Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Academy Council Members


Barry Burke

Barry Burke, Chair of the Academy Council, Manchester born and bred! I attended Manchester
University and have a BSc in Physics. I am now retired following 42 years of working in education,
20 years of which have been as Head of three Secondary schools in Cumbria, Lancashire and latterly Manchester.

Victoria Alcock
Vice Chair

Vicky is a qualified Secondary mathematics teacher having trained with Teach First after graduating
with a degree in Law. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Education and currently works
in the Graduate Recruitment team at Teach First. Vicky is passionate about driving change in Education
and is proud of her role on the Academy Council. 

Peter White
Community Representative

Peter White works as a Programme Support Tutor at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Health,
Psychology and Social Care. Before working in higher education he taught English in Japan and Tameside.

 His research focuses on access to higher education and he is passionate about addressing   educational
inequality in the UK. He was born in Bolton, studied in London and Oxford and   holds an MSc in Education Research


Tanya Burch
Community Representative

Tanya Burch is a Salford City Councillor, Chair of Community and Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee and
most importantly a wife of 20 years to Phil and a mother of two beautiful girls.

Originally from Ukraine, she holds a BA(Hons) and has been working as a Russian and Ukrainian interpreter for over 15 years now.

As an Oasis Governor, Tanya believes in building partnerships that provide outstanding opportunities to the students.
Each young person is unique and their talents and gifts are community assets to be encouraged and developed.

Marie Dillon

Principal of Oasis Academy MediaCityUK