Governor Profiles


Mrs Lynda Gwyther – Member

Lynda is a retired Stockport Headteacher and formerly an Education Consultant for Stockport MBC. She brings a wealth of experience to the Governing Board. Lynda lives locally and all three of her children attended Mellor School.

Mr Mike Barley – Member

Mike taught in Stockport schools since 1971 and was Headteacher at Mellor from 1986-2001. Since then he has retained his involvement with the ‘new’ school including regularly supply teaching until 2009.

Born in Northwich in 1943, Mike grew up in Bradford and started his career working as an office boy in advertising agencies. Didsbury College of Education provided Mike with a B.Ed (with distinction in Practice of Education) and an educational philosophy – in particular a belief in a broad and balanced curriculum – which has stayed with him throughout his career, and beyond.

In retirement, Mike’s interests include his family, his classical record collection, the Halle, the garden, a nostalgic Hornby Dublo model railway in the attic, watching Bradford City, travels with the camper-van and the ’old’ school, now Mellor Parish Centre, of which his is on the Management Committee.

Dr Tom Howling – Member

Tom is a GP in Brinnington, Stockport and also has a postgraduate educational role as GP Associate Dean with Health Education England Northwest.  In his spare time he is Director of Music for Mellor Church Choir.  Tom lives in Mellor and all three of his children attended Mellor Primary.

Mrs Susan Pollard – Member

I am delighted to be able to work as part of the Members Board at Mellor Primary School as Mellor holds a very special place in my heart.  I lived in Mellor as a child up to the age of 18 and have many happy memories of village life.

It was partly because of this that I applied for the post of Deputy Headteacher in 1993 and was delighted to be appointed to the post working under Mike Barley who was the Headteacher. When Mike retired, I applied for and was appointed as Headteacher until 2007 when I left to take up the Headship of a two form entry primary school in Macclesfield where I still work. 

My time at Mellor saw the school grow from 88 to 188 pupils and, during this time, the beautiful building that the school now occupies was built. It has been a pleasure to watch the school grow and develop further under the headship of Jim Nicholson. I believe my current school provides many different challenges to Mellor which, coupled with my extensive leadership experience and love of teaching and learning will enable me to offer suitable support to the governance of the school.

Mr John Longworth – Member

John is a local solicitor and a former governor and Chair at Greave Primary School.

Mr David Hoult – Chair of Trustees

David Hoult studied at Manchester University, the Royal College of Music and Lancaster University, and is a former singer and brass player, and regular broadcaster on BBC Radios 3 and 4.  He was Principal of Leeds College of Music from 1993 – 2008, having previously been Head of Music at University College Salford and Director of Music at Cheadle Hulme School.  He and his wife Mary have lived in Mellor for thirty-five years and their three grown-up children attended Mellor Primary School back in the 1980s and 90s.  

Mr Bob Humphrey-Taylor – Co-opted Trustee

Bob was born in Cheadle in 1946, but spent most of his time growing up in Great Moor where his father had a bicycle shop. After finishing full time education he joined the Army as a volunteer, serving for 10 years in various countries including Germany, France and Libya. After leaving the Army in 1973 Bob established and ran a building company in Stockport and Manchester.  Then in 1983 was tempted to return to the classroom and gain formal qualifications in jewellery and silversmithing design and manufacture. In 1986 an opportunity arose to join the staff at North Cheshire College (Padgate) where he remained until moving to a management role at Salford College. Finally “retiring” in 1999, Bob moved from Didsbury to Mellor to renovate his house.  Slowly but surely he has slipped back into almost full time work as a builder!  Bob loves travel, reading, walking and good beer.

Mrs Kit Aldred – Co-opted Trustee

Kit is enjoying her 14th year as a Governor of Mellor Primary School. Her son, now 22, had an immensely fulfilling and happy time in his primary years at Mellor. Kit is a primary school teacher and loves working with children and has a passion for education. In her spare time she enjoys playing the piano, going to the gym, skiing and sailing.

Mr Paul Armstrong – Parent Trustee

I am Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Manchester with over 15 years experience in the sector.  My research interest focus on educational policy, school leadership and school-to-school collaboration. As a Trustee I would draw on this expertise to support the leadership and governance of Mellor Primary School.

Mrs Leanne Ashton – Parent Trustee 

I am a mother of 2 children whom thoroughly are enjoying their time at Mellor.  I am also a Deputy Headteacher in a primary school in which I have additional responsibility of supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs.  I have over 14 years of experience in teaching and learning with particular strengths in assessment and pupil attainment.  I feel my relevant experiences and knowledge enable me to effectively support Mellor Primary School as a trustee.

Mrs Helen Greatorex – Co-opted Trustee

Helen attended Mellor Primary School in the 80s/90s when it was ‘on the hill’.  After graduating from university with a degree in Law she began a successful career in television, specialising in entertainment formats.  Helen has spoken at conferences around the world on this subject and sat on advisory panels.  Since 2014 Helen has worked at Endemol Shine (now Banijay) in acquisitions, where she bought new formats to be made around the world.

Helen recently moved to the new role of Format Manager at Banijay where she is managing the flow of reality formats worldwide.

Having a team with members based in many different countries around the world, and herself based in Amsterdam, Helen became fascinated with how children are brought up in a happy and creative environment.  The values that lead to success in the Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands are something Helen sees reflected in the ethos of Mellor, and she looks forward to sending her own children, born in 2017 and 2019 to the school.

Mrs Anita Bowker – Company Secretary

Anita’s background is in Banking – Training, Manpower Planning/Recruitment/H.R. Before joining Mellor Primary, she formerly worked for Nat West and The British Bankers Association. Anita joined Mellor Primary in 1999 and helped in the transition to Academy status in 2011.  She is also School Business Leader.

Originally from West Cheshire, Anita has lived locally since 1988.  She has two daughters who both attended Mellor Primary School. Anita has long term connections with Mellor Lacrosse Club, where both daughters and husband play, but not on the same team! She is currently Co-Director of MetroGirls Lacrosse – an exchange programme for players aged 13 – 15, with Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA. She enjoys a spot of badminton and gardening when time allows.