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"Strongly supported by excellent governance and inspirational leadership, pupils gain intellectual confidence, develop their academic potential and enjoy considerable success." - ISI Inspection, April 2017

Mr Philip Johnson (Chair) - Chair of Finance Committee and Member of Estates & Premises Committee and CHS Enterprises Ltd Board.

Mrs Catherine Boyd (Deputy-Chair) - Chair of Junior School and Legal & Compliance Committees and Member of Finance and Staff Development, Welfare & Reward Committees.

Mr Michael Birchall - Deputy Chair of Academic & Attainment Committee and Member of Junior School and Legal & Compliance Committees.

Ms Jodi Birkett

Mr Peter Driver - Member of Academic & Attainment and Nominations Committees and Trustee of 150th Anniversary Bursary Trust Fund.

Professor Kay Marshall

Dr David Riley - Member of Finance, Health & Safety and Nominations Committees and Trustee of 150th Anniversary Bursary Trust Fund.

Mr Chris Roberts - Chair of Estates & Premises Committee.

Mrs Joanne Squire - Chair of Staff Development, Welfare & Reward Committee and Member of Nominations Committee.

Mr Martin Tyley

Anyone wishing to contact the Chair of Governors should write to P.R. Johnson Esquire, c/o The Clerk to the Governors, at Cheadle Hulme School, Claremont Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 6EF.

Meet the Governors

Mr Philip Johnson


His career, which spanned 30 years as a partner, centred on audit, mergers, acquisitions and investigations, including the investigation into the collapse of both Banco Ambrosiano and BCCI. Chairman of the Cheadle Hulme School Board of Governors, Philip Johnson was a senior partner at accountants Deloitte until his retirement in May 2007, having been a member of the firm's Board of Partners, Chairman of the Deloitte Audit Committee and head of Quality and Risk Management for the UK audit practice.  Philip was the senior partner in the Manchester office for a number of years.

Between 2007 and 2015 Philip was a non-executive director of Yorkshire Building Society, where he chaired the Audit Committee, and was a seconded member of the Audit Committee of Wellcome Trust between 2008 and 2016.

In 2011 and 2012 Philip was President of Accountancy Europe, formally the Federation of European Accountants (FEE), based in Brussels. 

Philip is a director of Lakeland Limited, a governor of Manchester College, a member of the Audit Committee of the Rugby Football Union and a member of the advisory group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in the United States.  He is also a member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, chairing their Policy Leadership Board.

Philip is married with two daughters, one of whom attended Cheadle Hulme School.  His interests are travel, most forms of sport and good food and good wine.


Mrs Catherine Boyd


Catherine has been involved in professional regulation for many years. She chairs tribunals for the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service and is a member of their Tribunal Advisory Committee.  She is a lay member of the ICAEW Insolvency Licensing Committee and of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Accreditation Panel.

Catherine was previously a member of fitness to practise panels for the General Medical Council, the General Chiropractic Council and for the National College for Teaching and Leadership. She has had a number of lay roles in medical education, including advising on curriculum developments and in appointing junior doctors.

Catherine is a member of the Department of Health’s Independent Investigations Governance Committee, which oversees the implementation of recommendations following reviews into homicides committed by individuals being treated for mental health conditions.  

Catherine is a magistrate.  She was a member of the Independent Ethics Committee, advising Greater Manchester’s Police & Crime Commissioner and GMP.

Catherine is a graduate of Durham University and her earlier career included management roles with Marks & Spencer and in higher education. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Manager.

Her three children attended Cheadle Hulme School.


Ms Jodi Birkett


Jodi is a partner at Deloitte LLP, one of the UK’s largest financial advisory firms, providing audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, tax, and related services to select clients. Jodi works within Deloitte’s financial advisory service line, leading the North West’s Transaction Support team, providing services to clients who are making acquisitions or disposals. She works with a broad range of clients, including both privately owned and plc clients and some of the largest businesses in the North West.

Jodi is also a member of the senior leadership teams for each of Transaction Services, Technology Media and Telecoms sector group and the North West office.  

Jodi graduated from Sheffield University with a 1st Class BSc. (Hons) degree in psychology and joined Deloitte in 1996 as a graduate in the Assurance practice. Having achieved her ACA qualification she transferred into Financial Advisory at Deloitte and has worked in that area in London and the North West since 2001.  Jodi was promoted to partner in 2008 and in that year was named in Management Today’s “35 under 35”.


Professor Kay Marshall


Kay Marshall is Professor of Reproductive Endocrine Pharmacology and became Head of the Manchester Pharmacy School in August 2012. She was previously Head of the Bradford School of Pharmacy. On 1st August 2016 she became the Head of the School of Health Sciences at Manchester in which the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry sits. The School of Health Sciences has over 5000 students and 1400 staff. Health Sciences encompasses the allied health professionals and their associated research which facilitates interprofessional education. She is a member of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health leadership team.

She is a registered pharmacist and Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Higher Education Academy. She also has an MBA.

Professor Marshall’s research both focuses on the role of hormones in health and disease. She is interested in the effect that the sex steroids have on cognition, for example, during pregnancy or when an individual is suffering from a mental illness such as schizophrenia. Below the waistline, her work centres upon investigation of the role of local hormones in conditions associated with the female reproductive tract such as endometriosis and the detection and prevention of preterm labour. In looking for new therapies to manage these disorders she became involved with research into developing novel local drug delivery devices. The formation of the North West Centre for Advanced Drug Delivery was set up to enable such collaborative research as well as to strengthen the teaching/research nexus to help support the next generation of pharmaceutical scientists.


Mrs Joanne Squire


Joanne has been a Governor of Cheadle Hulme School since 1999. She has extensive experience of managing change and all aspects of Human Resource Management. Joanne worked for Marks and Spencer before joining Accenture in 1991.

At Accenture she was involved in managing large scale change programmes in both public and private sectors before becoming Human Resources Director for the European Technology Division.

Joanne is married and her son attends the School. She enjoys keeping fit and riding.