Prestolee Multi-Academy Trust

Meet The Team

Mr Michael Tonge - Prestolee Multi Academy Trust CEO

Mike has taught in every year group across the primary range and has held a wide variety of management and leadership positions across the primary phase.  He became head of Prestolee Primary School in 2005. Since then Prestolee has moved from a requires improvement school to an outstanding one.  It is now the lead school in the Prestolee Multi Academy Trust.  The trust is built around the core value that every child deserves a first class education. 

As the Chief Executive of the trust he oversees all activity in the trust but is very well supported by a highly effective leadership team and school improvement team.  Alongside his role as CEO he is a lead Ofsted inspector and is part of the executive steering group for the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership.  He is the GM Sub Regional Support for Teaching Schools, sits on the North West School improvement board, the GM Reform Board and the GM Education and Employability board.  He is a National Leader of Education and has supported school improvement across the region and beyond.  

He believes Prestolee succeeds because it is about empowering others and building great communities of practices across the trust and across the region.  All of the solutions to the challenges we face are out there somewhere.  We simply have to work together to find them.


Mrs Rebecca Dunne - Prestolee Multi Academy Trust Deputy CEO 

Rebecca Dunne is Deputy CEO of Prestolee Multi Academy Trust and as a system leader provides school improvement expertise both locally and nationally. She has led Prestolee Primary School as the Head and been part of team Prestolee for many years. Within the Trust her leadership role includes being the Executive Head teacher of Waterloo Primary School, Strategic lead for Prestolee SCITT and leading school to school support improving leadership and management throughout and beyond the Teaching School Alliance and Trust, with a particular focus on quality assurance.

Rebecca began her career as an NNEB and undertook Initial Teacher Training (ITT) through the graduate teaching programme. This foundation of school led teacher training and leadership development has been key to her commitment to building capacity in the Trust through a process of both external recruitment and developing leaders within the Trust. Progressing from newly qualified teacher to Head of school at Prestolee, Rebecca was integral to the school becoming first outstanding, and later a National Teaching School specialising in assessment and leadership.  Through her commitment to school led ITT Rebecca successfully led Prestolee’s School Direct Programme training over 3 years and supported the transition to  become a SCITT. 

In her spare time Rebecca is an amateur painter and cat lover and is slowly becoming a plant collector.


Mr Jim Haslam - Prestolee Multi Academy Trust Governance Clerk

As the Governance Clerk to Prestolee Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), I provide advice and guidance to the Governing Boards of all of the schools and organisations within the Prestolee MAT.  This includes organising their Governing Board and Committee meetings and agreeing and distributing the Agendas and all of the documents that the Governors and the Directors (Trustees) need to run efficient meetings.

I am responsible for writing up accurate Minutes to provide a clear record of the discussions and all of the decisions made at every meeting within the Trust.  The Minutes are working documents used by the Governors and Directors (Trustees) to inform their decisions at future meetings.

The Minutes also provide a permanent record of good governance within the Prestolee Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) and they form part of the evidence seen by Ofsted when they have judged the ‘Effectiveness of Leadership and Management’ at various organisations within the Trust to be ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’. 

I have nine years’ experience as a Governance Clerk and since 2015 it has been my privilege to serve all of the Governors, Trustees and Officers within the Prestolee Multi-Academy Trust (MAT).  I was appointed as Prestolee MAT’s in-house Governance Clerk in October 2018.

For leisure, I enjoy sailing and hill walking with my family.  


Mr Michael Govier - Prestolee Multi Academy Trust Business Manager & CFO

Mike began a career as a qualified Electronics Engineer specialising in Flight Testing and Avionics at BAe Systems. Mike designed, built and commissioned data acquisition systems and test installations to acquire test data in flight. Working within a ‘total quality’ ISO9001 environment, Mike developed a new revenue stream for the company in the form of a data replay business for black-box flight data recorder systems that was engaged in system replays for maintenance checks and regulatory accident investigation. He later became Project Manager of a multi-disciplinary team operating across five key sites with executive responsibility for a £30 million pound component of a major national defence project. He successfully led the FTI installation design and manufacturing teams and kit-setting logistics to deliver an installed test system on-board three test vehicles through to first flight. He developed a dependency driven integrated project schedule and was directly accountable to the project board for technical and financial risks, management of dependencies and deliverables for the FTI system.

Mike has operated his own private teaching business delivering accredited IT qualifications. Mike has been parent governor at his children’s school and PTA treasurer. He has extensive experience working in school administration since 2005 and has enjoyed working within a highly successful team and helped develop the schools businesses. Mike has had key involvement within the formation of the MAT, the academisation of several schools and as CFO holds responsibility for the central business organisation of the Trust.