Malcolm Pike, partner at Addleshaw Goddard, one of the country’s leading law firms, joined the School’s Board of Governors in 2009 and took over as Chair in September 2017. Mr Pike specialises in Employment Law, acting for many household name companies. He is a member of the ACAS panel of Independent Arbitrators, chair of the Rugby Football League’s Contract Disputes Panel and a Director of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. He is married with two children, both of whom were educated at Withington: Eleanor who left in 2007; and Lucy who left in 2009.
Mr Chris Poston joined the Governing Body in August 2019 as Finance Governor and Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Chris is a Director at Royce Peeling Green, Chartered Accountants with responsibility for a varied portfolio of audit and non-audit clients. He served as an Independent Member of the Audit Committee for Turning Point, the UK’s largest social care charity, for six years. A former parent, Chris is very much looking forward to taking on the role of Finance Governor at the School.
Mr Mark Adlestone joined the Governing Body in 2014. He is Chairman of Beaverbrooks the Jewellers where he has worked since 1979. He is the father of three girls, all of whom have either attended, or still attend Withington. He is actively involved with many communal activities including being chairman of the The Fed, which offers communal and residential care and support to the Jewish community of Greater Manchester. He has developed within Beaverbrooks a special culture which encourages colleagues to truly listen to, care for, support and develop each other. The company has a very strong emphasis on charity and donates 20% of its profits annually to its Charitable Trust.
Dr Jane Allred has recently retired as a GP from a practice in Altrincham and is a former pupil of Bolton School for Girls, and studied at Manchester Medical School from 1973 – 78. After working in a number of Manchester hospitals she entered general practice and took up her present post in 1999 after her youngest child started school. Her medical interests include children’s and women’s health. Married with two sons and a daughter, Dr Allred lives in Bowdon and lists tennis, running, skiing and sailing among her favourite pastimes. Her daughter, Katie, is a former Withington pupil.
Mr Andrew Chicken joined the board in September 2018. He retired from his position of Headmaster at Stockport Grammar School at the end of August 2018 after 13 years in post. He had previously been Head of Colfe’s School in London. Mr Chicken is a Team Inspector for the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate and has served as Chairman of the North-West Division of HMC (the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) which is a professional Association of heads of the world’s leading independent schools. Mr Chicken has a long association with the School through his wife, who taught French at WGS for 22 years and set up the School’s Learning Support Department.
Mrs Diane Hawkins, a former Withington pupil, joined the board in September 2017 and is the representative of Withington Onwards (the Alumnae Body). Mrs Hawkins was Joint Managing Partner of a firm of lawyers in Manchester specialising in Occupational Disease litigation. She is now a Justice of the Peace on the Bolton Bench and sits in the Family Court in Greater Manchester. Mrs Hawkins is a member of the Church of England Provincial Panel, Deputy Chairman of the Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust, Trustee of Fortalice, the Bolton Women’s Refuge, and is the Chairman of Bolton Scout Trust. In 2008, Mrs Hawkins was made a Deputy Lieutenant.
Mrs Jo Kinney is Chair of the PTA and joined the Governing Body in 2014. She has two daughters at Withington, both of whom are in the Senior School. Mrs Kinney is a qualified FE/HE teacher and has been teaching Law and Complementary Therapies. She is a District Commissioner for Girlguiding and a member of her local Church Council. Married with an older son, Mrs Kinney lives in Dunham Massey and enjoys keeping fit and skiing as her favourite pastimes.
Ms Melanie Michael is the Head of St. Luke’s Church of England Primary School in Bury and joined the Board in January 2018. Ms Michael, a former pupil of Bury Girls’ Grammar School, has twenty-one years of experience working across the primary education sector in three local authorities. Ms Michael was awarded the designation of Local Leader of Education by the National College in 2012 and has extensive experience of leading successful change in driving school improvement. As a former Deputy Head of Old Moat Primary School, Ms Michael has excellent knowledge of the School’s local area.
Mr Ashvin Pathak is a former managing and divisional director for Misys PLC. He is an independent director for 3i, YFM and the North West Fund chairing several technology businesses. His role as chairman is to develop businesses and develop senior management teams. Ashvin joined the governing body in 2013 keen to play a small part in helping shape the leaders of tomorrow. He has been involved in the Withington 100+ bursary appeal and is a former parent.
Mr Howard Sinclair joined the Governing Body in 2014. He has been Managing Director of Copysoft Ltd, a software duplication company for the past 25 years. He has a son, Tom, who left The Manchester Grammar School in 2009 and three Withington daughters: Kate [2015 leaver], Olivia [2011 leaver] & Ella [2012 leaver]. He was involved in the Withington 100+ bursary appeal. Howard is a keen snow and water skier and has been a Manchester United season ticket holder for 40 years.
Mrs Sally Stuffins (nee Whitehead) joined the Board in January 2018 and is a former Withington pupil. Following her first degree in Geography and Masters in Construction Project Management, Mrs Stuffins became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2008. She worked for Laing O’Rourke as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor on major capital projects, including Manchester Town Hall Extension and Central Library refurbishment, and now works as Commercial Manager for the family plumbing and heating distribution business. Mrs Stuffins has a passion for sport and during her time at School, played on all sports teams, becoming School Lacrosse Captain in her Upper Sixth year during which time she represented Lancashire and the North of England. At university she was Club Captain when the team won the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) Championship. Mrs Stuffins is also a keen golfer.
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