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.

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.

Mrs Claire Smith – Vice Chair, Co-opted Trustee

Trustee Claire was previously Mum to two children in school and has a wealth of experience and wide range of skill sets.

She works for Finance Shared Services, Siemens PLC. Her specialist area of knowledge is Online Media and maximising digital technology within business. In addition to digital technology she also brings a wealth of experience in marketing and communications via various different media to ensure both internal and external communities and channels are maximised for Mellor Primary School.

Claire worked on our online survey system to seek the views of the community. Claire is a passionate member of the Governing Board and also an active and passionate parent within our community..

Mrs Liz Hadfield – Parent Trustee

Liz is a married mum of two pupils who both attend Mellor Primary.  Her professional background is in social care and she works in quality assurance.  Her interests include running, walking with the family and their Jack Russel and socialising (she can usually be found in Libby’s with friends!).  She likes to get involved in local groups and good causes the most recent being the improvement of Mill Brow Recreation Ground.

Mrs Beverley Ansty – Co-opted Trustee

Beverley was born in Bowden and grew up in Cheadle where she attended the local primary and secondary school. She studied at Elizabeth Gaskell College in Manchester before starting her teaching career in Cheadle Hulme. Beverley has taught in Stockport since 1978, retiring in 2015 after teàching at Mellor School for 17 years. Her interests include gardening, reading, walking and following Stockport County. She loves all things creative and belongs to the local Silk and Threads group. A keen singer, Beverley is a member of the Magic Voices choir based in Marple.

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 Manager.

Originally from West Cheshire, Anita has lived in Mellor 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 Welfare and Safeguarding Officer for Mellor Lacrosse Club and Co-Director of MetroGirls Lacrosse. She enjoys a spot of badminton and gardening when time allows.