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).
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.
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.
Paul has been a trustee since the formation of the Trust in 2018. Recently retired, he brings with him experience of a long career in teaching, school leadership and teacher education. Paul taught modern languages in secondary schools before taking on leadership roles for staff development, school specialism and curriculum. As a secondary headteacher, he led his school through a period of transition into an academy. Paul spent a period of time as a staff trainer, focusing on teaching and learning. This led to a role managing the partnership between a large initial teacher training provider and over 200 West Yorkshire schools.
Syra Shakir is Qualified Social Worker, Independent Reviewing Officer for Bradford Children’s Safeguarding Unit.
Senior lecturer at Leeds Trinity University, Teaching and other academic and professional responsibilities for all degrees offered by the Department for Children Young People and Families.
Worked in Child Protection as a Locum Social Worker for 9 years in Leeds and Calderdale. Currently Head/ Manager of Higher Level Apprenticeships in Children and Families’ for practitioners and managers.
Andy Bairstow is currently Group CEO of multi-site manufacturing business - PFF Packaging Group - one of the UK’s largest independent food packaging manufacturers.
He has been Managing Director of various companies including property and manufacturing.
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.
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.
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.