Members and Trustees Profiles
David Allan QC
Chair of Trustees & Member
David worked as a barrister for over 40 years and continues to work part-time as Deputy High Court Judge and Recorder. All four of his children attended Beaver Road Primary School.
Dr. Gunjit Bandesha
Kate has worked in education for over thirty years. Firstly as a Primary Teacher in Salford, then as a college Lecturer in Education. Kate spent eighteen years working for Trafford Council as a primary School Improvement Adviser and Senior Early Years Adviser. As well as school improvement work, Kate was the Local Authority Lead for quality in the early years, managing a team of people working across different sectors.
Kate lives and has family roots in Didsbury. She is honoured to serve children and families in the local community through the role of Trustee.
Trustee & CEO
Founding director of Optima Consultancy, Mark is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Operating across commercial finance, strategic change and digital transformation he has 20+ years’ experience in the payments industry and is a member of the Payment System Regulator Panel. A seasoned speaker at conferences and events, he has also delivered many training workshops across Europe for the major payment networks.
Lucy Powell MP