Meet the Governors
Below is a list of our School Governors and their roles.
Chair of Governors
Brenda is a secondary school teacher based at Holmfirth High School, her role is linking with partner schools to develop PE and sport for all children through the Pennine Sports Partnership.
Brenda lives locally and believes in contributing to a strong and supportive community, of which she views the school as an important part.
Steve Bell is a Co-opted Governor, formerly Parent Governor. He chairs the Finance Committee and sits on the Standards and Effectiveness Committee and the Appraisal and Pay Committee.
Steve works as a sales manager for an International drill manufacturer. His strengths are business and financial management.
Dr Andy Williams
Andy has been working in schools for 37 years and is the current Head Teacher. He has eighteen years of Headship experience and is a former National Leader of education and Ofsted Inspector. He was formerly a research chemist and has a doctorate in Organophosphorus Chemistry. He believes schools should be happy and nurturing for both staff and pupils and provide rich opportunities in a wide range of activities.
When not working he enjoys music, the theatre, walking and watching sport
Jill is Assistant Head Teacher and leads in EYFS and KS1 where she has teaching responsibility for Class One. She is Designated Safeguard Lead and SENCo.
Jill is a strong advocate of village schools and their role in providing a nurturing environment where confidence and high self-esteem are built, producing reflective, independent children with growth mindsets and an understanding of their own role in the global society.
Jill has a science background, but is equally fond of the arts. She enjoys travel and learning
about new cultures.
Richard Knight is a Parent Governor with two children at the School.
Richard is a member of the Senior Civil Service and is currently working on Business Transformation across the Department for Work and Pensions. Prior to entering the Public Sector, Richard had a career in the Internet and Telecoms industry, covering a range of Technological and
Richard is a qualified Snowboard Instructor and a keen cyclist. As a member of Holmfirth Cycling Club he supports their drive to encourage young talent and is keen to promote the value of sport within the school and community.
Richard’s term of office will run until
11 October 2018.
Dawn Smith is a Parent Governor.
Having completed an Engineering Degree at Huddersfield University, Dawn stuck around the Holme Valley, working within textile manufacturing companies producing fine worsted cloth for the global marketplace. With involvement at Director Level for over 20 years, Dawn’s strengths are in budgetary control, personnel management and production flow.
Dawn’s three children have all come to Holme School – her eldest two, now having moved onto Holmfirth High School and her youngest child being in Year one.
Having grown up in the Holme Valley, Gina studied Plant Sciences at Durham University before returning to the area to settle down and
start a family.
She has had a varied career to date having previously worked within the textile industry and, after having spent time at home with her son, has recently begun a new role within a local
Gina enjoys spending time with friends and family, and can often be found either at the local forest school or in the kitchen baking with her son.
Shirley Amesbury is a co-opted governor and sits on the finance committee.
She lives and works locally and have a grandson who attends the school with another grandson
yet to start.
She is the Chair of the Holme Village Residents Association and one of five Trustees of the Holme Village Community Centre.
Her role is to continue to forge links between the school and the local community.
Rebecca is a Parent Governor with one child at the school.
Rebecca has a background in teaching and has worked as a Primary Teacher for the past 15 years. She has worked in schools with mixed aged classes and was based at Holme School for a number of years. She is currently an advisor in Philosophy for Children and Communities, working in a variety of settings across the country. She specialises in working with young people who are
In between looking after her four children Rebecca enjoys walking her dog in the beautiful setting in which we live. A runner in her previous life, Rebecca is particularly enthusiastic about sport and keeping children active and utilising the outdoors. She is a strong advocate for the unique character of the school.
Lucy is a Child Clinical Psychologist in Kirklees and Calderdale Mental Health services where she works therapeutically with children with emotional difficulties and their families. She started her career in education and then decided to train as a psychologist. She has degrees in Educational and Clinical Psychology. Lucy is passionate about promoting a holistic view of child development.
Lucy and her family live locally. She has a daughter who attends Holme School and a son starting in September. She sees life as a big adventure and loves trying new things.