Governor Profiles - Sale Grammar School

Governor Profiles

Alan Budenberg - Chair of Governors/Parent GovernorAlan Budenberg

Alan has over 30 years' experience in the finance industry, managing projects, developing systems and is currently an Investment Manager within a large city centre Wealth Manager.

He has also previously held the role of President of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment - the professional body which overseas investment managers.

He was elected as a Parent Governor in 2014, after his daughter started at Sale Grammar School in 2012. He has been a Governor at two schools previously and now has almost 20 years' experience on different Governing Boards.

With his experience in the finance industry for over 30 years he initially joined the Finance and Audit Group, reviewing and monitoring the school budget and he is also a member of the Teaching and Learning Group.

He was nominated for the position of Chair of Governors in December 2015 and now oversees the work of the Governors.

Philippa Barron - Co-opted Governor 


Philippa Barron was elected as a parent governor in 2010 when her daughter joined the school seeking to strengthen the relationship between school and parents, specifically in the Admissions process and to support the school with her property experience on the Asset Management Committee. Usually seen in a "high viz" vest on Entrance Exam Day, Philippa can empathise with parents and children and assure those at the end of the queue that once the gates open they will be inside in a very short time!
In March 2014 she was pleased to have been re-appointed as a Co-opted Governor and has taken over the Chair of the Human Resources Group, steering the group in its responsibilities to review, monitor and approve policies for the recruitment, management and development of teaching and support staff and the Head Teacher in line with the school development plan.
As a qualified chartered surveyor and bank employee governance is an integral part of her day job and she feels has benefited greatly from the involvement, development and training she has obtained from being a governor.

Aileen Kirkham - Community Governor


As an ex pupil from many years ago (I left in 1973 and then it was an all-girls school) I was pleased to be invited to join the Board of Governors. I am an SEO in the Risk Analysis Division of the Education Funding Agency (part of the Department of Education).
My work consists of undertaking all aspects of financial monitoring and governance to give assurance that public money has been correctly spent.
I hope that my knowledge and experience will ensure that Sale Grammar School remains one of the best.
Outside of work and as I live in Warrington I have been an avid rugby league supporter for over 25years. I now have the pleasure of attending matches with my 13 year old granddaughter (one of my 7 grandchildren) who has turned out to be what is referred to as a ‘natural fan'.

David Citrine - Community Governor

David was a pupil at Sale Boys Grammar School before the Grammar schools merged. He now lives very close to the school and was pleased to be able to join the Board of Governors and to represent the local community as a community governor. He has joined the Teaching and Learning Group.
Outside the school David has held a number of senior Advocacy and Communications posts in both public and private sectors. For the past six years David has worked in a senior role for the national office of Arts Council England, developing and investing £2.4billion in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives supporting a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries throughout England.
David hopes to be an active and productive member of the Board of Governors, helping to provide strategic leadership, development and accountability for the school and to help make a positive contribution to young peoples' educational career.
Outside work David is a Director on the Board of Trustees at a local theatre.

Alistair Kell - Parent Governor

Alistair was elected  as a Parent Governor in March 2014 and has a daughter at the school.

He was educated in Glasgow and has Honours and Postgraduate Degrees in Architecture from the Mackintosh School of Architecture and a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art. He is a registered Architect and currently works as Director of Information and Technology  for an international Architectural practice within Manchester city centre. 

With over 25 years experience in the Construction Industry, delivering large scale projects, since joining the Board of Governors Alistair has taken on the role of Chair of the Asset Management Committee to sustain and enhance the school for the student population.

Within his current professional role he also both delivers building projects and act as Director of Information and Technology for his employer leading a team of 26 across 6 UK and 7 overseas locations. He is responsible for all aspects of IT for the business, developing strategies for both IT infrastructure and technology adoption by design staff, manage significant budgets within agreed constraints and deliver best value for the practice.

His skills, as part of the Board of Governors, can support many key aspects of the activities required for the operation of Sale Grammar School.

Philip Roberts - Staff Governor

I have taught at Sale Grammar School for 16 years, working within the Chemistry Department  and as a pastoral leader.  My time at the school has been incredibly rewarding.  I have had the privilege to work with hard working and enthusiastic students, as well as a dedicated team of colleagues.

Taking on the role of Staff Governor has been a great opportunity to volunteer my services further, to a school that I have been proud to work for for so long.