Andrew Brankin- Chair of Governors
As a former pupil of St Anthony’s I was delighted to be asked to join the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in 2011 and was elected as Chair in September 2016. I currently have two daughters who attend St Anthony’s and am committed to supporting and helping to develop Catholic Education, which I believe gives our children the best opportunity to flourish in an environment centred around Christ and his teachings. I am teacher at a Secondary School in Bradford and am part of the extended leadership team with responsibility for both Humanities and the Sixth Form. I still enjoy teaching after two decades of service and relish being in the classroom teaching History. I am also a Scout Leader of local Scout Group and enjoy planning all the activities and adventures that we offer to young people across Clayton and Bradford.
Ann Gleeson- Foundation Governor/ Vice Chair
I was reappointed a Foundation Governor in September 2017, having served two previous terms of office. I am Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of the RE & Standards Committee for this period of office. Although I am now retired I taught English in High Schools for 20 years as Head of Department before early retirement. Since I needed to keep active in retirement I studied for a second degree in Theology and for a Masters in Medical Ethics and I'm now doing a research degree in Catholic Hymnody from 1965 to the present day. This gives me a particular interest in R.E. and I am most proud of St. Anthony's wonderful Catholic ethos and the priority given to R.E. Choral, Classical and Church Music are particular interests. Any other spare time is spent avidly reading and doing small flower arrangements as well as helping with the flowers in St. Joseph's Parish.
Fr Simon Winn- Foundation Governor
I have the experience of working as a priest chaplain to a High School in Leeds for two years, and for four years to a Young Offenders Institution. The Bishop has appointed me three times as Foundation Governor to Primary Schools. The first was for four years at a school in Castleford, the second for seven years at a school in Barnoldswick. I was appointed to St Anthony's School in September 2017 along with becoming Parish Priest. I have found being a Foundation Governor a rewarding experience and look forward to the years to come in my present appointment.
Damian Whelan- Foundation Governor
I have been a Foundation governor at St Anthony's for a number of years. Currently I am Chair of the Resources sub-committee and am linked governor for Maths. I am the safeguarding representative for St Anthony's parish. I work for a charity that supports adult offenders in finding accommodation. My interests include keeping fit, I enjoy running and cycling. I am a season ticket holder at Bradford City.
Danny Wignall- Foundation Governor
I joined the Governing Body at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School in January 2017. I was born in Bradford and attended St Anthony’s school from when it opened in 1954. I moved away from Bradford when I was 15 years old and returned in 1979. Since then I have been an active member of St Anthony’s parish and have 3 children who all attended St Anthony’s school. I worked as a civil servant for the Department of Work and Pensions for 44 year, retiring in 2010. My wife and I have been foster carers for 30 years, and have continued this work but also provide respite care.
Mary Martin- Foundation Governor
Philip Dockney- Parent Governor
I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor is 2018 and have a son who is currently in Year 4. I have over 20 years experience in the IT industry, particularly around governance and finance and currently work at Yorkshire Building Society. Within my company I am also involved in several initiatives including Diversity and Inclusion and volunteering in the community, an initiative that the school will be benefiting from soon. I am a keen sportsman and enjoy the gym most days. I feel extremely privileged to be part of the team and I am looking forward to contributing to the continued successes of the school.
Liz Firth- Parent Governor
I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in 2018. I have a son in year 4 and a 2 year old. I work part-time for an educational charity based in Bradford and am involved with other organisations locally including the Peace Museum where I’m a trustee. I love messing around on my sewing machine and cooking when I get any spare time!
Jonathan Kendall- Staff Governor
I am Deputy Headteacher and staff governor and have been so for many years. I came to St. Anthony's school in September of 1993 as a year 2 class teacher responsible for Key Stage 1 SATs. Since then I have taught in year 4, 5 and 6 as class teacher, and have supported the teaching in year 3. This is a wonderful school to work in, with fabulous colleagues, who all care so deeply about the pupils. It is my role on the Governing body to address the concerns of the staff who work in school and to feedback decisions taken at meetings.