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.



 Fiona Law- Vice Chair - 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.

 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.



Chris Haines - information to follow


Anne Brady - NHS Member - information to follow


 Kath McKnight - Non Teaching 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.



Sam Gibbs - Secondary Head 


 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.

  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.