Joining the Post Office as a graduate entrant, Nick’s early career was in security & investigation and quality management and then personnel management where he practiced as personnel manager for the Royal Mail Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield post code areas. Working from Royal Mail Headquarters, he implemented the human resources strategy for the automation of mails processing and programme managed the Post Office overhead review of central services. His last role with the Post Office was Director and General Manager of Engineering Services. Subsequently he has used his change management and consultancy experience to support private, public and third sector companies.
Nick has over thirty years of experience as a governor of schools. He has served as Chair of Governors at Primary and Secondary Schools and Pupil Referral Units.
Nick has a degree in modern political history (BA Hons) and is professionally qualified in human resources management (MIPD Graduate).
Deirdre Bailey had a 40 year career in Children’s Social Care. Deirdre supported families in crisis, worked with children in the care system, children who were moving on to adoption and trained and prepared prospective adopters. She also provided support to adopted adults who were hoping to access their birth records and make contact with their birth families. Deirdre is also an established school governor, as chair of governors for the last 22 years in a busy primary school and has been an active partner in Safeguarding, Headteacher Performance Management, Staff recruitment and monitoring Teaching and Learning. Deirdre is also Vice Chair at another busy Primary School where she has a lead role in Safeguarding, Headteacher Performance Management, Staff recruitment and monitoring Teaching and Learning.
Roger worked as a solicitor for over 40 years, specialising in Education Law from 1977. He was employed by local authorities for 38 years and then set up his own business as a Consultant and Trainer. He has been a school governor for more than 25 years. During that time he has been a Governor at primary schools, secondary schools, special schools and a pupil referral unit. He has been the Chair of the Governing Body at four schools. During his time as a governor he has been responsible for Safeguarding and Pupil Premium and being involved in Headteacher Performance Management. Roger is Vice Chair at a Secondary school where he is Safeguarding Governor and involved with the Headteacher Performance Management.
Scott currently works as the Health and Wellbeing Programme Manager at Public Health England (PHE) and Programme Director for Prevention at North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.
After graduating from Brunel University in 1996 Scott worked in Business and Marketing before moving in to Education and then Public Health, where he has worked since 2003 for the NHS, the Department of Health and a Local Authority.
A recognised expert in Tobacco Control, with over 20 years of leading multiple programmes across the health and educational systems to improve health.
Scott is a visiting Lecturer of Public Health at the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds. He is a Fellow at the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) and was elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) through Distinction for his contribution to Public Health in 2016.
Hugh Figgess has 27 years` experience as a teacher and head teacher. During the last 20 years his work has focussed on school leadership and leadership development. Hugh worked with Ofsted, Leeds Becket University and CCDU, a Leeds based education consultancy where he was the National College for School Leadership programme leader for NPQH and Team Programmes across the Yorkshire and Humber region. In recent years Hugh has worked with a wide range of primary school leadership teams supporting them to enhance leadership within their teams and across the school.
Brent Fitzpatrick MBE runs a financially successful business career spanning 26 years, his MBE for his service to school governance, his being a National Leader of Governance and a Trustee with the Birmingham based National Governance Association.
His business specialises in oil and gas production, oil services, Insurance, technology, clean energy and international property development. He has long time experience of chairing a number of governing bodies and is trustee role at Dixon’s Academy Trust.
Jumaimah has over 13 year’s experience of working as a registered Occupational Therapist and is dedicated to continual improvement. She has worked with children, adults and carers from diverse backgrounds with a range of complex disabilities. Jumaimah manages the Access Team at Braford Council who determine the eligibility of adult social care services in line with the local authorities statutory duties; specialist equipment; adaptations and assessment for discharge. Jumaimah is responsible for the daily supervision of Occupational Therapy staff; HR; risk assessments; performance management; waiting list management; recruitment and liaising with councillors and the complaints department around formal complaints. A key part of her role is to continually improve services in line with the operating model and is currently working on a number of projects.
Jumaimah was a parent governor at for five years at Hollingwood Primary School, she was then voted in as vice-chair and had been re-elected as Chair of Governors for four consecutive years. Jumaimah is committed to ensuring that we provide our children and families outstanding education and a safe and nurturing environment to thrive.
Emma has over 25 years experience working in Human Resources in a number of different industries including hospitality, engineering and manufacturing she is currently the Head of Employee Relations and Policy in the UK for a global facilities management organisation. Emma has been a school governor at a primary school for nearly 15 years, during this time she has been responsible for English Curriculum, Early Years and Headteacher Performance Management and is currently the Chair of Governors.
Rizwan is a Partnerships and Programme Manager for Bradford Council with the Education, Employment and Skills Service. He manages multi-million pound employability provision and has over 20 years experience of working with the local government. Rizwan has developed strategic partnerships and represented the Local Authority on a range of platforms - locally, regionally and nationally. He has qualifications in Public Finance, Accountancy, the Institute of Personnel Development and has an MSc in Diversity Management. Most recently, he has completed a programme on Trust Chair's Leadership from Confederation of Trusts. Rizwan is highly interested in promoting education and learning and using his contacts as an alumni of Bradford University he assists young people in seeking support in developing learning pathways. Governance, accountability and ensuring best outcomes are achieved for young people is of particular interest to Rizwan
Dianne has worked in Education in Bradford for over 30 years. Dianne has worked in many primary schools in Bradford including Green Lane; Tyersal and Fagley Primary Schools. In 1996, two years after joining Girlington First School, Dianne secured the Deputy Head post there. She had a great involvement in the transition of moving from a ‘First’ school to a Primary. Girlington was identified as a ‘Beacon’ school in 1999, which enabled them to support other schools in school improvement.
Dianne holds a number of qualifications including a Diploma in Education Management and NPQH. In 2002, Dianne secured the post of Headteacher at Swain House Primary School, where she moved the school from special measures to satisfactory in 2004. In 2009 the school achieved a good rating. At Swain House there is a resourced provision for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Pupils which Dianne is fiercely proud of and promotes an inclusive philosophy with all the children. Dianne also brings with her as Trustee of Pennine Academies Yorkshire, strong relationships she has developed over the years with organisations such as BPIP, School’s Forum, Shanidar Teaching School Alliance and Bradford Opportunity Area.