H RobersHelen Roberts BSc, ACCA, FCA

Chair of Governors

Helen has more than 20 years’ experience as a finance director in private companies and professional services firms. Most recently she has specialised in working within or for organisations to develop their strategies through periods of significant change.

Helen is experienced in the day to day impact of both organic growth as well as acquisitions, preparing for due diligence, working capital management and building constructive relationships with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders.

Alison Cooper MBA (Distinction)

Vice-Chair of Governors

Alison Cooper has a wealth of business experience and has specialised in all aspects of school business management in the last eighteen years. Bursarship at Gateways School and a national role as Deputy General Secretary of the Independent Schools Bursars Association provided Alison with expertise in school business management.

Her last school role was as a Director of External Relations before setting up a consultancy in 2010. Since then Alison has worked with schools and businesses providing diagnostic skills,  implementation planning and strategic advice across the spectrum of business issues. She also writes for The Good Schools Guide.

Christine DayChristine Day BA (Hons) PGCE

Christine has been a secondary phase teacher for more than thirty years; working in five different local education authorities and teaching both English and mathematics.

With more than twenty years’ experience as a senior leader in schools, her last position was that of Deputy Headteacher at a large comprehensive school in Leeds.

Christine has worked as an Advisory Teacher across Rotherham and has served as a governor in two previous schools.


Hamayun Arshad BSc (Hons)

Hamayun holds a degree in Environmental Health and has previously been employed as a Project Manager for the Environmental Health Division of Bradford Council.

As a registered trainer with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health he teaches food hygiene and health and safety. He is also a Director of the charity ‘Action for Businesses Limited’ which supports new and established businesses to become successful enterprises.

Hamayun currently runs his own consultancy practice that specialises in Human Resources/Food Safety/Health and Safety and risk management.  In his spare time he teaches young people how to cook Asian dishes and is an expert advisor to the BBC on Indian food.

Jo Jenkinson BA Hons, PGCE, NPQH

Jo started her teaching career in London in 1993 where she worked for five years in a large junior school. Whilst there, she led the Maths and PE curriculum. Following that, Jo worked at Bradford Girls’ Grammar School first as a Teacher at Lady Royd from 1998, then as Head of the Juniors followed by Deputy Head.  From 2008 to 2011 she had the pleasure of being the Head of Lady Royd.

In 2012, Jo became Headteacher at Ghyll Royd Independent School and Nursery in Ilkley but left there to move to Holmfirth in 2014. Now she is the Head of the Primary Phase at an all through school in Huddersfield.

Hazel Brooke BA Hons, BMg, Dip DM

Hazel has more than 20 years’ experience in Marketing and Communications in the private and public sector.  Most recently she is the Marketing Manager for the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds. She is also the Marketing lead for the delivery of a new web platform for the Faculty.

Previously, Hazel was Marketing Services Manager for Yorkshire Building Society and UK and International Communications Manager for SigmaKalon, the largest coatings manufacturer in Europe.  Having spent six years in the Caribbean setting up a supermarket she has returned to the UK to be with family and friends and worked at both Bradford and Leeds University.

Loabnah Khan PGDip, BA (Hons) Cert Ed

Loabnah is a qualified Solicitor who has also worked in private practice for 15 years. She also has over ten years of experience at OFSTED Outstanding and leading UK academic institutions teaching students from various social and cultural backgrounds and is currently a Lecturer in Law at Wakefield University and Programme Leader for students enrolled to study the CILEX course and BA (Hons) Law & Business Management.

Loabnah is passionate about giving students the best possible education in life and has already made her mark on the ethos of Bradford Law School HE  Sector followed by Bradford Business School FE  Sector, where she progressed and developed using her confidence and initiative to fulfill student potential within the working environment.

Governing Body
H. Roberts BSc  FCA  ACCA  Chair
A. Cooper MBA (Distinction) Vice-Chair
H. Brooke BA (Hons) BMg Dip DM
C. Day BA (Hons) PGCE
J. Jenkinson BA (Hons) PGCE NPQH

Parent Governors
H. Arshad BSc (Hons)
L. Khan PGDip BA (Hons) Cert Ed


To contact the Chair of Governors
please write to:

Miss H Roberts
Chair of Governors
c/o Bradford Girls’ Grammar School
Squire Lane,
Bradford, BD9 6RB