Management Committee

Minutes from all Management Committe meetings are available on request.

 Olive Hughes - Chair - I was appointed as Associate Member of the Governing Body of  Pinderfields Hospital, following my  retirement from work in September 2011. This was  followed by my appointment as a full Governor.

 When the PRU was established in 2013, I was appointed as a member of the Management  Committee  and later elected Vice Chair then Chair.

 I worked as an Administrative Officer in the Education Departments of both Wakefield  District  Council and the West Riding County Council for almost 44 years. My experience  was varied and  included working in School Governor Services, which developed my  knowledge of  school issues and,  particularly, school governance legislation.

 My close association with Pinderfields Hospital School /PRU goes back to January 1987,  when I  started clerking meetings of the Governing Body. In this role, I have learnt a lot  about the school and  its history.

 I am married and my other interests include: reading, meeting friends, Leeds United,  watching  “soaps”, music of all kinds and dancing.

 

 

Vice Chair/LA representative - Helen Sweaton - I joined the management committee in October 2016 and was elected as vice chair. I am currently a service manager in Wakefield Council with responsibility for special educational needs and disabilities support services (SENDSS).

I have worked for Wakefield Council since 2002 when I began as a volunteer youth worker.  I have held positions with youth services, safeguarding and family support, early help, commissioning and education and inclusion. I chair the Wakefield safeguarding children's board performance sub-committee.

I have four teenage children, who keep my husband and I busy. When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends in my local community in Featherstone.

I believe my personal values and the knowledge and experience I have gained through my professional roles will allow me to contribute effectively to the work of the management committee.

 

 Helen Mumby - Head teacher, Pinderfields Hospital PRU - I became head teacher at  PHPRU in September 2016 after being assistant head for 2 years.

 Prior to this, I spent 11 years working as head of science and assistant head at Highfield Special  Needs High School in Ossett.

 I therefore possess a vast experience of working with students with a wide range of additional needs.

 I did not become a teacher until I was 39 which gave me experience of working out of  education  enabling me to share experiences with students to support them in looking at  careers. I was a Senior  Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer for the Public Health  Laboratory specialising in Virology for 10  years, and I then became a registered child  minder during the week and a Scientific Officer on a  weekend when my youngest child was  born.

 I am married and have two grown-up children, a dog and a tortoise.  In my spare time I like to  sing, go to the cinema and I do all the baking for my husband’s café.  I love bling and sparkle in my  life.

 

Jo Kershaw - Community member.  I am the parish priest of St Anne's church in Wrenthorpe, just down the road from the Wrenthorpe Centre. Working with children and young people, and supporting other community institutions is a big part of my job, so I was delighted to be approached to serve on the Management Committee.  Before I was ordained, I studied and taught German at university, and lived and worked in Germany.  

I am originally from central Scotland.  My interests include photography, science fiction, knitting, and cycling.  I am is married to Jonathan Bish, parish priest in St Mary Magdalene's Outwood.

 

 

 Rebecca Dorman - Parent Member - I became a parent governor at PHPRU in October 2016. I am a part-time teaching assistant at a primary school and work with children with a wide range of abilities.  I am married with three children, who tend to take up all the rest of my spare time.

 When I do get some "me time" I enjoy socialising with friends, doing arts and crafts, going to the cinema and taking my border terrier Jake for walks.
 
Anne Brady - NHS Member - information to follow
 Diane Cameron - Observer - I have previously served as an Associate Governor but now  act as Observer on the Management Committee.  I started at PHPRU in a part time  administrative support role with a background primarily in finance and progressed to my  current position of Business Manager.

 I provide full reports at each meeting to include a range of issues: finance, health & safety,  repairs and school visits etc as well as highlighting subjects for future discussions.

 I am married with two grown up children and have a keen interest in most sports.  I play  netball in an adult league and swim.  To develop my hobbies further I am currently learning  to knit and paint.

 

 

Jonothan Adamson - Secondary Head  - I became a member of the Management  Committee in October, 2016. Alongside this I am currently working on the Senior Leadership  Team at Featherstone Academy, within the Rodillian Multi Academy Trust. Prior to this I  spent four years working in London; first at a school in Bromley, where I worked as a Head  of Year and then on the Leadership Team at a school in Croydon. Before this I worked at  The American School of Paris as a teacher of English, which is where I began my career in  education. Such varied experiences at such different schools have provided me with skills  and knowledge that I hope to use to benefit all key stakeholders at the PRU.

 

 I look forward to working alongside the Management Committee and staff body as a whole  to ensure outstanding opportunities for the young people who access this wonderful  provision.

 

 Ivor Roberts - Community Member - I joined the Management Committee in January 2017. I am currently the Headteacher of The Springfield Centre KS4 Pupil Referral Unit based in Lupset.  My previous experience in education includes Assistant Head of Faculty at Joseph Priestley College in Morley, where I was in charge of Foundation Studies for students with learning difficulties/disabilities  and Teacher in Charge at St Oswald’s Special School in Ossett.

I am a fully qualified Motor Vehicle Technician and previously worked as a lecturer for Leeds College of Technology teaching apprentice mechanics. I have also worked as a professional musician for Polydor Records in London and Yorkshire Television in Leeds. I am still a member of the Performance Rights Society.

I believe my previous life experience will allow me to make a valid contribution to the work of the Management Committee and am looking forward to meeting the challenges of the role.

In my free time I enjoy travelling overseas, riding motorcycles and restoring old cars.

 

 Fiona Law- SEND Member -  I was appointed to the Management Committee following my  retirement from WMDC, where I held the position of Service Manager, Education Psychology and  Assessment Services.

 I have worked as an Educational Psychologist in Wakefield since 1985.  During this time I have  worked closely with, what was, Pinderfields Hospital School when the base was at Pinderfields  General Hospital, through the changes to become a PRU and the change of location.

 I have three grown up sons who are all very different.  I am proud of them all.

 I enjoy living in Horbury, walking, social activities with friends and foreign travel.

 I look forward to maintaining my links with Pinderfields Hospital PRU and making a contribution to  the Management Committee.

  Elizabeth Allen - Non Teaching Representative -  After leaving school I initially trained as  a Nursery Nurse and worked as a Nanny in a private family before starting a family myself.  I decided to be a stay at home mum and when my children started school I gained a position  as a special needs assistant in a local Infant school, I remained there for 12 years and in  that time I gained Higher level Teaching Assistant Status and covered for teachers  absence and training, consequently in 2008 I was offered a secondment to Woolley,  previously the authorities training centre, as a Higher level Teaching Assistant Consultant.  In this role I supported aspiring Higher Level Teaching Assistants, arranged training and  conferences and contributed to writing a handbook for HLTA’s.

 I became the Parent Support Adviser at PHPRU in February 2009 as part of a government  initiative to improve behaviour and attendance in school. During my time here I have gained  experience in organising and chairing meetings also working with a number of professional  along with the responsibility for monitoring attendance of the students.

 When I am not working I like to spend time with my family and have an interest in watching  Motorbike racing particularly the MotoGP .

 

  Lisa Iliffe - Teaching Staff Representative - I began my career in education as a Teaching Assistant, I did this for 8 years before  becoming a Teacher and working for 7  years in a mainstream primary school. I then moved to  be Teacher in Charge at the hospital  site on the children's ward. 

 I have always loved technology and it plays a big part in both my professional and personal  life.  Because of this I was happy to take up the challenge of leading and developing ICT for the  whole of  the PRU.

 I am married with a grown up daughter, a cat and a tortoise.  When I am not working my time and  effort is  spent listening to music, eating Haribo, wearing pink and doing fun things with my family.