Brontë Academy Trust

Achieving Together for Every Child

Academy Committee Members

Haworth Primary

 

Trudy Mahon - Chair

 

Andy Longden

I am Andy, I have been married to Joanna for 38 years, we have a daughter and two Grandsons. Any free time Joanna and I have we spend walking in the local area or the Lake District.

My daughter attended Oakworth school where I was a Parent Governor. My Grandsons both attended Haworth Primary and really enjoyed their time there. My working career was serving 30 years in West Yorkshire Police in a range of roles, retiring as the Neighbourhood Police Inspector for Haworth, Oakworth and the surrounding villages.

I now work part time as a Volunteer Coordinator at Manorlands Hospice. I am new to the Governance Committee role and I am really looking forward to getting involved.

 

Kieron Murphy

 

 Rebecca Spencer

 

Gareth Williams

I’m Gareth and have been on the committee for Haworth Primary for 2 years, and my son attended Haworth. I’ve lived in Haworth for 5 years. 
 
I’ve worked mainly within aviation in a variety of roles and my feet are firmly on the ground now working for the NHS. 
 
The buzz around the school is something that can’t be described, I’m sure you’ll all agree. This makes me want to ensure that we all are achieving the best for the children and that the parents have a voice on the committee.
 
If there is anything I can do to support you and your child/ren in school please do get in contact. 

Lees Primary


Sarah Cotton - Chair

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.
 

 

Peter Rainford - Vice Chair

My family association with lees school began back at the end of the nineteen thirties when my dad attended lees, then myself and my two boys and daughter, (and my sister and cousins and their…) the missus is an ‘off-cummed un’ from Oakworth!

I trained as an electrician at Hattersleys loom makers; I have held the position of senior technician of maintenance at Keighley College and as a full time lecturer in electrical installation. I have been self-employed as an electrical contractor for the biggest part of my working life.

I became a governor at lees back in 1997. I have seen off (and appointed) three head teachers, watch out EW!

My interests are vintage tractors, photography and at the moment a sidelined fell runner, who has done silly long races like the ‘Fellsman’.
 

 

Lisa Clark

 

 

Jenny Mercer

I have been part of the Lees Primary School community for many years and have had many different roles over that time. Both my children attended Lees and whilst they were young I was the chair of for Lees.

I worked for over seven years as firstly, a Teaching Assistant in Year 5, followed by my role as Parental Involvement Worker. Throughout this I have enjoyed being a part of the Board of Governors and have always had a pro-active, hands-on approach to governorship. I currently sit on the Finance Committee, Pay Committee and also the Policy Working Party. I have a wide range of business and financial experience coming from running our family construction business and also my previous employment experience as a PA and Office Manager. 

 

 

Andrea Sharrock

 

 

Anna Whitaker

My name is Anna, I am 49 years old :-(I've been married to Greg for 29 years!  (Awaits lifetime achievement award). We have three grown up boys who have all left home, a girl in year 10 and a boy in year 3. 

I trained and worked as a primary school teacher until 4 years ago. We have a successful business (Manor Blinds) which we run together. I am currently also a foster carer. 

My hobbies include watching, but not participating in, most sports with the exception of motor sport and most football. My particular passion is for rugby union which has nothing to do with the male anatomy. Honest. 

I am an avid knitter and have probably got a pair of needles with a partially knitted sock on them in my handbag right now. I approach most things with a sense of humour which has helped to keep me (in)sane over the years. 

 

 

 

Oakworth Primary


Jo Pagdin - Chair

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.

 

Mark Curtis

I was born in Keighley, and attended local schools before becoming an apprentice bricklayer at Keighley College. I returned to the College as a lecturer, until recently when my post was made redundant and I became a self-employed builder.

While working at Keighley College I developed many school and community based projects, including construction with primary schools, working with excluded pupils and school/college liaison.

I am a Magistrate on the Keighley and Bradford Adult and Youth Bench and this has given me an insight into the responsibility of holding public office in the legal system.

Until recently I have been a Trustee of the Sugden Alms Houses near Oakworth, which provides accommodation for elderly residents of the area. I am a trustee of the Drake and Tonson Trust which provides funds for children who attend Oakbank and Greenhead (University Academy Keighley) Schools.

My own children attended Oakworth School, and now my eldest grandson is following in their footsteps.

 

Ruth Gavin

 

Chris Godwin 

I have been involved in education for the whole of my career, initially as a Science Teacher and latterly as a School Science Technician. 

We have lived in Oakworth for over thirty years, all three of our sons attended Oakworth First School, Bronte Middle School and  Oakbank.  Before the school reorganisation in 2000, I was a governor at Bronte and Oakworth.

Local schools are at the centre of our community and I feel that the whole community has an interest in ensuring that they provide an outstanding education for all, an education which sets our children on the right path for life.

 

Jenny Mercer

I have been part of the Lees Primary School community for many years and have had many different roles over that time. Both my children attended Lees and whilst they were young I was the chair of for Lees.

I worked for over seven years as firstly, a Teaching Assistant in Year 5, followed by my role as Parental Involvement Worker. Throughout this I have enjoyed being a part of the Board of Governors and have always had a pro-active, hands-on approach to governorship. I currently sit on the Finance Committee, Pay Committee and also the Policy Working Party. I have a wide range of business and financial experience coming from running our family construction business and also my previous employment experience as a PA and Office Manager. 

 

Claire Shoesmith

For the last 15 years I have been a Duty Manager at The Leisure Centre in Keighley. I enjoy reading, walking, cooking - eating it too, as well as socialising and entertaining. I am down to earth and I think easy to get along with. I am a hands on person and willing to help out wherever needed. I live with my partner Craig and our 6 year old son Oliver.

I became interested in school life when Oliver started Nursery at Oakworth Primary. We started on a journey together. I became part of the Parent Partnership where we were involved in linking home and school together, running writing competitions, Summer Stalls including recycling school uniform and working With the Parent Involvement Worker and Deputy Head.

An opportunity came up for school Governor, to which I applied and was amazed when I was elected!! Since then my knowledge and understanding of School life has developed and I am proud to be involved in the schools decision to form an Academy with Lees and Haworth Primary Schools.

Our schools have such an exciting future and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

 

 

 

Oldfield Primary

 

Sarah Cotton - Chair

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

 
Jonathan Keir

 

Peter Rainford

My family association with lees school began back at the end of the nineteen thirties when my dad attended lees, then myself and my two boys and daughter, (and my sister and cousins and their…) the missus is an ‘off-cummed un’ from Oakworth!

I trained as an electrician at Hattersleys loom makers; I have held the position of senior technician of maintenance at Keighley College and as a full time lecturer in electrical installation. I have been self-employed as an electrical contractor for the biggest part of my working life.

I became a governor at lees back in 1997. I have seen off (and appointed) three head teachers, watch out EW!

My interests are vintage tractors, photography and at the moment a sidelined fell runner, who has done silly long races like the ‘Fellsman’.

 
 Rebecca Studholme

 

 Victoria Whitley

  

Anna Whitaker

My name is Anna, I am 49 years old :-(I've been married to Greg for 29 years!  (Awaits lifetime achievement award). We have three grown up boys who have all left home, a girl in year 10 and a boy in year 3. 

I trained and worked as a primary school teacher until 4 years ago. We have a successful business (Manor Blinds) which we run together. I am currently also a foster carer. 

My hobbies include watching, but not participating in, most sports with the exception of motor sport and most football. My particular passion is for rugby union which has nothing to do with the male anatomy. Honest. 

I am an avid knitter and have probably got a pair of needles with a partially knitted sock on them in my handbag right now. I approach most things with a sense of humour which has helped to keep me (in)sane over the years.