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.


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.   



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.

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.  




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.


Elizabeth Ransome

Lizi has taught at CHS for 13 years - she is a teacher of Drama and a member of the Achievement Team. She is the co-chair of the youth voice group for the Manchester Cultural & Educational Partnership and the Creative Influencers. She is also co-chair of Z-Arts Board of Trustees.  Lizi is part of the National Theatre Teachers Network. In addition to this, she has just helped create the Manchester Drama/English Teachers network, working with a group of theatres across Manchester. 




Governing Body Information

Name     Position on Governing Body Specific/ Other Roles Start of Term of Office End of Term of Office How was the appointment made? Pecuniary / Business Interest Comments
Claire Brown Parent Governor

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15/07/2022 14/07/2026 Parent election None  
Gary Bury Co-opted Governor Health, Safety & Sustainability 13/09/2022 12/09/2026 Co-opted None  
Rebecca Cooper Staff Governor   04/02/2020 03/02/2024 Staff Election None  
Kate Forshaw Parent Governor Safeguarding 15/07/2022 14/07/2026 Parent election None  
Rebecca Howard Community Governor Chair of Governors 03/10/2022 02/10/2026 Co-opted None  
Emily Jones Community Governor Standards & Curriculum 11/05/2021 10/05/2025 Co-opted None Employed by AQA Exam Board
Katie Jones Community Governor Access & Achievement / SEN 26/01/2021 25/01/2025 Co-opted None Teacher at Piper Hill School (Prospere Trust)
Angela Keane Co-opted Governor  Attendance & Behaviour 18/10/2022 17/10/2026 Parent election None  

Zoe Morris

Headteacher   n/a n/a Ex officio None  
Alf Parrington Community Governor Resources & Finance  02/10/2022 01/10/2026 Co-opted None  
Sarah Penrose Staff Governor   13/07/2021 12/07/2025 Staff Election None  
Elizabeth Ransome Staff Governor   13/03/2023 12/03/2027 Staff Election None  
Mandie Shilton Godwin Community Governor   11/05/2021
Co-opted None Councillor for Manchester City Council
Kashif Malik Co-opted Governor   13/09/2022 12/09/2026 Co-opted None Resigned
Martin Harding Community Governor Safeguarding 11/5/2021 14/03/2023 Co-opted None Resigned
Luke Watson Parent Governor   04/12/2018 28/6/2022 Parent Election None Completed term of office
Catherine Hingley Staff Governor   16/03/2021 14/11/2022 Staff election None Resigned


Information about the Governance Structure and Scheme of Delegation can be found on the Prospere Trust website. 

Governor Attendance


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