Mrs Elisabeth Lee took over as Chair of Governors in September 2006. Mrs Lee recently retired from her position as a consultant with the leading law firm Mills & Reeve LLP after a legal career of over 30 years specialising in the insurance industry. She is also a member of the Board of Manchester Metropolitan University and a Patron of the Withington 100+ Bursary Appeal. Her daughter Antonia was Deputy Head Girl at Withington in 2000.
Mr David Illingworth joined the Governing Body in 2006 and is Treasurer of the Governing Body and Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. David is a former partner and senior adviser with KPMG and past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is non-executive director of the Nuclear Commissioning Authority and independent non-executive Chairman of the Trinity Retirement Benefit Scheme. David’s mother taught Mathematics at Withington in the 1970s.
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 practises as a full time GP at St John’s Medical Centre, 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.
Mrs Gwen Byron joined the board in September 2016. She is the Head of Loughborough School and President Elect of the Girls’ School Association. She is an ISI Boarding Inspector and previously taught at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and Roedean. Mrs Byrom studied at the University of Manchester obtaining a First in Biochemistry and is very pleased to re-establish her links in Manchester.
Professor Steve Furber CBE is the ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. He is a non-executive director of Silistix and chairs the Technical Advisory Committee. Both his daughters were Withington pupils and he has been involved in the development of the school’s ICT Strategy. In 2010, Professor Furber was elected as one of the three laureates of the Millennium Technology Prize, for development of of the ARM processor; he also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.
Mrs Jo Kinney is Chair of the PTA and joined the Governing Body in 2014. She has two daughters at Withington, one in the Senior School and one in the Junior School. Mrs Kinney is a qualified FE/HE teacher and has been teaching Law and Complementary Therapies. She is a District Commissioner fro 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 Sasha Johnson Manning is a former pupil of Withington. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1985, she has worked as a full-time singer and composer ever since. Her singing career has taken her all over the world and she broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 4. Sasha’s best known work is probably The Manchester Carols. She lives in Bowdon where she directs the Parish Church Choir.
Former pupil, Dr Anne Kirkham, left Withington in 1980 and became a chartered accountant. In the 1990s she began studying the history of art and now teaches at Manchester University where she is a part-time research associate. In 2007 she was a researcher in residence at Withington working with the drama department. Dr Kirkham is the Withington Onwards representative on the Board of Governors; she was treasurer of the alumnae association between 1989 and 2001 and rejoined its committee in 2008.
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.
Malcolm Pike, partner at Addleshaw Goddard, one of the country’s leading law firms, joined the School’s Board of Governors in 2009. 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 member of the Confederation of British Industry’s North West Regional Council. He is married with two children, both of whom were educated at Withington: Eleanor who left in 2007; and Lucy who left in 2009.
Mrs Lena Sabbagh joined Withington’s governing body in 2007. A graduate in Economics from the University of Cambridge in 1986, Mrs Sabbagh began her career in IT but switched first to marketing and then human resources before setting up her own talent nurturing ‘people consultancy’, Zenobia Consulting, in Manchester in 2005. Her daughter, who is now at the University of Cambridge, left Withington in 2013.
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.
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