Meet the Governors
My name is Sally Tayler. I am a parent governor at Central Street and Stubbings Infant Schools (or the Hebden Bridge Infant Schools Federation, to give it its posh name!) I really enjoy being a governor because I think the infant schools in Hebden Bridge do a brilliant job of working with children and families. I think they are exciting and interesting places and I am proud to be part of the work that they do. As a governor I make sure that everything in school is the best it can possibly be. I work in lots of different schools throughout Calderdale and sometimes in other areas too. In my spare time I like to go to my allotment and grow vegetables. I also like reading and visiting new places.
Hello, I am Mia Simons and I am a governor at Central Street and Stubbings Infant Schools. Governors help children, families and teachers to make sure that schools are the best they can be. I really wanted to do this role because I think our schools give children a fantastic start to their education and I wanted to help them carry on doing this. I have been a teacher in lots of different schools and also worked with children and families in Sure Start Children’s Centres although at the moment I am at home with my children. In my spare time I like to go for walks and cook cakes.
My name is Amanda Ward. I have been a school governor for over 10 years and have been working with Stubbings and Central Street throughout the process of Federation and on the journey since. I feel passionately about the school governor role as I want our children’s early school experience to be entirely positive, I loved those early years at school and would like all our children to have the same great time. I am a qualified accountant, so bring financial skills to the board, and aim to get the very best value from every pound spent on behalf of our children. I grew up in Hebden Bridge but now live in Todmorden, and I have a daughter at university. When I get free time, which is quite rare just now, I love researching my family history and when it is not raining, walking in the crags.
Hello my name is Russell King, and I am a governor at your school. In my life I have worked in hospitals, helping nurses and doctors to run them so when people are poorly, they get better quicker. I’ve also been a teacher, and have helped run sports events such as the Olympic Games and the Tour de France. I now write books and give lessons to help those people who do those things. I have a grown-up daughter who is a psychologist, and both of my nephews who are also now grown up went to Stubbings. I want to help your headteacher to run your school well and to make it is good a school as we possibly can. I think children will have very good ideas on how to do that. In my spare time I love playing board games, watching sport, running, and speaking French and Spanish.
My name is Jenny Melling and I am very proud and privileged to be the Executive Head teacher of the Hebden Bridge Infant Schools Federation. In my role I work closely with governors throughout the year to lead the schools forward and improve the schools. Working with governors is really interesting. I talk to them about what is happening in the schools, provide them with evidence and they ask me some really challenging questions. This makes me reflect and helps me to think about the next steps for the schools. Governors also provide a lot of support as sometimes I have some very difficult decisions to make. I absolutely love my job and find it really rewarding and stimulating. When I am not at work I like to spend time with my family and friends. I have a son called Milo (3) who keeps me really busy and we spend a lot of our spare time visiting parks and going for walks.
Hi, my name is Joni Heginbottom and I am the staff governor. I work at both schools which means I can spend lots of time getting to know you and how you like to learn and play. This helps me to work with the other governors to try and make the schools the best they can be. I have 4 children so I am used to spending lots of time with children and trying to help them. I live in Todmorden but spend lots of time in Hebden Bridge and really enjoy bumping into you all! I spend my spare time with my children who do lots of activities like swimming, ballet, piano and dance.
My name is Ian Davies and I am a governor at your school. I enjoy working with the teachers and other governors to help your school be the best it can be. I also work as secondary school teacher and an adviser who helps other teachers to teach maths. I have lived in Hebden Bridge since 2016 and before that I was a governor for eight years in my last home town. I enjoy walking in the hills, singing, cooking and learning new things.
My name is Zoe McQuillan. I am a co-opted Governor at your school and have been working with the Governors and staff at your schools for the past two years. I really enjoy being a Governor at your schools, especially when I get to come into your classrooms and meet some of you whilst you are learning and playing. I am always so impressed by the children at Central Street and Stubbings and learning something new every time I come to visit. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, watching films and going to the theatre.