CHAIR OF TRUSTEES
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JOHN ROWLANDS, EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL
JOHN FALDER, CEO HMG PAINTS
PROFESSOR CARLO RAFFO, MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY, CENTRE FOR EQUITY
ANDY DAVIES,HEAD OF STRATEGIC PARTNER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, BT
JOHN ROWLANDS, EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
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Vicky worked for over 35 years in Local Government and was deputy chief executive in Manchester City Council until 2014. An experienced programme director, Vicky is currently the chief operating officer for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund which was set up following the Arena attack in May 2017 and which is now scaling back its work after distributing over £21.4m.
Vicky has been a governor of Manchester Communication Academy since the school opened, becoming a trustee when the Greater Manchester Academy Trust was formed in 2015 and has been chair of the Trust since 2018.
Hilary has 2 accounting qualifications and is a Chartered Director. She started her career at the CWS in Manchester and has worked at Senior Executive level in Local Government and Social Housing before making her way as a successful freelance consultant. She has been until recently an Independent Director of Northwards Housing and was the Vice Chair for many years. As well as these professional skills and knowledge she will bring to the role of Trustee life skills, of being a working mother and wife with ageing parents. She has a grown up daughter who is an intensive care doctor, currently looking after extremely sick Covid 19 patients.
Robin is the Chief Executive of Northwards Housing - the nonprofit not for profit landlord that manages the Council’s homes in North Manchester. He has been a governor of MCA since it opened & is now Chair of Governors. Robin is also a trustee of the Carbon Literacy Trust & is passionate about tackling climate change.
Jonathan Putt is a qualified teacher, has a BA Hons degree in Education and Personal Development. Jonathan has over 19 years experience within the further education (FE) sector as a senior leader in a variety of FE colleges. He began his career in education teaching in a Further Education College and progressed into senior management roles covering a variety of vocational curriculum areas and Apprenticeship delivery, with management responsibilities for quality assurance of teaching and learning, learner experience and business planning. His last role was as an Assistant Principal in a Further Education College.
Henry currently works as a Grant/Development Officer at Young Manchester. Henry is also a Director at Making Education a Priority (MEaP) with his background in law, He leads on their legal and statutory governance to ensure the consortium of supplementary schools, achieve their strategic aims to raise education aspirations for a diverse range of young people across Greater Manchester. He is also the co-founder for Grace Incorporation Faith Trust (GIFT) a network of social enterprises that came together in order to build strategic partnerships to support local people into education and employment.
Henry has been involved with Voluntary Community Social sector for the past 15 years developing a range of community led initiatives supporting young people to achieve their goals and leadership skills. Henry has extensive experience in capacity building, project development and fundraising, specifically within small and niche organisations that support young people to get involved in making a difference in their community as active citizens.
As a Legal Officer at Manchester City Council assisted the Local Authority Legal Team, to provide defence in litigation as a result of alleged negligence in housing disrepair and personal injuries cases.
Helen leads BT’s Education practise in the UK, having spent the past 25 years in the IT and Telecommunications industry. Helen is committed to encouraging young people, particularly girls that careers in technology can be accessible, rewarding and enjoyable for them. To support this she is a Barefoot Volunteer (barefootcas.org.uk) visiting schools and supporting teachers to develop confidence in teaching computer science. Helen is also a STEM ambassador encouraging young people to enjoy STEM subjects.
Helen is a regular speaker at events and mentors both within BT and external organisations. Her recognitions include the IoD North West Young Director of the Year and Large Business Director of the Year, Forward Ladies – Women in Business, and a National Award for Diversity and Inclusion.
Danielle is an experienced Human Resources professional currently working as a HR Business Partner for Manchester City Council.
After completing a Master's Degree in Human Resources Management, Danielle started her career at ITV. Following on from this, in 2009 she obtained a place on the graduate scheme at Manchester City Council. Danielle has worked for the Council in a variety of corporate and operation roles including Employee Relations Manager and as a Policy Officer in Neighbourhood Services. Her currently role as HR Business Partner for Schools has given her a deep understanding of the education sector and the challenges faced by Manchester schools.
Danielle joined the Academy as a Trustee in 2018 and sits on the Finance and Audit Committee and also the Board of Trustees.