Governors Information

The full Governing Body of Mossley Hollins meet monthly. They are a dedicated team devoted to the progress of all students in the school.

As a group the Governors challenge and support the Headteacher, Senior and Middle Leaders, teaching staff and support staff to ensure that every group of pupils within the school whether they be Pupil Premium, Looked After, LPA, MPA and HPA are given aspirational targets and progress steadily towards them.

By meeting on a monthly basis the Governors have a regular overview of the School Improvement Plan and are furnished with all student data, interventions and enrichment programmes.

The Governing Body is committed to their co-leadership status and regularly attend training courses to update their skills and develop this role.

Governing Body

Mr John Denton – Authority Governor – Chair of Governors

I became a parent governor when our youngest son was a pupil at Mossley Hollins about 30 years ago. This was a result of my experiences at my primary and secondary schools where academic ability, achievement and aspiration were not encouraged, resulting in me leaving school at 15 without any qualifications.

As a governor I see my role as supporting all staff of the school to achieve excellence in their roles resulting in greater opportunities for pupils both personally and educationally.

I am a Board Member for the MCSP Partnership.

I am a retired Senior Pathology research fellow and have been Chair of Governors for 30+ years.

I am proud to support our outstanding school where children are safe, happy and well educated.

Mrs Din – Headteacher

Mrs Din began her teaching career in 2003 in Leeds, as an ICT teacher. In 2005, she was appointed as KS3 ICT Co-ordinator at Droylsden School for Girls, where she quickly established herself, improving the ICT curriculum and provision with a significant positive impact on the ICT results. She was part of the ICT teachers network across Tameside. She then took on the role of Head of Department ICT in 2005 and then successfully secured a Temporary Assistant Headteacher, (Alternative Curriculum) role in 2008. Mrs Din worked alongside other curriculum leaders across Tameside as part of the Curriculum Network Group and the Diploma Board, where she led on aspects of Diploma development. In the same year she also successfully underwent an assessment to become a school based Advanced Skills Teacher for ICT, supporting staff across the school in their use of ICT for teaching and learning.

In 2009, Mrs Din joined Mossley Hollins as an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for ICT strategy and alternative curriculum, teaching ICT and Business.

Mr Damien Delsoldato – Co-opted Governor/ Health and Safety

I have been associated with Mossley Hollins High School for 8 years first as a parent and then as a parent governor for the past 4 years. I am now a Co-opted Governor. During this time I have seen many changes where the school has gone from strength to strength; a new building, a new school uniform and advances in all aspects of learning. Through the hard work and dedication of the staff and Governors, working together with the children and their parents and carers, the school has achieved consistently high results. The caring, sharing, hardworking ethos of the school is shared by all. Community, artistic and sporting links are wide ranging and are a source of pleasure and pride to many.

As an Electrical Engineer, with a particular strength and interest in Health and Safety, I feel that I am able to bring the wider perspective of Industry to the role and skills which have been of benefit to the school’s needs.

I am honoured to spend my time serving the school as a Co-opted Governor of Mossley Hollins.

Mrs Christine Lyness – Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Mossley for 47 years.  I taught at Ashton sixth form college (formerly Ashton Grammar School) for 35 years and retired as Deputy Principal in 2007.

I decided to become involved in community activities when I retired and as well as being a governor at Mossley Hollins I am also a governor at Micklehurst All Saints, a member of the Stamford Park Trust and on the local governing board of Ashton Sixth Form college.  I was a Mossley Town councillor from 2015 to 2019 and Mayor of Mossley for 2017/18.  I am also a member of Mossley Town Team, Friends of Mossley Park and a trustee at Emmaus Mossley.

At Mossley Hollins I am the governor link to Careers education and a facilitator for involving students in work within the community as part of the Leadership initiative.  I am always looking for opportunities for the young people at the school to improve their life chances through both of these roles and regard it as a privilege to work with the school in this way. 

Mrs Helen Mayers – Co-opted Governor

I was originally a Parent Governor, mum to four former MHHS students and am now a Co-opted Governor. Professionally, I have worked for the NHS my entire career and am currently a senior biomedical scientist in Cellular Pathology based at Salford Royal. I am extremely proud to be a member of such a dedicated governing body and to have the opportunity to use my skills to contribute to the continued success of our amazing community school. We have a duty to ensure that the young people coming through our doors receive the best, most comprehensive education we can give them to ensure that every student has the opportunity to shine.

Mr Steven Goodwin – Co-opted Parent Governor

Previously from Stalybridge, I have lived in the Mossley/Carrbrook area for over 25 years. My three children have all attended Mossley Hollins High School, from 2007 onward, with the youngest having just started in Year 7 in September 2021.
I am currently the Head of Children’s Services Finance at Bury Council and have over 30 years’ experience in Education Finance, professionally supporting all financial management and funding aspects for Maintained Schools and Academies. I am also an active member of both the DfE Schools and Academies Funding Group (SAFG) and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services – Finance and Sustainability Policy Committee (ADCS) and have a keen interest in special needs funding.
As an experienced Governor, I recently sat as an Interim Executive Board (IEB) member to aid a struggling secondary school recover a significant deficit, whilst improving academic performance and subsequent outcomes overall.
I am incredibly pleased to be appointed as a Parent Governor and look forward to providing Governance to assist all associated with the school in sustaining its excellent expectations and ongoing success for all. I am confident that together we can ensure that Mossley Hollins High School continues to provide the best possible outcomes and opportunities for ALL pupils.  

Mrs Keeley Schofield – Parent Governor

Keeley has worked in education in a large secondary school with responsibility for behaviour, attendance and safeguarding. After studying Dance to degree level Keeley gained her teaching qualification in PE and began her teaching career in secondary education. Keeley continued to develop her career via her appointments to Head of Department, and later Head of Year. Finally, Keeley was appointed as the Director of Pupil Services.

Since leaving the teaching profession Keeley has worked in school admissions dealing with Fair Access cases.

As a local resident living in Mossley and a parent of two children, one of which attends Mossley Hollins, Keeley thought it would be an exciting opportunity to be a part of the Governing Body which would allow her to continue to assist in the development of the education of young people from a different perspective.

Mr Russell Bowers– Parent Governor

I have a daughter at Mossley Hollins High School.
Having had a good education, I left school with absolutely no career direction, aspiration, or clarity, nothing mainstream held any interest whatsoever.
I drifted into sales and marketing, primarily in new technologies, fax machines, internet, Bluetooth, office networks at a time when this tech was far from mainstream, progressing with multinational companies to senior positions, managing large teams, and working with multinational boards.
However by my very nature I moved into other fields, quite diverse, my love of music (although I cannot make music) led me to managing small rock bands, working at radio stations, and into managing, producing, and touring musical theatre, and forming an entertainment company. As well as dabbling in distribution.
I now run several small businesses in Mossley, revolving around entertainment and leisure.
My interest in becoming a parent governor at Mossley Hollins stems from having a strong entrepreneurial, problem solving mind and attitude,  wanting to add an alternative perspective to mainstream education, to try and help expand the opportunities, mentality, and successes for our children, who like me may not be tuned as to where to go in life, to try and help with their individualism, and to help them embrace and discover that which really interests them.
My family and I have a very current and personal understanding of the problems and opportunities parents experience and hope to be able to bring that experience as a parent to the governing board.

Mr Gary Fletcher – Vice Chair of Governors

Gary is currently the Group Head of Enterprise Risk for a major financial services company, prior to this he worked in the Banking industry for 30 years primarily in Internal Audit and Risk / Regulatory Management roles. In addition to his risk management background, Gary has significant experience of governance fora having been a Board Director and a member of the Audit, Operational Risk and Executive Risk Committees for large regulated UK financial services firms.

Gary has lived in Carrbrook for over 20 years and both his daughters are pupils at Mossley Hollins. Gary became a Co-opted Governor in 2018 joining both the Main Governing Body/Governors’ Finance Committee and was appointed Vice Chair of Governors in October 2019.

Dr Catherine Franc – Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Mossley for over 20 years. I am a Senior Language Tutor in French at The University of Manchester and an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. Being a governor gives me the opportunity to work with MHHS, especially the MFL team, to help contribute to high standards in education as well promote a supportive environment for all children. 

Mr R Pilkington –  Co-opted Support Staff

I have worked in education for 17 years’ in 5 different schools. With the past 12 years as a ICT Network Manager. Currently I am the ICT Network Manager for both Mossley Hollins and Droylsden Academy.
Joining the governing body at Mossley Hollins will allow me to share my knowledge of working in the educational sector, and ensure the best outcomes for our community.
As a father to two children, I know what I expect from a parent’s point of view from a school and want to ensure we at Mossley Hollins are able to contribute to the same expectations.

Mrs H Duncan – Teaching Staff Governor

I have been teaching at Mossley Hollins since 2016 as Head of Faculty for Technology , Art and Computer Science. Previously I worked at Fairfield High school as a Food and Nutrition teacher and Head of Teaching and Learning. I have been in education for 32 years and serving on 2 governing body’s as a parent governor at St Mary’s primary school and Saddleworth secondary school. I am excited to now serve as a teacher governor at Mossley Hollins under the new headship of Mrs Din and support the school as it moves forward and builds on its previous success.

Mr James Dawson – Co-opted Governor

James is a Principal Consultant at BT with responsibility for transforming service delivery to BT’s global clients.  He has a strong interest in continual, measurable improvement, ensuring business investments make a material difference.  Additionally he manages Graduate progression within BT Consulting, helping new colleagues begin their business career.
James lives in Mossley, having moved to Manchester to complete his degree and then to Mossley to bring his family up.  His son currently attends Mossley Hollins and his daughter is in her final year at Primary school. 
James joined the Governing Body and Finance Committee in 2021 as a co-opted governor.

Mrs Mary Howarth – Clerk to the Governing Body

Full Governing Body

Thursday23rd September 20216:30 p.m.
Thursday21st October6:30 p.m.
Thursday25th November6:30 p.m.
Thursday13th January 20226:30 p.m.
Thursday17th February6:30 p.m.
Thursday24th March6:30 p.m.
Thursday26th May6:30 p.m.
Thursday23rd June6:30 p.m.
Thursday14th July6:30 p.m.

Pay Committee Meetings

TeachersThursday21st October5:30 p.m.
SupportThursday17th February5:30 p.m.

Governor Attendance at Meetings  2020/2021

Parent GovernorsAACo-opted GovernorsAA
Ian Hardman9/9
Fin 5/5
Chris Lyness8/9
Keeley Schofield7/9Damian Delsoldato9/9
Sally Stefani8/9Drew Duncan – Executive Headteachern/a
Linda Zrada – Co Vice Chair8/9
Helen Mayers9/9
Gary Fletcher – Co Vice Chair9/9
Fin 5/5
Catherine Franc8/9
Richard Davison9/9
Fin 5/5
Rob Pilkington – (support staff)1/1
Staff GovernorsAuthority Governor
Andrea Din Headteachern/aJohn Denton – Chair8/9
Fin 4/5
Helen Duncan3/3
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