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. 



Josh Greaves




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.



Ruth Bowerditch




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.




Tracey is a highly motivated and commercially driven HR professional with over 25 years’ experience in leadership, operational management and the delivery of strategic objectives, with specific experience at one of the UK's leading automotive groups. She has developed broad career knowledge and professional experience in all areas of organisational development, employee engagement, executive coaching, leadership & management development, human resource management, employment law and performance management.

Providing exceptional leadership development programmes and executive coaching, she is quickly able to transform most managers and directors into remarkable leaders.

Being seconded to manage two car dealerships allowed Tracey to apply her unique style of employee engagement. She quickly converted team energy into exceptional staff performance & customer satisfaction and improved profitability year on year. After one year, the first dealership’s profitability had improved by 33%. In the other, profitability had improved by 26% in the first year and a further 11% in the second year. She has demonstrated throughout her career that having happy and motivated staff with clear accountability, really does improve customer satisfaction and the bottom line.

With experience of setting up several HR helpdesks which have provided employee relations advice to managers on issues such as poor performance, disciplinary hearings, grievances and redundancies, she has also managed a significant number of business acquisitions & disposals.

After returning to part-time education at 40, she graduated from Loughborough University with an MSc in Strategic Management. Tracey’s final year dissertation allowed her to research the impact leadership styles have on employee engagement, customer satisfaction and the bottom line.

Recently working for a not for profit organisation, Tracey was able to transform the HR department from a silo, “you can’t do that” attitude, to one which was supportive and approachable to both managers and directors. She was also able to progress the culture of the company by developing management competencies, a leadership development programme and executive coaching.




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.