Governor Biographies

Mr David Marsden, ChairmanMr J D Marsden
Chair of the Local Governing Body

William Hulme's Grammar School has been part of my life for nearly 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. 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.

Jenny AndrewsMrs J Andrews
Vice Chair of Governors

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

Jenny has worked in education all her life; 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 and since then has done some work, on a part-time basis, as an Education Consultant but has also been able to give more time to her role as a governor using the skills and experience developed over her professional career.

Sue BagguleyMs S Bagguley 

Sue 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 Hannah BarkerProfessor H Barker

Hannah 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.




Brian CollierMr W B Collier

Brian 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.




Keith PlattsMr K Platts

Keith 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 J Homer

Mr J Homer

Jonathan joined the LGB in June 2017. He comes from Stretford and went to Manchester University, where he studied Accountancy.

Previously, he has worked in banking and now works for Worldpay Inc, the world’s largest merchant acquirer. He works in Risk where he is Global Head of Modelling (statistical). 

Jonathan is also involved in local sports, is Head of Analytics at Manchester Storm Ice Hockey team and Chairman of Manchester Titans, American Football Team.  

He is on the Finance, Premises and HR Committee and and has taken up the position of Link Governor for Enrichment.



David XiberrasMr M D Xiberras
Support Staff Governor

David 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.

Imran NaseemMr I Naseem
Parent Governor

Imran is a Project Manager for an Aeronautics and Transport company. His commitment to academic achievement was recognised when he was appointed to sit on the Manchester City Council Standing Advisory Council for religious education.  The committee is responsible for providing advice to the LA on all aspects of its provision for Religious Education (RE) in its schools.

Imran has actively worked with children for several years including being a Group Scout Leader and setting up BMHC scouts groups in Whalley Range.  Interacting and being practically involved in children’s development through scouting has given him an understanding of the challenges that young people face and enabled him to nurture and prepare them for the challenges that they will face.  

Imran is a trustee of a local charity which provides a soup kitchen every week in Piccadilly Gardens for the homeless.  He is also involved with over 12 food banks in and around Manchester and is project lead of an educational  project facilitating secondary schools with the RE curriculum. He is committed to the local community and has a desire to achieve the best possible outcomes for those who may be less fortunate.

Gurpreet SinghMr Gurpreet Singh

Gurpreet 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. 

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