Who they are

This page contains details about who the school governors are and what area they specialise in.

Maria Boylan - Chair of Governing Body

I recently returned to Manley Park as chair after a break of 2 years. Both of my sons attended Manley Park Primary School, my youngest now being 17. I've lived in Whalley Range for the last 25 years and have worked in the area so know it well. Manley Park has worked hard over the years to provide the best possible education for children of all abilities. I am fully committed to helping the school develop its educational role in our diverse community, continuing to be accessible to all children in the area, a school that pupils, staff and governors are proud to belong to. 

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Kate Anderton

I was elected as a parent governor at Manley Park in 2011 when my son started in Nursery and now  have a child at the infants and one at the Juniors, so know both sites. As a parent, governor and teacher myself, I feel well placed to understand the ever changing education system and consider the constant challenges that this brings.

I have been link governor for EYFS for several years and have recently become more involved in monitoring the School Development Plan, from a governor perspective. Currently I chair our Curriculum Committee, looking in more detail at what and how the children of Manley Park learn and how school augments their development. 


Catherine Butt

My name is Catherine Butt and I have been a co-opted governor at Manley Park since November 2015. I live locally and have a backgorund in teaching having been a primary school teacher and Assistant Headteacher until 2014. I now work for the charity 'Teach First' as a curriculum design manager which means that I design the curriculum for graduates who wish to train to teach through the 'Teach First" route. The nature of my job means that I have to be up to speed with the latest developments across the education sector which I hope could be of benefit to MPPS. I am the link governor for Early Years, Safeguarding and Literacy; all areas that pertain to my skillset and experience.

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Khurram Butt

My name is Khurram Butt and I am a single father of two young children who are both students at Manley Park. My involvement with the School is going to be for the next four years. I hold an Enhanced CRB. I am employed by Salix Homes as Environmental Services co-ordinator. I deal with anti-social behaviour, safeguarding and Housing related issues. I do a lot of voluntary work with local schools. I also provide support to vulnerable adults and children as part of my voluntary work for 'Home Start - South Manchester'. I have attended various courses like Domestic Abuse, Advanced Childcare, First Aid etc. I play an active role in making sure that a Parent's voice is heard and that they fully contribute to their child's learning. I feel proud to be a part of Manley Park.

I have been on the Governing body Panel for Manley Park primary School for few years now. I am an active member of PTA and governor for sub committees like Pay Committee, Resources and Head Teacher Review Committee.


Debbie Burton

I have worked in many Primary Schools in Manchester and have a particular interest in the curriculum and additional needs.


Damien Burton

Damian joined the Governing Body in 2013. He’s a co-opted governor and Chair of the Resources Committee. Damian is also a Manley Park parent, with children in Years 2 and 4.

Damian is a Chartered Energy Manager and Chartered Environmentalist. He has worked in civil engineering, environment and sustainability for business and government for 20 years, and since 2012 has run his own consultancy business. He has previously chaired the fuel poverty group of the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission and the energy group of Manchester’s climate change action plan. 

Damian enjoys time with his family, music, books, sports, travel and the great outdoors. He plays in a local band and runs occasional fundraisers for local good causes.


Khaleem Chohan

I've been a resident of Whalley Range for over 25 years and feel I have an excellent knowledge of the school and local area. I myself attended Manley Park and left in 1988. The foundation and support I received during my time at the school has allowed me to progress in education and work. I am a secondary school teacher of ten years experience and have understanding of primary education dealing with transition from Year 6 to Year 7. I'm committed to school improvement and progress and feel that I could make a positive contribution to the future success of the school


Eve Holt - Safeguarding and SEND governor

I am an ex-pupil at Manley Park and now have 3 children attending the school.

I love the school’s ethos and vision -  ‘Sharing a Love of Learning’ -  and the way this includes everyone in the school community.   We are all learning together!

As a lawyer I have advised both families and statutory bodies on their statutory rights and duties across education, health and social care and write legal updates for the Education Law Journal. 

As a co-opted member on Manchester City Council’s Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee and the Ofsted sub-committee, I help hold the council to account on all issues regarding children and young people.

I also work as a freelance consultant, facilitating connection, collaboration and change within organisations and the community.  As an Associate at Helen Sanderson Associates this includes training and coaching around person-centred practice, collaboration and change.

I love learning new skills, meeting new people and having new experiences.  After leaving Manley Park Primary School I was privileged to study Law at Oxford University. I believe every child has the right to an outstanding education and should be supported to fulfil their potential so they lead a happy, successful and fulfilling future.