Meet Our Governors
Meet our Governors
Mrs Dent OBE
With 40 years’ experience working in the public sector, I retired as Director of City Development at Leeds City Council in 2010 and since then have been a governor of the Bramham and Shadwell Schools Federation. In my role as Director I 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. I am a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and, in January 2011, was awarded an OBE for services to local government. I am also a governor and chair of the Audit Committee at Leeds Beckett University and I am a trustee and vice chair of the visual arts charity responsible for The Tetley in Leeds.
I have lived in Bramham for over 30 years and have always enjoyed living in this thriving community. I have been involved in many activities in the village including drama and the allotments. I am also on the village hall committee and as Chair of the Parish Council I am always looking for ways to support all residents. Bramham is fortunate to have a school which is prospering and growing and I look forward to helping that progress continue as a school governor.
I have lived in Clifford for over 10 years, and run a digital & print publishing business based out of Scarcroft. I joined as parent governor in February, inspired by my two boys recently joining Bramham Primary, both of whom are loving life in Reception and Year 1. I have a degree from Leeds University, a wide range of commercial experience across variety of sectors, an MBA from Cranfield, and an unhealthy obsession with Sport! It is a blessing to live in a village with access to such a good collection of primary schools, an invaluable thing for the area and for our children. Hopefully I can contribute to the continued development of the schools at Bramham and Shadwell
Dr Archbold (Miller)
I am a senior lecturer in the psychology of physical activity (PA) and health and have seventeen years’ experience in the University sector. I have led undergraduate programmes for several year before course leading the MSc in Physical Activity and Health (4 years). My PhD was in children and family’s health related behaviours (in high health needs). More recently, I have worked with multiple stakeholders (Public Health England, Sport England, Yorkshire Sport Foundation) in the design, implementation and evaluation of PA and well-being approaches for children, schools, and wider community stakeholders. I was involved in a ground-breaking programme (CAS) to promote physical and mental wellbeing in primary schoolchildren. The Creating Active Schools (CAS) framework is the first UK-based whole-school physical activity framework of its kind. Developed with the expertise of 50 regional, national, and international stakeholders, it is now being implemented across primary school regions. Reinforcing the importance of CAS, I lead the UK arm of an Erasmus+ strategic partnership for higher education programme (ACTivate). Activating classroom teachers is a European-wide program to develop an evidence-based teacher training programme. To develop teacher’s capability, opportunity, and motivation to integrate physical activity into their academic lessons- through physically active learning. I am a local resident of Clifford and my twins are enjoying their time in year 1, Bramham Primary. Going forward, I look forward to supporting the development and progress of both schools.
I have lived in Clifford since 2008 and have 2 daughters who are both very happy to attend Bramham primary school. I believe that the primary school environment children are exposed to plays a critical role in their future. As such I will endeavour to contribute to the continued supportive learning environment provided by the federation across both schools. As a governor I will bring communication, leadership, analytical and creative thinking skills from my career across all areas of technical leadership in the food industry. As a family we are very active, spend lots of time outside and have plenty of pets to keep up busy.
I am delighted to be a co-opted governor for the Federation across both communities. I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Education and hold an MA in Educational Leadership. I am passionate about education, having worked in schools across both Leeds and Bradford for twenty years. Following two deputy headships, I feel privileged to be Headteacher of a primary school serving an area of significant disadvantage in East Leeds. I also sit as a director on a Trust board of a group of primary schools in East Leeds. My wife and I have lived in Shadwell village for ten years and two of our children attend Shadwell Primary.
I have been a parent at Shadwell Primary for 6 years and in that time have enjoyed watching my two children grow and develop through their positive experiences at the School. As the Co-Chair of the PTA, I saw how vital an engaged school community is to the successful outcomes of our children. Our fundraising allowed us to provide funds for IT projects and outdoor play equipment provision alongside the necessities required due to the tightening of budgets. But importantly this was achieved whilst creating memories for our children, our school and local community through the event calendar. Working with the SLT team opened my eyes to the great challenges facing our schools today; to deliver outstanding educational provisional and fantastic pastoral care whilst working within the parameters of strict curricular guidance and underfunding. As an Event Producer for over 20 years, I understand the intricacies of a difficult brief (!) and will offer my problem-solving expertise and creativity, along with my commercial experience, to support the Federation, as they deliver the promise of Excellence for All. My aim is contribute to ensuring we deliver a high quality provision of teaching, in a nurturing setting, that will inspire our children to reach their full potential.