CHAIR OF TRUSTEES
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JOHN ROWLANDS, EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL
DANIELLE BARROW, VICE CHAIR/HR LEAD
HENRY NGAWOOFAH, LGB CHAIR - MCPA
CANDICE BRETT, CHAIR - FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
CHAIR OF MEMBERS
JOHN FALDER, CEO HMG PAINTS
ROBIN LAWLER, DIRECTOR, ROBIN LAWLER CONSULTING
KIRSTIN KERR, THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
LOCAL GOVERNING BODY CHAIRS
CLIVE PALMER, MANCHESTER COMMUNICATION ACADEMY
HENRY NAGWOOFAH, MANCHESTER COMMUNICATION PRIMARY ACADEMY
JOHN ROWLANDS, EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
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Sarah is employed by Cisco UK as the Managing Director for the Enterprise Business. Sarah is also a Non-Executive Director at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust where she Chairs their Quality Committee, and is a member of The Institute of Sales Management with a specific focus on their Mental Health and Wellbeing Thought Leadership initiative.
Sarah is an experienced Executive Leader with a track record for creating and executing strategic change and transformation programmes to improve operational performance of business units; focused on improving customer advocacy and employee engagement within the major business, public sector and corporate environments.
Sarah joined the Trust in 2018 as a Trustee and was appointed as the Chair of the Board of Trustees in September 2021. Sarah is the Lead Trustee for Safeguarding.
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.
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.
Tasneem is employed as a Senior Commercial Lead at Serco and is a member of the Law Society.
Tasneem is an experienced Solicitor with a demonstrated history of working in the outsourcing / offshoring industry. Tasneem is skilled in legal writing, management, corporate governance, transactions, outsourcing and government contracting. Tasneem is a strong legal professional who qualified as a solicitor over 16 years ago.
Tasneem joined the Trust as a Trustee in 2021 and has worked closely with the Trust on their Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.
Sarah was the Education Endowment Foundation’s Content Specialist for Literacy in 2021-22 and continues to work closely with them in an alumni capacity. Alongside this, Sarah is both a Trust Director of Literacy for The Prospere Learning Trust in South Manchester and a consultant literacy specialist delivering training and support to schools and trusts. She is also a Voice21 National Oracy Leader, a Teacher Development Trust (TDT) Associate, and is an Evidence Lead in Education (ELE) with Manchester Communication Research School.
During her nineteen years in education, Sarah has taught English across schools in Tameside, Stockport and Manchester, and has extensive experience in both middle and senior leadership. In her trust-based role, she provides school-to-school leadership support specialising in evidence-informed CPDL, curriculum development in English and whole-school teaching & learning, with a focus on improving literacy, oracy and SEND provision. She has also worked with One Education in Manchester over the last two years to co-develop their new Secondary Reading Award framework.
David began his career as a Management Trainee with NatWest International Division. Following this, David spent 15 years in the print industry ultimately managing the design and print for brands which included Marks and Spencer and Pepsico. In addition, David was employed at British Airways where he was responsible for developing partnerships with some of the UK's leading brands and he was also employed at Libra Europe, where he supported some of the UK's major retailers transform their business.
Most recently, David was employed as the Commercial Director at Manchester City Council working across the organisation to develop a commercial culture that would allow the council to continue to deliver all of its essential services against a backdrop of very significant funding cuts.
David is currently a non-Executive Director for MediaCo Group.
For many years, David volunteered as a Regulation 33 Visitor for Manchester City Council's Looked after Children's homes.
David is the Chair of the Board of Directors at his local golf club.
Candice is an experienced financial professional who is employed as the Finance Director at Faith in Nature Limited. Candice is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
During her career, Candice has been involved in the opening of new branches of business in Eastern Europe; implementation of CRM and ERP systems at various sites; development of financial control frameworks and arrangements of strategic and budgetary planning processes.
Candice has extensive experience of working with a wide range of consultants and third parties – IT partners; audit and accountancy; legal; HMRC; shareholders, etc.
Candice is a keen mentor having developed finance teams and wider colleagues throughout her career and continues to do so.
Candice joined the Trust in 2021 as a Trustee and was appointed as the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee in September 2022.