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St James & Emmanuel Academy Trust

St James & Emmanuel Academy Trust

Our Trustees / Directors


  • Nick Bundock

    Rector at St James & Emmanuel Church

    Nick Bundock

    Rector at St James & Emmanuel Church

    “I have been leading the clergy and staff team at St James and Emmanuel church in Didsbury since 2010 but have been part of the team since 2005.  I have been instrumental in aligning the vision of the Trust with that of the church and orientating us all around three core values: Belonging, Believing and Becoming.  Helping to establish West Didsbury CE Primary and grow the Trust has been a huge privilege.  As the Rector of the church and a Trustee of the St James and Emmanuel Academy Trust I am very conscious of the importance of excellent and well-rounded education to the future wellbeing of our children and to society as a whole.”

  • Paul Good

    MDBE representative on the Members Board

    Paul Good

    MDBE representative on the Members Board

    "I have been in the teaching profession for many years, initially as a teacher in a variety of primary schools and then as headteacher of a primary school in Rochdale. After headship I went on to work for the Rochdale Local Authority establishing Sure Start centres across the region. I have been actively involved, as Chair of the Trust, in helping to establish the new West Didsbury CE Primary School and supporting the Trust sponsorship of St Wilfrid’s CE. I currently sit on each local governing body and am passionate about providing high quality Christian education to all the children in our care."

  • Mrs Miriam Jones

    Mrs Miriam Jones

    Miriam joined the Board of the St James & Emmanuel (SJE) Trust in July 2016. A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD from 2003, she previously worked for twenty years at AQA where she was HR Director with overall responsibility for all people-related matters, including AQA’s examiners who were predominantly teachers.  Miriam has worked both in the private sector, starting her career in production management with United Biscuits PLC, and also the voluntary sector which included obtaining charitable status for two organisations.  

    Currently, she is Chair of Trustees for Home Community Cafe, and supports the SJE church leadership on staffing matters. She takes on occasional HR consultancy work and is Director of a small family property business.   

    In any spare time Miriam enjoys singing in a couple of choirs, cinema and walking with family and friends.  

  • Mr Geoff Stevenson

    Mr Geoff Stevenson

    Geoff currently works for Ambition School Leadership and Institute for Teaching as Area Director for Lancashire and West Yorkshire. He specialises in building partnerships across schools, academy trusts, local authorities and other stakeholders, to engage them with high quality teaching and leadership development. Before this he worked on senior leadership programmes with The Future Leaders Trust for five years. He is an experienced team leader and is trained in competency based interviewing and assessing of senior leaders and head teachers. Geoff has been involved in school governance since 2014. He has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Manchester, is married to a primary teacher and has two primary-aged children.

  • Mrs Jo Lynch

    Mrs Jo Lynch

    10 years HR experience at Centrica (more well  known as British Gas). Worked as a HR Business Partner working with senior managers developing people plans to support their organisational goals. Coached line managers with a range of HR matters. Experienced in the full employee life cycle from recruitment, employee development, employee relations (performance management, disciplinary, grievance etc) and talent management. Designed and implemented projects to improve organisational culture, upskill leaders, improve performance management etc. Experienced in Industrial Relations, building effective working relationships with Trade Unions and negotiating change to terms and conditions. Also supported big change projects like organisational design, pension changes and TUPE.

  • Mr Matt Whitehead

    Executive Headteacher

    Mr Matt Whitehead

    Executive Headteacher

    "I have been in the teaching profession for over 30 years. I had about 15 years as a class teacher in a number of primary schools across Stockport and moved to the headteacher position at Didsbury CE in January 2005. Alongside many others, I helped set up West Didsbury CE and supported our Trust sponsorship of St Wilfrid’s CE. At this point I became the Executive Headteacher of the St James and Emmanuel Academy Trust. I thoroughly enjoy working alongside all our staff teams to provide opportunities and experiences to shape the future lives of the children we care for."

  • Mr David Finch

    Mr David Finch

    I am a Managing Director with a highly respected US Executive Search firm. For my day job, I consult with some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies. I hold a MSc in Analytical Science and a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics, both from the University of Manchester and am a Harvard Business School Alumni. I enjoy bringing different perspectives and insights to the Trust. I am married to a professional photographer and have two primary-school aged children.

  • Lee Jamieson


    Lee Jamieson


    I have been an electrification engineer within the rail industry for the past 30 years. An important part of my role is to ensure that all health and safety legislation, regulations and protocols are identified and adhered to within the department. Over the years I have gained knowledge of a wide range of health and safety requirements and hold a number of health and safety qualifications. I have been a member of IOSH for several years which is an invaluable tool when addressing health and safety issues and offers help, guidance and resources.

    I sit on our company health and safety council and meet with the route Director at regular intervals to discuss any issues or changes to the health and safety requirements within the company. Another part of my role which I really enjoy is that of skills assessor, the purpose of the skills assessor is to mentor and guide new and existing engineers on the competency skill sets they are required to gain in order to carry out the role, this also requires myself to periodically sit with each engineer and test their competence knowledge and address any gaps if required. I have been a school Governor for eleven years, firstly as a parent governor then as health and safety Governor now as Chair of Governors. I very much enjoy the role of Governor and spend as much time as possible in school supporting and assisting the head teacher, teaching staff and our children. I particularly enjoy reading with our more challenged children and take great delight in seeing them progress and flourish.

    When I do have some spare time I enjoy being a volunteer member of the service crew at Linnet Clough scout activity centre in Mellor. We help arrange a variety of activities from ensuring safety on site to helping the young visitors learn new life skills.

  • Ian Cole


    Ian Cole


    Before retiring in 2008 Ian worked as CEO of an environmental charity in Northern Ireland as part of a UK wide charity. Prior to joining the charity he worked in Further Education, managed theatres and leisure centres. During his time in Belfast he also served as a Governor of a Catholic Primary School and a Special School. Since retiring he has been involved with the Greenroom Theatre in Wilmslow as firstly Artistic Director then Chairman, he has also been involved as an actor and director with the theatre. He is a keen golfer and follower of cricket. Ian is married to Stella who is a retired Baptist Minister and they have three grandchildren.

  • Felicity Bradley


    Felicity Bradley


    I have been in the teaching profession for many years, working in both primary and secondary schools. I am a Music specialist, and also a co-ordinator of Outreach and Partnership work. I have been on the Local Governing Board of West Didsbury C of E School since 2016, and Chair of Governors from September 2021. I am particularly passionate about ensuring that all pupils, (particularly Pupil Premium and Special Needs Pupils), have a broad, enriching and well-rounded education, that allows them to develop into mentally healthy, engaged and thriving children.