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Governor Profiles

Alistair Hartley

I was born in Batley and have lived in the local area all my life. I currently work in Birstall running a family engineering business with my sister.

Father of two boys currently in primary & secondary school, I welcome and embrace becoming a parent governor at Batley Grammar School and Priestley House, as I believe supporting our children’s education is one of the most important roles we can undertake as parents or guardians. I also believe that parental involvement in a school benefits the students, the staff, the parents and therefore the school as a whole. Batley Grammar School and Priestley House is clearly an asset to our community and it is important that the school continues to meet the needs of the community it serves. I am proud to be involved in this change process to help the school realise its visions for the future.

I am an old boy of the school (1983-1989). In my final year I was made School Vice Captain, a position I was very proud to hold. In that year, I had to represent the school at many functions, even writing and presenting speeches relating to the school and all the opportunities that the school offered to its pupils. I am married to an old girl of the school (1988-1990), and have a passion for the school which is shared by my whole family. Over the years my nieces, cousins, brother-in laws and now my sons have all attended Batley Grammar School and or Priestley House. This now is the ideal time for me to channel my passion and enthusiasm for the school into being a parent governor.

Amanda Keeton

As a Batley girl, I am proud to have been one of the first of two parent governors to be part of the school’s transition into a new and successful free school. It is fantastic that the ethos and standards inherent within Batley Grammar School and Priestley House can now become available to a wider number of children. My daughter enjoyed her seven years at the school, having left in 2013.

I was born in Batley and went to school in the town before leaving to study civil engineering at Sunderland University. I live in Batley close to the school and my brother is an old boy of Batley Grammar School. As a profession I chose engineering from an early age and I am a now chartered civil engineer and work in the property and regeneration sectors for a government agency based in Leeds. Being a governor allows me to not only be a part of the school community but also support and promote Batley Grammar School and Priestley House within the town and wider area.

Prof. John Double

After a long career in cancer research and university education in London, Leeds & Bradford I was keen to put something back into education. Living close to Batley Grammar School I was happy to become a governor when approached many years ago.

Currently as the longest serving governor, I have seen many changes and the recent change to Free School status is one of the most exciting and challenging.

Ebrahim Suleman

I settled in Batley after coming from Zimbabwe to study. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and the office I worked from had a governor at the school.

I was introduced to the school and got involved as a governor and I am now the Chair of the Finance committee at the school. My daughter greatly benefited from attending the school and went on to university.

As a governor I have a keen interest in seeing the school continue to flourish, offer local people access to good quality education and be financially stable.

Fiona Monk

I am an HR Consulting specialist working on a freelance basis after gaining over 28 years public sector HR experience in the Kirklees area.

As a parent of three children (now grown up) who have benefitted from being educated in schools in the Kirklees area, I wanted to give something back to the community. My opportunity to do so came in 2012 when Batley Grammar School was looking for someone with professional HR expertise to join the Governing Body.

Provision of high quality education can’t happen without high quality staff. Therefore, as a Governor, I am proud to be able to support and advise the school in building even further upon the excellent staff resource that already exists.

Jonathan Kidd

I am a Chartered Surveyor and have worked at Holroyd, Son & Pickersgill since 1984. I live in Dewsbury and am married with three children, two in their late teens and a youngster. I keep healthy by playing football in the Huddersfield District League.

I became a governor of the school to help support the transition to free school and as a parent I’m interested in the education process and this provides me with the perfect opportunity to understand and provide guidance where needed in an historic school in an area where I have worked for over 30 years.

Dr Yasmin Zia

I was born in Karachi, Pakistan. As a child I was educated in various countries as my parents were diplomats. I studied Medicine at the University of Karachi and came to England for Post-Graduation. I worked as a postgraduate at various hospitals and now am settled as a General Practitioner at Batley Health Centre.

I have three children, all studying at Batley Grammar School in both the primary and secondary phases of the school. They all started their education in the nursery at BGS. I became a Governor at BGS in 2004. I am very interested and involved in education and strongly believe parents should play an active role in the education of their children alongside teachers. I have special interest in child protection and am the link Governor for child protection.

Roland Clark

I was appointed as a governor at Batley Grammar School in 2013, having been involved in auditing and advising academies since they were first created.

I was raised in the Midlands and then graduated from Sheffield University in 1975. I am married and have two grown up children. After university I joined a national firm of Chartered Accountants and following qualification worked in their Sheffield, Birmingham and Bradford offices. I still work in practice with Clough & Co, who are based at Chain Bar in Cleckheaton and I am actively involved in the education sector.

I am Treasurer of Bradford University and chair of its Finance Committee. I have a commitment to education and advancement of our young people and hope to bring my experience to bear for the benefit of Batley Grammar School. I look forward to being part of a team dedicated to seeing the school flourish.