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Members & Directors

Hamblin Education Trust
MAT Structure
Plan of Delegation and Profiles of Members/Trustees


  • Hold Directors to account for financial performance via annual accounts.
  • Review Funding Agreement.
  • Appoint the Directors to develop strategic direction.
  • Review and Amend the Trust’s Articles.

Responsible for:

  • Election or removal of the Chair or Vice Chair of the Local Governing Bodies
  • Development of overall strategy
  • Financial management of the two schools – approval of annual budgets and annual reports
  • Monitoring of educational performance – setting key performance indicators
  • Operational issues common to both schools
  • Holding the Executive Head to account – Executive Heads’ performance management
  • Compliance with educational, charity and company law
  • Key appointments: Executive Head, Heads of Schools, Responsible Officer, Finance Officer
  • Central Policies for both schools

Audit Committee reviews the work of Directors and LGBs – finance, governance procedures and risk management


Graham Brady

Graham Brady is an Old Boy of AGSB. He serves as MP for Altrincham and Sale West (since 1997) and is also Chairman of the 1922 Conservative Backbench Committee. Graham is a strong supporter of Trafford schools and has extensive expertise in the political arena as a supporter of education.

Andrew Shaw

Council member of the FA serving on many committees. Andrew has considerable experience in senior directors’ roles and in governance of public institutions. He was a Governor of AGSB for 15 years.

Robin Russel-Fisher

Has served for 2 years as Chair of Finance at AGSB. He is a Chartered Accountant who has held a senior role at the Cooperative Bank and now works at Baines & Ernst Ltd in a senior role. He is a Member for his financial experience.


Michael Thompson, Chair of the Trust

Michael is former Headteacher of St Ambrose College, Hale Barns (2000-2015).  He currently works as a Consultant to schools and health organisations.  A former teacher of Computing, Michael has a particular interest in the field of immersive technology.

Tim Gartside, Executive Head

Head Master at AGSB for 13 years. Achieved Ofsted Outstanding grading in 2007 and regularly placed in top 50 state schools for GCSE and A level results. Tim is an Inspector for Ofsted conducting inspections across the North of England and has been an NLE since 2012, recently supporting schools in the Greater Manchester area. He has worked closely with the Free Schools section of the DfE in bringing North Cestrian School into the state sector. Tim is also a Governor of Audenshaw School.

Duncan Battman

Duncan is an Old Boy of AGSB and ran a family garden centre for 28 years. Since selling the business he trained as a celebrant for the British Humanist Association. He served as a Governor of AGSB for 13 years.

Sharon Forster

Sharon is Finance Manager at a local school, was a Governor at AGSB for 8 years and is currently a Governor at North Cestrian School. She acts as the NCS link on the Board reporting back to Directors and governors on the full range of governance issues.

John Kinney

John is the AGSB Governor’s Representative on the HET Board.  He has many years of experience in advising businesses on technology, processes, people and change across many industries and geographies.  He brings a wealth of practical business and management experience to the Trust.

Richard Green

Richard is a chartered accountant and worked for KPMG in both Manchester and Sydney, Australia. He has worked as Finance Director for a number of companies and public organisations including BBC North West. He has also provided consultancy to the NHS, the Department for Education, and private sector companies including ITV. He is the Finance lead for the Board and is a member of the audit committee.

Jill Bottomley

Jill is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and HR/Employment Law specialist on the Board. She is Owner/Director of the HR Dept (Trafford and Warrington) franchise, which provides specialist HR advice to businesses and the educational sector. Jill advises on the full range of HR issues

Michael Hyman

Michael is a local businessman and brings his extensive knowledge of the local area to the Board.  For many years he was a Councillor for Bowdon Ward and served on the Council Executive in various capacities – most notably as lead for Education & Children’s Services.

Martin Boulton

Martin is High Master of the Manchester Grammar School and brings many years of education experience to the Board.  he has particular expertise in promoting strategies for widening access to selective school for disadvantaged pupils.

Delegation to Local Governing Bodies
Refer to Scheme Delegation


Directors will delegate all operational functions as outlined in the Scheme of Delegation to the existing and effective Board of Governors. Directors will receive at least annual reports from the AGSB Chair of Governors on financial performance, educational performance, personnel issues, admissions to Year 7 and 6th Form, Estates development and Health & Safety.


Directors will delegate all operational functions as outlined in the Scheme of Delegation but will receive at least termly reports from the Chair of Governors on Financial Performance, Educational Performance, Personnel, Admissions, Estates Development and health & Safety.