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Meet the Governors

"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: Chairman


  • Chairman of Board of Governors

  • Strategy Committee (Chair)

  • Operations and Infrastructure Committee

  • Finance and Resources Committee

  • CHS Enterprises Ltd Board


Philip Johnson 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 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. His career, which spanned 30 years as a partner, centred on audit, mergers and acquisitions and investigations, including the investigation into the collapse of both Banco Ambrosiano and BCCI.

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 married with two daughters, one of whom attended Cheadle Hulme School. 

Mr Michael Birchall
  • Governor

  • Education & Pupil Progress Committee (Chair)

  • Strategy Committee


Michael Birchall is a Solicitor and a Partner in international law firm Eversheds Sutherland.  He heads the firm's corporate practice in Manchester and his work involves all aspects of corporate finance transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, financing projects and advising on corporate governance.

Michael read Jurisprudence (Law) at New College, Oxford University, prior to which he was educated at Lymm High School.

Michael is married with three sons, all of whom are current or former pupils at Cheadle Hulme School and has been a Governor since January 2014

Mrs Jodi Birkett
  • Governor

  • Finance & Resources Committee (Chair)

  • Nominations Committee


Jodi Birkett is a partner in Deloitte's North West Transaction Services team, focusing predominantly on privately owned and private equity backed businesses with over 13 years' experience working on a broad range of transactions. Jodi is a member of the senior leadership team in the North West, with responsibility for leading the Technology, Media and Telecoms sector group. Jodi is also on the TS leadership team and locally has responsibility for leading Deloitte's Next Generation CFO Programme

Financial Advisory Communications Partner (2012-2015)

Previous involvement with Prince’s Trust mentoring, Deloitte Access Scheme (CV writing workshops, speaking to Sixth Formers), mentoring under-graduates through Upreach and Sheffield alumni mentoring programme)

Jodi received a 1 st Class (BSc) Hons from Sheffield University.

Mrs Catherine Boyd


  • Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors

  • Safeguarding, Compliance and Pupil Welfare Committee (Chair)

  • Education and Pupil Progress Committee

  • Strategy Committee


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 Chair of the ICAEW’s Insolvency Licensing Committee.  She is a lay member of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Accreditation Panel and an Education Associate for the General Dental Council; both roles involving approving university programmes. Catherine is a magistrate in the adult court. 

Catherine was previously a member of fitness to practise panels for the General Medical Council/MPTS, 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. She was also a member of the Department of Health’s Independent Investigations Governance Committee, overseeing the implementation of recommendations following reviews into homicides committed by individuals being treated for mental health conditions.    Catherine 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.

Mr Peter Driver


  • Governor

  • Education & Pupil Progress Committee

  • Nominations Committee (Chair)

  • CHS 150th Anniversary Bursary Trust Fund Trustee

  • Responsibility for SEN


Peter Driver has been engaged in Corporate Security Consultancy since leaving the Police.

After graduation, Peter joined Greater Manchester Police serving in Manchester, Tameside, Bolton, Oldham and Stockport with spells in HR, Training, and Specialist Operations.   He has been involved in designing GMP’s promotion selection processes; has been head of the Force’s Training Evaluation, and been responsible for a variety of specialist functions such as Mounted Policing and Air Support.  He has been a Firearms and a Public Order Commander.  He was seconded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, assessing and reporting on the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces.  He subsequently served with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the armed anti-terrorist police force protecting the country’s nuclear energy capability.   He was responsible for all operational matters along with HR and Training branches.  

In his spare time, Peter was a member of the Territorial Army (TA).  He served in the Royal Military Police and latterly was the Provost Marshal’s advisor on TA matters with the rank of Lt. Colonel.  He was awarded the Territorial Decoration by the Queen in 1996 and received a bar to it in 2001.  He is a past President of Peterloo Speakers Club.  

Peter graduated from University of Manchester with a degree in English Language and literature. He gained a post-graduate diploma in in Criminology from the University of Cambridge and is a Graduate of Police Strategic Command Course and Army’s Command and Staff College.

Peter’s wife who is past Chair of CHS Parents’ Association and his daughter attended the School.

Dr David Riley
  • Governor

  • Safeguarding, Compliance and Pupil Welfare Committee

  • Education and Pupil Progress Committee

  • Nominations Committee

  • Trustee of CHS 150th Anniversary Bursary Trust Fund


Dr Riley worked as a general practitioner before retiring in 2014.  During that time he had a special interest in medical education.  He has since completed a two year Christian ministry training course.

In addition to his role as a governor, Dr Riley is also a trustee of Cheadle Hulme School 150th Anniversary Bursary Trust, and a vice-president of the Old Waconians’ Association.

Dr David Riley has been associated with Cheadle Hulme School for over 40 years, initially as a pupil and then as a parent, with both his daughters attending the School, and in 2001 he became a governor.

Mrs Joanne Squire
  • Governor

  • Finance and Resources Committee

  • Nominations Committee


Joanne sits on the Advisory Board of a bio-pharma company which has developed a novel pharmaceutical platform technology with wide applications in human and animal health. The aim of the platform technology is to provide the basis for a rangeof formulations in the fight against antibiotic resistance. She is an angel investor and advisor to a number of start-up businesses.

Joanne has extensive professional experience of managing corporate change programmes and all aspects of Human Resource and Performance Management. Joanne worked for Marks and Spencer before joining Accenture. At Accenture she was responsible for managing large-scale transformational change programmes in both public and private sectors prior to becoming Human Resource Director. She helped to build Accenture into the world’s leading professional services company providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.

Joanne played basketball at National level and is a qualified fitness instructor. She is currently the chief wrangler to her unpredictable husband and teenage son.

Joanne is a Graduate of Bristol University and her son attended CHS from Reception to Upper Sixth.

Mr Chris Roberts
  • Governor
  • Operations & Infrastructure Committee (Chair)


Chris Roberts is a surveyor, and has been with Bruntwood, a large property investment and development company, primarily based in the North of England, for 17 years. He is currently a Director of the business with particular responsibility for acquisition and development of new projects.  He is also acting as Director of Manchester Science Park.  

Chris has a child currently attending Cheadle Hulme School

Mr Martin Tyley


  • Governor

  • Operations & Infrastructure Committee


Martin Tyley is a Partner at KPMG LLP based out of the Manchester office where he leads the consulting practice across the North of England and the Cyber Security practice nationally.  Martin's clients include Premier League football clubs, retailers, banks and parts of the Critical National Infrastructure where he advises on how those organisations can best protect themselves from organised crime, nation states and other threat actors.  

Martin spent a year in Italy, teaching English as a foreign language and then began a career in technology in the late 1990’s.

At KPMG Martin leads a national initiative aimed at educating children from Years 5 to 11 on internet safety covering topics such as cyber-bullying and staying safe online - Martin has also worked extensively with fostering and adoption agencies to educate adult carers.  

Martin was educated at Cheadle Hulme School and read History at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Mr Michael Bolingbroke


  • Governor

  • Strategy Committee


Michael Bolingbroke is the Chairman of Superstruct Entertainment, a live entertainment platform that owns and operates festivals and live music events globally.  He is also the Senior Independent Director of Goals Soccer Centres, the AIM-listed UK leader in the 5&7-a-side football market.

From 2014 to 2016, Michael was the CEO of Inter Milan Football Club, and was based in Milan where his scope of responsibilities spanned the entire business, both on and off the pitch. Prior to this, Michael was COO at Manchester United FC, a position he held for seven years and Chairman of the Club’s charitable Foundation.  His remit included the Club’s corporate management, the operations and revenue generation at Old Trafford, operations at the Club’s training complex and club secretarial functions.  He was the Principal Financial Officer for their NYSE listing in summer 2012. Prior to working in football, Michael spent six years as Senior Vice-President, Shows, at Cirque du Soleil, where he managed strategy, profitability and operations for the global business.  Earlier in his career, he was a Senior Vice President at The Jim Henson Company.  Michael’s first role was as an audit manager at PwC and he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. 

His BA degree is in Economics from Reading University, and he has an MBA, awarded with Distinction, from the London Business School.

Michael has two children who attend the School.

Mrs Claire Thomson
  • Governor
  • Finance and Resources Committee


Claire Thomson is the Chief Finance Officer of The Pebble Group plc, a market leading provider of products, services and technology to the global promotional products industry. Having worked with the Group for over twelve years, Claire has been heavily involved in its growth and instrumental in its transition to a Private Equity funded business in 2012 and its listing on AIM in December 2019. Prior to joining The Pebble Group, Claire trained and practiced at PwC.

Claire has a degree in English and American literature from the University of Manchester and has 2 children, a son and daughter. Her son is currently a pupil at the school, and her daughter hopes to join her older brother when she starts Senior School in 2021.

Mr Stuart Abraham
  • Governor


Stuart Abraham works for Willis Towers Watson (a multi-national advisory, broking and solutions company) where he is accountable for their enterprise-wide technology strategy, investment and integration capabilities as well as sitting on the Board of Directors for their insurance software business. Before joining Willis Towers Watson in 2018, Stuart spent 20 years with Accenture as a strategy and transformation consultant where he worked with many industry-leading businesses to build high performing teams, to develop executable strategies and to deliver successful change initiatives.

Stuart was educated at Whitgift School in South Croydon, graduated from Durham University with a first class degree in English Literature and moved to Cheshire 12 years ago to raise his family. The eldest of Stuart’s three sons attends the senior school and the other two are hoping to follow him in due course.

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