Members

Andy Wilson is one of the original signatories to the Articles of Association and is both Chair of the Members Board as well as Chair of the Board of Trustees. 

He has over twenty-seven years management experience across the public and private sectors including strategic, operational and change management roles within commercial and educational organisations.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.  With over twenty years of governance experience he has been involved as a Trustee of The Rowan Learning Trust from its beginning in May 2012.  He is a highly experienced National Leader of Governance (NLG) providing support outside of the Trust for other chairs of governors and their governing bodies to improve how they challenge their schools’ performance.  (Please click here to read Andy’s National Leader of Governance Profile).

Alison Foster is one of the original signatories to the Articles of Association and is also a Trustee.

She has been a member of the Hawkley Hall Governing Body since 2005, initially as a Parent Governor, then as a Community Governor before becoming a Trust governor during which time she has served as Vice-Chair of the Governing body for several years and is also the SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) Governor at Hawkley. Alison’s background is in finance and accounting, having worked as an Accounts Manager/Credit Controller in the Insurance Broking market for sixteen years. In 1994 she became a full-time mum until her daughter started primary school at which time she began working as a voluntary classroom assistant. She was also involved in the primary school PTA prior to joining Hawkley’s Governing Body. Between xxx and xxx Alison was a director and the company secretary of the Western Skills Centre which was formed by Hawkley Hall and four other local high schools for vocational education in trade skills (e.g. building, carpentry, plumbing and painting/decorating) for 14-16 year olds. In February 2015, Alison was appointed by the Trust to be Chair of Governors at Three Towers Alternative Provision Academy which was graded “Outstanding” by Ofsted in February 2018.

Roy Halford is one of the original signatories to the Articles of Association and was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Rowan Learning Trust until his retirement in April 2018. 

He is a National Leader of Education (NLE) having been a headteacher and then executive headteacher for over fourteen years. Roy’s work as a system leader has been extensive since 2010 in which time he has provided support for over forty school headteachers. Until his retirement Roy was a member of The DfE Secondary Headteacher Reference Group, which meets half termly to act as a national consultation group/sounding board for educational policy.  He continues to be an active member of the Headteacher Board for the Lancashire and West Yorkshire Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC), offering advice and challenge to the RSC on academy-related decisions.

Louise Tipping became a member in October 2018. Louise joined Winstanley as Principal in 2013 having previously worked in another outstanding sixth form college. After graduating from Oxford, she began her teaching career teaching English to refugees in Sudan and has almost 30 years’ experience working in secondary and sixth form education across the north of England. She believes passionately that education is about giving young people the opportunity to succeed so that they can live their best life.

Margaret Woodhouse became a member in September 2018 having previously been a Trustee since May 2015.  Margaret was Director of Education and Early Years and Deputy Director of Children’s Services for Trafford Council until her retirement in 2012

Between 2012 and 2016 she was the Operational Director of By Schools for Schools (BSfS), a not for profit company set up by Greater Manchester Headteachers to take forward the legacy of the Greater Manchester Challenge and support the development of school-to-school support across Greater Manchester, which was subsumed into the GM Learning Partnership at the beginning of the academic year 2016-17

Margaret now chairs the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership, which brings together all the key education bodies (Teaching schools, Local Authorities, Dioceses, RSC, governor representatives) into a coherent strategic partnership to improve outcomes for the children and young people of Greater Manchester She is Chair of the Trafford MBC Fostering Panel and works in a voluntary capacity as Chair of Governors at Manchester Academy and St Augustine’s CE school in Salford. She also serves on the governing body of her local catholic primary school.