Our role as Directors of the Trust is to oversee the leadership and vision of our family of schools and to nurture collaboration between them. We ensure the pupils all benefit from being a part of the Trust with access to joint opportunities such as shared learning, trips and events as well as working with a wider range of peers and teachers.

We are responsible for holding the Executive Principal to account in leadership, vision and values and academic performance in each school.

The Board of Directors meet 6 times per year (twice-termly) at Chorlton Park Primary School.

For information on the Local Governing Body for each of our schools please go to the school’s website:

Chorlton Park

Old Moat

Rolls Crescent

David Watson NLE

Executive Principal and Chief Executive Officer to the MAT

David is the Executive Principal/CEO of the Trust and the Strategic Director for the Manchester Teaching School Alliance (MTSA).  He is also the North West Representative for the Teaching School Council.  David is an Ofsted inspector and a National Leader of Education. He took part in the National College fellowship programme in 2011 including a trip to Singapore, which reported on the development of governance.

Darren Cooper

Community Director & Chair of Rolls Crescent’s Governing Body

Term of office end: 31/08/2020

Darren has been a highly committed Governor at Rolls Crescent for over 7 years and has recently been elected as the Chair of the Local Governing Body.  Darren has experience working in schools as an attendance officer.  He is currently working in school finance at a specialist primary school in Trafford.

Elizabeth Jayne

Vice Chair of the Trust & Personnel Director

Originally elected as a Community Governor
Term of office end: 31/08/2018

Elizabeth has previously worked for Rochdale Education Authority and the Public Health Service in Sheffield then Salford.  She has been running her own successful management consultancy business for 14 years. Elizabeth has 16 years’ experience as a governor and has a solid understanding of school business. She holds the portfolio of HR, ensuring that appraisal is robust.

Dave Pilkington

School Improvement Director, Chair of Chorlton Park’s Local Governing Body

Originally elected as Community Governor
Term of office end: 31/08/2019

Dave was a Deputy Headteacher of a large, high performing secondary school Kingsway High School, Cheadle. He holds 25 years’ experience as a governor and has a wealth of experience in school improvement planning, systems thinking and smart success criteria.

Gavin White

Business & Finance Director & Chair of Old Moat’s Local Governing Body

Originally elected as Parent Governor
Term of office end: 31/08/2019

Gavin is a qualified architect and Constituency Assistant to Jeff Smith MP.  He is a Church Leader/Charity Trustee at the King’s Church, Manchester and his work includes helping with various homeless projects in the City, operational/staff management and organisational development and governance with 3 local charities in Manchester.  He is also involved with many community groups in Old Moat and Withington.

Gavin is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee and has a commitment to transforming Old Moat.

Jo Hart

Chair of the Trust (interim role to July 2018) & Member

Jo is an HCPC Registered Health Psychologist, a Reader in Health Professional Education, MBChB Associate Director for Academic Affairs and Deputy Head of the Division of Medical Education at the University of Manchester. She is also a Researcher in health professional education and behaviour change.  Jo brings a common sense and no nonsense approach to performance data. She ensures that data is transparent, open and used to hold leaders to account.  Jo became the Chair of the Trust (interim role until July 2018) in January 2018 and is also a Trust Member.

We ensure the pupils all benefit from being a part of the Trust.