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.
Vice-Chair of Governors
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.
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.
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 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.
Previously, Hazel was Marketing Services Manager for Yorkshire Building Society and UK and International Communications Manager for SigmaKalon. 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.
Vicky attended Bradford Girls’ Grammar School and went on to follow a career in nursing and teaching health and nursery nursing. Her love of teaching and literature led her to further academic study, and after graduating with a first-class honours degree she undertook her PGCE.
For the last fourteen years she has enjoyed teaching secondary school English in Bradford and has been at her present secondary school for five years, where she is also head of year 11. Vicky is committed to serving the local community and being part of enabling the education of girls and young women in the future.
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 fulfil student potential within the working environment.
Imran has worked for the emergency services as a practitioner for Yorkshire Ambulance Service for the past 21 years. He joined at the age of 18 and last year received his long service medal in recognition of 20 years’ service with the organisation.
Imran has helped the local community by delivering first aid courses, basic life support skills, and health and safety training to various schools,organisations, and boxing academies.
He has visited a number of different countries and helped with medical aid and providing valuable training on life saving skills. Imran also has an A Level in travel and tourism which he gained whilst working for the ambulance service.
A. Cooper MBA (Distinction) Chair
C. Day BA (Hons) PGCE Vice-Chair
H. Brooke BA (Hons) BMg Dip DM
V. Clarke BA (Hons) PGCE
J. Jenkinson BA (Hons) PGCE NPQH
H Roberts BSc ACCA
L. Khan PGDip BA (Hons) Cert Ed
To contact the Chair of Governors
please write to:
Mrs A Cooper
Chair of Governors
c/o Bradford Girls’ Grammar School
Bradford, BD9 6RB