Governors

Chair - Mrs Amiri Agbai - Foundation Governor

I am delighted to be part of the extended leadership team at Keighley St Andrews. I have two young children in secondary school and passionate about education. As a foundation governor, I would like the opportunity to create and maintain a safe and thriving learning environment for our children.

My background is in technology and business and have worked as finance officer in an investment company for a number of years. I am currently the treasurer for the Keighley Parish.

I am passionate about performance management, improvement and have a keen eye for details.

- Mr J Cope (Foundation Governor)

I was treasurer of Airedale Health Authority until 1993. In addition to my work as an accountant I have been a Samaritan in York, a prison visitor in Hull maximum security prison and locally involved with a number of charities.

In 1999 I was the chair of the Bradford MDC planning committee that approved the Keighley bus station.

Since a small boy I have supported Middlesbrough Football Club and at present watch Halifax Town.

Rev J Long (Foundation Governor)

As a Foundation Governor I see my role as supporting staff to provide the best education possible for all pupils, and help equip them for life. My background is banking and corporate finance, where I spent over 30 years, before taking early retirement and becoming a Church of England minister in Keighley. I have also been involved in a number of charitable organisations usually focussing on the financial aspects. This background has been invaluable in enabling me to monitor the financial aspects of KSA.

Rev M Cansdale Ex Officio (Foundation Governor)

I am the Team Rector for Keighley Parish and as such am a foundation governor because of my job as Vicar of St Andrew’s Church (Keighley Shared Church). I love the contact I have with children and families at Keighley St Andrew’s Primary. I regularly lead collective worship, at times come in to help support the curriculum with classroom lessons and particularly enjoy welcoming classes to visit and explore our church. I’m the named governor for RE and Collective Worship. I am married to Elspeth and we have four children aged 19 to 9 – two boys and two girls. I’m really proud of this school and all of the creative ways in which great learning takes place.

Mr B Sharif (Local Authority Governor)

I volunteered to become a parent governor at Keighley Saint Andrews after being asked by fellow parents.

I was a pupil at this school in the 1980s and my own children were studying here and I wanted to offer my assistance to the school. As my children have left I am now a Local Authority Governor.

I live and work in the area. I previously played football and rugby but nowadays prefer fell walking and mountain climbing.

I am also a long suffering Leeds United and Keighley Cougars supporter.


Ms Amy Turner - Rhodes Parent Governor


Mrs R Whitham (Headteacher)

I have taught in Primary Schools in the Bradford and Keighley District for over 23 years and I have lived locally all my life. Being a teacher (and now Headteacher) is such a rewarding and at times challenging role. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate enough to teach children across the primary age range (I've been a Y2, 3, 4 , 5 and 6 teacher) and I've enjoyed every age range I've taught. Shaping futures through developing partnerships with pupils, parents and staff is a privilege.

When I'm not working I enjoy baking and cooking, spending time with family and friends and walking my dog, Stanley.

Ms Amber Pearce (Staff Representative)


Vacancy (parent governor)