Trust Board Biographies

Jenny Andrews - Chair of Trust Board

Recently retired, Jenny has worked in the Education sector throughout her career including as a teacher, Headteacher, Ofsted Inspector, Deputy Director Manchester Children’s Services and latterly as deputy to the Director of Education & Skills (Manchester City Council).  Jenny was a member of Manchester City Council’s Senior Management Team from 2004 – 2014; prior to this she was Headteacher at Piper Hill Special School from 1991 – 2004. She has been a governor of William Hulme Grammar School Academy for the last six years and since retirement at the end of March 2014 has taken on a role as Chair of an Interim Executive Board of a secondary school. Jenny has specific experience and expertise in quality assurance and school improvement.

In the area of special educational needs, she has experience as a Headteacher of a special school and was the former Ofsted inspector of special schools and SEN provision in mainstream schools. For the last 18 months Jenny has been working in collaboration with Headteachers in Manchester to establish the Manchester Schools’ Alliance (MSA) – a partnership led by schools, for schools, to support the self-improving school system. In this role she has been involved in the development of the bid led by Piper Hill and Loreto 6th Form College to establish the MSA Teaching School. 

Within her roles within the Council, Jenny has been responsible for managing teams to deliver a range of work and developing a number of city wide strategies including School Improvement, Special Educational Needs and Inclusion, Attendance, Early Help, School Place Planning and Capital Investment and Early Years.


Mark Brookfield - Vice-Chair of Trust Board

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 advertising agency. Mark now works from home managing a property portfolio.

Mark has 6 years’ experience as a Parent Governor at Chorlton Park Primary School.  In 2015, Mark was elected as a Parent Governor of the Chorlton High School Governing Body and has served on the Trust Board of the CHS Learning Trust since February 2017.  Mark has strong financial management skills and he served on the Resources Committee at Chorlton High School since his appointment to the Governing Body.  To this role, he brought a strong degree of challenge and scrutiny to the financial management of resources across the school and wider Trust.

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 and leading the school strategically to ensure that they deliver the very best outcomes for students in its care.


Amanda Edwards - Trustee

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 up to the high school Amanda was keen to continue to be involved a strategic level.  She became a Governor at Chorlton High School in December 2013 and went onto become the Chair of Governors.  She is now a Governor at Newall Green High School and a Trustee for the Prospere Trust.

Amanda’s professional background is in Special Educational Needs.   She has over 25 years’ experience as an Advisory Teacher for SpLD.    She 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.


Helen Jones - Trustee

Helen retired from the role of the Head of Manchester Hospital School and Home Teaching Service in 2006.   The Hospital School was a varied and innovative learning environment for students out of school because of ill-heath, including mental health. As Helen had a forward-looking approach to her work she recognised that there were similarities with the work of Piper Hill and felt she had much to give.

She became a governor of Piper Hill High School 10 years ago, eventually becoming Chair of Governors. As well as being Chair of the Finance and Staffing Committee.  She is currently a Trustee of Prospere Trust, this is a role which is fast moving and requires an open–minded approach to stay ahead of developments. Helen feels this is an exciting time with many opportunities for growth and co-operation across schools.

Helen believes that the experience she has gained from her many, varied roles within education have helped her  greatly in her role as Trustee.

In my role on the Governing Body I am keen to see that the transition to a Multi Academy Trust is a smooth one, ensuring that Chorlton High School continues to progress, whilst not losing its co-operative identity. Furthermore, I wish to ensure that Newall Green improves at a steady rate, establishing effective strategic planning in the short, medium and long term, while also maintaining the school’s current identity.

One of the current challenges for Chorlton High School to maintain the standard it has achieved in this ever changing educational climate. One of the main challenges for Newall Green is ensuring that results begin to improve, and using teaching and learning as the catalyst for this.


Linda Jones - CEO of Prospere Trust

Linda has been a teacher in both primary and secondary schools, and since 1989 has worked in the field of SEN and as a SENCO in a mainstream primary.  She was appointed to the role of Headteacher of Piper Hill High School in 2004 and has had 4 outstanding Ofsted inspections. 

She was the School Effectiveness Officer for Manchester LA 2007-2009 and was the SEN Building Schools for the Future lead in Manchester in 2008.  She became a National Leader of Education / National Support School Headteacher in 2011.   Linda has proven experience in improving the quality of teaching and learning, leadership developments and SEN provision in a number of schools.  In 2012 she took on the role of  Chair of the Wythenshawe Childrens’ partnership and was accountable to the Manchester Childrens’ Board and the Manchester Strategic Education Board. 

Linda was a Governor at the Seashell Trust, an Independent School for children with complex learning difficulties and is currently Teaching and Learning Governor at Manchester Enterprise Academy.  Linda successfully managed the opening of Pioneer House Special Free School in September 2016.  She is also a designated Ofsted inspector for Primary/Secondary Special schools. 

Linda was appointed to the role of CEO of Prospere Learning Trust in November 2017.


Bev Ridyard - Trustee

Bev became a governor in 2013, starting as a link governor with expertise in business, sales and marketing. 

In September 2017, she became a Trustee of Prospere Learning Trust and is Chair of the Local Governing Body of Piper Hill High School.  She enjoys the combination of challenge and support. She feels that her authenticity stands her in a good position to fulfil these roles.  She believes that she brings a different dimension to the committees through her skills and experiences as  her education ‘lens’ is so different to others.  As a consequence, she is not afraid to ask a question or seek clarification! 

She is a huge believer in self-development and continually looking to raise her own standards as a Trustee and Governor.  She is keen to know more, and utilise all channels available to Governors, including The Key and Governor Live, as well as attending CPD and training.  This has also helped her to develop softer skills such as time management, stakeholder management and financial review, which also complement her other voluntary roles.