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governors' information

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As part of the Greater Manchester Academies Trust, the MCPA local governing body reports directly to the GMAT Trust board. Find the GMAT Governor Structure here

The Local Governing Body has one sub-committee (Quality of Education). Additional sub-committees are formed as the need arises. Click here to view the Governors’ Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests and Attendance Records


our governors

For all correspondences to the Chair of MCPA please send to 49 Parkstead Drive, Harpurhey, Manchester M9 5QN



VICE CHAIRVice Chair & quality of education lead.
Link staff: Nazia Bashir, DHT for QE
date of appointment - 05/12/2022 


Having retired from over 30 years working in education, I decided that I would like to use my experience in order to try to help a school which is close to my heart; MCPA. 

In my career, I worked as a primary school teacher, headteacher of two schools, educational consultant (for schools, local authorities and the B.B.C.) and professional coach. Also, I have been a school governor in Oldham for over 25 years. I am interested in all aspects of school governance, but especially in learning, teaching and staff development. My mission as a governor is to help make MCPA the best school that it can possibly be.  

When I’m not being a governor, I enjoy riding and maintaining my motorcycles, watching F.C. United of Manchester at Broadhurst Park (where I am a member and season ticket holder), playing my ukuleles and driving my old Morris Minor!

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EYFS lead governor.
Link staff: Hayley Carty, AHT for lower school
date of appointment - 

Claire currently works at Charlestown Community Primary School and is the deputy head overseeing the quality of education. Claire has worked at Charlestown for eight years and is passionate about ensuring all children receive the best possible education and experiences at school. Over the past year, she has really enjoyed working alongside the staff at MCPA and is excited to contribute to the future success of the school as a governor!  

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christina djebah

Safeguarding, prevent & attendance lead governor. Link staff: Lorraine Carlin, DSL

Hello, I am Christina, and I am local to Moston not too far from MCPA.

This is my 5th year as a School Governor. I first became a Governor when my twin daughters started nursery at MCPA.  I have a passion for the people and the community I live in. I love being a part of the Harpurhey and Moston communities and enjoy getting involved in lots of community events.


I wanted to be a Parent Governor because I believe every parent’s voice should be heard no matter what their background, language, and beliefs are or where they are from.

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Jo PEacock

Transition, catch up and pupil premium lead governor. Link staff: Alan Mulvany, AHT for upper school.
date of appointment - 03/10/2023


I have been a teacher in this area for over 20 years; the first 10 years in a primary school in North Manchester and then in the secondary sector at MCA, where I have worked since it first opened. I therefore have a very strong commitment to the young people in this area and am passionate about ensuring that they have the best opportunities possible through access to the highest quality of education throughout their school life and beyond. In addition to my teaching role, I also oversee the transition of students from primary school into their first year at secondary school here at MCA. This is a pivotal point in the lives of our students and as curriculum governor at MCPA, I am very much looking forward to helping to shape the learning opportunities for students across the primary phase and on into secondary.

This will be my first experience of governorship and I am very much looking forward to the new challenges it will bring. When I’m not working, I am an avid reader and also enjoy swimming and playing tennis.



staff WELLBEING lead governor

Sharon joined MCPA in 2016 as a trainee teacher where she gained  QTS and PGCE in Primary education.  Seven years later and Sharon is currently the Nursery Teacher, as well as the subject lead for RE across the whole school. 

Sharon is very much looking forward to joining the Local Governing Body as the Staff Governor.  Over the last seven years, Sharon has established positive relationships with pupils, parents and staff which will continue within this role. 

Outside of her teaching role, Sharon enjoys spending time with her family and pets as well as the occasional yoga session!

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laura blakeledge

SEND lead governor.
Link staff: Alice Hall, AHT for SEND.
date of appointment - 03/10/2022

I currently work at a specialist support school and have a great passion for working with children with all types of learning difficulties, I have a wide range of experience in ASD, SLD and PMLD. I believe my resources and knowledge can help and support parents, guardians and children in a mainstream setting. My passion is for every child, no matter of their needs or backgrounds, is to receive the same education and to be valued as an individual. 

I have been involved with MCPA for over 7 years as my children attends here, but also through completing my placement which ignited my passion and inspired me to go on to work with children with additional needs.

As a Parent Governor and someone who works in SEN Education, I will be able to help and advise on difficult challenges which may arise.


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Ehsen Niazi

Behaviour lead governor.
Link staff: Ian Williams, DHT for inclusion
date of appointment - 03/10/2023

I am delighted to serve as a Parent Governor at Manchester Communication Primary Academy, contributing my professional expertise and dedication to fostering an enriching educational environment for all students. I bring a wealth of experience as an Operations Director in the insurance sector, overseeing operations across four sites in two countries.

In my role as Operations Director, I am responsible for orchestrating and optimizing the day-to-day activities of our diverse teams, ensuring seamless coordination across international boundaries. My commitment to efficiency, strategic planning, and effective communication has allowed me to successfully navigate the complexities of the insurance industry while
fostering a positive and collaborative work culture.


My decision to serve as a Parent Governor is driven by a passion for education and a genuine interest in the well-being and development of our students. As a parent of two daughters attending Manchester Communication Primary Academy, I am deeply invested in the success and growth of the school community. This personal connection, combined with
my professional background, positions me well to contribute meaningfully to the school's governance.

I believe in the power of education to shape the future, and my goal as a Parent Governor is to work collaboratively with the school's leadership to ensure that Manchester Communication Primary Academy continues to provide an outstanding learning experience. I am dedicated to promoting transparency, accountability, and effective decision-making within the governance structure.


I look forward to actively engaging with fellow parents, teachers, and the wider school community to address challenges and identify opportunities for improvement. Together, we can create an environment where every student can thrive academically, socially, and personally. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to reach out. I am here
to serve as a bridge between the school and the parent community, working towards our common goal of providing the best possible educational experience for our children.


alex reed

Head Teacher

I have worked with the Greater Manchester Academies Trust since the opening of its original school - Manchester Communication Academy, in 2010, where I taught Modern Foreign Languages for several years.  Since 2015, I have had the privilege of being a senior leader at Manchester Communication Primary Academy after moving from MCA, and in 2018, I became the school’s Headteacher. I am incredibly proud of this school and all we have achieved since our inception, and I will continue to work with the pupils, staff, governors and trust to ensure that MCPA is a place where everyone excels.


In my spare time (and often in school) I enjoy music, which includes playing the guitar and piano. I also sometimes enjoy watching my team, York City FC, play football.

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