bringing out the best in boys

Pen Portraits of Governors

 John Whitby

John Whitby

I am Chair of the Curriculum Committee. As the Chief Executive of a work based learning provider involved with delivering Apprenticeships and Training to the Post 16 sector, I am well placed to support Wellacre in my role as a Partnership Governor. I have over 26 years’ experience of working with young people and am able to support the School in offering independent advice and guidance in a wide variety of Post 16 sectors, with particular experience in Engineering and Construction Apprenticeships. My organisation has a strong relationship with the Academy helping support delivery of technical subjects and also supporting taster days, interview techniques, CV writing and job interviewing support and training and work experience placements. As Chair of the Curriculum Committee I am involved with the monitoring of standards within the Academy and I have many years’ experience of Ofsted in the Post 16 sector. My background in a Secondary Modern School in Stretford followed by many years of training in Engineering at North Trafford College has given me the skills to be able to converse with individuals at all levels within the Academy. I was previously a Governor at Trafford College for 14 years prior to becoming a Governor at Wellacre. I have lived in Flixton for over 25 years. I am married with two children. My wife works at a local playgroup and one of my children has recently completed his School education as a student at Wellacre Academy. I have experience in strategic development, finance, quality and development of training and have supported the Academy with industry links to enable students to understand Post 16 options.


Helen Walsh

Helen Walsh

I am the Chair of the Resources Committee. I was appointed Parent Governor at Wellacre Academy in September 2013. I have a son at Wellacre. I am married with two children. I’ve worked in the National Health Service for 27 years, currently as a Specialist Nurse. I wish to serve on the Governing Body and contribute to the strategic direction, ensuring a parent perspective is given to the decision making process. Previously, I’ve served as a parent governor at local Infant and junior schools. I am committed to our children getting a good experience whilst reaching their potential. I feel strongly that our local schools should serve the community in the best possible way. I have recently been appointed the SENCO Governor for the Academy. I am Vice Chair of the Finance and Human Resources Committee. I am also a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

Barbara Williams

Barbara Williams

I am a parent Governor at Wellacre Academy. I welcome the opportunity to use my skills and experience to represent the views of parents. I have 3 children at different schools and I am familiar with the challenges of keeping up to date with timetables, progress and school activities. I feel that communication between school and parents can be a challenge and I would hope that my role as a parent governor would help this communication in some way. I work part-time as a researcher in Public Health. For a number of years I was a member of the Trafford Grants Panel for Manchester Community Foundation. I am a member of the Finance & Human Resources Committee.

Mike Harrison

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I am the Vice Chair of Governors. A science graduate of Manchester University, I have worked in Education for the past 45 years and am an ex-head teacher, an author and have been a teacher-trainer, an Ofsted Inspector and a Dean of the Faculty of Education at Manchester University. I have also worked in India, Lithuania, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Malawi (amongst others) as a consultant to Education Ministries. I recently retired from the Department for Education where I further developed teacher-training and continuing professional development for teachers. I have been a governor in other Trafford Schools in the past and am currently Chair of Governors, Chair of School Effectiveness Committee and link governor for Science at Flixton Junior School. Courses and Conferences for governors attended in the past year include: The Academies Show NEC; Manchester University Governors’ conference; Teachers Pay and Conditions; New Special Educational Needs regulations, and the Trafford Chairs’ Forum. I live in Flixton, am married to Sue and between us we have grandchildren at every stage in school education. I enjoy hiking, reading (particularly Roman History) and play tennis regularly at David Lloyd, Manchester.

Sean Anstee

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I am pleased to be appointed to the Governing Body at Wellacre, and also serve as a governor at Trafford’s Pupil Referral Unit.  I want to see Wellacre Academy thrive and grow, providing the best education it is able to pupils. I am the Leader of Trafford Council, a Vice Chairman of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority where I hold the lead portfolio for Skills, Employment & Worklessness and am Chairman of the Greater Manchester Skills & Employment Partnership. In addition, I am a Deputy Chairman of the Local Government Association, the national voice of local government, working with councils to support, promote and improve local government.  I am a Non-Executive Director of Trafford Housing Trust and the Manchester Growth Company and Vice Chairman of the North West Regional Leaders Board. I hold a BA (Hons) in Business Management.  Prior to public life, I spent eleven years working for Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and finally BNY Mellon. Recognised by the Local Government Chronicle in 2015, as one of the top 100 most influential people in local government and a keen marathon runner.

Natanya George

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I was elected as a Staff Governor at Wellacre Academy in September 2015. I live and was brought up in the local area and attended Flixton Girls High School. I’ve worked at Wellacre Academy for 6 years. I stood for election on the Governing Body because I felt I could bring a different view-point as a member of support staff within the Academy. I have previously volunteered in primary schools and have a good knowledge of school systems and the transition from primary to secondary school education. I have gained valuable experience from working in the administration team here and am familiar with the processes and systems in place to support students' learning. I believe I can bring a lot of enthusiasm and positivity to the role as a Governor, through the role I undertake in promoting Wellacre via social media and other forums. I am well organised and  professional in undertaking my work and as a member of the Resources Committee I feel I have much to offer in this respect.