Meet our Local Governing Body
Deborah started her career in teaching as a Science Teacher in a 11-16 school in a working-class area of Burnley. Early into her career she took up the Head of Department role at a different secondary school, this time in an affluent area of Blackburn, it wasn’t too long before she took up her first senior leadership role, as Assistant Headteacher of a secondary school in Tameside.
In 1999, she moved to a multi-ethnic school in Lancashire in the role of Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for curriculum, facilities and finance – a role she stayed in until moving into another promotion as Senior Deputy Head of Blakewater College in Blackburn. Deborah stayed at Blakewater for five successful years, leaving in 2010 having been Acting Headteacher for a two-year period. Deborah applied for, and was successfully appointed, the Headteacher of Kingsway Park School– recognising the opportunity to create a new school following the amalgamation of two failing schools.
As Headteacher of Kingsway Park, an 11-16 multi-ethnic and diverse school serving an area in Rochdale with high levels of deprivation, Deborah led the development of a single school culture and ambition, as well as the estate developments from being a split site to single site school. In her time at Kingsway, her focus on school improvement was externally verified by receiving two Ofsted ‘Good’ grades, with ‘Outstanding’ grades for safeguarding and pastoral support.
Deborah has been deeply rooted in the educational community of Rochdale and gained board-level and chairmanship experience as Chair of the Rochdale School Forum and Vice Chair of the Rochdale Secondary Headteachers’ Group. Deborah was asked to join an Interim Executive Board of New Charter Academy in Ashton, and successfully saw through its transition into Great Academies. Deborah is a qualified NLP Practitioner and holds her NPQH.
Susan has worked at a local primary school in Rochdale for 15 years as a Teaching Assistant and has lived and worked in Rochdale for most of her life. She is a keen gardener, likes walking, camping and enjoys listening to live music and socialising with friends.
Susan had a son and daughter attend Rochdale Sixth Form College and has been very impressed with the college and its commitment to the students. Her son is a student at the University of Leeds and her daughter is at the University of Hull.
Susan believes Rochdale Sixth Form College, being ranked the best performing college in the country, will continue to have a big impact on the town as our young people no longer have to go out of town for quality post 16 education. Julian, and all the staff’s, dedication and enthusiasm drives the students to success and the results speak for themselves!
Mary retired from her role as Vice Principal HE & Academic of The Manchester College in 2016, though continues to work for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education as a Reviewer. Mary’s career started in the arts and culture sector before moving to teach in FE and progressing into executive leadership roles with both the University of Derby and Manchester College. Mary holds a PCGE and Post Graduate Diploma in FE Management.
Chris has worked in the borough of Rochdale all his teaching career and began this as PE teacher at Holy Family College, Heywood. During this time, he gained experience as a Head of Year for Years 9, 10 and 11, and as Head of Key Stage 4. His interest in pastoral support and PE teaching allowed him to join RSFC in 2011 where he worked within the PE department and as a Personal Progress Tutor. Chris now works as a Student Progress and Development Leader.
Chris finds working at the College extremely challenging, yet rewarding, and loves working with the hardworking, positive and enthusiastic staff and students.
Away from the College, Chris loves spending time with his family and friends and loves music, running and cycling.
Since leaving Oxford University with a degree in Mathematics Gill has worked in the Nuclear Industry in the areas of Radiation Protection, Nuclear Safety and Code Development. During this time she undertook a part time MBA at Manchester University. She has two daughters the eldest is currently studying at Nottingham University whilst her youngest has just started her A-Levels at Rochdale Sixth Form College.
When not working or keeping on top of her 18th Century farmhouse she is a keen horse rider and for the past ten years a dedicated Pony Club Mum travelling her daughters and horses around the country to competitions.
Gill is looking forward to applying her skills for the benefit of the college and playing a small part in continuing to maintain and improve the excellent culture and nationally recognised performance that Julian and his team have so diligently instilled for the benefit of the young people of the Borough.
Imtiaz has a Master’s degree in Zoology and is a qualified youth and community worker, he has previously worked with Rochdale Borough Council and Hopwood Hall College. Imtiaz brings a wealth of governing experience following time spent as governor at Deeplish Primary School and Oulder Hill School. He is currently Governor at Kingsway Park High School and has a strong interest in Equality & Diversity.