Benchill's Governors

This page will tell you who our Governors are and a bit about them!

John McKie, Chair of Governors

I am very proud and honoured to be re-elected as  the Chair of Governors of your school. I retired in January 2014 after spending all my working life in primary education, the last 18 years as Headteacher of Baguley Hall Primary School.

Having worked closely with Benchill Primary School in recent years,  I know that the school is currently led by an excellent Headteacher. I look forward to continuing to work alongside  Mrs Eken and her dedicated staff, in partnership with yourselves, to continue to provide your children with the best education possible. An education that is recognised as good by the Ofsted inspectors.

It has always been my belief that every child is entitled to receive an outstanding quality of education, delivered through a rich, broad and balanced curriculum which is matched to the individual need of every pupil.

Working together I hope we can help to develop the full academic and social potential of your children, to educate them with the skills and values that will enable them to  become responsible and caring adults in their future lives.

Ian Madley, Vice-Chair Resources

I am a community governor having previously been Deputy Chair of Governors at a school in Stockport.  My interest in education covers the whole age range from early-years up to my day job at Keele University.  My contribution as a Governor will be to bring the both my business experience and the perspective of being a Governor at a different school.  Like most people of my generation I can name the teachers who inspired me as a pupil and hope, in my small way, to contribute to future generations by supporting the Head and teaching staff to deliver the excellent education that Benchill provides.

I live in Stockport and am married with two grown up daughters, one of whom will start to train as a primary school teacher this year.

Donna Robinson, Co-opted Governor

Donna Robinson

I work at Newall Green High School and our schools have had a strong link for many years, the link between the high school and the primary school is really important and my role as governor will continue to make that link a strong one. I have worked in Wythenshawe for 11 years now in the role of Science teacher and am also the head of year 10. I live in Wigan with my husband and 2 dogs. 11 years ago I knew very little about Wythenshawe but my years in Newall Green High School have helped me to get a good grasp of the local area including the amazing opportunities there are here for young people.

Julia Pugh, LA Governor

I am the Local Authority Governor and have served on the governing body for a year and a half.  I have recently been appointed as the Vice Chair of the Governing body, I also sit on the Resources committee. I am also the link governor for literacy.

I am 31 and married. I have lived locally for 10 years. I am a Macmillan Clinical Nurse specialist working at the Christie hospital in Manchester. I enjoy running, cycling and baking in equal measure. The reason I became a governor was I wanted to do something to help out our local community. I know how valuable education is but also the experience that young people have of school is incredibly important and I wanted to help ensure that school is a positive place for every person at Benchill Primary school, staff and parents included. I have always worked in health and I think health and education have a a lot to learn from each other to ensure we grow caring and positive communities. 

I throughly enjoy being part of the school and attending any events and occasions I can.  The commitment of the staff and the engagement of the pupils reflects the schools spirit and values of making learning enjoyable and inclusive. I am proud to be part of the wonderful school community. 

Joanne Bowers, Parent Governor

Profile coming soon

Jackie Yorke, Parent Governor

I'm a married mum of 3 children at Benchill Primary School and I work as a hairdresser. I love being involved in all things my kids do from Sports to School!

Alistair Black, Chair of Resources

I work in the Education Standards department at Trafford Council.  In my job as Behaviour and Attendance Consultant I work with headteachers, staff and parents who often contact me for advice.  I also provide training for school staff and am an Enable Anti-bullying Ambassador.

Prior to this I spent nine years at Benchill, starting as a classroom teacher and working my way up to being an assistant headteacher. I know that Benchill has some really talented staff who are committed to giving their all to provide the best education they can to our children.  I also know that we have fabulous children who deserve the very best opportunities and experiences.

Resources play a huge part in education, this is an area that I am particular passionate about as I was lucky enough to be involved with the new build at Benchill.  I'm sure that you will agree that it is a fantastic learning environment, which demonstrates the schools commitment to the local community.  

As chair of the resources committee, I hope to continue building on the work that the school has already done and look forward to working with our stakeholders, staff and pupils to see what we can do next to make Benchill even better.

Rob Dillon, Chair of Standards

I was born and raised in Wythenshawe and went to Wythenshawe schools. My job at Manchester City Council allows me to manage a range of services and projects across South Manchester but I remain a keen supporter of Wythenshawe and I wanted to put something back into the area voluntarily by making sure young people have the best schooling and opportunities. With my skills, experience and networks, being a governor at Benchill Primary School allows me to focus my efforts on making a difference for Benchill Primary School pupils. 

Sarah McGuire, Partnership Governor

I work locally at Manchester Airport Group Plc, based on-site at the Airport. My role is HR Business Partner, supporting our Group functions in Head Office with all things people related, throughout the employee life cycle. I took up the post of Governor for Benchill Primary School in January 2017 and am very excited about the opportunity and the challenge.

I am 34, married, with a toddler who keeps me very busy. I have always been interested in education – my Mum is a retired Deputy Head of a secondary school, my sister is a primary school teacher and my best friend is also a teacher. I am particularly interested in primary education now that my daughter will soon be entering into the schools system. The experience young people today have of those early years at school are so important; primary education sets the foundation for their journey into adulthood, helps to shape their values and provides opportunities. I am also really passionate about supporting my local community and I am lucky that working at the Airport, a large local employer with social responsibility in the North West, has given me the opportunity to do so.