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


Henry Ngawoofah

Chair and trustee of MCPA

“I currently work as a Grant/Development Officer at Young Manchester supporting the Youth and Play sector across Manchester. I am also a Director at Making Education a Priority (MEaP) supporting their strategic aims to raise education aspirations for a diverse range of young people across Greater Manchester.  

With my background in law and statutory governance has equipped me to support a consortium of supplementary school/out of school projects, over the past 15 years. This has given me the foundation to share my skills and passion as Chair at MCPA, using the rich heritage from diverse communities to help achieve the best outcomes for our children, with the collective strengths of our Local Governing Board. I have extensive experience in capacity building, project development and fundraising, across the charity sector.  

I am an avid Man United supporter and member. I enjoy participating in quizzes and general knowledge, whenever the opportunity arises.”



VICE CHAIR and teaching, learning and outcomes governor

“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!”



Finance and resources lead governor

“I was appointed as Finance Governor in October 2020. Being extremely passionate about making positive impact by helping people to develop, becoming a Finance Governor at MCPA provides me an opportunity to contribute relevant skills and value to MCPA's governing board.

I am a Senior Manager at Deloitte providing audit and assurance services to corporates in various industries, with relevant experiences in Financial Planning and Reporting, Corporate Strategy and Restructuring. 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time volunteering, watching football (I'm a big fan of Manchester United), playing billiards and learning to play new musical instruments.”


ashley wolstenholme

staff & WELLBEING lead governor

“I have been a member of the MCPA community for four years. I have been part of the school’s SCITT programme as a trainee teacher and have progressed to Phase 2 Leader and the subject coordinator of mathematics for MCPA. 

I am eager to create the best school experience possible for our children here at MCPA and will use my role as a governor, teacher and leader to do so. 

In my free time I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.” 

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sayem choudhury

Pupil premium and Catch up lead governor

As a resident in the area for 40 years and a parent of two young boys that attend MCPA, It was the dedication of the staff at MCPA and the ethos that led me to want to be a governor. I am really looking forward to contributing to the development and success of MCPA.


Career wise, I am a Senior Applications Analyst for Pearson VUE, managing EMEA clients such as ACCA, CIMA, several medical bodies and many more. My role is to support them to deliver high stake examinations and accreditations.


Outside of work, I enjoy playing football (when I’m not injured – getting too old now) and spending time with friends and family.    


matthew maguinness

INCLUSION and behaviour lead governor

I am currently in the role of Director of English at Manchester Communication Academy. I have been teaching English Language and Literature for just over ten years at different secondary schools in Manchester. I have also worked with the examination board AQA for just over eight years, serving as a team leader and also being involved with the review marking process. As a governor, it is my aim to contribute to aspects of teaching and learning at MCPA, ensuring that there is a standard of excellence for all learners. It will also provide me with a further insight into the experience of being a part of MCPA for both teachers and students. The opportunity will also develop my understanding of the transition from primary to secondary education which will benefit our younger learners at MCA. In my free time I enjoy cooking, fishing, reading and music, particularly playing the drums. I look forward to my new venture with MCPA.


christina djebah

Parent Focus Lead Governor

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

This is my 3rd year as parent school Governor. I first became a Governor when my twin daughters started nursery at MCPA. I have a passion for people and the community I live in. I love being a part of Harpurhey and Moston community and enjoy taking part 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.

I work full time as a Business Support - Team Manager, where I manage a team of 20 people working for our client (NHS). I am also an experienced Talent Acquisition Recruiter for my organisation. I believe these skills and passion for people and community can be used in my role has parent Governor

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katie flett

safeguarding lead governor

I currently work as a Programme Coordinator for the social mobility charity upReach where I support disadvantaged university students progress into the world of work. 


Social mobility is a real passion of mine and I chose to specialise in Education during my Politics and Sociology degree at The University of Manchester. I believe that every student should get the same chance to progress through their education to achieve the best of their ability regardless of the socio-economic background. Being a governor allows me to make sure the next generation of young people get the best start in life they can at MCAP!


In my free time I love going on walks, baking countless cheesecakes and perfecting prawn and chorizo paella.


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.