bringing out the best in boys

Pen Portraits of Members and Governors

Andrew Young

Andrew Young crop.pngI'm proud to have been made Chair of Governors, after becoming a Community Governor in March 2018. I have spent time on the Resources Committee and continue to be accountable for Leadership at all Levels as part of the Academy's Improvement Plan. I've worked in the food industry for 15 years, at Co-op and Warburtons, and now run my own consultancy where I help food businesses become more sustainable by reducing waste and carbon and improving supply chains. I live locally in Urmston and have a young son, so continue to see the value that Wellacre has in my community. I passionately believe that all kids can achieve great things with the right conditions and with teachers that are able to focus on helping them grow; therefore I hope that my experience, time and energy is useful in helping Wellacre deliver for the boys.

Mike Harrison

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I am currently a Member of the Academy Trust. I am 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.

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

Sean_Anstee4.jpg I am a Member of the Academy Trust having previously served on the Trust Board as a local authority representative.  I want to see Wellacre Academy thrive and grow, providing the best education it can for pupils.   My professional career is in the real estate and infrastructure sectors and I hold non-executive positions as Chair of Trafford Housing Trust and as a member of the Group Board of L&Q, one of the largest housing associations in the UK.  I am a member of the Board and Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee at Manchester Metropolitan University.  I have a First Class Honours in Business Management and am a keen marathon runner!

 John Whitby


I am a member of the Governing Body and Chair of the Curriculum and Standards 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. 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.

Rachel Platonov 

Rachel Platonov.pngI was appointed a Community Governor at Wellacre Academy in September 2017 and I am also a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. I have worked in education for over 20 years, both in the UK and internationally, during which time I have had considerable involvement in curriculum enhancement, public outreach and liaison activities. Through these activities, as well as through my own teaching, I have witnessed first-hand the importance of providing all young people with high-quality teaching and learning experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Likewise, I have come to understand just how important community involvement—not just by parents and teachers, but by individuals and groups from a range of backgrounds—is in providing this. I am passionate about education and the transformative role it can play in the lives of individuals, families and communities, and I am committed to supporting Wellacre in providing the best possible opportunities and in achieving the best possible outcomes for its pupils. 

Jimmy Khan

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I am proud to have recently been appointed Vice Chair of Governors and the Chair of the Resources Committee.  I initially  joined the Governing Body of Wellacre Academy as a parent Governor but in 2021 became a Community Governor.

I work at the University of Central Lancashire as the Lead for Sport and Community Development. Much of my career has been spent within local Government, I held the position of Chief Leisure officer for Preston City Council for 25 years.

I am looking forward to working with fellow Governors and the Principal to help all the children to fulfil their full potential. My area of expertise is working with the local community and helping to attract external funds. I am keen to create and develop partnerships with the Public, Private and the Voluntary sector to help the school improve academically and vocationally through improved facilities.

I have three Children, Omar 29, Maria 26 and Izac who is about to turn 15 and is currently a year 10 pupil. I live in Manchester with my partner Kerstine, we are both volunteers for the local football team AFC Urmston Meadowside. I am the club's Vice Chair and the Football Development Officer.

My main hobby is football, when I left school, I started playing football for Blackburn Rovers before moving on to Bury FC and then spending three seasons in Finland playing in their second division. The pinnacle of my career was being selected in 1989 to play football for Pakistan, the game was against the United Arab Emirates in the World Cup Qualifiers for Italia '90.

I am also an FA 'A Licence Coach Educator and an FA Mentor which involves me supporting new and existing football coaches to improve.

I still play veterans football and spend a lot of time driving up and down the M6 to Stoke on Trent; Izac is at the Stoke City Academy, he trains 3 times a week in Stoke and plays matches on Sundays. Watching Izac play is the highlight of my week.


Hannah Rayson 

Hannah Rayson crop.pngI joined the Governing Body in July 2019 and I am a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. I currently work at Manchester Airport in the Commercial team, with previous experience working for British Gas in Commercial and Marketing roles. Working in the private sector has taught me skills in leadership, problem solving and strategic planning which I will contribute in my role as a School Governor at Wellacre; assisting the rest of the board in securing the best possible outcomes for the students. After graduating The University of Edinburgh with a Masters degree in Chemistry, I completed my teacher training and spent three years teaching at a Secondary School in Manchester including having leadership responsibility of A-level Science. I have always been passionate about contributing to the development of young people, particularly recognising the need to ensure that every single student has access to the best possible education and opportunities in life.

Meena Radhakrishnan

Meena Radhakrishnan - Governor crop.pngI am pleased to be appointed to the Governing Body of Wellacre Academy and I am a member of the Resources Committee. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and have over 20 years of experience working in education and financial services sector across UK and Asia Pacific. I have experience in strategic development, financial reporting, project management and commercial valuations.

I am married and have three children, one in a grammar school and the younger two in primary schools. Education is important and is always at the forefront in our lives and I believe that an investment in knowledge pays the best interest and I am here to invest my time with the Academy.

I am honoured to be given an opportunity to contribute towards improvement of education and look forward to helping the children achieve their full potential. I am extremely passionate about learning and am committed to supporting the school in bringing out the best in boys.

Lehi Baker

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I was elected as the Wellacre Staff Governor in December 2019. I have lived and worked in Trafford for most of my life. I work at Wellacre as second in the Humanities faculty in the role of lead teacher of Geography. I have a BSc (Hons) in Geography and Geology from the University of Manchester, and obtained my PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am a firm believer that knowledge is the key to success, and know that all students at Wellacre have the potential to succeed. I love to learn, and attend as many CPD opportunities as possible to develop my understanding.

As a teacher, but also a father of three young children, I fully understand the importance of good quality education, however, I also understand the limitation of providing this in the current economic climate. As part of the Resources Committee I hope to help the school provide the best  possible quality of education for our students, with the limited resources that we have. I have had experience with helping to introduce cost saving, sustainable measures in my previous school where I helped the student council to introduce cost-saving measures throughout the school.

I am proud to teach at Wellacre. I hope that my tenure as staff governor will help improve this already fantastic school.

Louise Henry

Lousie Henry Governor crop.pngI am delighted to be appointed a Governor at Wellacre Academy. I have been doing this role since December 2020. I was educated in Trafford and have lived here for most of my life.  I took A-levels in Trafford (that include biology, chemistry, law and history) and hold a Bsc (Hons) in Applied Biology. I previously worked as a microbiologist for 7 years. During this time, I worked at United Utilities examining drinking water for the presence of parasites and also at Stepping Hill Hospital as an Environmental Microbiologist ensuring medicines were produced in a sterile environment. Skill sets included knowledge of procedures, being able to obtain and examine results and taking appropriate action.   

In 2002, I became a police officer, working for Greater Manchester Police. For most of that time, I have been a Detective involved in investigating serious crime. For over ten years, I specialised in public protection. I safeguarded children that were the victims of abuse and investigated this. This involved speaking to children, obtaining accounts and arresting and investigating offenders. I also specialised in domestic abuse - specifically investigating high risk cases of abuse. I also conducted enquiries and investigations into vulnerable adults that were being exploited or abused.

I have taken an active role in multi-agency meetings and investigations with agencies such as social workers, school safeguarding leads and NHS workers. I have attended many meetings such as strategy meetings, Child Case Protection conferences, LADO meetings (involving allegations against professionals) and MARAC meetings (multi agency meetings in relation to high risk victims of domestic abuse).  This involved researching information, providing appropriate information, listening and making informed, multi-agency decisions.  For the last 15 months, I have been working in the Serious Crime Division and specialise in investigating Money Laundering and Serious Fraud Offences.  

I have a 13 years old son in Year 8. I am keen to try and ensure that the pupils at Wellacre have the same opportunities that I did.  I am excited to have been given this opportunity to help and develop Wellacre pupils.

Shirley Procter

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I joined the Governing Body in September 2021, as I wanted to serve in a local school. My background is in Human Resource Management, having worked in local government, the Further Education sector, and the NHS as a trainer all my working life. Before I retired, my last role included managing the Apprenticeship scheme for Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, managing the staff development programme, as well as delivering a range of skills-based training programmes. I hold a Master’s degree in HRM, from MMU. 

As well as being a Governor, I’m a Trustee of a national charity, PIP-UK, and was HR trustee for my church, Vinelife Manchester, for 5 years. I’ve had various roles at Vinelife, including youth leader, home group leader, worship leader, and safeguarding trainer. I also led our homelessness programme, working with homeless people in the city centre.

I’m married with 2 adult children and 2 adult foster children. We fostered for Trafford for 13 years, having looked after 14 children during that time.

We‘ve volunteered as a family at music festivals with Oxfam for the last 15 years; my role varies, from steward to shift lead. I fundraise for Oxfam by painting commissioned video game images and these go all over the world.  I also write for a music site, attending many gigs and reviewing each one, as well as interviewing musicians. I’m active in local politics, and was a Labour Councillor in Flixton Ward until May 2021. 

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