MEET OUR TRUSTEES AND MEMBERS

Mel Ainscow, who is the chair of the Members and a founding member of the Board of CoSST,  is a Professor of Education and Co-director of the Centre for Equity in Education at the University of Manchester.  He is also Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Previously a head teacher, local education authority inspector and lecturer at the University of Cambridge, his work focuses on ways of making school systems effective for all children and young people. Mel has been a consultant to UNESCO, UNICEF and Save the Children.  Currently he is leading Schools Challenge Cymru, the Welsh Government's multi-million pound flagship programme to accelerate the rate of improvement across the countrys schools.  In the Queen's 2012 New Year honours list he was made a CBE for services to education.
Sheila Cairns, who is a Member and a founding member of the Board of CoSST, has been a Primary Head teacher in three schools within Manchester over a period of 10 years from 1981-1991 in North, South, and Central districts. In 1991 she was appointed as District Inspector of a cluster of Wythenshawe schools supporting them with school improvement. She has been supporting and leading school improvement across all districts in Manchester for twenty years and recently retired as a Senior School Improvement Officer for South and Wythenshawe districts.
She has coached and mentored Heads to improve their own performance levels, to become good and excellent practitioners.
She was  one of the first Ofsted trained Inspectors and has led and been a team member for many Ofsted Inspections for a period of 12 years from 1994. She is an accredited School Improvement Partner for both the Primary and Secondary phases.

 
Richard Dyson joined the Board of CoSST in April 2014 and became chair of the Board in October 2015.  After graduating from Cambridge, Richard qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young.  He retired from Ernst & Young in 2008 after 25 years as a partner. Since retiring he has become very involved with a number of not for profit organisations.   In addition to CoSST, he is a governor of Concord College, an independent boarding school in Staffordshire, and chairs both The David Lewis Centre, which is one of the largest providers of specialist residential and day services for people who have complex epilepsy, severe neurological conditions and learning and physical disabilities, and the Wythenshawe Hospital Transplant Fund, which supports the programme of heart and lung transplantation at Wythenshawe Hospital.  He is also a trustee of two charities which support the charity sector in general in Greater Manchester and the North West. 
Mark Glynn was appointed to the Board on 28th November 2014. He has worked in local government for over 25 years and is now the Strategic Head of Place Management for Stockport Council. He has previously been the Treasurer of the after school club for a Primary School in Manchester. He has two adult children who both went to schools in Manchester.


Becky joined the Trust in July 2014. Coming from a family of teachers she has a love of education. From Becky’s professional work she has extensive HR knowledge to contribute.

Alison Jurkowski  joined CoSSTas Finance Director and Operations Manager in July 2014. This post follows on from having worked in the education finance sector for the last 15 years, primarily in the non-maintained sector.  Following a degree from Liverpool University she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen and then moved into management accounting.  Previous positions have included Chief Accountant for BUPA Nursing & Finance Director for a subsidiary of Greenalls. Alison gained an MBA (open) in 2015. 

 
Stuart Leeming, who is a member and founding member of the Board of CoSST, is an Education Advisor to Qatar Foundation and a Member, Governor and CEO of the New Islington Free School Trust.  Born in Salford, Stuart graduated from UMIST in Manchester and taught in Salford and Manchester before being appointed to the senior leadership team at MGS in 1996.  He has a particular interest in SEN and specific learning differences, and in pastoral care and welfare.  He has spoken nationally and internationally on these topics and was a co-author of the Foundations project; one of the first, nationally available PSHE teaching programmes. Stuart is highly experienced in school start-ups, having established the Manchester Grammar School Junior School and New Islington Free School in Manchester, as well as leading projects in Korea, Kuwait, Qatar and London.  He has extensive experience of school governance in the private and maintained sectors and has both established and served on boards.  Stuart remains, at heart, a teacher.
Sue Spiteri was appointed as Head teacher at The Willows in April 2014 and was appointed Executive Head Teacher of the Trust in September 2017.  Previously  she worked as Deputy Head across the Trust alongside the Heads of School. During her nine years’ experience at Haveley Hey she led on curriculum and Key Stage 2.   She has  a real passion for a creative, life skills approach to the curriculum; creating memorable learning experiences for children and for ensuring that teachers bring learning alive and instil  a thirst for knowledge.
When  she is not at school she  loves to read, enjoys camping in the great outdoors and travelling with her family.
Daniel Stalford  is the Chair of the Finance and HR committee for The Children of Success Schools Trust.  He started as a Community Governor at The Willows Primary School in 2010.  He is an account handler within the financial services sector and currently studying towards a degree with the Open University.  He has two businesses in Lincolnshire that he runs with his father and he enjoys playing darts.  He currently plays in the Stockport league for a pub in Reddish.  He likes to keep himself busy with new projects and challenges.

Paul Thompson joined the Governing Committee in the summer term of 2015. He is Deputy Head at Manchester Grammar School. For five years he was a parent governor at the primary school that his two children attended. When he is not working he enjoys amateur dramatics, canal boating and writing and performing music.

My name is Karen White.  I became a member of the governing body in September 18.  I am a mother of 4 all of who attended The Willows and 10 grand children.  I attended The Willows as a child and have a really good knowledge of the school and community of Wythenshaw.  I have lived in Wythenshawe for 59 years.
 Dave has spent many years in education, working in school improvement services at local authority level immediately prior to joining MEA in 2010. After holding a number of roles including Senior Vice Principal and Trust Curriculum Director, Dave was appointed as Principal of MEA and interim CEO of the Altius Trust in September 2018, and in January 2019 appointed permanently to the role of CEO of the Altuis Trust. He has been at the forefront of many initiatives that have seen MEA be transformed from its troubled past to the thriving academy it is today. Dave worked tirelessly to bring the Durie Building to the MEA Wythenshawe campus and also played a leading role in the creation of MEA Central, the Altius Trust’s other academy in Fallowfield. He is committed to working in Wythenshawe and providing all our students with a Fantastic Future.