The Board of Directors
It is the Directors’ function to have responsibility for the long-term success and viability of the School and to support the Head and Senior Leadership Team. Directors are non-executive and many have full-time jobs.
Since Lady Barn House School is a charitable trust, the Directors’ role as the trustees of its legally-constituted board is to plan the strategic objectives of the school, ensure its financial health and that the school conforms to legal requirements.
Directors come from a range of backgrounds: they can be parents, a figure in the local community, professionals or retired people with relevant experience.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors is Mr Peter Ward. He may be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors, Lady Barn House School, Schools Hill, Cheadle, SK8 1JE. Phone: 0161 428 2912
Mr Peter Ward
Mr Ward has an association with Lady Barn that goes back to 1974. His four children all attended Lady Barn – as have many of his grandchildren. Mr Ward’s wife, Hilary, also taught at Lady Barn part-time. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2000. Mr Ward sits on the Premises, Health and Safety Committee.
Mrs Joanna Berry
Mrs Berry studied law at Oxford University and qualified as a solicitor. She was formerly a partner in a North West firm of solicitors and is now on the Trustee Board of Children in Need. Her eldest two children both attended Lady Barn and her youngest is still a pupil at the school. She has been on the Board of Directors since 2014. Mrs Berry chairs the Education and HR Committee.
Dr Lisa Clift
Dr Clift studied medicine at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in London and currently works as a GP in Stockport. She has four children, all of whom either currently attend or have attended Lady Barn. She has been on the Board of Directors since 2014. Dr Clift sits on the Education and HR Committee.
Mr Ron Doidge
Mr Doidge is married with three children, one of whom attended Lady Barn until 2014 when he joined Manchester Grammar Senior School. He is a retired insurance broker and has owned and run his own business. Mr Doidge has successfully raised funds for an amateur football club and is a member of the Heaton Mersey Community Festival. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2017. Mr Doidge sits on the Premises, Health and Safety Committee.
Dr Gordon Falconer
Dr Falconer’s two daughters attended Lady Barn and subsequently attended Withington and Manchester High School for Girls. He is a retired consultant gynaecologist who is now working part-time having retired from Salford Royal Hospital. Dr Falconer has been on the Board of Directors since 2000. He sits on the Education and HR Committee and is Director with responsibility for Safeguarding.
Mr Roger Hart
Mr Hart is a senior partner at the North West’s leading law firm, Addleshaw Goddard. He advises large businesses on corporate matters such as acquisitions, disposals and fundraising. Mr Hart has three children, all of whom currently attend Lady Barn. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2014. Mr Hart sits on the Finance Committee.
Mr Fadi Kabbani
Mr Kabbani was a pupil at Lady Barn from 1974 until 1981. After leaving Lady Barn, he attended The King’s School in Macclesfield and then went on to study at Newcastle University. Mr Kabbani has three girls, two of which are still currently at the school. His eldest daughter now attends Withington Girls’ School. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2012. Mr Kabbani chairs the Premises, Health and Safety Committee.
Mr Bruce Murray
Mr Murray studied at The Manchester Grammar School before moving on to Durham University to study Business Economics. He is a Chartered Accountant and is Finance Director of the North West based Doric Group. Mr Murray’s three children have attended Lady Barn. The eldest is now educated at Manchester High School for Girls. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2013. Mr Murray chairs the Finance Committee.
Mr Barry Pollitt
Mr Pollitt is a former branch manager of the Royal Bank of Scotland in Cheadle, which is where he met former Lady Barn Headmaster, Mr Bonner. He has twenty years’ experience of school governance in primary and tertiary education, in both state and independent sectors. Mr Pollitt has been on the Board of Directors since 1998 and went on to act as Chairman until 2003. He sits on the Finance Committee.
Lady Barn House School is a company limited by guarantee (registered company 02986515) and a registered charity (charity registration number 1042587). The Directors are trustees of the charity.
The Chairman of Directors may be contacted: c/o Lady Barn House School, Schools Hill, Cheadle, SK8 1JE.