Interim Executive Board

In order to support the School an Interim Executive Board (IEB) has been established by Trafford LA and the Regional Schools Commissioner.

The IEB’s main function is to secure a sound basis for future improvement in the school including the promotion of high standards of educational achievement.

The IEB has taken on the responsibilities of a normally constituted governing body, including the management of the budget, the curriculum, staffing, pay and performance management and the appointment of the headteacher and deputy headteacher.

Membership of the IEB

The Board members are:

Cllr B Rigby (Chair)

Mrs J Mantel (Vice Chair)

Mr I Duncan

Mrs A Casey

Mrs D Lucas

Governance and Communication – The Way Forward Together.

Members of an IEB bring a fresh outlook to the governance arrangements of a school, marking a clear break from the previous management of the school.

DfE guidance encourages Governors/Members to acknowledge the importance of meaningful and effective engagement with Parents. It is also clear that this is not achieved through membership of the Board. The IEB is responsible for ensuring that arrangements are in place for effective communication between the School and Parents in order to support children’s learning.

Interim Executive Board - Biographies

Brian Dean Rigby MBE - Chair

Brian has been a major influence in the success of Ashton-on-Mersey School as Chairman of Governors for over 27 years and was Chairman of Trustees for the Dean Trust until December 2017.

The Trust currently comprises four secondary schools; Ashton-on-Mersey School, Sale, Broadoak School, Partington, Dean Trust Ardwick, Manchester and Lord Derby Academy, Knowsley. There are also three primary schools in the trust; Forest Gate Academy, Partington, Park View Academy, Knowsley and Partington Central Academy, Partington. All schools are demonstrating improvement.

As Chairman of Trustees, Brian ensured that all schools received immediate, robust and continuous support. Under his Chairmanship the Governing Bodies received seven Outstanding Ofsted judgements. Brian was also a member of the IEB at Parrswood High School, Manchester when they were in special measures and helped them to achieve ‘good.’ He was Chairman of an IEB at Blacklow Brow Primary School at Knowsley which made exceptional progress.

Brian is a National Leader in Governance and is a former finalist in the National Governor of the Year Awards. He was awarded the MBE for services to Education in Trafford in 2005. He is deputy Chairman of North West Employers Organisation and Chairman of the Employment Committee at Trafford MBC.

Jane Mantel - Vice Chair

Jane is an experienced school governor and more recently has been a member and Trustee in a Multi Academy Trust which has given her a detailed understanding of the wider school/academy context around school collaboration.

As a governor, she has been able to contribute in a number of different roles and has served as Vice Chairman for a number of years and Chairman for a short period. She was the designated safeguarding governor and chaired pupil discipline committees. She has considerable expertise in both HR and financial aspects of school governance and was Chairman of the resources committee for 10 years. In this role she had considerable experience of chairing interview panels, and undertaking performance management, pay reviews and staff discipline committees for all grades of staff.

With over 20 years’ service as a school governor across a range of sectors she has substantial experience of supporting and holding senior leaders to account around school improvement. She has been involved in Ofsted inspection interviews at a number of schools, the last one as Chairman, all received good or outstanding judgements.

She has experience of serving as an Interim Executive Board member at Parrs Wood High School and was involved in setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction to secure a sound basis for future improvement in the school. With a focus on HR, she was involved in the reorganisation of the school’s staffing structure including appointing a senior leadership team and ultimately a new Head-teacher. She aided in the transition to normal governance, working with and advising the shadow governing body. This enabled the school to come out of special measures and progress to good eventually. For the last 12 months she has served as a an IEB member at Blacklow Brow primary school in Knowsley, focusing on strategic direction, school improvement and providing a sustainable future for the pupils at the school.

Ian Duncan, CPFA

Ian is a qualified accountant with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

He has considerable experience of public sector finance in both the NHS and Local Government. He has held senior finance positions at South Tyneside, Solihull and Trafford councils over the past 35 years and latterly was Director of Finance at Trafford. During this time he has developed good knowledge of the national regime that governs schools financial arrangements.

Holding a strong belief that sound finances are a key enabler in any organisation to bring about change and improvement, he is a firm advocate that this must be accompanied by robust and transparent governance arrangements in the public sector.

Ian was President of the Society of Municipal Treasurers in 2014/15 and is currently the statutory Chief Finance Officer at Tameside Council.

Deborah Lucas

Deborah Lucas is a fully qualified HR practitioner with a Master’s Degree in Employment Law and has worked in her field since 1990. She has worked across several local authorities, including Manchester, Oldham and Trafford.

Deborah has provided direct HR support to schools since 2006 and has also spent time as an HR Director in a large community school. She became a community governor at the Kingfisher Special School in Oldham in 2009. The school is a National Teaching School and Deborah is a Director of the teaching school. When the school became an academy in 2016, Deborah became a Trustee of the Kingfisher Learning Trust and leads on all employment related matters.

The Kingfisher School has received three successive Ofsted ratings of ‘Outstanding’ in 2006/7; 2009/10 and 2014/15. Deborah is currently the Head of People Services at Kirklees Council.’

Anne Casey

Before taking up her role with Academy Ambassadors, Anne was Deputy Director to the RSC (LWY) developing the education landscape of the region, challenging underperformance, assessing free school capacity and working with academies and trusts on Governance and growth strategies.

From 2013-2016, Anne was the Founding Principal for the UTC In Media City UK taking it from vision to oversubscribed reality, and was on the board of Directors, she was accountable for all aspects of the UTC, staffing, recruitment, curriculum, assessment, safeguarding and growth plans.

Prior to 2013 she was Head of ICT at the Education Funding Agency (EFA), part of the Department for Education. Anne managed a national team of ICT Advisers providing expert ICT educational procurement support to all capital programmes. She advised free schools, UTCs, academies and Studio Schools on the development of the ICT aspects of their school development, and ensured that the first free schools, UTCs and Studio Schools opened with ICT partners in place. Prior to working in the EFA Anne was Education ICT Adviser for the South of England at Partnerships for Schools where she worked supporting and challenging local authorities and schools as they developed their aspirations for educational transformation through ICT investment. Anne has organised major DfE exhibitions at the BETT show, and developed ICT network events in London.

Anne has extensive experience in secondary ICT education as a staff governor, teacher and leader and has expertise in the use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning, and has coordinated Education projects for universities, EAZs, SSAT, the British Council, Becta, NCSL, local authorities and London Challenge. From 2001 she was Director of Camden City Learning Centre, designing innovative teaching and learning programmes across all key stages, and training programmes for education professionals and the local community. Anne has also been a contributor to international ICT workshops in Canada, the UK, US, China and Singapore.