Chair of the Board of Governors – Mrs J Berry

The Chair of the Board of Governors may be contacted c/o Lady Barn House School, Schools Hill, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 1JE or via the Clerk to the Governors:


  • Mrs H Cooper
  • Mr R Doidge (Chair of Premises and Health & Safety Committee)
  • Mrs J Flynn (Chair of Education and HR Committee)
  • Mr R Hart
  • Mr F Kabbani
  • Dr C Maxwell
  • Mr B Murray (Chair of Finance Committee)
  • Mr P Ward
  • Mr J Poole (Chair of Marketing, Admissions and Development Committee)

Chair of Governors

Mrs Joanna Berry

Mrs Berry studied Law at the University of Oxford and then went on to qualify as a solicitor.  She was formerly a partner in a North West firm of solicitors and is now on the Trustee Board of Children in Need.  All three of her children attended Lady Barn.   Mrs Berry has been on the Board of Directors since 2014.  She sits on the Education and HR Committee.


Board Members

Mrs Heather Cooper

Mrs Cooper is a retired Headteacher who has worked in a variety of educational settings and held advisory posts in Literacy, Drama and Curriculum delivery.  She has a Masters degree in Education from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne where she studied English and Geography as an undergraduate.

Mrs Cooper has three children and four grandchildren.  She joined the Board of Directors in 2018 and sits on the Premises, Health and Safety Committee.

Mr Ron Doidge

Mr Doidge is married with three children, one of whom attended Lady Barn until 2014 when he joined Manchester Grammar Senior School. He is a retired insurance broker and has owned and run his own business.  Mr Doidge has successfully raised funds for an amateur football club and is a member of the Heaton Mersey Community Festival. He has been on the Board of Directors since 2017.  Mr Doidge chairs the Premises, Health and Safety Committee and is the governor with responsibility for Health & Safety.

Mrs Julie Flynn

Mrs Flynn studied French and German at university and went on to obtain a PGCE, followed by a Masters degree in Education.  For 10 years, she taught French and German at secondary level, becoming Head of Modern Languages.  Her three children all attended Lady Barn before progressing to Manchester Grammar and Withington Girls’ School.  Mrs Flynn’s own career at Lady Barn included posts as French teacher and Head of Upper Juniors teaching Years 5 and 6.  Her final role before retiring was establishing Lady Barn’s AGT programme as AGT Co-ordinator.  Mrs Flynn is the Chairman of the Education and HR Committee and is the Designated Safeguarding Director (DSD).

Mr Roger Hart

Mr Hart is a senior partner at the North West’s leading law firm, Addleshaw Goddard.  He advises large businesses on corporate matters such as acquisitions, disposals and fundraising.  Mr Hart has three children, two of whom still attend Lady Barn.  He has been on the Board of Directors since 2014.  Mr Hart sits on the Finance Committee.

Mr Fadi Kabbani

Mr Kabbani was a pupil at Lady Barn from 1974 until 1981.  After leaving Lady Barn, he attended The King’s School in Macclesfield and then went on to study at Newcastle University.  Mr Kabbani has three girls, one of whom is still  at Lady Barn.  His two elder daughters now attend Withington Girls’ School.  He has been on the Board of Directors since 2012.  Mr Kabbani sits on the Finance Committee.

Dr Clare Maxwell

Dr Maxwell studied medicine at Manchester University and has been a partner in a GP practice in Poynton since 1987.  Her particular interests include Paediatrics, Women’s Health and Safeguarding.  She is married with three boys, all of whom attended Lady Barn before going on to Manchester Grammar.  Dr Maxwell sits on the Education & HR Committee and the governor with responsibility for Early Years.

Mr Bruce Murray

Mr Murray studied at The Manchester Grammar School before moving on to Durham University to study Business Economics.  He is a Chartered Accountant and is Finance Director of the North West based Doric Group.  Mr Murray’s three children have attended Lady Barn.  He has been on the Board of Directors since 2013.  Mr Murray chairs the Finance Committee.

Mr Peter Ward

Mr Ward has an association with Lady Barn that goes back to 1974.  His four children all attended Lady Barn – as have many of his grandchildren.  Mr Ward’s wife, Hilary, also taught at Lady Barn part-time.  He has been on the Board of Directors since 2000. Mr Ward sits on the Premises, Health and Safety Committee.

Mr James Poole

James brings a career in international marketing to the Governor table, with past experience at British Airways, American Express, Avis car rental and MBNA. He’s now the co-founder of Project50, a strategic marketing consulting business based in Cheshire, with a global client base. James has an MBA from Manchester Business School, with study in part completed at the Stern School of Business at NYU. His daughter attended Lady Barn before taking a place at Withington Girls School.  James sits on the Marketing and Development Committee. 

Mrs Amanda Webb is the school’s Clerk to the Governors.

Lady Barn House School is a company limited by guarantee (registered company 02986515) and a registered charity (charity registration number 1042587). The governors are the trustees of the charity.