Hathershaw College

Governors 2019/20

Governors 2019/20


Purpose of the Governing Body

The governing body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.

The role of a governor:

In law, the governing body is a corporate body which means:

  • no governor can act on his/her own without authority from the full governing body.

  • all governors carry equal responsibilty for decisions made.

  • although appointed through different routes, the overriding concern of all governors has to be the welfare of the school as a whole.


Governor Roles and Meetings for 2019/20

Local Governing Body



Meeting Dates





Cllr Ateeque Ur-Rehman (Chair)

Address: The Hathershaw College, Bellfield Avenue, Oldham, OL8 3EP

Start Date: 01/09/17

Chair of Governors /

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by GB/board


Mr Rafi Chaudry

Start date: 02/10/13

Vice Chair of Governors / Parent Governor

Appointed by GB/board


Mr Mark Giles


Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal


Mrs Louise Astbury

Start Date: 01/09/15

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by GB/board


Mr Tony Jones

Start Date: 01/09/17

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by GB/board


Dr Jacqueline Ward

Start Date: 07/03/19

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by GB/board


Mr Andrew Woods

Start Date: 11/10/17

Non-Teaching Staff Governor

Elected by school staff


Mr Ashley Stewardson

Start Date: 01/09/18

Teaching Staff Governor

Elected by school staff


Mrs Champa Bhudia

Start Date: 12/12/19

Parent Governor

Appointed by GB/board

  • Note: The meeting on 24/03/20 was cancelled due to COVID-19




Multi-Academy Trust Status


The Hathershaw College is now part of The Pinnacle Learning Trust along with Oldham Sixth Form College and Werneth Primary School. Governance information on the Trustees and Members of the Pinnacle Learning Trust can be found on the PLT website or at the Get Information About Schools website.


Meet the Governors



Mark Giles

Chair of Governors

Cllr Ateeque Ur-Rehman

Ateeque is an elected member of Oldham Council and local businessman. He has been Chair of Governors at The Hathershaw College for the last seven years.
Term of Office: 31/08/2021

Parent Governor: Rafi Chaudry

Rafi has been involved as a School Governor for a number of years, as he is passionate about enabling children to achieve their full potential. In his day role he is the NHS England Population Health Intelligence Lead for the North of England region. He believes in evidence-based decisions and the use of intelligence to make improvements for our citizens, which is equally important in health as it is in education. In a voluntary capacity, he is also a Chair of the NHS England BME Network. In his spare time he enjoys to play badminton and football.
Term of Office: 31/08/2020

Louise Astbury

Louise became a Governor in 2014 and shares the school’s vision of raising aspirations and the achievements of young people at Hathershaw. She is a Senior Leader at Oldham Sixth From College and specialises in teaching, learning and developing teachers at all career levels. Louise is a Specialist Leader of Education for Advantage Teaching School Alliance and is actively involved in training staff across Oldham.
Term of Office: 03/10/2022


Jacqueline Ward

Jacqueline is a Chartered Psychologist and Scientist and a registered Health Psychologist with HCPC. She holds a PhD in narrative and storytelling which produced a new model in identity construction. Jacqueline has worked with victims of domestic violence and families of missing people as well as heading a charity that deals with the safety and reliability of major hazards. She received an MBE for services to vulnerable people in 2013.
Term of Office: 06/03/2023

Tony Jones

Tony was a member of staff at The Hathershaw College from 1985 until his retirement in 2015, and was the teaching staff governor for the last few years of his time there. He is now a co-opted governor, liaising with the SENCo and SEN staff to actively help raise standards within the faculty.
Term of Office: 31/08/2021

Parent Governor: Champa Budia

Term of Office: 02/12/2023

Teaching Staff Governor: Ashley Stewardson

Ashley has been a PE teacher at Hathershaw for the last 10 years and is our newly elected teaching staff governor. Ashley has additional responsibilities with our most able students and coordinates a programme of events to raise the profile and ensure appropriate provision is in place for these students. Outside of school, Ashley competes in long distance running events.
Term of Office: 31/08/2022

Non-Teaching Staff Governor: Andrew Woods

Andy has been working in the IT industry for 25 years in the publishing, manufacturing and education sectors. For the last six years he has been a Governor at The Hathershaw College. He is a firm believer in the use of technology to make education more accessible in order to improve the life chances of young people. Andy is currently responsible for IT provision across all schools within the Pinnacle Learning Trust in Oldham.
Term of Office: 31/10/2021



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