Andy Wilson
  • Twenty-seven years management experience across the public and private sectors including strategic, operational and change management roles within commercial and educational organisations.
  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. 
  • Over twenty years of governance experience in secondary and special schools.
  • A National Leader of Governance
Louise Tipping
  • Principal of Winstanley College since  2013
  • After graduating from Oxford, she began her teaching career teaching English to refugees in Sudan
  • 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 MBE
  • 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 which was subsumed into the GM Learning Partnership at the beginning of the academic year 2016-17
  • 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
  • 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.
Tony Colley
After graduating with a BSc degree from Leeds University I started my teaching career as a teacher of physics and chemistry before progressing through ‘the ranks’, at three different schools, to become Head of Science. After 13 years of teaching I was fortunate to be awarded a sabbatical year during which I gained an MSc degree in Management leading to an appointment as Deputy Head of The Radclyffe School in Oldham. I eventually moved to Wigan to become Headteacher of Golborne High School, and ultimately Headteacher of Fred Longworth High School for 14 fourteen years, before my retirement. Whilst at FLHS, I was appointed (on a part-time secondment) to the Department for Education as an adviser in the Academies Unit, establishing new Academies, Free schools and University Technical Colleges. I continued this work until my ‘re-retirement’ in 2019. I currently continue my involvement in education as a community governor at a local primary school. As Head of Fred Longworth, it was my privilege and good fortune to appoint Roy Halford to the post of Deputy Head. We worked together for seven years and it was obvious from very early on that Roy was destined for Headship. Ultimately our loss was Hawkley’s and the Rowan Trust’s gain. I am honoured to follow Roy in this role as a Member of the Trust and I will strive to build on his legacy for the benefit of all students.
Nicola-Louise Richards
  • 20 years of experience of working in the education sector.
  • Currently, Deputy Director of Education for REAch2 Academy Trust.
  • Experience in primary, secondary, in mainstream and special school settings.
  • Track record of transformational school improvement – leading schools from special measures to outstanding.
  • Recognised by the DFE as a revolutionary school leader; being one of only 17 headteachers across the country to be accepted onto The Talented Leaders Programme (2015).
  • Works across the country, experiencing the many challenges faced by schools working in areas of high levels of deprivation, inner-city schools, and in coastal settings.
  • Routinely works with colleagues in the DFE, ESFA and Local Authorities to achieve best outcomes for schools.