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Tim Lowe
Tim Lowe
BA, Cert. Ed., FCollP
Chair of Governors
Tim is a former headmaster of two independent schools and other previous posts include time spent as Director of Marketing for Wells Cathedral School, one of the four specialist music schools in the country. He is a former Council member of the IAPS and a former chairman of the association for the Midlands. Tim is Chairman of the Walklate Educational Foundation and a founder of the Little Princess Trust, the charity that provides hair pieces for children who lose their hair through cancer treatment. He is member of the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Born and bred in Mellor, Tim is married with three children and he is an old boy of the school.
John Shackleton
John Shackleton
MA
Chairman of the Education Committee
John is Chairman of the Education Committee. After 13 years as a pupil at Stockport Grammar School and 4 years at university, John taught in the independent sector until his retirement in 2012. He has taught in both senior and preparatory schools (day and boarding), the last 20 years as Headmaster in 4 preparatory schools: Royal Grammar in Newcastle upon Tyne, Fettes in Edinburgh, King Henry VIII in Coventry and finally Hallfield in Edgbaston. John is Chairman of Governors of his local village school and a Governor in two further independent schools. He is a serving ISI inspector, a mentor for new prep. school heads (IAPS) and an appraiser of prep. school heads. He is a double sporting international from the 70s and 80s (athletics and lacrosse) and in retirement has reverted to several outdoor activities including cycling, golf, walking the South West coastal path, Munro climbing and travelling. John is married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
Peter Foster
Peter Foster
JP. BSc. DSA.
Mr Foster, a graduate of the University of Wales, had a career in NHS management and administration, eventually holding office as Chief Executive of Salford Health Authority. He was also a non-executive director of Stockport PCT, and Chairman of Borough Care which provides homes for older people. Mr Foster also served as a magistrate on the Manchester Bench and was a Senior Fellow at Manchester Business School.
James Dunlop
MBE
James was born and educated in Belfast moving to London in the mid 60s in order to further his career as an Industrial Engineer. He has had a broad career working with a variety of organisations ending up in the food industry with United Biscuits for 28 years as the local director in Manchester.
He has been a Commissioner of the Equal Opportunities Commission, a Non Executive Director in the Health service, and a founder director of Stockport PCT. He was deputy Chair of Stockport and High Peak TEC and was involved with the Princes Trust in Yorkshire. He was a Council Member of Manchester University and was involved with the merger of the University with UMIST.
He was awarded the MBE in 2015 for his work with the Canal Boat for Disabled People and St Mary’s Church in Disley.
Andrew Stripe
Andrew Stripe
Andrew has resided for the majority of his life since attending Manchester University to study law. He opened his own predominantly Commercial Law practice, Stripes Solicitors, in 1995 and continues to be the Managing Director and Head of Commercial Litigation.

Andrew’s practice focuses on commercial disputes, particularly board and shareholder disputes, professional negligence, construction, insolvency, employment and contract law. Stripes has been recommended in the Legal 500 for many years, and Andrew has been noted as a leading individual in both Commercial Litigation and employment law.

Andrew sits on the Manchester Law Society Council and on the committee of Broughton Park Rugby Club. Having retired from rugby, he is still a keen skier and tennis player. He became a governor shortly after his son started at the school.
Professor Sam A. Moore
Sam Moore
JP, DL, MA, DSc.
Professor S. A. Moore JP was born in Stockport in 1939 and was educated at Stockport School and the Victoria University of Manchester. He had an academic career at the same University, becoming a Professor in the Department of Econometrics; he was also Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and Vice Chancellor of the University.

Sam was Chairman of The Central Manchester Hospitals NHS Trust from 1991-2001 and Stockport Primary Care NHS Trust from 2001-2006. He has been involved in a number of other voluntary and charitable organisations and was the Chairman of the City of Manchester bench of magistrates.

At present Professor Moore lives in Hazel Grove, where he enjoys a spot of gardening, travel, and having time with his grandchildren.
Laurence Carr
BSc, PGCE.
Laurence is a graduate of the University of Manchester. He taught Mathematics at Stockport Grammar School before moving to Cheadle Hulme School as Head of Mathematics, where he subsequently became Director of Studies and then held the post of Second Master for ten years before his retirement in 2012. Since then he has been involved in a variety of consultancy work in education. As an experienced HMC Inspector, he undertook a number of inspections for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Laurence is particularly keen on sport – cricket, football and golf – and, besides being a member of LCCC, he is a season ticket holder at Bolton Wanderers.
Sandra Lewis-Beckett
BSc(Hons), PCGE, PGDip., MA, FRSA
Sandra is originally from Liverpool and has had a successful career in retail and international banking before training as a teacher. An honours graduate from the University of Wales, her first teaching post was at Manchester High School for Girls and her career progressed to become Headmistress at Queen Mary's School, a leading North Yorkshire independent school. She now leads the Masters programme in Educational Leadership and Management at Liverpool Hope and acts as a consultant on a number of educational programmes UK wide and overseas, as well as researching for a Doctorate in Education.
Emma Palmer
BSc, MPhil.
Ms Palmer is a graduate of the University of Manchester. At present she is the Managing Director of Teasedale-Karomed Ltd. Teasdale Hospital Equipment started as a family business in 1974. In 2008 it acquired Karomed Ltd into its organisation. Ms Palmer now manages the organisation of Teasdale-Karomed Ltd.. Teasdale manufacture Theatre Equipment, and Karomed manufacture pressure care equipment. Ms Palmer has had substantial managerial experience and holds a number of relevant certificates. In addition, Ms Palmer is presently the Chair of the PTA and has a son at Hulme Hall Grammar School.
William Wragg
Advisor to the Board
MP
William became the MP for Hazel Grove in 2015. He is a qualified teacher working in a primary school in Rochdale before his election to parliament. When training he undertook a teaching practice at Hulme Hall. He is a member of the Parliamentary Education Select Committee.
Dame Kathy August
Advisor to the Board
Kathy August’s experience of senior leadership in education began in 1988 with her first Headship in Manchester LEA.

Following this successful first Headship she took on a second and after success there, became one of a handful of people to be appointed directly from Headship to the post of CEO in a Local Education Authority. She trained to be an Ofsted Inspector in 1994 as part of her own professional development.
In 2003 she took on the biggest challenge of her career when she agreed to become the first Principal of Manchester Academy in Moss Side.

In just over five years the Academy was judged as Outstanding and Kathy became a National Leader of Education as a result. She is an accomplished public speaker and has spoken at 10 Downing Street to promote the Academy Programme.

She is now working independently with Multi Academy Trusts and other educational organisations on a variety of school improvement issues including Coaching of Executive education leaders.
She is married with two sons and received the DBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for services to education.