At Great Academy Ashton, the Local Governing Committee is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the operational day-to-day running of the Academy.

The Clerk for the Local Governing Committee is Hannah Abbott. To contact the Chair of Governors please email the Clerk on

Great Academy Ashton Local Governing Committee

Governor NameAppointed byDate of
David GatleyTrustees17.02.202317.02.2027
Elizabeth GilmoreStaff Election28.01.202128.01.2025
Claire HealeyParent Election31.03.202331.03.2027
Kimberley HeaveyStaff Election12.12.201912.12.2027
Aaron JonesTrustees13.12.202313.12.2027
Adam Parsons (Vice-Chair)Trustees09.03.202109.03.2025
Umesh PatelTrustees27.03.202427.03.2028
Phillip Liggett (Chair)Trustees01.09.202201.09.2026
Anita ZarskaTrustees08.03.202408.03.2028

Historical Governors (resigned in the last twelve months)

Governor Name Appointed by Date of Appointment Date Term Ended
David AinsworthTrustees14.10.201914.10.2023
Faye HayesTrustees12.12.201910.02.2023
Tamoor ShafiqueTrustees14.10.201914.10.2023
Gemma TierneyParent Election12.12.201910.02.2023
Jon WorrallParent Election28.10.202208.03.2024

Great Academy Ashton LGC Meeting Attendance 2022/2023

Governor Name Attended meetings Possible meetings Percentage attended
Phillip Liggett (Chair)66100.00%
Adam Parsons (Vice Chair)5683.33%
David Ainsworth5683.33%
David Gatley44100.00%
Elizabeth Gilmore66100.00%
Faye Hayes1333.33%
Claire Healey22100.00%
Kimberley Heavey66100.00%
Tamoor Shafique2633.33%
Gemma Tierney2333.33%

Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests 2023/2024

Governor NamePosition held at GAANature of BusinessBusiness EntityRole within the InterestDate of Declaration
Phillip LiggettTrustee Governor (Chair)Risk ManagementNexus Risk Management Services LLPDesignated Member12/10/2023
Higher EducationFutureworksEmployee12/10/2023
Claire HealeyParent Governor None declaredNone declaredNone declared19/10/2023
Kimberley HeaveyStaff GovernorNone declared None declared None declared 05/09/2022
David GatleyTrustee GovernorNone declared None declared None declared 17/02/2023
Elizabeth GilmoreStaff GovernorNone declared None declared None declared 06/10/2022
Adam ParsonsTrustee Governor (Vice Chair)None declaredNone declaredNone declared25/10/2023
Jon WorrallParent GovernorNone declaredNone declaredNone declared05/01/2023
David WaughPrincipalEducationHodgson AcademyHead Teacher Appraisal Support21/09/2023
BusinessJohn Goulding AccountancyClose Family Relationship21/09/2023
EducationGlossopdale SchoolCommittee Chair21/09/2023
EducationChartered College of TeachingFellow of the Chartered College of Teaching (FCCT)21/09/2023
BusinessAmbition InstituteVisiting Fellow21/09/2023
EducationCanon Johnson CofE Primary SchoolGovernance Role21/09/2023
BusinessAmbition Achievement for AllCoach for NPQEL, EHCO and NPQH programmes21/09/2023

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