Great Academy Ashton recognises the contribution an effective Governing Body makes to the overall success of the Academy and believes it is important to have an effective recruitment policy in place to ensure those appointed possess the right skills, experience and attributes to successfully drive the Academy forward.

The purpose of the Governing Body is to help the school provide the best possible education for its pupils.

They do this by:

  • Setting the schools values, vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, and making creative use of resources
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance, acting as a critical friend to the Principal to support and challenge them in managing the school
  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the pupil and parents is served, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs

The following are members of Great Academies Education Trust Governance

Position Appointed by Appointment Date Resigned
Annette Hall Members 08.07.2019  
Michael O’Hare Members 14.12.2018  
Tony Powell Members 12.03.2012  
Ian Munro Members 04.05.2007 08.07.2019
Paul Jones (Chair) Members 23.04.2020  
Helen Curran* Members 14.03.2018  
Chris Bowes Members 10.07.2017  
Annette Hall Members 27.09.2017  
Kal Kay Members 20.04.2020  
Barbara Daykin Members 20.04.2020  
Frank Curran* Members 06.01.2020  
Catherine Williams Members 04.07.2018  
Greg Suligowski Members 04.07.2018  
Michael Blakey Members 23.04.2020  
Sue Hutchinson Members 27.09.2017 16.10.2019
Ian Munro Members 04.05.2007 05.04.2019
Faye Hayes (Chair) Trustees 12.12.2019  
Darren Heys Trustees 14.10.2019  
David Ainsworth Trustees 14.10.2019  
Tamoor Shafique Trustees 14.10.2019  
Kim Heavey Trustees 12.12.2019  
Elizabeth Gilmore Trustees 28.01.2021  
Adam Parsons Trustees 09.03.2021  
Catriona Holden Parent Election 12.12.2019  
Gemma Tierney Parent Election 12.12.2019  
Deborah Ball (Chair) Trustees 13.03.2017 31.08.2020
Jessica Marney Trustees 14.10.2019 05.10.2020
Michael O’Hare Trustees 13.03.2017 31.07.2019
Cath How Trustees 13.03.2017 31.07.2019
Christine Schofield Trustees 13.03.2017 31.07.2019
Greg Suligowski Trustees 13.03.2017 31.07.2019

* member of the Finance & Audit Committee

18 – 19 Attendance

2016 07 12 Articles of Association

Apr 20 GAET – Board & Ctte Structure

Certificate and Memorandum of Association

Directors and Governors Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests – 2019.20 Trust & GAA


Chair of Governors
Faye Hayes,
Great Academies Education Trust,
Cavendish 249, Cavendish Street,