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 Chorlton Park Primary School.

For information on the Local Governing Body for each of our schools please go to the school’s website:

Chorlton Park

Old Moat

Rolls Crescent

Richard Buckley


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 poisitions including 2 years with responsibility for techincal 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.

Paul Davies


Term of Office end: 31 August 2022

Paul has over 46 years of public service since joining the Army on leaving school. He worked in a number of roles as a Community Police Constable for 26 years throughout Greater Manchester prior to his appointment as a Policy Officer with Manchester City Council.

Paul has worked in a variety of Departments within the Local Authority including Transport, Community Safety and Facilities Management and brings a high level of understanding and appropriate challenge in Health and Safety and Safeguarding matters.

He has been involved in School Governance for over 25 years, initially as a Parent Governor.

Paul was invited to join and was co-opted onto the Governing Body at Rolls Crescent in 2006. He has a wide range of knowledge of public services and that of the local community and its needs.

Louise Breed


Term of Office end: 31 August 2022

Louise was elected onto the Governing Body of Chorlton Park Primary School by the Parent body in June 2015 and was elected as Chair of Governors in October 2018. 

Louise runs her own business providing consultancy for large organisations in cultural change, employee engagement and internal communications, having spent her career working in these areas for organisations such as The Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer and HSBC. 

Louise has two children in Years 3 and 5 at Chorlton Park Primary School and joined the governing body to make sure parents' views and interests are central to decision making at the school.

Martin Harding


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.

David Watson NLE

Executive Principal and Chief Executive Officer to the MAT

David is the Executive Principal/CEO of the Trust and the Strategic Director for the Manchester Teaching School Alliance (MTSA).  He is also the North West Representative for the Teaching School Council.  David is an Ofsted inspector and a National Leader of Education. He took part in the National College fellowship programme in 2011 including a trip to Singapore, which reported on the development of governance.

Elizabeth Jayne

Vice Chair of the Trust & Personnel Director

Originally elected as a Community Governor
Term of office end: 31/08/2019

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

Originally elected as Parent Governor
Term of office end: 31/08/2019

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.

Jo Hart

Chair of the Trust & Member

Jo is an HCPC Registered Health Psychologist, a Reader in Health Professional Education, MBChB Associate Director for Academic Affairs and Deputy Head of the Division of Medical Education at the University of Manchester. She is also a Researcher in health professional education and behaviour change.  Jo brings a common sense and no nonsense approach to performance data. She ensures that data is transparent, open and used to hold leaders to account.  Jo became the Chair of the Trust in January 2018 and is also a Trust Member.

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