The Governing Body

Outstanding Governing Body of the Year

The Governing Body of Bowdon Preparatory School for Girls comprises a group of professionals who are all committed to the aims and ethos of the school. They bring expertise in education, child protection, business management, finance, law, property and human resources. The majority have long-standing connections with the school as parents of previous pupils or as senior members of staff.

The governors are also Trustees of Bowdon Preparatory School Limited, which is a charity (Charity No.1142325) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 07577822), registered in England at the following address: Ashley Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 2LT, UK.

The Governing Body meets regularly and has a good grasp of the school and its situation and opportunities. The governors work well as a team, giving good direction, and they are forward thinking and happy to delegate as appropriate.

Dr Tessa Myatt (Chair)

Dr Myatt’s daughter has recently left Bowdon Preparatory School for secondary school, having started in the Kindergarten. Dr Myatt is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director with a local NHS Trust, and brings specialist safeguarding expertise to the governing body.

Mr Ian Pinnington  (Joint Vice-Chair)

Mr Pinnington's daughter attended Bowdon Preparatory School in the 1980s and his granddaughter is presently in the Infants. Mr Pinnington is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary and having spent most of his working life as a Financial Director in the brewing and construction industries, he has more recently spent time working in the University sector.

Mrs Jennie Duschenes (Joint Vice-Chair)

Mrs Duschenes’ two daughters attended BPS until recently and she was a member of the Parents’ Society during their time at the school. She worked in Financial PR in the City of London and then as Communications Director of Braemar Group PLC whilst qualifying and practicing as an antenatal teacher with the NCT. She has also served as a Governor of UHSM (Wythenshawe Hospital). She is currently a director of corporate finance company Bayfield Capital.

Mrs Gillian Healey 

Mrs Healey's daughters attended Bowdon Preparatory School and she was a member of the Parents' Society during their time in the school; in addition she is herself an 'old girl'. For many years, Mrs Healey was Company Secretary of Burtonwood Brewery PLC, a brewery and pub company.

Mrs Marysia Bocquet

Mrs Bocquet has taught history for many years at a number of schools throughout the UK, latterly 12 years at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. She is currently the Student Progression Manager at Connell Sixth Form College in East Manchester, part of the Bright Futures Education Trust, where she deals with university applications, apprenticeships and career guidance. 

Mr Mark Haywood

Mr Haywood's daughter has recently left Bowdon Preparatory School for secondary school. Mr Haywood is a solicitor specialising in real estate and has worked as a partner in Central Manchester for 18 years.

Mr John Stevenson

Mr Stevenson’s daughter is a pupil at Bowdon Preparatory School. Mr Stevenson is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has held a number of roles in practice and industry, before moving into stockbroking in 2000. He is an equity analyst and partner at an independent stockbroker in the City.

Mrs Sue Rylands

Mrs Rylands has worked for British Airways as Cabin Crew and Employee Shares Consultant and latterly with British Aerospace, involved in Sales/Marketing worldwide tours and training overseas cabin crew. Her voluntary work includes NSPCC, Business Mentor at Knutsford High School and six years on the Youth Offending Team panel. She is an old girl from Culcheth Hall and believes if we can provide children with a good education, then we have given them the opportunity to develop and reach their potential.

Mrs Catherine Birkett 

Mrs Birkett’s daughter is in her final year at Bowdon Preparatory School. Mrs Birkett is a solicitor and has worked in practice and in-house. She is now Chief Operating Officer of Yipiyap Ltd, a company in the education sector.

 Dr Nicola Tighe

Dr Tighe’s two children have both attended Bowdon Preparatory School; her youngest is currently in Year 6. She has been actively involved with the school for many years. With a  background in medicine, she spent eleven years as a GP partner in a local practice and has extensive experience looking after children and their families. Dr Tighe is currently a director at M.J. Tighe Limited.

Dr Huahui Zhao

Dr Zhao’s daughter is a pupil in the Bowdon Preparatory School. Dr Zhao is a Lecturer in Language Education at the University of Leeds, specialised in assessment and technology-enhanced learning. She hopes to work closely with the governor body and the teaching team in Bowdon to continuously enhance the curriculum designs and teaching/learning efficiency. 

We are delighted that Bowdon Prep was successful in being awarded the prestigious title of Outstanding Governing Body of the Year in the 5th annual Independent School Awards 2014. The Independent School Awards celebrate excellence in the strategic and financial management of independent schools in the UK. Hundreds of nominations for outstanding schools, departments and individuals were submitted across 12 categories, covering the full range of independent school activity.