Our Governors

 Chair of Governors /

Parent Governor

Address :

c/o Manifold Church of England Academy

Off Leek Road



SK17 0JP

Telephone: 01298 384293



Charlotte was originally elected unopposed as a parent governor on 1 September 2016. She has now transfered to become a community governor. Her term of office ends on 31 August 2024.

Charlotte has no pecuniary interests in the academy.


Charlotte was elected Chair of the governors in 2017. She has two girls that attend the school. She is a Chartered Accountant and runs her own business from the family small holding.




Mr Pete Griffin

Parent Governor

Pete was elected unoposed as a parent governor on 1 September 2020. His term of office is 4 years, ending on 31 August 2024.

Pete has two daughters that attend the school.  He is the general manager of Hi Peak Feeds who manufacture organic animal feed covering the UK and Ireland.  Pete and his wife also run their own beef and sheep farm locally. 


Community Governor


Judith was originally elected unopposed as a community governor on  1 February 2017.  She has now been re-elected and her term of office ends on 31 January 2025.

Judith has no percuniary interests in the academy.

 I was a primary school teacher for over 30 years before taking early retirement 4 years ago and moving to Upper Elkstone with my husband to run our holiday let as well as being able to spend more time looking after my elderly parents.
I taught in a variety of schools in London and Hertfordshire and across the whole primary age range from 3 to 11 but spent most of my career in early years and key stage 1. I was Assistant Head Teacher at a small village Church of England (VC) primary school for the last 12 years of my career and was also SENDCo, Maths and RE subject leader.
I served on the governing body of my children’s Church of England (VA) school and was teacher governor at my last school.
Having been involved in primary education all my working life I was keen to continue this interest and was delighted to be asked to serve on the governing body of Manifold Academy. I have enjoyed helping in the school and getting to know the pupils. I know how important volunteers are in any school but particularly in a small school such as Manifold and I would like to be able to make a difference when time allows me.


 Fr John Baines

Ex Officio

Father John joined our governing body on 1 April 2019. 

Fr John is also a governor at ST Bartholomew's Primary School in Longnor

 Father John was appointed in 2018 to be the first Vicar of the new local benefice, after its boundaries were extended to include Warslow and Elkstones.

Prior to moving here, his parish ministry had all been within the Diocese of Derby, where he had, at various times, served as Spiritual Director of Cursillo, Rural Dean, Police Chaplain, and Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands. He enjoys ministry in this rural location, and is very 'at home' in the Peak District, having been born and brought up in a rural farming community.

His faith in Jesus Christ is core to his life, and he seeks to serve God and his people as best he can. But he does have hobbies to bring balance to life!