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Trustees

ACADEMY TRUSTEES

JOHN BROUGHTON - CHAIR OF TRUSTEES

 

I am a Consultant Solicitor with a local legal practice having been a Solicitor in Keighley for over 30 years.

I am interested in establishing the new legal structure of the Academy and contributing to management educational and legal issues arising. 

 

 

GILL HOLLAND (C.E.O) - LEES Primary HEADTEACHER

I have been lucky enough to be the Headteacher of Lees Primary School for seven and a half years.  I have worked as a teacher and senior leader in schools across Bradford and Lancashire since 1990 and have also worked as a consultant for the LA and as an Executive Headteacher.

I am delighted to be a founder member of the Bronte Academy Trust and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to be involved in developing a MAT which has the children of our community at the heart of everything we do. I am looking forward to continuing to work with our trust to provide the best we can for all our children and build on the amazing work already being done in our schools. An exciting time ahead!

 

 

HELEN THOMPSON - HAWORTH Primary HEADTEACHER

Having worked at Haworth Primary school for the past 15 years, I was very proud to be appointed as Headteacher in 2013. I have lived and worked in the Bradford District for all of my teaching career and feel passionate about our schools being at the heart of their local communities.

I am wholeheartedly committed to securing the best possible outcomes for all of the children in our family of schools. I am very grateful for the positive partnerships that we have forged across the Worth Valley district and beyond.

The development of the Trust brings an exciting new chapter in our improvement journey and I am determined that we should be forward thinking in our approach in a rapidly changing landscape. I take pride in developing personalised learning and a fully inclusive environment that is challenging, exciting, caring and purposeful and in which every child can truly blossom and experience success.

 

 

JENNI MAYO - OAKWORTH Primary HEADTEACHER

After teaching at Oakworth Primary for sixteen years, I was delighted to be appointed as Headteacher of this wonderful school. Like all Headteachers, Members and Trustees in The Bronte Academy Trust, I am committed to securing the best possible outcomes for all of the children who attend our schools and nurseries and I am determined that we should remain ambitious and forward thinking, in a rapidly changing educational landscape.

I am very proud to serve the Worth Valley community and grateful for the continued partnerships that we share with local governors, families and residents. They fully support the aims and strategic vision of the Trust and work together with us to provide safe, caring environments; where children can grow, succeed and develop skills for life-long learning.

 

 

JO PAGDIN

After being a Parent Governor at Oakworth Primary School for 3 years, in September 2015, I accepted the challenge to be the Chair of Governors for Oakworth.

I am what some people call a “do-er” and like to put something back into the community.  After heading the campaign to create a new play area and sports court at Holden Park I turned my attention to the local school.  I have three young children, two of which are currently at Oakworth Primary and my youngest is soon to experience the excellent early years facilities that Oakworth offer.  I believe that children deserve the best start in life and not only should they receive the best in education but also within a happy and supportive environment.

After travelling the world for eight years on cruise ships (working within immigration, finance and personnel) I returned home to work in the family recruitment business.  Having recruited hundreds of people over the last 18 years and dealt with many local companies, I have worked my way up to be the Managing Director.  My business background and work experience definitely assists in my role within the Governing Body.

 

 

SARAH COTTON

I have a long association with Lees Primary School dating back to 1997. Initially as an anxious parent of a new Reception pupil, followed by working within the Parent and Friends Association and most recently as a Governor.  For the past 9 years I have been Chair of the Governing Body.

I bring over 30 years experience from Secondary Education with a particular focus on Leadership Management, Student Achievement, Curriculum Design and my first love Mathematics.

I am fully committed to supporting local schools for local children and am excited by the opportunities that will arise from the establishment of the Brontë Academy Trust.

 

 

STEVE GANT

I am a senior marketing professional, employed by Lloyds Banking Group (previously Halifax/Bank of Scotland), based in Halifax.  I have over 25 years’ experience in Financial Services private sector, which has equipped me with the skills to manage teams of people, co-ordinate significant budgets and help set and deliver against strategic plans for the business. 

I have lived in Haworth since 2002 and have been a Governor at Haworth Primary School since 2010, taking the role as Chair of Governors in October 2014.

As a Governor, over the past 6 years I have supported the school and its leadership team through many significant changes and achievements, and am pleased to remain closely involved in helping to shape its future as we begin our journey as part of the Bronte Academy Trust.

I am married with three children; all of whom have been through Haworth Primary School.  I am also an FA qualified football coach and manage a local U13 football team at weekends, and in my spare time I enjoy long walks with the dogs and getting away in the caravan.

 

 

JOHN BROWNLESS

 

I have always been closely involved in the community in Haworth and have an interest in education and a passion for creating the best opportunities for children. My twins attend Haworth Primary and I became a Parent Governor at the school in 2014.

I am now very privileged and honoured to be part of the Academy as a Trustee and Governor and my experiences as a Business Consultant with a successful proven track record within the catering and facilities management sector will enable me to support the Academy in a number of different ways.

Most importantly I want the children at our Academy to achieve the best they possibly can and leave well prepared for the next stage of their education, with lasting happy memories of the years spent with us.

 

 

KATH WADDINGTON

I am ex head teacher of Oakworth Primary School and throughout my career I tried to ensure all children received the best education I could offer.

I will continue to do this in retirement as a member of the Bronte Academy Trust.

 

 

TREVOR OLSSON

I am married and we have three grown up children who all attended Oakworth Primary, one my grandchildren is now in the reception class. I have lived in the Oakworth area for the last 40 years.  As a family we have always been involved in the local community through Scouting and Guiding, along with the village pantomime at the Methodist church.

I was elected as a parent governor in 1993 when my eldest daughter was in the school nursery. I have served continuously since that time taking responsibility for the school buildings, Health and Safety, and on the Finance and General Purposes Committee. As a governor I have always worked hard to ensure that the school buildings have been developed and maintained to the best of our abilities and provide a welcoming environment for our children to develop.

I spent all my working life in the building industry, training as a joiner I quickly moved forward into various construction management roles, the last 23 years being with Bradford Council’s Technical Services where I was involved with planning and organising the repair and maintenance of the council’s extensive estate, including the schools. In the 1990’s on the advent of the Construction Design and Management Regulations I became the council’s CDM Manager running a small team of CDM Co-ordinators to manage the Health and Safety provision on all of the council construction projects.

I have been retired for the last 4 years and now spend my time, looking after my grandchildren, driving for the Keighley Community Transport, and my role as governor at Oakworth.