Governing Body

Stretford High School’s Board of Governors

Governors at Stretford High School are fully involved in the life of the School, as well as the community it serves. Governors play an important role within the School and work closely with the Head teacher, senior leaders, parents, students and members of the community. The Board of Governors are determined that the success of every student is one of their primary aims and the School will prepare them for the next steps in their lives around employment, education and their experience in the wider world.

The Board of Governors offer a wide variety of expertise which cover all aspects of the business and academic world which helps supports us in the delivery of the school curriculum. As a result support can be assured for all staff in their work to create an excellent learning environment for the pupils.

The Board of Governors comprises leaders in business, educationalists, accountants and parents. A number of long-serving Governors initially joined the Governing Body as Parent Governors and were co-opted after their children had left Stretford. This indicates the passion Governors feel for the success of the pupils, long after their own children have moved to the next stage of their lives.

Governors meet regularly as a full board, but also in committees to determine policy in personnel matters, curriculum, community and the environment and finance. In addition to supporting the initiatives of the School, Governors also question and hold to account the School Leadership.

Parent Governors are recruited via ballot of the parent body, but others are appointed by the Governing Body. Education is the keystone of young peoples` lives and we want to give everyone the opportunity to succeed and achieve their individual ambitions. If you are interested in becoming a governor, either now or in the future, we welcome applications. Please contact the School and they will give you the relevant details and information.

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If you’re interested in becoming a Parent Governor find out more here.




CHAIR: Mrs Catherine Counsell

Mrs Counsell joined the Board of Governors in June 2017 and was elected to the role of Chair in September 2018.

Mrs Counsell is a senior HR specialist and has previously served as a Governor in another school.  She is a Trafford resident.



Mr Carey is a long standing member of the Board, with a particular interest in Teaching & Learning. He lives locally and studied at the University of Manchester where he gained a degree in Mathematics.  After post graduate studies and qualifying as an academic facilitator, Will now works at the University focusing on the national development of Peer Education.  Away from work and School, Will is a keen musician and an active member of his local Church.



Mr Ahmed was elected to the Board as a parent Governor in November 2015.  He is an accountant and brings his professional expertise to the Finance & Personnel Committee and his role as Link Governor for Pupil Premium provision in the School. He lives locally and away from work enjoys family time, cooking, football and music.


HEADTEACHER: Mrs Nicola Doward

Mrs Doward joined the School as Head teacher in September 2015. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Mrs Doward is the youngest of 10 children and was the first in her family to go to university. She gained her degree in English and Theology from the University of Limerick and a higher diploma in education in University College Dublin whilst balancing many jobs – waitress, cleaner, shop assistant, take-away server, and assembly worker in a factory as well as spending a year teaching English in Slovakia. In the UK, she started her career in education as an English & RE teacher and has been a Head of Year, Head of Department, Assistant Headteacher, school improvement advisor and Deputy Headteacher before joining Stretford High. She is a mum of two girls. She says the skills and knowledge she gained in each step of her life help her every day to be a head teacher – from being the youngest child in a busy house to being the mum of two wonderful children and every single job in between. They all taught her the key to being happy: whatever you do, wherever you are – act with a loving heart, determined mind and always do your best.


Mr Jim Leech

Mr Leech is also a long standing member of the Board, having originally been elected as a parent Governor.  He now serves as a Co-Opted Governor and has previously held the roles of Chair and Vice Chair.  He lives locally and is a keen advocate for those with SEND needs.


Cllr Judith Lloyd

Cllr Lloyd is the Local Authority appointed Governor and has served on the Board for a number of years.  A Trafford resident, local Councillor and a past Mayor of Trafford, Judith has a wealth of knowledge of the local community and has a particular interest in Safeguarding.  Cllr Lloyd is also a Governor at a local primary school. She has been a key member of the Governors’ Welfare Panel over the years and continues to be so, ensuring the best outcomes for the students and their families who attend the Panel meetings.


VICE CHAIR: Dr Maurice French

After gaining university degrees from Sheffield University, Dr French qualified as a Chartered Engineer in Civil Engineering. Professional experience includes design work in Municipal Engineering and IT systems for a Sheffield City Council and a major consulting firm Dubai. He obtained an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, following which his career includes several senior management roles within major Building Products manufacturing companies, the most senior of which was as Managing Director. He is a resident of Trafford and has been a school governor at an academy and Stretford High School since 2016.


Mr Lee Morgan

Mr Morgan is the Finance Director at Lancashire county Cricket club and serves as an Associate Governor with the Finance and Personnel committee.