Meet Our Local Academy Council


Richard Bramwell (Chair)

Richard was a school improvement officer for Rochdale LA. He held the full time post of senior school improvement manager for the LA where his major responsibilities were to ensure that schools causing concern to the LA and those in OFSTED categories improved rapidly. He regularly worked in primary and secondary schools including those with sixth forms.

Richard has also been a registered OFSTED inspector and led many inspections of primary and secondary schools. He has been a registered trainer of OFSTED inspectors.

In his spare time Richard enjoys playing golf, reading and attending the theatre.

Dame Pam Coward DBE

Pam Coward is a retired Headteacher (August 2004) who also worked as a leadership and management consultant. Her national profile has included a Directorship of the National Council of the Specialist Schools Trust, membership of the reference group of headteachers, supporting the work of the Director General of Schools at the DCSF and leading work as part of a national project to raise boys’ achievement with Cambridge University. She was awarded a DBE in the Birthday Honours List 2003 for services to education. In her spare time, she enjoys the theatre and being with and entertaining her 2 grandchildren who live in the UK, with a further granddaughter living in Australia.


Jo Wiggans

Until 2012, Jo was Director of the Aimhigher initiative in Greater Manchester, leading a large partnership of schools, colleges and universities to raise the aspirations of young people with no higher education heritage to go to university. Aimhigher delivered university summer schools and campus visits for school pupils and a wide range of support and activities in schools and colleges.

Jo lives in Rochdale and has three daughters who all attended local schools. She believes in the transformative power of education and the right of all to achieve their potential.

In her spare time, she likes to dig the allotment, walk and learn Italian in preparation for a trip to the cities and hills of Italy.


Susan Gettings

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!


Chris Reddy – Staff member

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.


Gillian Morrell  – Parent member

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 Ahmed – Parent member

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.