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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!