Governors

Our Governors play a key role in our continued improvements, and bring a range of skills and expertise to our academy.

Rev. Kathryn Buck

I am the vicar of St. Chad’s and St. Matthews.

I am the vicar of St. Chad’s and St. Matthews. I am, therefore, a Foundation Governor and am there to ensure that the Church of England nature of school is upheld and promoted. Before becoming a vicar I was a teacher and have a lifelong interest in education in many forms. I have experienced schools as a teacher, parent and have been a school governor in several different places for the past 20 years.

Lucy Clarke

I am keen to use my skills and experience to support the school in its continued journey to develop strategies that encourage high levels of achievement in all areas of school life; so all pupils can reach their full potential.

I joined the local governing body in September 2018. My son has attended St Chads for the last 3 years.

My career is in Human Resources as a generalist practitioner in all aspects of HR; across a variety of industries. My passion is in leadership development. My skills and experience include working with individuals and teams to bring out the best in themselves and others to ultimately have a positive impact on the performance and well-being for them, their staff and the organisation.

I am keen to use my skills and experience to support the school in its continued journey to develop strategies that encourage high levels of achievement in all areas of school life; so all pupils can reach their full potential.

Helen Dobson

I am delighted to be serving as a Parent Governor at St Chads.

I am delighted to be serving as a Parent Governor at St Chads. I have worked in Calderdale for the past 10 years as a secondary teacher and subject leader at Lightcliffe Academy and previously at The Ridings School. Additionally, I was Vice Principal at The Maltings College where I first served as a staff governor. I am looking forward to working with the team and supporting the lovely community of St Chads. My own child thoroughly loves coming to school and all the opportunities that come with it and it was that passion that inspired me to want to help out as much as I can and to further support her enjoyment of learning. In my spare time I work for Pearson exam board as a BTEC Team Leader, enjoy time with my family and do Pilates.

Gavin Logan

Suzanne Longley

I have skills in planning and delivering services with responsibility for monitoring and quality assurance.

I have been a school Foundation Governor at St. Chad’s for the past two years. I am also a Sunday School Leader at St. Chad’s Church. I manage a voluntary sector social enterprise in Bradford supporting adults with learning disabilities through day time opportunities in horticulture and related activities. I have skills in planning and delivering services with responsibility for monitoring and quality assurance. I have a daughter in school, love spending time outdoors and enjoy singing in a choir.

Stephen Martin

Jag Oates

I want to use the varied knowledge and expertise from my career in financial services

I am a mum of twin boys both of whom attend St. Chad’s. I am currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors and also a Foundation Governor. I was born and brought up in Calderdale but when I moved to Hipperholme with my husband and young son I was keen to find a way of becoming part of the community to. For me becoming a governor was a great opportunity to do this. I was subsequently appointed as a Local Authority Governor (LEA) in December 2015. I want to use the varied knowledge and expertise from my career in financial services to work with the governing body to endure that both St Chads and pupils go from strength to strength and thrive.

Stephen Parkinson

I am really pleased and honoured to be part of the Governor team for St. Chad’s Primary Academy

I am really pleased and honoured to be part of the Governor team for St. Chad’s Primary Academy as community and the success of children in society are important to me. I am a Foundation Governor, appointed in 2015, through attendance and membership of the local community at St. Chad’s Church. I therefore have a responsibility towards the Christian values of the school. Outside this, I am a Service Design and Delivery manager for the Department for Work and Pensions and working specifically on improving child outcomes and life chances. From my civil service career I also bring commercial, procurement, and recruitment skills plus my experience of working within and across Government Departments. My specific responsibilities within the Governor Team so far are to be a class Governor, lead on the ICT subject area and to take the lead for the group on achievement data and pupil progress. My son, Owen, started at the school in September 2016.