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.
Local Authority 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 two.
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.
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 estate agency.
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.
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 and has two children attending Holme School. She sees life as a big adventure and loves trying new things.
Shirley Amesbury is a co-opted governor and sits on the finance committee.
She lives and works locally and has 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.
I have lived in the Holme Valley for almost 30 years and both my adult children were educated in local schools – Upperthong J&I School – before going on to Greenhead College and then University. I have worked in education for over 25 years, all but one year of that at Holmfirth High School, where I started as a Geography teacher and then combined that with a Head of Year role for over ten years. I then became Head of Lower School for twelve years and finally when I retired from full-time teaching in 2013 I worked as Transition Manager in school. In the latter two roles I was very closely involved with all of the Junior Schools ensuring a happy and smooth transition to High School for the year 6 pupils. I finally retired in April 2018 and am now looking to give something back to the education system that has served me so well.
I was born and brought up in the Holme Valley and currently live in Holmfirth. I have two children who attended Netherthong Primary School and then Holmfirth High School and Greenhead College. In my day job I am a governance and risk professional, responsible for our corporate governance and compliance as well as our corporate social responsibility and conduct programmes. I spent 30+ years working in the civil service on various social policy and project roles including work with then the DfEE. I am currently Head of Governance and Legal Services at MyCSP a co-owned business. I have 4 years experience of being a governor at another school.
I am a mother of 11 children, spanning the ages of 23 years of age to 5. I moved all four of my primary aged children to Holme school, and have seen how they have flourished.
I am criminal lawyer of 23 years, currently working for the Crown Prosecution Service. Within the CPS I have had varying roles, from being a manager of a criminal charging team, being a court advocate to being a Senior Policy Advisor on a range of topics. My role involves negotiating, challenging and making urgent, high profile decisions.
I offered my experience as a mother and a lawyer in supporting the governing body work of the school to give something back to a school that has given so much to my youngest four.