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Our Governors

Foundation Governors

Melanie Brooke

(Appointed by the Trust)

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Date of appointment: Re-appointed 23.05.19​

Term of Office: 4 years

Sub committee membership: Personnel, Standards

I am a Trust nominated Governor and until recently was the Deputy Principal at Kirklees College where I had a wide range of responsibilities including estates and facilities management, human resources, management information and IT and student recruitment, careers and sales and marketing. I am a trained HR professional and member of the CIPD. As a member of the executive reporting to the Governing Body I know what it feels like to be a member of a senior team as well as a governor. I am also a trustee of Kirklees Active Leisure who are also one of the school’s Trust partners, and I have recently taken on a new role as a Non-Executive Director for an NHS foundation Trust where I am chair of their People Committee.

I live in the local area and I am a member of the local community and feel that my role as a governor is an important one. I enjoy being able to visit the school and helping out with other duties such as staff recruitment as necessary. I moved to West Yorkshire from London 23 years ago and my children have been raised in Huddersfield. I am really proud of the progress that the school continues to make and am looking forward to the next stage of its journey.

Outside of my work I enjoy playing and watching tennis as well as taking part, when I have the time I am involved in amateur dramatics as a member of the Huddersfield Thespians. I studied drama and English at university and am still a member of Equity the actors union as a result of work in the industry when I was younger.

Sarah Grant

(Appointed by the Trust)

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Date of appointment: 21.11.16

Term of Office: 4 years

Sub committee membership: Pupil Needs

I have over 30 years’ experience in education, in Leeds, Bradford and Kirklees, where I am currently seconded to the Learning Service as a Kirklees Learning Partner.

I began my career as a science teacher but moved into Inclusion and Special Educational Needs to deal with some of the problems and issues facing many of the enthusiastic young scientists I was teaching. I still have a keen interest in the developments in science and science education, and am a member of the Institute of Physics.

 I am an enthusiastic photographer and walker, which is useful as my rescued lurcher dogs need plenty of exercise!

Dr Dainis Ignatans

(Appointed by the Trust)

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Date of appointment: 22.01.18

Term of Office: 4 years

Sub committee membership: Standards

I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Huddersfield. My research interests are immigration and crime, repeat victimisation and evidence based policing. I have vast experience in analyses and collection of large scale statistical datasets and have presented my research in a number of countries throughout Europe.

In my role as governor at North Huddersfield Trust School, I wish to support the school to promote and maintain high standards of teaching and ensure students are informed about the available opportunities to progress post-16.

 

Dr Ivan Kaiser

(Appointed by the Trust)

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Date of appointment: 21.03.16

Term of Office: 4 years

Sub committee membership: Finance

I am a Trust Governor and initially joined the Pupil Needs committee before moving to the Finance committee which also addresses Health & Safety, something I am passionate about. I am really looking forward to working with the team of highly enthusiastic Governors and NHTS Staff specifically in this area and see great potential to leverage best practises at both NHTS and Cummins Turbo Technologies where I have been employed for the last 19 years.

 I have worked in multiple departments during my time at Cummins ranging from product engineering through to operations quality and manufacturing engineering where I am currently Manufacturing Platform Leader for new product introduction. It is an honour to serve with such a dedicated team of Governors and school staff and I’m really proud to be associated with the pupils and staff at NHTS and look forward to many more years of collaboration.

Sophie Simpson

(Appointed by the Trust)

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Date of appointment: 14.02.18

Term of Office: 4 years

Sub committee membership: Personnel

I am a mother, wife and business owner. I also now have the title of school governor. I was brought up in the Ashbrow Ward but have travelled many places. I studied LLB Law at Leeds Beckett University and proceeded to work as an Operations Manager in a fast paced sales environment.

I am very passionate about young people, their future, how they develop and decided that moving into running my own business as a youth and community facilitator and event organiser was a natural fit.

After the loss of my daughter to anencephaly in 2016, I wanted to help young people be heard, to learn how to find who they are and what they stand for.  This drove me to step out of my comfort zone and set up my own business, alongside one of my closest friends and thus Conscious Youth was born!

Conscious Youth is a community organisation based in Huddersfield, which is led by and for young people. We seek to redress the balance by developing Young People’s skills, knowledge and aspirations. The work we do focuses on creating & delivering preventative youth work through youth clubs, projects, programmes & events for young people between the ages of 13 – 24.  The young people we work with are from hard to reach, disadvantaged, LGBT & BAME communities. Our core aim is to improve the mental and emotional resilience of young people. Our work is centred on three key themes; community cohesion, active citizenship and personal development.

In my spare time I am a volunteer public speaker for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and I play netball for a local team.

I feel I have many strengths I can bring to the governing body and excellent links with the community.

 

Tim Winterburn

Vice Chair (Appointed by the Trust)

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Date of appointment: Re-appointed 09.09.19

Term of Office: 4 years

Sub committee membership:  Personnel, Finance & Premises, Standards

I worked at Cummins for the last 22 years until recently taking early retirement. I serve on the Finance and Personnel Committees, because I think I can help the school in these areas. It’s wonderful to do that alongside such an enthusiastic group of people from the local community and to work with the staff. I’m incredibly proud to be linked with such an exciting school, and with such dedicated staff and pupils.

Trust Appointed Governor Vacancy

Trust Appointed Governor Vacancy

Local Authority Governors

Chair of Governors - Phil Weston

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Date of appointment: 02.10.17

Term of Office: 4 years

Sub committee membership: Personnel, Finance & Premises, Standards

My involvement with North Huddersfield Trust School began when Holmfirth High School (where I used to be a governor) worked with Fartown High School. I chaired the Interim Executive Board that oversaw the opening of the new school. I saw the great potential of the school and was keen to continue as a governor when NHTS opened. I was delighted and honoured to be elected as Chair of Governors of the school. We have seen great improvements since NHTS opened in 2011.

My background is in education. I was a secondary school teacher and leader for 18 years before becoming a school improvement officer in several local authorities. From 2006 to 2016 I led the Achievement Service in the Bradford district prior to my retirement. I have three children, now all adults, who attended Holmfirth High School and my wife Sue was also a teacher in a Huddersfield secondary school. In my spare time I enjoy walking, cycling, gardening and watching sport – I am a season ticket holder for my home city team, Notts County.

Headteacher

Andrew Fell

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Date of appointment: 29/04/19

Term of Office: 4 years

Sub committee membership: Personnel, Finance & Premises, Standards

Co-opted Governor

Tahera Hussain

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Date of appointment: re-appointed 09.19.19 

Term of Office: 4 years

Sub committee membership: Pupil & Family needs

Parent Governors

Laura Pusey

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Date of appointment: 9.12.16
Term of Office: 4 years
Sub committee membership: Pupil & Family needs

I have lived in Huddersfield since 2013 after leaving London. I will be honest and say that even though I live in the area, NHTS was not my first choice for my child. I sent my daughter to another school and it was only when I got on the bus one day and saw children from NHTS beaming with delight with the medals they had won from sports day that I realised I had made a mistake. I spoke to these excited but well- mannered children and they were so full of praise for the school that I immediately moved my daughter and she thrived. My son is now a student at the school.

I see the importance in having a good education, and having been a governor in the past, I am aware of the effort put into achieving good teaching practices for our children to get the best out of their education. My decision to take up the post of governor with NHTS was a natural one. In order for us parents to get a clear understanding of the educational process our children are enrolled in, I feel that by forming strong links with those teaching our children and in charge of the well-being of our children whilst they are in school, we can ensure our youth are fully supported and understood.

Vacancy

Staff Governor

Anna Matsis

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Date of appointment: 6.03.18
Term of Office: 4 years
Sub committee membership: TBC

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