Brontë Academy Trust

Achieving Together for Every Child

Local Governing Bodies

Haworth Primary Governing Body

David Fox - Chair of Governors



Kieron Murphy - Vice Chair



Tim Curtis

I have lived in Haworth for over twenty years and I am married with two girls who both attend Haworth Primary School. My professional background is in secondary teaching of English, with leadership of pastoral care, student achievement and school improvement being the major areas of my experience. I entered teaching in 1994 and shortly after this I began a 10 year stint as a teacher governor in a Lancashire secondary school. Since then I have witnessed the educational landscape change dramatically and I hope that I can serve the Haworth Governing Body with a valuable perspective. I currently teach at Upper Wharfedale School in the Yorkshire Dales.



Martin Nutter

I’ve been a Parent Governor at Haworth Primary for the best part of 10 years and have seen the school positively develop in that time. It is a vibrant and exciting place to be, where children are both cared for and challenged academically.

In my professional life, I am an accredited criminal investigator and business auditor in the civil service which I feel gives me the right attributes to be the ‘critical friend’ that school governors are required to be. Using my skills and the achievements of the school, I now look forward to moving that ethos into the Bronte Academy Trust to help the Board of Trustees to consolidate our individual strengths and take all three schools in to the future. 



Rebecca Poulson

I have been connected with Haworth Primary School for over 12 years initially as a parent of two children and then as a volunteer supporting pupils with reading.  I currently work with year 2 pupils each week.

I am also a District Councillor representing the Worth Valley on Bradford Council and am a trustee on Haworth Village Trust, Haworth Education Trust and Nell Bank Outdoor Learning Centre.

I am passionate about children achieving their potential and am delighted to be the Early Years and Foundation Stage Governor at Haworth Primary School.



Laura Stoker

I am the staff governor at Haworth Primary School. This role is new to me, as I joined the governing body towards the end of the last school year. I have been teaching at Haworth for 10 years now and have taught classes across the age ranges. I currently work as the Nursery teacher and have been in this role for 6 years. I really enjoy working in early years education and feel it is so important for children to have a positive and fun start to school and access to high quality early years provision.  

My other roles in school involve coordinating PSHE across school and looking at provision for more able and talented children at Haworth. As well as working at the school, I have 2 children who attend Haworth Primary. My eldest son is in Year 4 and my daughter has just started Reception class. 

I am looking forward to being part of the MAT with Lees and Oakworth and think it will be great to work together, sharing expertise and providing support. 



Gareth Williams




Lees Primary Governing Body

Sarah Cotton - Chair of Governors

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’.


Angela Broadbent



Penny Campbell

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.



Lisa Clark



Chris Holdsworth

I have been a Primary School teacher for 18 years and for the last 13 years I have worked at Haworth Primary. During this time I have held a number of roles and currently work as the Lead Teacher for the Designated Special Provision and share the role of SENCO.

I started as a Parent Governor at Lees Primary 2 years ago and am became a co-opted member under reconstitution of the Governing Body.

I am looking forward to the opportunities that collaborative working across the Trust will bring.



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. 



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 aged 27,25,23 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 Governing Body

Jo Pagdin - Chair of Governors

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.


Trevor Olsson - Vice Chair

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 gove


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.


Celia Gill

I have lived in Oakworth all my life and have a long association with Oakworth Primary School having attended the school myself as did my husband and five children. I also have five young grandchildren.

I started as a Parent governor and am now a partnership governor.  I have seen many changes over the years with the school going from strength to strength.  I have worked at Oakworth Preschool Playgroup for 28 years and the majority of the children who attend move on to the nursery in the school therefore I have a particular interest in Early Years. I also help out at the local Rainbow group.

I look forward to the trust schools working together to continue striving to give children in the Worth Valley the best start to their education.


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 Governing Body

Sarah Cotton - Chair

Melanie Ratcliffe - Vice Chair

Jonathan Keir

 Rebecca Studholme

 Victoria Whitley