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.

Chair contact:

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



Governor Name / Category Business Interest conflict Pecuniary Interest Other establishments governed Relationships with staff / Governors Date of Appointment Term of Office Current Term of Office Ends
Dr Maurice French

co-opted Governor


None None declared The Southern Trust None 06/2017 4 years 06/2021
Mr William Carey

Partnership Governor

None None declared None None 06/2018 4 years 06/2022
Mr James Leech

co-opted Governor

SEND Link Governor

None None declared None None 06/2015 4 years 06/2019
Cllr Judith Lloyd

Local Authority Governor

Safeguarding Link Governor

None None declared St Teresa’s RC Primary School, Stretford. None 06/2018 4 years 06/2022
Mrs Catherine Counsell

co-opted Governor

Interim Careers Link Governor

None None declared None None 06/2017 4 years 06/2021

Partnership Governor


Mr Gary Wyatt

Partnership Governor

Health & Safety Link Governor

Parent Voice joint Link Governor

None None declared None None 09/2018 4 years 09/2022
Mrs Nicola Doward

Staff Governor

None None declared None Headteacher 09/2015 Ex Officio N/A
Mr Mark Richardson

Staff Governor

None None declared None Teaching staff 10/2018 4 years subject to continuing employment 10/2021
Mr Shabir Ahmed

Parent Governor

Pupil Premium Link Governor

Parent Voice joint Link Governor

None None declared None Parent of student 11/2015 4 years 11/2019

Parent Governor

Mr Lee Morgan

Associate Governor

Finance Director, Lancashire county Cricket Club None declared None None 09/ 2018 1 year 08/2019
Updated September 2018
Recently resigned:


Name: William Carey

Position: Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance and Personnel Committee

Authority: Partnership Governor

Sub-Committee: Teaching and Learning & HT Performance Management Committee.

End of Term: 11/06/18

Voting Rights: Yes

Additional Information: William studied Mathematics at The University of Manchester, graduating in 2003 and went on to undertake post-graduate study in Fluid Dynamics.  As a student, he was trained as an academic facilitator (part of Manchester’s ‘Peer Support’ programme) and consequently gained employment at the University in the ‘Teaching and Learning Support Office’.  From 2005-13, he was responsible for the delivery of the ‘Students as Partners’ programme, incorporating two key areas of work: Peer Support and Student Consultations.  Recently, he has taken on responsibility for developing an institutional approach to Student Engagement.  He also supports and trains other universities to consider their approaches to Peer Education as part of a National Centre, based at Manchester.Outside of work, William lives in Old Trafford, plays saxophone in a couple of ensembles, is active in a local church and, importantly, enjoys contributing to Stretford’s Board of Governors, primarily focussing on issues relating to Teaching and Learning.

Name: Councillor Judith Lloyd

Position: Governor

Authority: Local Authority Governor

Sub-Committee: Finance and Personnel & HT Performance Management Committee.

End of Term: 12/06/18

Voting Rights: Yes

Name: Mr James Leech

Position: Vice Chair

Authority: Co-Opted Governor

Sub-Committee: Teaching and Learning

End of Term: 10/06/19

Voting Rights: Yes

Name: Mr Gary Wyatt

Position: Governor

Authority: Co-opted Governor & HT Performance Management Committee.

Sub-Committee: Finance and Personnel

End of Term: 03/09/18

Voting Rights: Yes


Name: Mr Lee Morgan

Position: Governor

Authority: Associate Governor

Sub-Committee:  Finance and Personnel

End of Term:

Voting Rights: Yes

Nicola Doward

Name: Mrs Nicola Doward

Position: Headteacher

Authority: Headteacher

Sub-Committee:  Finance and Personnel & Teaching and Learning

End of Term: 31/08/19

Voting Rights: Yes

Name: Mr Ilyas Nagdee

Position: Partnership Governor

Work/Academic Background:  I graduated in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester . I was elected as a Sabbatical Officer at their Students’ Union where I represent students to the university, local council, media and the government.

Authority: Partnership Governor

Sub-Committee: Teaching & Learning

End of Term: 31/12/2020

Voting Rights: Yes

Hobbies: I am a keen scuba diver and enjoy travelling. Currently, I am looking into where students progress to after they leave SHS.

Name: Mr Shabir Ahmed

Position: Chair of Finance & Personnel Committee

Work/Academic Background:

Authority: Parent Governor


End of Term: 30/09/2018

Voting Rights: Yes

Hobbies: Outside my governor role I am a father of twin daughters, who keep me busy. My interests include football, music, playing video games and I enjoy cooking.

Name: Mr Mohammed Naeem

Position: Parent Governor

Work/Academic Background: I was born in Trafford Park and have lived in Trafford all my life. I have worked in finance for 20 years and am a qualified chartered accountant. I am currently employed as a management accountant for a manufacturing company.

Authority: Parent Governor

Sub-Committee: Teaching and Learning committee.

End of Term: 31/07/2018

Voting Rights: Yes