Suzannah ReevesTerm of Office: 29/06/16 - 29/06/20 (Member Appointed Trustee/Chair of Trustees Greater Manchester Learning Trust)
Suzannah has 25 years; experience as a teacher and educational leader. Suzannah is Director for Quality and Monitoring at Oldham Sixth Form College. Suzannah is member of the SLT at OSFC. She has been in her current role for 5 years and has a breadth of experience both prior to and alongside her work in this role, including extensive strategic leadership experience through her Chair of Governor roles in both the primary and secondary sectors.
Suzannah is a designated Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for Governance and Strategic Leadership and has expertise in a range of areas including quality improvement, curriculum planning design, governance and leadership.
The impact of Suzannahs work can be seen through her leadership support and challenge at the schools where she is Chair of Governors and through developments at OSFC. Having come through the route of Head of Humanities at OSFC and has an excellent insight into the challenges faced by curriculum leaders. She has led the restructure of the Curriculum Area Leader role at OSFC and the impact of this is seen in the level of ownership and accountability taken by colleagues in these roles, including effective scrutiny of data and clarity and improved practice in respect of performance management.
Suzannah has an analytical approach, basing judgements on evidence from a range of sources and she understands the need for contextual information. She is transparent with her colleagues and is never afraid to have difficult conversations to ensure action is taken to improve outcomes for students.
Suzannah is a local councillor for Old Moat Ward on Manchester City Council. She was elected in 2010 and from 2011-2015 she was assistant executive member for Childrens Services
Liz FraneyTerm of Office: 29/06/16 - 29/06/20 Member Appointed Trustee
Liz is a career civil servant and has been working in the Department for Education for almost ten years, based in their offices in Manchester. Prior to that Liz was a European Civil Servant, working a on a variety of topics, including international trade negotiations.
Liz's current role is as Head of Delivery for the Blackpool and Oldham Opportunity Areas. This is an exciting programme which aims to promote social mobility in twelve of the most deprived areas of England. In this role, she manages two teams split over four sites and a budget of approximately £15 million pounds. One of the attractions of the role is that it covers the entire span of the Department for Education's remit, from early years and children's social care to post-16 provision. The focus is on using evidence-based practice to help the most disadvantaged children and young people to achieve their full potential.
Before joining the Opportunity Area Programme, Liz worked as Head of Office for the Regional Schools Commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire. This gave me her an in depth insight into the academies programme, including DfE's oversight of academies.
Prior to that Liz managed teams within the department's Free Schools Programme.
Simon FerrisTerm of Office: 21/12/16 - 21/12/20 Co-opted Trustee
Simon Ferris works within the GMLT and holds the role of Trustee.
He has a combined 30 years' worth of experience within Teaching and Learning, Governance and as a Development Manager. Simon currently holds the role of course leader and Maths tutor at Oldham Sixth Form College.
Simon has experience of working within good and outstanding departments and of working across sectors and implementing change and developing success. Such as developing the GCSE resit program at Oldham Sixth Form College and leading it from 'requires ‘improvement' to ‘Outstanding’ over three years. The course is in its second year of Outstanding.
Bushra JamilTerm of Office: 29/06/16 - 29/06/20 Member Appointed Trustee
Bushra Jamil has over 25 years' experience working in training and employment. This has entailed extensive research, analysis and formulation of economic growth policies; commissioning and project management of schemes (£2m to £5m per annum); business development, including marketing of training provision; supporting the delivery of a Government pathfinder project (£12m) in collaboration with internal and external agencies to improve training and employment outcomes for the residents of Greater Manchester; working nationally with Government Departments to develop new policies on skills, employment, including careers provision to ensure these meet the current and future needs of employers.
Bushra has served on Parrs Wood High School Governing Body from 2011 – 2016. During this time she has been an active member on the Governing Body and a range of Committees, including Resource Management, Standards and Curriculum, Head Teacher Appraisal and Pay.
Additionally, Bushra has lived in the area for over 25 years. She has a strong commitment to the local community and to improve educational outcomes for all schools in the MAT.
Simon KeoghTerm of Office: 05/07/18 - 05/07/20 Co-opted Trustee
Simon Keogh heads up the Automation business at Siemens Digital Industries. He has 30 years' experience of working with Industrial manufacturing companies helping them define their automation and latterly digitalisation strategies to achieve productivity gains.
He is an experienced business leader in terms of developing and delivering growth strategies based around technology lifecycle management and go to market approaches. Operating in and with many large organisations success is based around collaboration and common clear goals.
Recognising that there is a skills gap in the wider UK manufacturing sector Simon actively supports the promotion of STEM and further educational establishments that feed our future Engineers.
Damian Owen(Member Appointed Trustee / Executive Principal, Greater Manchester Learning Trust)
Damian (executive Principal) is an LLE with over 25 years' experience of teaching and leadership in a range of settings, working in some of the most deprived areas of the country to turn around the performance of failing schools, as well as moving Good schools to Outstanding status. He became Principal at Manchester Health Academy in September 2013 and was instrumental in leading its development from Inadequate to a Good judgement by Ofsted within eighteen months of his appointment.
He was a member of the Ofsted Focus Group for schools in challenging circumstances, developing the ways in which schools are inspected. Mr Owen holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and has completed a range of accredited headship development during his tenure. He is also an accredited Pupil Premium Reviewer. More recently he has completed extensive school to school support alongside other GMLT colleagues within Salford, providing successful leadership and school improvement to a school facing significant challenges.
Carol CulleyTerm of Office: 29/06/16 - 29/06/20 Member Appointed Trustee
Carol Culley's role in the GMLT is as a trustee and the Chair of the Finance Committee. Carol has experience and expertise in many different areas including finance, performance management, health and safety and governance and assurance.
Carol currently has the role of City Treasurer at Manchester City Council since June 2016. Within this role she is responsible for and oversees Finance and Performance, Revenues and Benefits, Customer Contact Centre, Finance and HR Shared Service Centre, Procurement and Commissioning and Internal Audit, Health and Safety & Risk Management. However, Carol’s previous experience has included her role as Deputy City Treasurer with the responsibilities of Finance and Performance, ICT and Health & Social Care Devolution Team as well as being an Assistant Chief Executive overseeing Finance and Performance.
She has acquired several accredited professional qualifications for her work in finance including, CIPFA, diploma in management: certificate in commissioning & procurement and is also a member of the CIPFA Council and Chair CIPFA Local Government Board.
Carol has a wealth of experience in financial management, governance and assurance and fulfilling trustee roles and associated requirements. Including, experience of schools finance and governance.
Emma CaulfieldTerm of Office: 12/06/18 - 12/06/22 Co-opted Trustee
Emma is presently Chair of Governors at Parrs Wood High School. She has worked in primary education for 25 years as a middle and senior leader. She was a primary school teacher & middle leader for eight years and worked as School Improvement Officer for Manchester City Council for five years (Primary English and Intensifying Support Programme). She has also held the roles of School Safeguarding Lead and of Primary English Lead for MCC. She works widely as a Key Stage 1 moderator. Emma was a primary school governor for five years including two years as Chair, during which time the school was graded 'outstanding' by Ofsted. She holds the NPQH qualification and an MA in Education· For the last seven years Emma has been a primary literacy consultant and is a published author on literacy related matters in primary education.
Thomas McDonaldTerm of Office: 29/06/16 - 29/06/20 Member Appointed Trustee
Mr McDonald is a Trustee for the GMLT. He is currently working as a Non-Executive Board Member of Equity Housing Group,(2015 to present) his roles include: Chair of specialist housing committee and member of Audit and Risk Committee.
Thomas has a BA Economics degree and a MA In Social Policy as well as a Social work qualification. His skills in strategic leadership and project management and wider understanding of the social and other factors that affect student progress and wellbeing, will hopefully assist the school in establishing itself and providing an effective and safe environment for students
Mark WelsbyTerm of Office: 29/06/16 - 29/06/20 Co-opted Trustee
Mark Welsby's role within the GMLT is as a Trustee. Mark has over 14 years' experience of managing multi-tenanted prestigious leisure destinations within the UK. Working for the UK's largest Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) a FTSE 100 company, owning and managing more than 26 million sq ft of commercial property.
He works collaboratively with stakeholders to maximise revenue, control costs and provide strong leadership to of all aspects of Property Management and to develop innovative solutions to complex service issues. With a footfall of 5 million per annum, he is responsible for the Health, Safety and security of all visitors and employees.
Janet Marland, Louise StauntonTerm of Office: 18/09/19 - 18/09/23 Associate Trustee, GMLT Associate
Janet Marland, Louise Staunton
33 years of teaching and leadership in a range of primary school settings, including working in Germany in a British Forces school, and working in the UK in schools where 100% of the pupils have English as an additional language. Have led on safeguarding, curriculum development, maths, PE and R.E.
I believe that my experience at primary level will be highly relevant to establishing a similarly positive culture in Year 7 at a new school so that children have the best experience of transition that we can offer. I am a LLE and therefore have experience of supporting/mentoring others. In addition I have recently led my current school through expansion and a rebuild project and all the work that entails, such as setting up a learning environment from scratch and recruitment of staff. I have had to introduce and/or develop staff appraisal in all 3 schools that I have had led. This has been the single most effective way of dealing with competency issues and subsequently raising standards through robust monitoring and evaluation that is linked to performance targets.,
Louise is an accredited Schools Resource Management Adviser (SRMA) with over 15 years' experience in educational finance. She has held a number of roles, providing financial advice and support to a range of schools and trusts in a variety of contexts. She qualified as an ACCA Accountant in 2006 and held the role of Education Finance Officer with Trafford Local Authority for five years before becoming Finance Director and Business Manager in a single Academy Trust. There she established a business management partnership, providing services to schools across the LA. Louise has worked closely with the National College for Teaching & Leadership as regional business manager advocate and partnership adviser, promoting school business management collaborations across the North West. She has significant experience in managing large budgets and ensuring the effective financial performance of organisations against the background of reductions in real-terms funding. Louise holds an advanced diploma in Education Business Management and a postgraduate qualification in Educational Leadership. In 2014 she became Strategic Director of Finance and Corporate Services at Manchester Health Academy, overseeing a 14 million expansion project and providing support, in her role as SLE, to numerous organisations experiencing financial pressures.