Chair of Governors. Further to the creation of the Pinnacle Learning Trust in 2018, Irene is Vice Chair of Governors of OSFC LGB, a Trustee of the PLT and a governor at two primary schools, including Werneth.
Term of Office: 30/09/2020

Parent Governor:Jane Bevan

Jane is a Parent Governor at the College and is the Equality and Safeguarding Link. She has extensive experience working in the voluntary and public sector in Greater Manchester, particularly in social welfare and equality law. Until November 2017 she was Head of Disability Programmes for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Previously she was Programme Head for International and European Policy at the Commission.Jane is a Trustee for Breakthrough, a Disabled People’s Organisation. She is currently employed on a Body, Mind and Well-being project in Saddleworth. Jane has a particular interest in mental wellbeing and is training to be a Reiki practitioner.
Term of Office: 31/07/2019

Parent Governor: Shuma Rahman-Chowdhury

Shuma is currently a Parent Governor on the LGB, and is a member of the Health and Safety Committee. Shuma is employed as a Pension Fund Accountant at Mercer Ltd and is working towards completing the ACCA qualification to
become a qualified chartered accountant. She has worked in various roles across the public and private sector and has varied experience in Pensions, Education and Insurance.
Term of Office: 31/12/2019

Jenny Arnold

Joining the Board of Governors as an Independent Governor in January 2015, Jenny is a Family Solicitor and works at JMW Solicitors LLP in Manchester City Centre. Raised in Oldham, she is a former pupil of Oldham Sixth Form College and studied Law at Nottingham University. Jenny is the Chair of the Yres Committee (Manchester) and a member of the National Yres Committee. She advises clients in relation to all aspects of family law including divorce, financial settlements and issues in relation to the arrangements for children. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys running, yoga and salsa dancing.
Term of Office: 31/03/2023

Dave Benstead

Dave has been an Independent Governor since 2011. He came to work in Oldham in 1996 joining Zetex plc originally as HR Director. Dave chairs the Oldham Enterprise Trust and Oldham Economy & Enterprise Board. He is a board member of Mahdlo (Youth Zone) and Maggie’s (cancer centre), a member of the Employment and Skills Policy Committee and Regional Advisory Board for Make UK (formerly EEF an organisation dedicated to the future of manufacturing having previously served as President) and a member of the Greater Manchester Business Advisory Panel.
Term of Office: 30/11/2019

Peter Dunlop

Peter joined the board in May 2013. He studied Electronic Engineering at UMIST. He is a Managing Director of Innovative Technology Ltd, where he is responsible for strategic direction and performance of the group.
Term of Office: 30/04/2021

David Read

David joined the Board as an Independent Governor. He is a Partner in Gatley Read, Chartered Accountants. David currently sits on the Finance and Resources committee of the Pinnacle Learning Trust.
Term of Office: 31/12/2019

Shoab Akhtar

Shoab is currently an Independent Governor on the OSFC LGB . Shoab has lived in Oldham most of his life and is an elected member of Oldham Council. He represents Werneth ward on the Council, and is also employed by Onward Homes.
Term of Office: 01/09/2021

Tanvir Alam

Tanvir is a qualified Accountant and has experience of working at various public and private sector organisations including the Audit Commission and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC). He currently runs his own accountancy practice in Oldham. In his spare time, Tanvir runs a not-for-profit weekend supplementary school in Oldham with the primary aim of improving pupils’ achievements and attainments in Oldham. He currently sits on the Audit and Risk Committee of the Pinnacle Learning Trust.
Term of Office: 31/03/2023

Teaching Staff Governor: Claire Wilcox

Claire is currently the Teaching Staff Governor on the OSFC LGB. Claire was appointed as a Sociology and Health and Social Care teacher in 2007. Throughout her time Claire has taken up many roles and is currently the Course Leader for Health and Social Care level 2.
Term of Office: 01/03/2021

Clerk

Jan Jones

Jan was appointed as Clerk to the Corporation in 2012. She did her degree in Communications at Loughborough University, then went on to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance at Nottingham Trent University, and worked as a Careers Adviser in Education for 15 years. Jan has volunteered as a Governor for many years, and is currently a Parent Governor.

The Hathershaw College

 

Principal

Dave McEntee

Dave has been Principal at The Hathershaw College for the last five years. He has overseen the College’s journey from an Ofsted Requires Improvement judgement in February 2014 to Good in April 2016. GCSE Progress 8 outcomes in 2018 (+0.46), placed Hathershaw results in the top 18% of all schools nationally. Dave is also a Local Leader of Education.

Chair of Governors

Cllr Ateeque Ur-Rehman

Ateeque is an elected member of Oldham Council and local businessman. He has been Chair of Governors at The Hathershaw College for the last seven years.
Term of Office: 31/08/2020

Parent Governor: Rafi Chaudry

Rafi has been involved as a School Governor for a number of years, as he is passionate about enabling children to achieve their full potential. In his day role he is the NHS England Population Health Intelligence Lead for the North of England region. He believes in evidence-based decisions and the use of intelligence to make improvements for our citizens, which is equally important in health as it is in education. In a voluntary capacity, he is also a Chair of the NHS England BME Network. In his spare time he enjoys to play badminton and football.
Term of Office: 31/08/2020

Louise Astbury

Louise became a Governor in 2014 and shares the school’s vision of raising aspirations and the achievements of young people at Hathershaw. She is a Senior Leader at Oldham Sixth From College and specialises in teaching, learning and developing teachers at all career levels. Louise is a Specialist Leader of Education for Advantage Teaching School Alliance and is actively involved in training staff across Oldham.
Term of Office: 03/10/2022

Parent Governor: Manshah Yousaf

Manshah has been a parent governor at Hathershaw for just over 5 years, with a daughter now in her final year at the college.
On a day to day basis, Manshah is a Director of Information Security, which entails advising businesses on how to protect themselves from cyber attacks.

Term of Office: 13/12/2022

Tony Jones

Tony was a member of staff at The Hathershaw College from 1985 until his retirement in 2015, and was the teaching staff governor for the last few years of his time there. He is now a co-opted governor, liaising with the SENCo and SEN staff to actively help raise standards within the faculty.
Term of Office: 31/08/2020

Teaching Staff Governor: Ashley Stewardson

Ashley has been a PE teacher at Hathershaw for the last 10 years and is our newly elected teaching staff governor. Ashley has additional responsibilities with our most able students and coordinates a programme of events to raise the profile and ensure appropriate provision is in place for these students. Outside of school, Ashley competes in long distance running events.
Term of Office: 04/10/2022

Non-Teaching Staff Governor:Andrew Woods

Andy has been working in the IT industry for 25 years in the publishing, manufacturing and education sectors. For the last six years he has been a Governor at The Hathershaw College. He is a firm believer in the use of technology to make education more accessible in order to improve the life chances of young people. Andy is currently responsible for IT provision across all schools within the Pinnacle Learning Trust in Oldham.
Term of Office: 31/08/2021

Werneth Primary School

 

Principal

Conrad North

Chair of Governors

Ambrin Shah

Ambrin is a local resident, having attended Werneth Primary as a child herself, and now with 2 young children who also attend. She is employed by the Co-op Group as a Project Manager, which is a challenging and demanding position. Her role within the Local Governing Body at Werneth is to provide a level of challenge, along with the other Governors, to Conrad and the Leadership Team. This ensures that we are delivering a fantastic, rich curriculum to our pupils, supporting staff and the pupils’ parents, and keeping the best interest of our children at the heart of every decision.
Term of Office: 31/05/2020

Parent Governor: Vaheed Shadi


Term of Office: 31/08/2020

Irene Howard

Irene is an experienced Primary Headteacher and has worked extensively as a School Improvement Advisor and Independent Consultant in Primary education. Irene joined the Board of Governors in 2007, initially as a Parent Governor, a position she held for 2 years while her daughter and son attended the college. Irene was invited to join OSFC Board of Governors as an Independent Governor in November 2007, and was elected Chair of the Quality Committee and Vice Chair of Governors. Further to the creation of the Pinnacle Learning Trust in 2018, Irene is Vice Chair of Governors of OSFC LGB, a Trustee of the PLT and a governor at two primary schools, including Werneth.
Term of Office: 04/03/2023

Staff Governor: Jacqueline Hodgkiss

Term of Office: 31/08/2020

Jane Hodgson

Jane initially worked in industry after leaving school with a background in business and finance, but then returned to education and gained a BA(Hons) degree in Primary Education with QTS. She has taught for many years and was a governor for 6 years. She has taught across Key Stage 1 & 2, leading in Art & Design, SEND, Literacy, and Looked After Children, and was Key Stage 2 leader. At present she is the Designated Safeguarding Lead, and more recently has become the GDPR champion in school. Jane is currently a Deputy Head Teacher at a school in Rochdale, and works closely with the Governing Body in her role on the Senior Leadership Team.
Term of Office: 31/08/2021

Mark Giles


Term of Office: 04/03/2023

Syed Maruf Ali

Syed joined Werneth as a Parent Governor, having 2 children who attend the school. He works in a secondary school as an Assistant Head of Year 11 and is also a Trustee at a local Community Centre, Committee member of a local Mosque, Trustee of a local community organisation and member of the Independent Police Advisory Board. Syed has always actively been involved in supporting issues local to the area. Being a Governor allows him to offer his support, assistance and advice, and he feels he can ensure that all young children’s health and development is at the heart of every decision made, and they have the best opportunity to maximise their potential.
Term of Office: 31/08/2020

Staff Governor: Simon Whittaker

The Vice Principal at Werneth Primary School, Simon has worked here since 2015. Prior to this, he worked in another local primary school in for 11 years as SENCo and a class teacher. His current role includes leading, and supporting staff in the development of teaching and learning, and our curriculum and assessment. As a Staff Governor, he is able to represent the views of staff and share the excellent work which is taking place within the school. In addition to this, Simon can inform governors of the current attainment and progress that pupils are making and explain what the school is doing to raise standards throughout the school.
Term of Office: 05/03/2023

 

Finance & Resources Committee

 

Chair

Chris Wilson

Chris recently retired from a successful career at The Co-operative Bank where he took ultimate responsibility for the Specialist Sectors business, including Local Authorities, Charities, Real Estate, Co-op Retail Societies and Treasury. Living in the Borough from the age of 10, Chris has also been a Governor of North Chadderton School, Chair of the Local Advisory Board of the Career Academy and Chair of the Partnership Board of the University Centre Oldham.

Tony Jones

Tony was a member of staff at The Hathershaw College from 1985 until his retirement in 2015, and was the teaching staff governor for the last few years of his time there. He is now a co-opted governor, liaising with the SENCo and SEN staff to actively help raise standards within the faculty.

Dave McEntee

Dave has been Principal at The Hathershaw College for the last five years. He has overseen the College’s journey from an Ofsted Requires Improvement judgement in February 2014 to Good in April 2016. GCSE Progress 8 outcomes in 2018 (+0.46), placed Hathershaw results in the top 18% of all schools nationally. Dave is also a Local Leader of Education.

John Porter

John is a partner in a local firm of solicitors and heads the firm’s Commercial Department, specialising in Employment Law and Business matters. He is also the current Chair of Governors at Oldham Sixth Form College.

Mike Gibbons

Mike is the Director of External Relations and Deputy Registrar at Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to his appointment on the Board of Trustees at The Pinnacle Learning Trust, Mike was a governor at Oldham Sixth Form College.

David Read

David is a Partner in Gatley Read, Chartered Accountants, elected onto the Governing Body in December 2007 when he joined the Finance & General Purposes Committee. David currently sits on the Finance and Resources committee of the MAT.

Jayne Clarke

Jayne has been Principal at the highly successful Oldham Sixth Form College for the last seven years. She is an active member of the Sixth Form College Association Council and Chair of the Funding Committee. Jayne is a National Leader of Education, a member of the Oldham Opportunity Area Partnership Board and continues to support other secondary schools that are not members of The Pinnacle Learning Trust through membership of a number of Governing Bodies.

Audit & Risk Committee

 

Chair

Andrew Kilburn

Andrew is a former Chief Executive of Oldham Council and former Chair of Governors at Oldham Sixth Form College. He has a wealth of experience in the areas of leadership, resources and finance.

Cllr Ateeque Ur-Rehman

Ateeque is an elected member of Oldham Council and local businessman. He has been Chair of Governors at The Hathershaw College for the last seven years.

Rafi Chaudry

Rafi has been involved as a School Governor for a number of years, as he is passionate about enabling children to achieve their full potential. In his day role he is the NHS England Population Health Intelligence Lead for the North of England region. He believes in evidence-based decisions and the use of intelligence to make improvements for our citizens, which is equally important in health as it is in education. In a voluntary capacity, he is also a Chair of the NHS England BME Network. In his spare time he enjoys to play badminton and football.

Tanvir Alam

Tanvir is a qualified Accountant with over 10 years’ experience of working at various public and private sector organisations including the Audit Commission and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He currently runs his own accountancy practice in Oldham.

In his spare time, Tanvir runs a not-for-profit weekend supplementary school in Oldham with the primary aim of improving pupils’ achievements and attainments in Oldham.