Rebecca is a parent of current and former Chorlton High School students. Rebecca is a Judge in the Employment Tribunal, dealing with the range of issues that arise in the workplace. Her background is in discrimination, employment and human rights law and she aims to bring her understanding of these issues to her role as Chair of Governors.


Angela Keane

Prior to taking up a position on the Chorlton High School Governing Body, Angela was a Parent Governor and then Chair at a local primary school MAT. Angela understands the complexities of governance in an academy and the importance of each LGB having a strong voice on the Trust Board.  Angela also runs her own counselling practice in Chorlton and is a counsellor in a high school.  


Claire Brown

Claire is the parent of a current Chorlton High student and the Director of Communications, Marketing and Student Recruitment at the University of Manchester. Claire has extensive experience of leadership in Higher Education and has previously been a trustee for a European charity. Claire joined the Chorlton High School Governing Body as she was keen to use her skills and experience in a voluntary capacity within the local community. 


Kate Forshaw

Kate is a parent governor who has lived in Chorlton for over 20 years.  She spent most of her career in television production before changing direction to work in pastoral care in secondary schools during the pandemic.   



Martin Harding

Martin served with Greater Manchester Police between 1974 and 2006, rising to the rank of Superintendent. He is a founding member of the National Black Police Association (NBPA).  The work of this body was recognised by the Government and he was the recipient of a Home Secretary's Commendation for 'Making A Difference'.  Martin has sat on Trust Boards and Governing Bodies for other local Manchester schools.  He has two daughters and four grandchildren.


Emily Jones

Emily is a member of the local community in Chorlton.  She has two young children who attend Chorlton Park Primary School. Emily has worked as a finance professional all her career and is currently employed as Head of Finance for AQA.  Emily joined the Chorlton High Local Governing Body as she wanted to use her wide range of skills in a volunteering capacity.  

Katie Jones

Katie is an Assistant Headteacher at Piper Hill High School, one of the specialist schools within the Prospere Trust.  She has numerous years experience in SEN education, Katie uses this expertise as Lead Governor for SEN on the CHS Governing Body.


Mandie Shilton Godwin

Mandie is a Labour and Co-operative councillor representing Chorlton Park ward. She has lived and worked in the local area for 26 years. Her professional career was in voluntary and third sector management and she has extensive senior management and governance experience. She recently retired from the 'day job' to focus on being a councillor.  


Alf Parrington

Alf Parrington is a Co-opted Governor serving on the Chorlton High School LGB. He is the chairperson of the Mainstream Resources and Finance Committee, as well as sitting on the Audit Committee.  Professionally, Alf has experience in Finance and Management, as well as many years experience working in the Further Education Sector.


Gary Bury

Gary is a Co-opted Governor and has two children at Chorlton High. Professionally he is a qualified accountant and CEO of technology business. He has lived in Chorlton for 20 years and joined the governing body to use his experience to help Chorlton High continue to thrive and develop.

Kashif Malik

Kashif is an academic, currently lecturing at Leeds Beckett University and academic advising at the University of Manchester. He is passionate about community engagement and truly believes what brings people together is more meaningful than what sets them apart. Kashif has taken various neighbourhood outreach initiatives in the local communities of Whalley Range and Chorlton. He continues to promote mutual respect as a social value, regardless of race, faith, gender or any other personal characteristic.




Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca has been a member of staff at Chorlton High for 13 years.  Rebecca is a Teacher of Music and has held the post of Curriculum Leader for Music.  As well as teaching, she is the Professional Development Co-ordinator, working with a range of staff from all departments and at all levels of their careers; from NQTs through to senior leaders. 


Sarah Penrose

Sarah Penrose has worked at Chorlton High School for over 18 years, her current role is Lead Safeguarding Officer.  Sarah became a governor to help her understand the decisions behind some of the policies the school has and help work towards being a more inclusive school which achieves the best outcomes for all of students.


Catherine Hingley

Catherine has worked at Chorlton High for 12 years. Catherine is a Teacher of Geography and Leader of Initial Teacher Training.  She sees herself as a positive role model who can represent staff but also be a 'critical friend' to the school.




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