Meet the Governors

The governors are responsible for ensuring the quality of the education provision and monitor and challenge the progress of the school in meeting its priorities. The Governors consist of three committees, the full governing body, Resources committee (budget, building etc) and Standards committee (teaching and learning etc), each meeting takes place on a cycle throughout the year and sub-groups are expected to report back to full governing body on what they have discussed during their meetings.

If you need to contact the Governors for any reason, please email clerktogovernors@todhigh.co.uk.

Declarations of interest and roles/responsibilities.

Todmorden High School Behaviour Principles Statement

If you require a copy of any of our Governance meeting minutes, please contact the Clerk to the Governors.

Jon Hairsine

Jon Hairsine

Chair and Co-opted Governor

Resources/Standards/HTPM

After over 30 years working in commercial businesses, leading change and transformation programmes in the legal, insurance, financial services and technology services sectors, Jon now works full time in both a professional and voluntary capacity in the education sector.

As a governor, Jon has 16 years experience in a range of schools in varying settings across West Yorkshire and currently serves on Calder High, Riverside Junior, Colden Junior, Bankside Primary, Middleton Primary, Carverley Parkside and Highfield Special School governing bodies.

Jon is a director of Jon Hairsine Ltd (paid education consultancy not within Calderdale). In his work, Jon is able to make good use of the experience he has gained in board level positions, which have included responsibility for areas such as strategy, human resources, finance, IT, project management and business operations.

He also draws upon extensive experience in education, including participation in the National College of Teaching and Leadership’s ‘Tomorrow’s Heads’ and ‘NPQH’ programmes. Jon also holds a Masters Degree in Education.

Recognising that excellent teaching changes lives, Jon is passionate about improving the quality of education and about the important role governors can, and must, play in driving up standards.

Cllr Steve Sweeney

Cllr Steve Sweeney

Vice Chair and Co-opted Governor

Standards/Resources/HTPM

I have been a Todmorden Councillor in Calderdale for the past four years. Whilst in that role I have held significant posts in the Council’s administration including Chair of Planning, Cabinet Member for Communities and Chair of Todmorden Development Board. I have also represented the Authority on outside bodies including Chair of the West Yorkshire Flood Committee, Chair of the West Yorkshire Migration Group and Member of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel.

I has always been concerned about the education of young people in its fullest sense and spent over 35 years working around the informal social and political education of young people. I have worked as a play worker and with older groups as a Youth Worker in both the Voluntary Sector and the Local Authority. Retiring as an Area Youth Officer in 2010. I currently sit on the Licensing Committee and the Community Safety Partnership and am a Trustee of the White Ribbon Campaign.

My work has provide me with experience of building management, management of budgets, staff recruitment and selection and team management.

Nadine Pittam

Nadine Pittam

Co-opted Governor (Currently on Sabbatical)

SABBATICAL

I care very much for Education and I care very much for the staff and students at Todmorden High School.

In my role as governor I aim to support the Governing body to help the staff at the school deliver and develop the very best education for the students of this wonderful town.

I am a teacher. I have taught English in six different schools from Gloucestershire to Bolton since 2003.

I work with Mr Milnes as link governor for maths.

Jaki Howes

Jaki Howes

Co-opted Governor

Committees : Quality Teaching and Student Progression Working Group
Finance and Resources Working Group

Jaki is an architect. She has retired from teaching at Leeds Beckett University. She has had a long career in teaching architecture, has had secondments to industry and practice. She specialised in effective use of computers in teamwork. She has written three books and has written numerous articles.

Since retirement she has worked with Leeds Education Business Partnership to improve communication skills in secondary schools, and with the Construction Industry Training Board to promote careers in Design and Construction.

She is a grandmother and enjoys walking, swimming and sailing, music and art.

She is dedicated to improving education for everyone.

Mary Rooney

Mary Rooney

Co-opted Governor

Sits on Resources Working Group and Standards Working Group/HTPM

I am a Parent Governor elected in November 2012. I retired from work recently and, finding time to take more and more interest in the childrens education, I felt I could contribute to both schools. I help as a volunteer at the primary school once a week and volunteered to be a Governor at the High School. By taking up this role I hope to work with the Governing Body, the Head teacher and the staff to make Todmorden High School the best it can possibly be.

David Leggett

David Leggett

Parent Governor

Sits on Standards working group.

I have enjoyed being a parent governor for over two years now. I see the role as being supportive of the school, both leaders and teachers, offering advice if needed, and questioning, if appropriate.

Being a governor has given me great insight into the strategic direction of the school, which in the case of Tod High, is clearly going in the right way. This is thanks to the incredibly hard work of the dedicated teaching staff and the excellent leadership team. My daughter has thrived since arriving in 2014 and it is a pleasure to play a tiny part in the ongoing success of such a great school.

Andrew Oulton

Andrew Oulton

Parent Governor

Sits on the Resources working group.

Andrew has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, with over 15 years at Head of Department or Director level in Retail/Hospitality and Financial Services.

Passionate about mentoring and developing his own teams, Andrew now hopes that having his own children at Todmorden High School will provide the perfect opportunity to volunteer his industry and financial management experience with the Governing Board to support the school in their goal to achieve outstanding status.

Philippa Thompson

Philippa Thompson

Staff Governor
Mary Scott

Mary Scott

Co-opted Governor (Staff)

Sits on the Standards working group.

I have been part of the English department at Todmorden High School since 2014 and I feel privileged to work with such fantastic students, in such a passionate team and as part of our inspirational school. I joined the governing body in May and I sit on the Standards Working Group. It is brilliant to be part of a team of staff, parents and other governors who are constantly striving to make Todmorden High School the best it can be.

Chloe Beale

Chloe Beale

Parent Governor

Sits on the Standards group. English Link Governor.

After eight years of service I stepped down from my position as Vice Chair at Castle Hill primary school in July 2017. With a son at the High school and two daughters close behind I am honored to continue my role as governor with Tod High School.

As the Chief Executive of a medium-sized arts organization I have manage our board of trustees for the last ten years. This, combined with my work at Castle Hill, has allowed me a dual perspective of the role of governor.

In the past, I have worked within numerous schools to bring creativity into areas of the curriculum which are perhaps traditionally seen as ‘un-creative’, such as maths and science. I am passionate about creativity as an approach to learning, whether it is politically fashionable or not.

Ultimately, I appreciate the opportunity to take a position as governor at Tod High School for the chance to contribute, in some small way, to the improvement of the school and the wider community.

Sam Crossley

Sam Crossley

Co-opted Governor

Sits on the Resources committee.

After serving as an officer in the Royal Navy I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. I have spent the last 17 years working in a variety of senior financial and general management roles within multinational engineering companies including the Smiths Group plc and Weir plc. I am currently Managing Director of Alco Valves group, a UK manufacturer of high sepcification valves for the oil and gas market, headquartered in Brighouse.

Brought up in Burnley, I am married with 3 young children and spend my weeks living in Hebden Bridge.

I am passionate about education and the life changing opportunities that it gives young people. I believe that every child should have access to a high quality education that maximises their potential in academic attainment but also their all-round development of self-esteem, moral values and independence.

I am very excited to have this opportunity to work with the Governing Body to support the Senior Leadership Team and staff of this fantastic school.

Gill Shirt

Gill Shirt

Headteacher

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