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The Governing Body of BPS comprises a group of professionals who are all passionate about the Vision & Values of the school. We are fortunate as they bring a breadth of skills across education, child protection, business management, finance, law, property and human resources. The majority have long-standing connections with the school as parents of previous pupils or as senior members of staff.
The Governing Body meets regularly and has a good grasp of the school and its situation and opportunities. The governors work well as a team, are forward thinking and provide good direction.
Mrs Duschenes’ two daughters attended BPS until recently and she was a member of the Parents’ Society during their time at the school. She worked in Financial PR in the City of London and then as Communications Director of Braemar Group PLC whilst qualifying and practicing as an antenatal teacher with the NCT. She has also served as a Governor of UHSM (Wythenshawe Hospital). She is currently a director of corporate finance company Bayfield Capital.
Mr Hemming has three daughters who have all attended BPS. Mr Hemming is the Managing Director of a business unit within the Aviva Insurance Group. He has particular experience in driving strategic change, leading large teams and creating environments that encourage people to take accountability for outcomes. He also mentors groups through the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award
Mrs Howard has an extensive background in education. Having been a Head Teacher of Independent Preparatory Schools for over 12 years, she now works for the Independent Schools Association, visiting and advising Heads in the North.
Mr Edwards is a retired Bursar and has been an Independent School Bursars’ Association consultant bursar for the past 4 years, in 5 different schools, including BPS during the first lockdown. Prior to that he had a 16 year career as a school bursar in the North West and further back, as a regular officer in the Corps of Royal Engineers. His skills lie in the operational management of schools and support to leadership teams and boards of governors.
Mr Lines’ two daughters both recently attended BPS. He grew up in Hale and was educated at St. Ambrose College, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has experience of working in the off shore financial services industry. Since returning to the UK in 2004, he is now the Managing Director of Mandata Contracts Ltd and Blue Line Containers Ltd, companies operating in the transport, document archive and storage industries.
Ms Littman grew up Bowdon and attended Manchester High School. She is a qualified solicitor, originally specialising in corporate finance. Since leaving private practice, she has worked as a consultant to a number of businesses as a legal/commercial adviser and is currently Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at the Pilot Group, a group of companies that provide technology solutions to improve working environments and transport systems. Ms Littman’s daughter was a pupil at BPS until she left for secondary school in 2018.
Ms Murphy’s two daughters attended Bowdon Preparatory School. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has spent many years working in private practice specialising in tax. She is a partner in a North West firm of Chartered Accountants.
Mrs Stewart grew up in Bowdon and attended Withington Girls’ School. She is an experienced primary school teacher and has worked at Altrincham Preparatory School for more than a decade, currently teaching Year 1 as well as being Assistant Headteacher. Her daughter has been a pupil at BPS since she was three and is now in her final year. Becoming a Governor seemed the natural next step to stay involved with the school as it develops for the next generation of girls.
Dr Tighe’s two children have both attended BPS and she has been actively involved with the school for many years. She has a background in medicine having spent eleven years as a GP partner in a local practice and has extensive experience looking after children and their families. She is currently a Director at M.J. Tighe Ltd.
Dr Zhao’s daughter is currently at BPS. She is a lecturer in Language Education at the University of Leeds, specialising in assessment and technology-enhanced learning. Dr Zhao’s focus on the governing body is to continuously enhance curriculum design and the efficiency of teaching and learning.
The governors are also Trustees of Bowdon Preparatory School Limited, which is a charity (Charity No.1142325) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 07577822), registered in England at the following address: Ashley Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 2LT, UK.