Meet our Local Governing Body
Cllr Chris Wills, Chair - Local governing body
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. You can contact the Chair of our Local Governing Body by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to Chris 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.
David Clemmett, Trustee, Lead for Inclusion
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.
Lynn Birkinshaw, Staff Governor - Green End Primary
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.
Rumana Asif, Staff Governor - Ladybarn Primary
Currently I am an Assistant Headteacher in the Trust for EAL and Equality across the Trust. I started my teaching career in Rochdale and during my time there, I led English. I was then given the opportunity to work in Manchester supporting schools with the remit of Ethnic Minority Achievement. I was placed in Green End when it was in special measures in 2007 and never left! I feel so proud of where the Trust is now, thanks to the hardworking staff.
It is truly a privilege to work across the three schools. I am really passionate about helping all children to achieve their best.
Aaron Davies, Community Governor
I moved to Manchester from Australia in 2015. Since arriving, I have always lived in South Manchester. I have worked in health and social care for over 10 years and I am currently a service manager for a children and young people’s therapy service. I have a particular interest in improving outcomes around mental health and wellbeing and the role of public health and community development within this area. In my free time, I am often found walking my dog in one of our local parks, planning my next travel adventure or catching up with friends.
Fiona Long, Community Governor
I have lived in south Manchester for since 2002. Until recently I taught Linguistics and English as a Foreign Language at university. I now work for the NHS teaching English to refugee doctors and nurses. I have a passion for learning and helping others to learn and I hope to be able to share both of these as one of the Trust governors. I love spending time outside in my local area, running or walking. I also took up cooking in lockdown which is an ongoing learning experience.
Emma Garner - Parent Trustee, Ladybarn Primary
I am an experienced secondary school science teacher with a passion for education. Recently, I made an exciting change in my career to become a paediatric nurse, driven by my love for working with and caring for children. As a parent of three boys, spending quality time with my family is my absolute favourite thing to do and is really important to me. In my free time, I enjoy sewing as a way to express my creativity and find relaxation. With a compassionate nature and a strong desire to make a difference, I bring a unique blend of teaching, parenting, and nurturing skills to my role as parent governor
Fraz Majeed - Parent Governor, Green End Primary
I am a dedicated and involved parent of three, elected as a Parent Governor at Green End Primary School. I currently work as an IT Consultant (Service Engineeeer) in the Banking Sector.
As a devoted parent, I recognize the importance of creating a nurturing and stimulating learning environment for all children. This understanding drives my commitment to promoting inclusivity, open communication, and cooperation among parents, educators, and administration in the school community.
As we embark on this journey together, I am committed to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure our children receive the highest quality education in a nurturing and inclusive environment.
Outside of my Parent Governor responsibilities, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and weight training.