Meet our Local Governing Body
Jenny Gawne, Trustee, Chair of Local Governing Body, Safeguarding Lead
I am originally from the Wirral but have lived in Greater Manchester for since 2002, at University I gained a First Class degree in Sport Science and moved on to qualify as a teacher with a PGCE in Secondary Education. My daughters attend Green End School as did my partner and his siblings as children. As a Secondary School PE Teacher in Bolton, I have a keen interest in Education and Sport. I am passionate about pupils reaching their full potential and setting high aspirations for their futures. As such I work as a 'Raising Aspirations Coordinator' as part of my role.
You can contact the Chair of our Local Governing Body by emailing , or by writing to Jenny c/o Ladybarn Primary School.
Lisa Vyas, Executive Headteacher
I am Executive Headteacher working across the Kingsway Community Trust and have been a National Leader of Education since 2006. I have a strong commitment to working in Manchester and have taught in this area for the whole of my teaching career. I became headteacher at Ladybarn in 1998 and Green End in 2007, taking it from special measures within 7 months. I was in the first cohort of Primary school improvement partners and I have also mentored future headteachers through the Manchester Aspiring Leaders programme. I have a passion for working in urban schools to raise aspiration and self-belief of children and their families.
Cllr Chris Wills, Community Governor
I am a Councillor for Withington Ward, where I also live. I am one of the Council's Lead Members for LGBT+ issues. I work in Higher Education, as a university administrator, and have worked in this environment for over 15 years. I believe all children should have the opportunity to realise their full potential, and that schools have a fundamental role to play in this.
Being a Councillor takes up much of my spare time. However I do also enjoy travel, reading, the cinema and music. I try to keep fit and am currently learning to swim.
Reverend Matt Calladine
I have been the Rector of St. Margaret’s Burnage since November 2016 and prior to that I was 15 years in Moston as a vicar there. Here I served 15 years as a governor of a church Primary school and 14 years as a community governor at Broadhurst Primary. Prior to this I was a school governor for 3 years in Stoke-on-Trent where I served my curacy (apprenticeship). My wife is also an ordained minister. We met while training in Durham. We have two children (the eldest is off to Newcastle University to study Psychology in September 2018) and a very friendly little dog called “Chewie”. I like to keep fit especially so I can enjoy a week a year hurtling down a mountainside on skis. To relax and escape, I enjoy gardening- mostly things I can cook and eat.
Lynn Birkinshaw, Staff Governor
I joined the Trust in 2008 as a class teacher with over 20 years teaching experience. I began my teaching career in primary schools in Scotland, and before joining the Trust I was a specialist teacher for children with autism. I am passionate about teaching and learning, and am committed to enabling all children to reach their full potential. I feel very proud to be part of the Kingsway Trust in serving the schools and communities of which we are a part. In my spare time I enjoy playing netball and with two Mancunian daughters enjoy watching Manchester City Ladies Football Team.
Rachel Challinor, Parent Governor, Ladybarn Primary
I am a senior manager of Student Support services at the University of Salford. I have over 15 years’ experience of working with disabled students and young people including those with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Specific Learning Difficulties and mental health difficulties. I have also managed financial advice support, front line enquiries and now manage the work of the university’s Chaplaincy alongside other student support services. I came to Manchester in 1996 from Hertfordshire to study psychology at university, gaining a MPhil in 2002 and fell in love with the vibrant and diverse city. I have been married to my husband for over 10 years and we have two daughters. We love to get outdoors at the weekend, I have a passion for arts and crafts and celebration cake making and I try to play an active part in the Didsbury WI.
David Clemmett, Local Governor
I have lived locally since 1988 and been a volunteer at Ladybarn since 2017. I retired in 2016 and have worked for various local City Councils in Adult Social Services in older people's and learning difficulty services . I have always tried to support services in recognising people's individuality ;supporting their independence and building on people's strengths . This includes seeing that people can develop confidence in a safe environment . I have three children who all attended local schools and feel schools have an important role to play in their local communities. I have enjoyed my time at Ladybarn and as a Governor want to see children having the best possible opportunities to grow and develop.
Alice Musgrove – Parent Governor Green End
I moved to Manchester to study nursing in 2002. After qualifying as an Adult Nurse I spent 10 years working for the Department of Infectious Diseases in North Manchester firstly as a Staff Nurse and later becoming a Hepatitis Nurse Specialist.
I led the Hepatitis Service for Prisons working in the 4 main prisons in Manchester before leaving adult nursing to become dual trained as a Children’s Nurse. I now work full time as a Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner with Children’s Community Nursing Team in Manchester working with children who have acute and chronic illnesses all over Manchester.
With my husband, Tom, I have 2 children who attend Green End Primary School. In my spare time I love spending time and sharing good food with my friends and family.
Joe Troop, Staff Governor - Ladybarn Primary
I joined the trust in 2015 as an NQT and, in my role as a floating teacher, have gained experience teaching across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. As a Mancunian born and bred, I believe passionately in the children of our community having access to the best educational opportunities and am committed to playing my part in ensuring this is achieved. In my spare time I am a (sometimes) keen cyclist and runner and am a season ticket holder for both Manchester City men's and women's teams.