Tony Atherton is a school trustee and has been a school governor at Heckmondwike for over 25 years. Tony’s son and daughter were both pupils at Heckmondwike. He was a director at Leeds firm of architects before joining Sport England where he now specialises in the design of sports facilities.
Derek Cross joined the governing body in 1999, initially elected as a parent governor but later becoming a trustee on the transition to Academy in 2010. His son, Ben, studied at HGS, achieving good grades at GCSE and A Level, subsequently embarking on a career in Architecture. As a retired director of a local IT support company, he has always enjoyed being an active member of the governing body.
Elizabeth Currie has worked as a teacher at Heckmondwike Grammar School since January 1996. During her time here she has taught History, Geography and Politics, has been Head of Priestley House and is currently Head of the History department. Elizabeth’s husband Michael is the Head of Geography in the school and her daughter Martha is currently in Year 9. In addition to taking on the role of Staff Governor at Heckmondwike, she is also a community Governor at her local primary school in Barnsley. Heckmondwike Grammar School is clearly a large part of her life.
Jane Dixon (Chair) is a lawyer by training with 30 years’ experience in corporate, insurance and compliance acting predominantly for public and education authorities. Former Managing Partner of a law firm, she now has her own consultancy business carrying out quality and regulatory audits, running appeal and exclusion panels and providing business and consultancy advice. Jane became a Governor at HGS in 2017 and prior to that appointment, was associated with the school for 10 years managing its Independent Appeal Panel; she was elected to the Chair of Governors in March 2019.
Sue Doubell is our SEN and Safeguarding Governor. Sue has a long association with the school -beginning her involvement as a Parents Association member in 2005, and later joining the Governing Body. Graduating in Creative Arts and specialising in Textile Design, Sue has over 30 years of experience of working in Higher Education as a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of Faculty, a role which included developing high profile EU funding initiatives. In more recent years Sue became freelance, continuing with her own design work and also specialising in Assessing for Disabled Students Allowances at HE level. Her extensive experience in Dyslexia and Disability Support also allows her to advise the school in relation to SEN and Safeguarding.
Stuart Eakin has been a Governor at Heckmondwike Grammar for over 8 years initially as a Parent Governor and then as a Community Governor. Prior to this he was a Parent Governor at a local middle school in Kirklees. Stuart has 2 children, both of whom have attended HGS. Stuart currently works as an IT architect for a local financial organisation.
David Hall is a former pupil of the school and recipient of the Robert Reid Memorial Prize. As a member of the peripatetic music staff, he has taught singing at the school since 2014. David has been a councillor for the Liversedge & Gomersal ward of Kirklees council since 2004, during that time serving on the Fire & Rescue Authority and the Police Authority, and as Cabinet Member for Finance for two years. He is currently Leader of the Conservative Group.
Mohammed Hans is a highly experienced commercial solicitor currently working for a leading professional accountancy body in the UK. He advises organisations to implement better procurement and contracts, as well as authoring practitioner books, toolkits and other publications. He currently has 2 children attending Heckmondwike Grammar School, and prior to being appointed as a parent governor in January 2019, he was a parent governor at a local primary school for 14 years.
Gareth Harris was first appointed as a parent governor in 2014, and was recently re-elected in 2019 for a further four years. Gareth’s son and daughter both attended the school in recent years. Gareth is a qualified accountant and Insolvency Practitioner. He is a partner at a large international professional services firm and specialises in advising companies who are undergoing change and those with financial challenges. Gareth has also worked at three banks during his career. As well as the finances of the school, he has particular interests in: ensuring that the school has effective links with local businesses; career development; and staff welfare.
Jonathan Hodgson is a former pupil and has sat on the Governing Body since early 2013. Having worked within the NHS since graduating from the University of York with a Mathematics degree in 2001, he has a vast experience of supporting NHS Boards and Audit Committees to help improve financial control and governance arrangements. Jonathan aims to bring his wide finance experience and expertise to his recent role as Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and help contribute to the ongoing success of Heckmondwike Grammar School.
Peter Roberts joined HGS as Deputy Headteacher in 2010 and became the 11th Headteacher of the school in January 2019. Peter is an old scholar of the school having attended in the 1980’s and has a long family allegiance to the school with 4 generations of his family having attended the school, from his grandmother, through subsequent generations to his own 2 children attending in recent years. Alicia is now studying Dentistry in Sheffield and Lewis is studying English at Oxford. To make it a full family affair, Peter’s wife Janine teaches Business and Economics at the school.
Keith Wilson is a former student of Heckmondwike, former deputy headteacher of the school and ex-clerk to the governors. To say he knows the school inside out would be an understatement! He has been involved in work with young people as an educator for forty years, and for the last thirty or so years as a manager in schools. He also works as a Magistrate, playing his part in providing training and appraisal schemes for his colleagues in the Magistracy. When he retired from his role as clerk, he was asked to join the Governing Body.