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Meet our Governors

Sue Morgan - Co-opted

I was a teacher for 26 years followed by working for 12 years as a senior officer managing SEN services for the LA prior to my retirement in 2012. I have therefore had a good deal of experience in all areas of school life including the quality of teaching, the evaluation of data leading to school improvement and the delegation of school funding. I have been Chair of Governors at the school for a year but a Governor, first at Bramham and then at the Federation, for 15 years.  I am also chair of EPOSS cluster. 

 As a team manager for the LA I  also had a good deal of experience of performance management; and am currently one of the head teacher performance management governors. The Governing body are continually engaged in reviewing the curriculum, staff structure and strategic direction of the school to ensure that it fully meets the needs of our pupils. They have been instrumental in the implementation of a rigorous staff performance management system and are unrelenting in ensuring the highest possible standards of teaching and learning. 

John Macintyre - Co-opted

I was born in Alwoodley and moved to Shadwell 15 years ago. I'm married to Gail and we have 2 boys, Alex and Daniel aged 10 & 7 who attend Shadwell Primary, where I was the PTA Chairman for 3 years. My career has been in FMCG in Sales, Marketing & Logistics where I have held various senior positions and have sat on a board of directors and am proficient in all aspects of managing a company.

My strengths lie in team building, goal setting, motivating and achieving. I am good with numbers and love to formulate effect plans that are solution orientated. Big picture thinking to me is fun but I very prepared to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in. 

Since my change in employment roles, I have relished the chance to give back as much as I can to the village and the School. I had a time as a Parish Councillor and work with the Cricket club to bring the Firework display to the School each year. I love a challenge and thrive on being able to make a real difference. I am going relish the opportunity to help the school and the federation to embrace changes and continue to move forwards which it is undoubtedly doing. 

I love all sport, travelling and anything good fun. I was until recently a coach at my sons Rugby club and I am helping to build up the Under 9s Cricket in the Village. I am still am an active member of a VERY small social golf society.

I have a passion for cooking and love the outdoors.

Kate McKinlay - Parent governor

As a parent of three children who are all currently at Shadwell Primary it is my privilege to have been a parent governor of the Bramham Shadwell Federation since 2014.  I am currently a member of the Headteacher's Performance Management committee and the governor responsibility for Equality issues within the Federation as well an active member of various sub-committees.

In my other life I am a practicing barrister specialising in civil and public law which brings me into contact with a diverse range of people from various communities, something which I value.  I have a deep understanding of legal issues and disputes and am professionally trained in dispute resolution and negotiation.  I am also used to risk assessment in relation to a broad range of legal topics.

I also have experience of acting on boards both in the public and private sector having had previous roles as a trustee in children's theatre company. and having been on the Management Committee of Zenith Chambers.

With my background, I am able assimilate large amounts of often unfamiliar information quickly and to identify the key issues. I adopt a solution based collaborative approach wherever possible but am not afraid to challenge and provide when appropriate. Thus I aim to serve the school and all its children well using the skills I have.  

 I am greatly looking forward to continuing to support the Federation with the next steps of its journey as it continues to grow and develop and strives to provide an ever better experience for both its children and its parents."

Jean Dent OBE - Co-opted

With 40 years’ experience working in the public sector, Jean retired as Director of City Development at Leeds City Council in 2010 and since then has been a governor of the Bramham and Shadwell Schools Federation. In her role as Director she had responsibility for a wide range of development, regeneration, cultural and recreation activities in the city and in ensuring the economic and cultural growth of Leeds. Jean is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and, in January 2011, was awarded an OBE for services to local government. She is also a governor and chair of the Audit Committee at Leeds Beckett University and is a trustee and vice chair of the visual arts charity responsible for The Tetley in Leeds.

Kathryn Wilkinson - Local authority governor

I am Governor Support Service manager for Leeds City Council, Children's Services. I have been a governor for over twenty years and am passionate about the impact that effective governance can have on outcomes for children. I have a background in education and have taught at both primary and secondary level. I have seven grown up children who all went to Shadwell Primary School. I was involved in the original federation of Shadwell and  Bramham Primary Schools and am committed to ensuring the very best for all children in the federation.

Paul Menham - Co-opted

I am an employment lawyer with a specialism in education law.  I work with over 100 schools advising on HR, complaints and other issues that arise. I am now self-employed.  Until 2015 I was a partner at a large national law firm and ran the Leeds and Newcastle employment teams. I was responsible for the strategic direction of the teams, performance management, recruitment and budgeting.

I am recognised in various independent legal directories as an expert in both education and employment law.

I have been a governor at a school in Halton since 2009 – during which time, it has progressed from a “Notice to Improve” to “Good” - and was part of the panel that appointed the current Headteacher.  I am also a trustee of a MAT in Bradford. 

Beverley Mitchell - Co-opted

I became a teacher in 1976 having read English at Leeds University and taking my PGCE also in Leeds. Initially I worked in Wakefield until I took eight years break to bring up my three children.

In 1988, I began working for the Leeds Authority, first at Beeston Primary then Highfield Primary with a secondment at Brodetsky Primary. I became Deputy Headteacher at Kirkstall Valley Primary School in 2000 and Acting Headteacher in 2001 and permanent Headteacher in 2002.

I worked as Headteacher at Kirkstall Valley for fifteen years retiring in 2015. Kirkstall Valley is a wonderful school filled with wonderful children from twenty different nationalities and every day we celebrated our similarities and our differences.  I took the school through three very successful OfSTED inspections and I have now joined the Bramham Shadwell Federation to work as a governor in the hope that my experiences over the years will benefit both schools.

Anthony Blackwell - Co-opted

I am a director with Price Waterhouse Coopers one of the largest professional services firms in the world and the UK's biggest graduate recruiter. I am a qualified chartered accountant and over my career I have worked with a range of businesses of varying sizes and types. I currently specialise in pensions and not for profit businesses.

I currently Chair the governing body of Leeds West Academy, a 1,200 pupil secondary school in Leeds (with roughly 50% pupil premium students). I am also a director of the sponsoring trust White Rose Academies Trust where I also chair the Audit Committee. I am a member of the Leeds School Forum.

I have recently taken on responsibility for chairing the governing body of a one form entry primary school located in the Bradford council area.