Governor Profiles

Link Governor - Leadership & Management

Now retired from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, I have over 17 years’ experience in senior management at board level and have held a range of clinical posts in both registered nursing and health visiting. More recently I have established my own Consulting business in health care and have carried out a range of interim and consultancy roles in various Health care organisations.
Previously a teacher for 36 years I taught at St Peters R.C High School in Wigan. I was Head of Modern Languages for 15 years before becoming Senior Teacher and then Assistant Head for the last 12 years. Upon taking early retirement at the age of 58 I became a part time tutor at Edge Hill University where I was concerned with the training of MFL teachers on the PGCE course for 4 years.
I studied at Edge Hill University and qualified as a primary school teacher in 2002. After 2 years teaching in a mainstream primary school I came to work at Hollybank Trust as a class teacher. In 2006 I gained the position of Assistant Head teacher and in 2010 became Deputy Head teacher. I am now the Head of Education at Hollybank Trust.

Parent Governors

For many years I was Deputy Head of a small primary school, where I was a full time class teacher and Special Needs Coordinator. I also served on the Board of Governors at Mike’s previous school for 9 years and was Chairperson for 6 years. I sat on several of the sub groups and also contributed to the school’s Ofsted Inspections.
Over the last 20 years my husband and I have been active in influencing service provision and decision making for disabled children on several levels. E.g. we co-founded and ran a parent-led organisation in Leeds for eight years; we have been parent-carer advisors at the Social Policy Research Unit (York) for over 17 years; campaigned for ‘changing places’ and ‘every disabled child matters’ causes. Currently I am working as an independent practice educator (teaching and assessing social work students on placements).
My name is Tina Davies, I am 32 years old and live in Mirfield. I have two children with special needs. My youngest attends Hollybank in class one, whilst my eldest, who is Autistic, attends Battyford School in Mirfield.  Before finishing work to become a full time carer, I was a Senior Nursery Nurse in a private day care nursery. I held that role for 7 years.  I consider myself to be considerate, passionate, kind, caring and honest. I give my all to everything with which I come to be involved. I feel that being both a parent and having a child who attends Hollybank will be beneficial to the Governors at Hollybank.
I am Finnish born, Australian bred, now here in beautiful Yorkshire to blossom. In my former working life, I was an executive PA working within Music, Fashion, Entertainment, Computer Software and IT industries. After the children were born I moved into administration and bookkeeping for the local community nursery school. Whilst there I went to college and completed my Certificate IV in Education Support, Disability.    I am currently providing administration support to two small local businesses – one a Fitness, Nutrition and Dietetics Studio and the other a Sales & Training Consultancy.  My son Charlie is both a student and resident here at Hollybank.  I feel he has found his ‘happy place’ and as a result is living, learning, loving and laughing again. For this reason, I was excited to get more involved with the Trust and take on a position of Parent Governor.  I am married to Tony.  Charlie is our first-born son and we have a daughter, Sophie.  We have a cockapoo named Monty and a hamster named Pablo.

Staff Governors

I studied at Sheffield Hallam University and have a BA (Hons) in Housing Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate in Managing Health and Social Care. I have worked in residential and registered care for the last 20 years.
I was appointed as the CEO of Hollybank Trust in 2010 and prior to that had various roles within the school including Post 16 teacher, Deputy Head and then Head teacher from 2002. My background is predominantly in education, having qualified as a teacher and taught in primary schools in Leeds, as well as working as a life and social skills tutor with young people from 16-18 on a youth training scheme. I have also been employed as a youth worker and spent time as a volunteer within social care settings working with young people in the care system. In recent years I have been a Trustee of NASS (National Association of Special Schools) which has helped Hollybank Trust to forge links with similar organisations and remain at the forefront of changes affecting our sector.
I have been part of the Hollybank Trust team since 2007 and throughout this time I have been a class teacher within the school department. My main job is to inspire and prepare children ready for Post 16 and adulthood, so quite a responsibility!

Trustee Governors

I am currently a director on the board of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, the arms-length management company that manages the Council housing stock for Kirklees Council. I also chair School Appeal panels, hearing appeals relating to admissions to schools in Kirklees and Calderdale, and I am a governor of my local First School.

Local Authority Governors

I have worked in Education for the past 10 years. I began working in SEN in a secondary school in Bradford where I specialised in working with Visually Impaired children.

I have spent some time volunteering in Primary before setting up my own business as a childminder working with Early Years children. I now run a successful business from home working with two assistants and am keen to use my knowledge and skills to support the development of Early Years at Hollybank Trust.