Governor Profiles

Alan Budenberg : Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor, Link Governor for Key Stage 3 Curriculum 

Alan Bundenberg.I have been chair of governors at Sale Grammar School since 2015 and a governor since 2014. My daughter attended the school, although has now left and gone on to university. I was previously a governor at two other local schools and have over 20 years’ experience as a governor.

Outside of Sale Grammar’s Governing Board, I have worked in finance for over 35 years and therefore have a focus on the finances of the school.  I have previously led other community groups as the regional President of the Chartered Institute and Securities and Investment in Manchester and in Sport as a past chairman of Altrincham and District referees.


Chris Brindley : Chair of Admissions Committee. Link Governor for Communications and Governor Training, Co-opted Governor

Chris brindley photoAs a father of three, I’m passionate about education and giving children the best chance in life. I also believe in giving something back to society and that’s why I was honoured to be asked to join the board of Governors in 2016.

Sale Grammar is an outstanding school with exceptional teachers who really care about their students. I love its ethos of treating each child as an individual and helping them to excel and thrive in whatever they have a talent for, whether that be maths, science, the arts or sport.

My professional background is a leader in BBC News. I am currently the News Editor for BBC Manchester, but previously I spent 9 years as a Senior Journalist and Producer in National news working on everything from general elections to the Olympics.

I’m also on the Trust Board of a Multi Academy Trust of schools in Trafford.

I really believe in and care about Sale Grammar School and want to help the school be known locally and nationally for its first class education, for its pioneering spirit and most importantly for children who are happy and thriving.


Zoe Ashworth : Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor, Link Governor for Careers

Zoe ashworth photoI have worked in production at the BBC for over 25 years, across several departments including news, factual, children’s and religion.  I have most recently worked within BBC Education producing BBC Bitesize resources for students and parents.  BBC Bitesize provides support around the curriculum, relationships, mental health and careers plus more.  I am now back at BBC Children in Need where I work with charities who support the most disadvantaged children across the UK, as well as the families who benefit.  My role involves identifying and highlighting the issues facing children in order to raise awareness and funding to support their needs.  Safeguarding and Working with Children is also a large part of my job.

I am also on my local village committee, providing events for the community. I have a child currently in year 8.  My aim is to see Sale Grammar School continue to be an outstanding school and for every child to achieve their very best, whatever their ability or talent.

Kirstie Hawkins : Parent Governor, Link Governor for Finance and Modern Foreign Languages

Kirstie hawkins photoI am a qualified chartered accountant and spent over 15 years working for PwC in both London and Manchester - the bulk of my career was spent carrying out due diligence, primarily for private equity clients on cross-border deals. Whilst at PwC I was also involved in recruitment, designing and delivering training materials as well as supporting the Global leadership team.

I am also a qualified teacher, and taught French, German and Spanish for a couple of years in London. I am currently embarking on a career as an author, with both a fictional novel and a football biography in the pipeline. I was elected as a parent governor in 2020, at which time my elder son was in Year 9 at Sale Grammar School, my younger son in Year 7 at AGSB; I also have two step-daughters, one at university at Nottingham Trent, one in the 6th Form at Knutsford Academy.


Helen Johnson : Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee, Parent Governor Link Governor for Community

Helen johnson photoI'm Helen and I am a parent governor and chair of the Teaching and Learning committee here at Sale Grammar School. I am also chair of governors at two local primary schools. I believe that school is more than just a place of learning, it’s a community that we can all be part of.




Maxine Riley : Community Governor, Link Governor for Human Resources

Maxine riley photoI am an HR Manager for Mitchells and Butler, a hospitality business, with 1,700 restaurants, bars and pubs and 42,000 employees. There are twelve brands and I have responsibility for the Talent Management, Training, Youth Strategy and the People Brand Strategy for Harvester, across 175 sites. 

I have a Masters in HR, am a qualified Business Coach and a Mental Health first aider.

The position of your Community Governor at Sale Grammar School is a privilege and an honour.


Caroline Royle : Co-opted Governor, Safeguarding Governor

Caroline royle photoI am a parent to three children at Sale Grammar School and act as the Safeguarding Governor.

In a career spanning 32 years as a police officer within Greater Manchester Police I have developed a wide range of skills and experiences as a uniformed officer working in a number of inner-city communities, including a secondment to the Child Protection Unit. I was a Detective Constable within the CID, Serious and Regional Crime Squads specialising in Drug Trafficking and also worked within the Organised Crime Coordination Unit investigating crime with a multiagency approach.

In parallel with my police career, I have undertaken a number of community based part-time roles and I am currently a registered chaperone for Trafford and help at June Rendell Dance School. I am the Safeguarding Officer for Altrincham Netball Club and manage the Year 8 Vampires Netball Team.  I am also the Safeguarding Officer at Timperley Duke of Edinburgh scheme.


Patrick Stewart : Community Governor, Link Governor for Health & Safety

Patrick stewartI have been a community governor at Sale Grammar School since 2019. Having a legal background, I aim to use my professional experience to support the operation and governance of this fantastic school. I am originally from Scotland but work brought me to Manchester, via Switzerland, in 2006 and Trafford is now very much home to my family and me. Both of my children attend Sale Grammar School and I am keen to provide the school and its dedicated staff with whatever support I can.  In between being a chauffeur to my children, I am General Counsel at Manchester United with responsibility for the club's legal and regulatory affairs.       


Eva Turya: Link Governor for Well-BeingEva

My career initially begun in marketing and I quickly moved onto IT working in the private and public sector across a range of industries including rail, public transport, utilities, public health and financial services.   

After several decades my family and I migrated back to Sale following my parents who originally moved the family here over 20 years ago from the South of England.  We have a young child who attends the local primary school.  My youngest sibling is a former student of Sale Grammar, and another sibling a former student of Altrincham Grammar for Boys. 

In parallel with my IT career, I coach experienced professional looking to re-ignite and transform their live and careers. I am an avid champion of employee engagement;  diversity, equity and inclusion; gender diversity in STEM and wellbeing. Which is why I feel privileged to be the new link governor for well-being.


Ky Pen: Community GovernorKY pen pic4

I have recently joined as a community governor. I have worked in public procurement and contract management for the past 6 years across different central government departments, including the Department for Education and I am currently with the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. 

I grew up in the Trafford area, attending a local grammar school and studied at the University of Manchester. My brother actually graduated from Sale Grammar a number of years ago, and as such I feel a connection with the school and hope to contribute and support wherever I can.


Sam Ineson: Community Governor

Alongside working full time as a teacher in Wythenshawe, I also Fggbfcddeliver workshops at the University of Manchester on Behaviour Management strategies and Holocaust Education for trainee teachers. This work has enabled me to receive a Masters’ accreditation in Holocaust Education from UCL. 

I am also completing a Masters’ in Comparative Education at UCL, with my research focused on the effectiveness of differing types of accountability mechanisms in Europe. 

My work with UCL extends to writing articles on education, most recently on creating a ‘Community of Belonging’ by increasing the understanding of behaviour dynamics in a cohort, to implement effective intervention strategies. 

I am incredibly excited to serve the Sale Grammar community and provide support to an exceptional school.