Our IEB Members
Our Interim Executive Board is made up of 4 members.
St Wilfrid’s CE Aided Primary School Interim Executive Board (IEB) – Members’ Pen portraits
I am a qualified accountant and have worked within the public sector for over 15 years covering a wide range of services. I have held senior management roles within Local Authorities for over 10 years, delivering transformational change and service improvement. I have extensive experience of working closely with both public and private sector partners to deliver high quality public service
I have had a career in education working in Cheshire and Manchester. I am presently a Deputy Head in a Manchester High School and my key responsibilities are associated with the school's staff. I am passionate about education and that is why I consider it a privilege to be on the IEB. I served on an IEB in Manchester last year and believe that experience will enable me as I carry out my responsibilities at St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School.
Andy Kent (IEB Chair)
I have worked in and around schools for 37 years, and have over 25 years’ experience as a school governor in both primary and secondary schools. I am currently chair of governors at Didsbury Road Primary school in Stockport, and have previously (1998-2002) been chair at St Thomas CE Aided Primary School in Heaton Chapel. I was designated as a National Leader of Governance (NLG) by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and in this capacity offer support and advice to Chairs of Governors in other schools. I am a member of the Department for Education Advisory Group on Governance and the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s (NCTL) advisory board and was a trustee of the National Governors’ Association from 2012-14.
At the end of August 2015 I took early retirement from a senior manager post as School Liaison and Governance manager in Cheshire East (and prior to this with Cheshire County Council) where I had a range of responsibilities , very largely school facing, including for governor services , and other duties and roles in this period including with schools causing concern, HR, media relations and school organisation, and as Government policy around academisation developed, with Department for Education officers and others, including the Regional School Commissioner’s office.
I am married with two children and four grandchildren. I worked in the private sector before becoming a mature entrant into teaching in 1986 subsequently gaining sixteen years experience as a senior leader, including two spells as acting headteacher, in primary schools. Nine of those years were spent as the headteacher of a successful Church of England primary school in Wigan.
Since retiring from full time headship in 2013 I have worked as a school advisor for the Manchester Diocese, supporting the leadership and governance of schools in several North West authorities. This work has included providing support and challenge for governors, developing aspects of school improvement and advising on appointments as well as supporting schools requiring improvement.
I also continue to work with a consortium of 25 primary schools in Wigan, contributing to the headteachers’ partnership meetings and training events organising joint projects and leading on the moderation of writing across the group of schools.
I have worked as a Local Authority Key Stage One moderator and led and managed Extended Schools ‘out-of-hours’ learning projects for a family of five local schools.
I have 16 years’ experience of serving on a Governing Body and served on an IEB (Interim Executive Board) at a North West school in the ‘Special Measures’ category that joined a multi academy trust.
I believe strongly that team work, networking and developing a collegiate approach both within individual schools and across others in the locality and beyond are crucial to their success.
I have particular interest in supporting schools to refine their systems for tracking and analysing pupils’ progress data; school self-evaluation; and developing effective leadership skills.