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.
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.
I am married and we have three grown up children who all attended Oakworth Primary. 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, 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 since 2011, and now spend my time, looking after my grandchildren, driving for the Keighley Community Transport, and my role as Trustee for the Bronte Academy Trust.
I currently volunteer in Haworth School, I really enjoy going into the classroom. For me it’s an absolute pleasure assisting the children with their reading and set topic work. One of my first observations, which I can honestly say without doubt, is the happiness of children which I can see is absolutely paramount and clearly runs throughout the school. I have had the pleasure to see the children flourish, through the encouragement given to them by their teachers.
Whilst volunteering I was invited to join the Bronte Academy Trust as a Trustee. After attending my first few board meetings it soon became apparent, that the common thread that runs through the four schools is that the children, their happiness and welfare are at the heart of the academy. Even though the four schools are all different in terms of size and locations they all work in collaboration working together, sharing best practices and ideas, supporting each other ensuring all the children have the very best choices enabling them to thrive. The journey for me from volunteer to Trustee is one that I hope will grow and evolve over time.
One of my favourite children’s book is - Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd
My recent favourite adult books is - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I’m an ex-teacher (experience in junior, middle, secondary and adult settings) with a continuing interest in those learners who need additional opportunities in order to develop their talents and skills, so that they are able to become the best that they can be.
As a Specialist Teacher (10+ years) in Bradford, I worked with pupils, their teachers, parents, and teaching assistants, providing support and training across a range of special educational needs.
With some experience as a governor at an inner city school and the fascinating insight into how varied education provision can be from my experiences working in Bradford and from the different schools attended by my four grandchildren, I hope that I can bring an objective view on education to the governing body.
I live locally, enjoying the opportunities on offer in the Aire valley.