Governor Biographies

Mrs J Andrews
Chair of the Local Governing Body

Jenny AndrewsJenny has been a governor at William Hulme’s since 2007, shortly after the school became an Academy.  She is Chair of the Local Governing Body, and Lead Governor on the Primary Phase and Lead Governor on Special Educational Needs (Primary and Secondary Phases).

Jenny had a career in education; as a teacher in a number of different primary and secondary schools, as an advisory teacher, as an Ofsted Inspector and as Headteacher at a Manchester special school (1991 – 2004). 

In 2004, Jenny joined Manchester City Council and undertook a number of senior strategic roles including that of Deputy Director of Children’s Services. 

Jenny took early retirement in 2014 to work on a part-time basis, as an Education Consultant but also to give more time to her role as a governor using the skills and experience developed over her professional career.

Mr J D Marsden
Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body

Mr David Marsden, ChairmanWilliam Hulme's Grammar School has been part of my life for over 70 years.  A pupil from 1950 - 1958, I then became a parent of a pupil, both my son and I being Old Hulmeians.  I have served as a past President of the Old Hulmeians' Association and am now an Honorary Life Member.  I became a school governor from 1984 onwards, taking over as Chairman in 1999. Now, after more than 20 years as Chair in the Independent School and then the Academy, it is now time for me to step aside and I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve WHGS as Vice Chair.  I am still active in the Manchester business community as Chairman of a timber importing company.

When the opportunity arose to become a City Academy in 2005, I felt that it presented William Hulme's with a great future.  The ability to offer a free WHGS education to students across Greater Manchester was very much in the spirit of William Hulme back in the 1600's. What we did not fully anticipate was how popular the change would be. WHGS has become one of the most popular schools in Greater Manchester, in both Primary and Secondary Phases and we are one of the most oversubscribed schools in England.

An added benefit to our academy status is being a member of the family of United Learning academies, giving us support across the whole range of school management and activity.

High academic standards have been maintained along with a rich variety of co-curricular activities - "the William Hulme's Grammar School experience". I believe that at this school we continue to ensure that we bring out 'The Best in Everyone' and that truly 'Every Child Matters' at William Hulme's.

I continue to be very excited and confident about the future of William Hulme's Grammar School.

Ms S Bagguley 

Sue BagguleySue joined the LGB in April 2011. Having attended Wilmslow High School, she went on to the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and has a BSc in Business Information Systems. 

She has worked at Siemens Plc since 1997 and is currently Head of Strategy and Business Development. Sue brings a wealth of managerial experience, possesses exceptional customer focus and extensive knowledge of project delivery within timescales and budget. Sue describes herself as a confident, highly motivated individual who demonstrates drive and commitment in all that she does; she is an enthusiastic team player who leads by example and has proven ability in operating at all levels. She has strong links and relationships with the UK, USA and Germany. Sue relishes a challenge and thrives under pressure.

Sue is the Designated Governor for E-Safety and the Named Governor for Young Carers.

Professor H Barker

Professor Hannah BarkerHannah works as Professor of British History and Director of the John Rylands Research Institute at the University of Manchester. She is also Chair of Manchester Histories, a charity which works to transform lives in Greater Manchester through histories and heritage. In addition, Hannah is a Feoffee at Chetham's and member of the Chetham's Library committee and Historical Advisor for the National Trust at Quarry Bank Mill. 

Hannah has two children at WHGS, both in the Secondary Phase, and joined the Local Governing Body in February 2016.




Mr W B Collier

Brian CollierBrian was a student at WHGS between 1967 and 1974 from where he went to Manchester Polytechnic and has a BA Hons in Public Administration. He completed his PGCE in 1980 at Madeley College and went on to teach English and PE in mainstream secondary schools between 1980 and 1999. Between 2000 and 2015, Brian was a teacher and Manager in alternative provision/PRUs. He is now retired and has been a member of the WHGS Local Governing Body since 2015.

Brian is a member of the Standards Committee and the Behaviour Committee.




Mr K Platts

Keith PlattsKeith has been a Governor at WHGS since the school converted to Academy status and was previously a Governor of the predecessor independent school. His son was a former student at the school. 

Keith is a family lawyer and brings enormous knowledge of child related matters. He is the Designated Governor for Safeguarding and is a member of the Admissions Committee and the Behaviour Committee.


Mr M D Xiberras
Support Staff Governor

David XiberrasDavid previously served as a staff governor at Saint Paul’s Catholic High school for 3 years, working on three different Committees over that time.  In his role as Assistant Headteacher there, he reported to the Governing Body on Assessment and Whole School ICT (including the managing of a £1.305 million budget over a 4-year period).  The latter role also included leading on classroom layout and data and power resourcing during a new build and extensive experience of contract and SLA negotiation and monitoring.  Having also fulfilled the role of Head of KS4 for five years at Saint Paul’s, David has a well-developed understanding of pastoral and attendance work in a high school and its resourcing.

David is now the Support Staff Governor on the Local Governing Body at WHGS, having joined WHGS in September 2017 as Cover Co-ordinator.  It is a whole-school role, with both classroom based responsibilities and administrative duties.  In addition, he is joint Co-ordinator of the Duke of Edinburgh Award at WHGS and is passionate about enriching the lives of students with this type of extra-curricular activity.  David, therefore, brings with him a wide range of perspectives, vital for any decision-making to be effective.  David’s role allows him to keep abreast of the strengths of the school and the challenges it faces.  He values the unique heritage of William Hulme’s whilst understanding that it needs to be proactive in addressing the current education agenda.

Mr Gurpreet Singh

Gurpreet SinghGurpreet was appointed to the LGB in September 2018.  He was a pupil at WHGS between 1995 and 2002.  As a pupil, he made the most of the opportunities WHGS had to offer and played an active role in the life of the school, becoming Deputy Head Boy in his final year.  He went on to read English Law, French Law and Language at the Universities of Leicester and Paris XI.  He is now a qualified solicitor and has been working in law for seven years specialising in immigration and is a member of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.

In addition to the above, Gurpreet volunteers as an assistant in teaching children Panjabi at the local Gurdwara.  He has held a variety of roles and has helped people from many different backgrounds and cultures.

Gurpreet now has a son and daughter at the school and is keen to see them and all WHGS pupils succeed and enjoy the same opportunities he had and welcomes the opportunity as a Governor to contribute to the school’s continuous improvement and quest to become outstanding. 

Ms Z AlijahZahra worked as a science teacher, physics subject lead and a KS3 coordinator in diverse secondary schools across the West Midlands, and enjoyed many practical activities with her pupils, but especially those where they got to investigate the science in our ‘every day’ lives  – making indicators from cabbage and rockets from cola bottles!  From here she started to support departments in secondary and primary schools, including special educational needs, pupil referral units and schools in challenging circumstances in a local authority.  As a consequence of enjoying working with teachers developing their professional practice, she took on a challenging and stimulating role running a teacher-training provider that delivered secondary, primary and early-years initial teacher training.  

Currently, Zahra is subject lead for Secondary Science PGCE which, along with shaping the programme with experienced science teacher and science education colleagues, includes teaching and tutoring trainee teachers whose individual growing confidence and skills she enjoys seeing develop over the year.  

She pursues two distinct areas of research, both lying in areas of social justice, in which she has presented and published: investigating the possibilities of 'connectionist' science education; researching policy and practice in safeguarding children and young people, with a focus on those relating to 'radicalisation' and relationship and sex education. 

Zahra is a member of the advisory group of the Sex Education Forum, a national umbrella organisation for practitioners, researchers and policy-makers working for quality relationship and sex education.  With a longstanding interest in children and young people, she has been a primary and secondary school governor and she is chair of a youth project in a diverse disadvantaged locality.  Zahra was appointed to the WHGS LGB in September 2021.

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