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 : Vice Chair of Governors, 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.


Dr Nasar Ali : Parent Governor, Link Governor for Equality & Diversity

Nasar ali photoI am a research scientist and entrepreneur and am currently the scientific director of NANOSMAT Global, an international organisation working in the nanotechnology sector. Further, I am the founder and chair of the Young Professionals Society (, an organisation helping young people with personal and professional development with a special focus on communication, leadership and innovation.

I have published approximately 120 papers, book chapters, and books in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings on carbon-based nanomaterials for nanotechnological applications. I was the recipient of the prestigious 2002 Bunshah Prize for presenting my work on the novel time Modulated CVD process used for depositing CVD diamond thin films at the ICMCTF in San Diego, USA. Finally, I am the managing editor of One Central Press, an open access publisher of Nanotechnology books ( 


Zoe Ashworth : 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.


Olivia Champion : Parent Governor, Link Governor for English

Olivia champion photoI am the parent of a year 11 student. Prior to joining the Governing Board at Sale Grammar School, I was a Governor at a local infant school. I studied English Literature at the University of Warwick and then undertook a Masters in Information Management.

My previous career was in business information, but I am now an administrator at another local secondary school.



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 : Parent 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.