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.

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. 



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.

Rick White, Co-opted Governor

I’ve worked in the Logistics industry for 30 years, since the age of 16. I’m currently a partner and Managing Director at Cardinal Maritime Ltd, based in Sharston. We’re an international logistics company with offices in UK (HQ), Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong & China. 

I’ve been a keen runner for 15 years now, I’ve ran several marathons and ultra-marathons, and more recently took up triathlons. I have a general interest in good health and well-being. I coach a local junior football team and I’m a season card holder at Manchester City. 

Having worked close to the school for most of my career, this was a great opportunity to draw on my experience in business and hopefully add value to the school and put something back in to the area that has been my adopted home for such a long time. This is also a great opportunity to challenge myself and develop my own skills.


Nicola McCready, Co-opted Governor














I have worked at Manchester Enterprise Academy for 14 years as an English teacher and SENDCo.

This is the first time I have been a governor.

I enjoy running, walking and cycling. My passion is reading.

I have worked in Wythenshawe for 14 years. For the last 4 years I have worked with the Benchill SEND team as the school is one of our feeder primary schools. 

I became a governor to support the local community as I feel Wythenshawe is an extremely special place. 











Anna-Karin Neal, Partnership Governor

I currently work at MAG (Manchester Airports Group), based locally at the head office at Manchester Airport. My role is Corporate Development Manager, which involves identifying market and industry opportunities for expansion, bid management and executing M&A appraisals to drive the Group’s international growth strategy. 

I took up the post of Governor for Benchill Primary School recently (September 2018), as a previous Manchester Airport colleague stepped down. I have previously mentored sixth form students at MEA (Manchester Enterprise Academy) on career skills and self-confidence. Taking a school governor role is one that was suggested to me by a colleague as the next step in supporting a school. 
The majority of my spare time is currently spent wedding planning. I am also trying to learn to speak Gujarati, however, it is proving tougher than first thought. I also have two nieces and a nephew that I love to spoil. 
I am lucky to have worked at MAG since 2012 – a large local employer that values social responsibility in Greater Manchester. I am passionate about supporting my local community, and Benchill Primary feels like the right fit based on its ethos and values. 

Claudia Jagger, Parent Governor

I enjoy reading, going for walks with my family and our dog! I also like to spend time socialising with friends and listening to music.

I've been living locally for 15 years and my son attends the school.

I became a governor at the school because I want the best for the children, parents and the school as a whole. I believe I could be a positive influence on the governing board as I have a connection with lots of the staff and parents and children who attend the school.




Sarah Marghoob, Co-opted Governor

I currently work as a DevOps Engineer at KPMG.

My main interests and hobbies are baking, yoga, reading, being a foodie and hiking!

I grew up in the South of Manchester, close to Wythenshawe.

I became a school governor because I used to be a part time tutor at a small startup whilst at university and took an interest in education/improving children’s educational attainment and investing in learning & development of young people is rewarding. 

It's a way to give back to the local community and I'm willing to learn & want to offer a fresh perspective to the school.


Gaynor Jackson, Parent Governor

I volunteer for Willow Park Housing Trust and am also a user rep for Macmillan.

I was a former pupil at the school, my two daughters and my nieces and nephews attended the Benchill Primary School.

I've always shown interest in the school so thought becoming part of the governing body would be a good step.

Wayne Hillyar, Co-opted Governor

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