Our role as Directors of the Trust is to oversee the leadership and vision of our family of schools and to nurture collaboration between them. We ensure the pupils all benefit from being a part of the Trust with access to joint opportunities such as shared learning, trips and events as well as working with a wider range of peers and teachers.

We are responsible for holding the Executive Principal to account in leadership, vision and values and academic performance in each school.

The Board of Directors meet 6 times per year (twice-termly) at alternate schools.

David Ainsworth

Director (Education)

Term of Office End: October 2023

David Ainsworth was co-opted onto our Board of Directors in October 2019 with an expertise in Education.
Originally from Denton and graduating with a combined honours degree in history and geography from Leeds University, after which he gained his PGCE and MEd from Manchester University.  David has spent his career in teaching, working at high schools in Poynton, Macclesfield, Wigan and Newtown in Mid-Wales.

David secured his first headship at an 11-18 high school and sports college in North Lancashire where he worked from 1998-2005. In 2005 he took up the headship of Trinity CE High School in Manchester. During his tenure, 2005-2017, Trinity became a converter academy, a Full International School, a National Teaching School and acquired sixth form status together with a £3 million centre.

David  led on the Trinity BSF financed school re-building programme, costing £21.5 million. He also led the school to OFSTED "outstanding," SIAMS "outstanding" and examination results and attendance figures that were consistently above national averages. After twelve successful years at Trinity, David accepted an offer to act as a consultant advising on new school building projects in the North West. He combined this with school improvement advisory work.

David's outside interests include working out at the local gym, gardening and reading - particularly historical biography. He is also a fairly regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph letters page!  


Oliver George


Chair of Govenrors, Rolls Crescent Primary School
Member of Finance & Resources Committee 
Term of office end:  October 2023

Further details coming soon.

Michael Owen


Chair of Governors, Dane Bank Primary School
Vice Chair of Finance - Finance and Resources Committee
Term of office end:   October 2023 

Michael was appointed Chair of Governors at Dane Bank Primary School in 2015 whilst his son was a pupil at the school.  Michael is an a ccountant by profession and worked in the health service for 33 years.

Michael is proud to be a governor at Dane Bank and supports the school in striving to be the very best by providing a caring and safe atmosphere in which children are respected and ensuring an environment in which they thrive as individuals.

Michael is a Link Governor of behaviour, attitudes and safeguarding.

Michael became a Director on the Board in October 2019 in preparation of Dane Bank joining the Trust in November 2019.

David Pilkington


Chair of Govenrors, Chorlton Park Primary School
Chair of Finance - Finance and Resources Committee
Term of office end:  November 2023

David was a Deputy Headteacher of a large, high-perforing secondary schools in CHeadle; Kingsway High School.  He holds almost 30 years' experience of a governor and has a wealth of experience in school improvement planning, challenge, systems-thinking and smart success criteria.

Hazel Remeika


Term of Office start:  October 2019
Term of Office end:   October 2023

Hazel was elected as Chair of Governors as Chorlton Park at their first meeting in September 2019.  Hazel was confirmed as Chair of Governors and was co-opted onto the Board as Director at the first Board of Directors meeting for the academic year 2019/20 on 08 October 2019.

Profile to follow

Stephen Johnston


HR Director
Governor, Rolls Crescent Primary School 
Chair of HR - Finance and Resources Committee 
Term of office end:   October 2023

Stephen has been a co-opted Governor at Rolls Crescent since May 2018 where he is the current Wellbeing Governor. Since January 2020 he has been the HR Chair of the CLIC Finance, Business and Resources Committee. Stephen was also co-opted as Director of the Board on 08 October 2019 at the first Board of Directors Meeting of the academic year 2019/2020.

Stephen grew up in the Blackburn area and moved to Manchester to attend University. He now works as a Human Resources Partner at The University of Manchester and brings experience in recruitment, training,  performance management and coaching.

Richard Buckley

Chair of the Trust

Chair of the Trust 
Governor, Old Moat Primary School 
Member of the Finance & Resources Committee 
Term of Office end: 31 August 2022

Rich was co-opted onto Old Moat's Local Governing Body in January 2018.

Rich grew up in Rochdale before joining the Army and completing a degree in Electrical Engineering.  As an Army Officer, Rich held several Engineering Management positions including 2 years with responsibility for technical training and spent time in both the UK and overseas before studying Pashto and working as an interpreter in Afghanistan. 

On leaving the military, Rich worked in operations and project management for Walkers Snack Foods (part of PepsiCo) at their Skelmersdale factory before spending 3 years working in PepsiCo's European Nutrition supply chain team working with several brands including Tropicana & Quaker.  Rich currently leads the Manufacturing Excellence agenda for PepsiCo in the UK.

Rich was elected as Chair of the Trust for the academic year of 2019/2020 on 08 October 2019 by his fellow Directors.

Martin Harding


Safeguarding Director 
Governor, Rolls Crescent Primary School
Term of office end: 31/08/2019

Martin has previously been a Trust Member with management and public sector experience and Chair of Governors at Rolls Crescent Primary School.  

Martin joined the police service in 1974.  His valuable work was recognised, resulting in him becoming the recipient of a Home Secretary's Commendation for 'Making a Difference'. His involvement with the National Black Police Association (NBPA), saw him work strategically at an international level, meeting and working with like organisations across the USA, Canada, Europe and South Africa.

A key posting was that of Detective Chief Inspector, Senior Investigating Officer in the GMP Discipline and Complaints Branch, leading a team of experienced detectives investigating complaints against police officers. The Discipline and Complaints Branch is now referred to as the Professional Standards Branch.

Attaining the rank of Superintendent, his final police posting was the initiation and management of a cross-organisational change programme intended to make GMP an employer of choice and an inclusive organisation. This work was later cited by HMIC as an example of good practice.

Elizabeth Jayne

Vice Chair of the Trust

Governor, Chorlton Park Primary School (originally elected as a Community Governor)
Term of office end: September 2023

Elizabeth has previously worked for Rochdale Education Authority and the Public Health Service in Sheffield then Salford.  She has been running her own successful management consultancy business for 14 years. Elizabeth has 16 years’ experience as a governor and has a solid understanding of school business. She holds the portfolio of HR, ensuring that appraisal is robust.

Gavin White

Business & Finance Director & Chair of Old Moat’s Local Governing Body

Chair of Governors, Old Moat Primary School (originally elected as Parent Governor)
Term of office end: October 2023

Gavin is a Councillor in Old Moat ward, Constituency Assistant to Jeff Smith MP and a qualified Architect.  He is a Church Leader/Charity Trustee at the King’s Church, Manchester and his work includes helping with various homeless projects in the City, operational/staff management and organisational development and governance with 3 local charities in Manchester.  He is also involved with many community groups in Old Moat and Withington.

Gavin is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee and has a commitment to transforming Old Moat. 

We ensure the pupils all benefit from being a part of the Trust.