Benchill Primary School

Benchill Road, Manchester, M22 8EJ

0161 998 3075

Who are our Governors?


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


Ian Madley, Chair of Governors Co-opted Governor

I joined the governing body at Benchill in 2015 having previously been a governor at my children’s school in Stockport.  Having served two years as the chair of the finance and resources committee it was a great honour to be elected to chair of the governing body this year.  I am also the link governor for pupil premium and attendance.I will retire from my job at Keele University at the end of March 2019 which will give me the time to be able to devote to supporting the headteacher and her staff at Benchill.  Although I plan to maintain a visiting research role with the University to pursue my interest in low carbon energy supply.  Within Greater Manchester I also sit on the GMCA hydrogen policy group.


I am married with two grown-up daughters and live in Stockport.  I enjoy DIY and walking and am the garden labourer for my wife.


I became a governor because I realise that my own career path has been enabled by my education.  Like many 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.

two grown up daughters, one of whom will start to train as a primary school teacher this year.

John McKie, LA Governor

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.