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Sharon Thandi

Yasmina Gallagher

I joined the Governing body at Guiseley School as a Local Authority Governor on 29th March, for a 4-year term. 

My professional qualifications lie in Geography, Geology and Environmental Management, although I also have Qualified Teacher Status.  During my career I have gained strong project management and organisational skills; working collaboratively with teams internally and externally, to develop a best practice approach including appraisals/cost benefit analysis, making strategic and justifiable investment decisions to identify the most sustainable solutions and manage integration into relevant regulations.   

My current role, as Yorkshire Water’s Lead Environmental Advisor on Water Resources, sees me influencing regulators at regional and national levels to accept/approve plans and strategies through a variety of means.  A key aspect of my role requires me to assess regulatory changes in legislation or national guidance; and provide advice to the business on impacts from these changes. I have the ability to negotiate and reach compromise solutions.  I see these skills as being completely transferable and feel they could be put to good use in an educational setting.  

I live locally and both my children attend Guiseley School, so I’m extremely committed to making a real difference to how well the school is run for the benefit of the local community and future generations. Although I’m new to governance in school I understand first-hand how an effective team of governors alongside a strong leadership team makes a huge difference to how well a school is run and how standards can be raised.

Jason Kenneally

Sarah Montet

Abi Howgego

I am a local GP and have recently joined the governing board as a parent governor. I have responsibility for safeguarding, and I am link for PSHE and RE. I have children in Year 7 and 11.

I have experience of both undergraduate and postgraduate education over many years. I also bring HR and my safeguarding experience in healthcare to the role.

I enjoy the opportunity of being able to shape and positively influence the education of all children at Guiseley School. I am keen to ensure the mental wellbeing of our young people is a priority as well as ensuring children with SEND get the support they deserve.

Anna Sarjantson

Amy Cilia La Corte 

Alison Hodrien 

I joined Guiseley School as a part-time teacher in the Science department in September 2013. Physics is my specialism, so I teach this subject up to A Level, and additionally cover Biology and Chemistry at KS3 and KS4. I've also previously delivered Enrichment and EPQ to the sixth form, and particularly enjoy working with these young people who are on the brink of adulthood, looking to make key decisions about their post-18 lives.

I was elected to the governing body in December 2020. I saw it as an opportunity to develop my understanding of how the school works beyond what happens in the classroom, and also as a chance to contribute back to the wider school community.

Prior to teaching at Guiseley, I taught for seven years at another local high school where at various times I acted as Gifted & Talented Co-ordinator, KS3 Science Co-ordinator, and Head of Physics.

 My time thus far as a governor has been very interesting, and I have learned much about the functioning of the school, and the vital supportive role that the governing body plays. By sharing my experiences as a staff member with the other governors, I feel that I have been able to help put into context things that might not be immediately obvious to non-teachers.

Graham Brookfield

I joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in 2021 for a four-year term. I am currently a member of the Resources Committee. I have children at the school and once the opportunity came along, I was keen to get involved in supporting the school as it improves both through its academic provision and improved learning environment.

After a brief early experience learning and working within the Education Sector, I have worked within the planning and development sector for over 20 years, most recently in the public sector on affordable housing provision and overseeing the remediation of high-rise residential developments across the country, post Grenfell. 

I have always retained an interest in the Education Sector so a Governor I enjoy the experience of learning about and supporting teaching colleagues in their ambition to continually seek improvement in education provision at Guiseley School. I bring my extensive experience and knowledge of the development sector and project management skills to my role as a Governor at Guiseley school.

Daniel Western

I left Guiseley School after my A-levels in 2016 and I’m now a chartered legal executive specialising in commercial property-related matters at law firm Gordons.  

It is a privilege to become a governor of any school, but to become one for a school you attended is particularly special. 

As a former pupil I experienced first-hand the education that Guiseley School can offer. This created the opportunity for me to pursue a career in the law. My apprenticeship at Gordons gave me the confidence to accept this role and developed my acumen as an adviser, which are both key to being a good governor. I will be working hard to ensure the school continues to develop young people both academically and personally to enable them to make the most of any opportunities in life. 

After leaving Guiseley School I completed a legal apprenticeship at Gordons. During my apprenticeship, I experienced working full time whilst studying to become a fully qualified lawyer. The hands-on training helped to develop me both professionally and personally. This has proved instrumental in providing me with the confidence and skills to become a school governor. I look forward to bringing my energy, enthusiasm and insight to the role and helping further develop Guiseley School for the benefit of its pupils, parents, carers and the community it serves. 

Reem Briggs 

Lorna Bradford