Amanda Edwards – Chair of Governors
Amanda works in education and became a governor because she wanted to support her children’s school. She was a Governor at her children’s primary school and played a part in the strategic direction of the school. She believed in the ethos and felt that she could support and challenge the school as a governor. She ultimately became the Chair of Governors at Chorlton Park Primary School and during her tenure was inspected twice by Ofsted. Both inspections were rated as Outstanding. When her children moved on to secondary school she was keen to continue to be involved on a strategic level. She became a Governor at Chorlton High School in December 2013 and went onto become the Chair of Governors, until her term ended in Autumn 2017. As well as being the Chair of the CHS South Local Governing Body, she is also Governor at Newall Green High School and a Trustee for the Prospere Trust.
Her professional background is in Special Educational Needs. She has over 25 years’ experience as an Advisory Teacher for SpLD. Amanda has a Masters in Autistic Spectrum and Masters in Management and Education, as well as an Advanced Diploma in SpLD. The knowledge she has gained from being a Governor and Trustee has supported her own professional development and given her greater insight into the strategic management of a school.
In his professional career Mark worked in publishing for 7 years at Manchester’s City Life magazine followed by 25 years working as an account director and company director at a large independent Manchester advertising agency. He now works from home managing a property portfolio. He has previously had 6 years’ experience as a Parent Governor at Chorlton Park Primary. Mark has strong financial management skills and has served on the Resources and Finance Committee since his appointment bringing a strong degree of challenge and scrutiny to the financial management of resources across the school and wider Trust. Mark was elected as a Parent representative of the Chorlton High School Governing Body in 2015 and has served on the Trust Board of the CHS Learning Trust since February 2017. Mark uses his wealth of business skills and expertise as well as his strong understanding of the local community to ensure that the leadership of the school are constantly reflecting on success of their actions, leading the school strategically to ensure that they deliver the very best outcomes for students in our care.
Mark is also Trustee of Prospere Learning Trust.
Jane Clewlow has been teaching since 1999. After completing a BA Honours degree in English Literature at the University of Lancaster and a PGCE in Secondary English Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University, Jane was invited to take part in a DFE initiative called Fast Track Teaching. This programme identified, developed and retained talented individuals in the teaching profession and provided them with an enriched professional development route to early positions of senior leadership. This programme saw Jane take on the role of Head of English at the end of her second year of teaching and then move on to London to set up a new Academy.
From South East London, Jane moved to Manchester where she took up the role as Vice Principal at Salford City Academy. Here Jane was tasked with setting up a new school sixth form. This sixth form provision was praised in the school’s “Good” Ofsted report.
Following on from this role, Jane moved into the role of Vice Principal at the newly formed East Manchester Academy in Beswick. Originally situated in offices across from the school site, the skeleton staffing team prepared the school for the start of 180 students in September 2010. The Ofsted report of 2012 gave the school a “Good” grading with “Outstanding” for leadership and management.
Jane has served as a Governor on the board of two primary schools. Jane is also a resident of Chorlton and has 3 children who attend Chorlton primary schools.
Khalada Abdullah – Parent Governor
Khalada Abdullah works as a Senior Commissioning Manager for Manchester Health Care Commissioning. The aim of the organisation is to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Manchester. This role requires Khalada engage with a range of stakeholders to design and develop services that meet the needs of residents in Manchester. Khalada hopes that her knowledge, experience and understanding of local needs are skills that she can bring to the role as Governor at CHS South.
Like all parents at CHS South, Khalada wants her children to receive a first class education, alongside the right opportunities to excel and be happy at school. As CHS South is a new school, Khalada sees the current role of Parent Governor as an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of the school and ensure all students there achieve the best outcome possible. She is delighted to have been given opportunity to work with the school to shape its role in delivering a high quality service to all students and developing its place in the local community.
Khalada is looking forward to working with the school leadership team to ensure the school flourishes and goes onto receive its first ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. She also is keen to ensure that standards remain high as the school transitions from the temporary accommodation in to their new facility in 2020.
Alex Hamilton – Parent Governor
Alex Hamilton has been employed as a civil servant for many years and during this time has gained vast experience working in a multidisciplinary environment. Her current role requires excellent and effective communications skills, adherence to policy and procedure with particular emphasis on confidentiality to effect long term positive change for all involved.
As a parent, Alex has learnt the value of patience and encouragement, being firm but fair, and supportive of the constant change and development of young people. She believes an inclusive and warm approach helps to bring out the best in their personal growth and aiding self-recognition of their full potential. Alex is committed to the welfare of CHS South students and staff and is keen to develop her interest in this aspect further, particularly within the remit of Ofsted and other inspections.
Alex is enthusiastic about being a part of an ambitious team that is driving forward CHS South’s inspiring mission statement for its students. She strives to be being a critical friend of the team. During her time as a Governor, Alex is looking forward to working with the team as they secure the eventual move from Lowry House to the permanent site at Hough End with as minimal disruption as possible to the students’ academic learning. She is also greatly excited to see the end results of the current Year 7 students when they are in Year 11 and undertake the new style GCSEs. Alex is particularly impressed by the enrichment programme currently on offer at CHS South and sees it as a fantastic opportunity for all the students to enhance their current skills and knowledge base. Together with the academic curriculum, Alex recognises that it has been designed to bring out the full potential of each and every student.
Alex has always been curious as to how schools are run and what goes on behind the scenes. She feels this role will provide a unique opportunity to have those questions answered, as well as giving her the opportunity to give back to the local community.
Akeim Mundell – Staff Governor
Akeim Mundell is Staff Governor for CHS South. As the School’s Pastoral Leader for CHS South, he joined the staff team in September 2018.
Akeim has been working within the education field for just over 8 years, where he has taught young people from the ages of 3 to 18 years old, both within school and community settings. He graduated university with a Foundation Degree in Teaching, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Professional Development in Education and a PGCE14+. Over the years Akeim has gained a wide knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum.
Akeim started working within the local community in Manchester in 2007, at a time when, unfortunately, crime rates were high. He saw it as his mission to make Manchester a better place and break down the stereotypes which held local young people back. This work resulted in Akeim being awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) by the Queen in 2017, as acknowledgement of 10 years of service to the community work field.
As CHS South is a brand new school within a vibrant community, Akeim believes that it’s vital to be building links with local businesses and organisations to form stronger community cohesion. He would like to be able to help our young people to love and value their community more. He wants CHS South to be known as one of the greatest additions to the South Manchester community, making a positive impact on the lives of students and their families, and also the wider community.
Akeim became a governor for CHS South, as he is passionate about ensuring that all CHS South students receive the best education possible, in order to strive and excel. A key focus for Akeim is on those with a barrier to learning, who may have a disability and the School’s looked after children.
In his role as governor, Akeim is looking to make a contribution by bringing together his teaching and community work experience coupled with his passion and determination. He is keen to be a strong, dedicated ‘critical friend’ to CHS South.
Danielle Murtagh – Co-opted Governor
Danielle has worked in Further and Higher Education since 2004 in both the North of England and South West. On moving back to the North as Senior Planning Manager at the University of Manchester she wanted to do more to support young people and their families in the local area. She joined the CHS South Local Governing Body in Co-opted Governor in September 2018.
Originally, Danielle qualified as a higher education lecturer, teaching SEN to prospective teachers on a BA (Hons) Education course. Danielle developed a passion for research management and moved to the University of Exeter where amongst a number of roles she was Project Manager for a large, international Climate Change project funded by the European Commission. Later she became the University’s Research and Impact Strategy Manager, as well as building the strategy with colleagues across the Institution, this involved developing challenging but achievable financial targets and identifying best ways of working to support staff in achieving these targets. Danielle’s role at the University of Manchester builds on this experience; she works across the University to coordinate student number plans and she is responsible for ensuring the University remains compliant with regulatory requirements through the Office for Students.
Danielle is excited to support the development of the new build and the opportunities this will bring for children from the surrounding areas. Danielle is forward to seeing the children reach their full potential and become ambassadors for the school. She hopes that her experience and knowledge of planning, project management and finance, can be put to use as CHS South enters this next exciting phase.
She is also keen to continue her own professional development by working at a strategic level with CHS South. Danielle is also a member of the Mainstream Cluster Resources and Finance Committee.
Denise Ogden – Co-opted Governor
Denise Ogden has over 25 years extensive experience in administration and management roles in the Higher Education sector. Added to this she has worked for the University of Manchester, liaising with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust as a Project Manager on a large scale programme. She is hoping that this wealth of skills and experience will equip her for the role of Governor on the CHS South Local Governing Body.
Denise’s employer, the University of Manchester, is very proactive in encouraging staff to become governors and work within the local community. So accepting this opportunity, Denise thought it would be productive and mutually beneficial for her to learn about how the secondary school education system works. Alongside this, as CHS South is a new school, she wanted to be a governor from the school’s inception and be able to use her invaluable experience of capital projects to help the school take off.
Denise joined the Governing Body in September 2018. She does not have any personal links to CHS South but has family living in Chorlton and she studied in Stretford, so she understands the community the school is based in.
In addition to being a member of the local governing body, Denise is also a member of the Audit Committee for the Prospere Trust. Denise hopes she can add real value to the local governing body, working with other governors to achieve ongoing success for the school.