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our trustees

Sarah Walker

(Chair of The Trust Board and Safeguarding Lead)

appointment date - 06/02/2020

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.


appointment date - 06/02/2020

Danielle is a founding Trustee of GMAT. She is an experienced Leader with a wealth of knowledge and experience in schools. She is an Education Business Partner, with a responsibility for People Policy And Recruitment at Manchester City Council.

sarah green

appointment date - 06/02/2020

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 lea

appointment date - 04/10/2022

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. 

Domain Olufowobi

appointment date - 12/12/23

I was appointed as Finance Governor in October 2020. Being extremely passionate about making positive impact by helping people to develop, becoming a Finance Governor at MCPA provides me an opportunity to contribute relevant skills and value to MCPA's governing board.

I am a Director at Mazars providing audit service large and listed corporates in diverse industries, with relevant experiences in Financial Planning and Reporting, Corporate Strategy and Restructuring. 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time volunteering, watching football (I'm a big fan of Manchester United), playing billiards and learning to play new musical instruments.

john rowlands ceo

appointment date - 06/09/2020

asif khan

appointment date - 12/12/23


appointment date - 12/12/2023

TAsneem Said

appointment date - 11/11/2021


our members

john falder (chair)





Finance and Audit

Domain Olufowobi (Chair)
Danielle Barrow

Adrian Jubb

david Lea

To view our LGB information please see below:
Manchester Communication Academy click here

Manchester Communication Primary Academy click here

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