• Brearley Madeliene

    Madeleine Brearley

    Appointed Governor

    I began my teaching career at Ostler Secondary School in Halifax. After have time off for the births and early years of my two children, I returned to work at Brighouse Girls Grammar School.

    In 1985 I was appointed the Head of Year at BrighouseHigh School. I taught Food Technology and P.S.H.E. and became Assistant Head until I retired in 2003.

    Apart from being a Governor, I am also very much involved with school as a joint organiser of the annual Year 7 trip to the lake District – 2013 will be the 27th time and I have been on them all apart from the first one.

    I do some voluntary work for the league of Friends at CalderdaleRoyalHospital, sing in the Overgate Hospice Choir, look after grandchildren and try to keep fit by playing badminton and also as a member of a walking group.

  • bullick martyn

    Martyn Bullick

    Appointed Governor

    Experiences – primarily within IT in the Financial Services

    (HBOS) & Telecoms (O2/Telefonica) sectors. Programme Management, business analysis, consultancy, business case creation, team leadership and development, business re-organisation, mentoring, coaching, stakeholder management.

    Interests – pupil development within a sport / drama / extra-curricular context. Engage with children to create a team identity that enables them to work smarter as a group.  

  • Jones Jim

    Jim Jones

    Appointed Governor

    I have been a Brighouse High School Governor since 1993, and was chair for 18 years between 2001 and 2019.

    My two children attended the school, the youngest left at the end of the 6th form in 2001.

    I am a registered nurse (RGN RMN) and a retired University Senior Lecturer. I now work part time for a drug and alcohol treatment service in Leeds.

    My interests and expertise are in the area of psychosocial wellbeing, for which a good education, in the fullest sense, is an important requirement. The ethos at BHS is a key focus for my work as chair, as it underpins the whole function of the school. I have seen the continuing development of the school over 2 decades and seek to use this experience to guide further progress.  

  • Robson Brian

    Brian Robson

    Chair of the Governing Body/ Appointed Governor

    I have been a Governor at Brighouse High School since 1999 and recently took over the role of Chair of Governors.

    I am recently retired following careers in the Fire and Rescue Service and Voluntary Sector.

    My two children attended the school, the youngest leaving 6th Form in 2011.

    My main interest is in ensuring that the school continues to grow and develop without losing its ethos and identity. I am also keen to ensure that space is created for the extra activities which Brighouse High is renowned for and for ensuring opportunity for all students to be nurtured and developed in a safe and healthy environment.


  • R Horsfield

    R Horsfield

    Governor by virtue of office

    Headteacher at Brighouse High School.

  • Moffat Anne

    Anne Moffat

    Appointed Parent Governor

    Chartered Certified Accountant working at the Department of Health.

    Member of the Brighouse High School Governing Body since September 2014.

    Interested in all school activities and ensuring the school experience is the best possible for all stakeholders including pupils, parents and staff.

  • Sykes Steve

    S Sykes

    Appointed Parent Governor

    Appointed Governor  September 2012

    I am step father to a student of BrighouseHigh School. We live locally and are pleased to have such a successful school nearby.

    My career has spanned 38 years with one multimillion turnover company who provided clothing and accessories to the retail sector. This involved worldwide travel along with staffing and trading responsibilities.

    I am now enjoying early retirement with some smaller business interests. I enjoy involvement with a variety of charitable work that uses the knowledge of my commercial career and life experiences.

    Whilst I was chair of the Friends of Brighouse High for the last three years, they became a registered charity and raised funds and partnerships to support extra facilities for students to enjoy.

    I am keen to ensure that all children can be happy at school whilst disciplines are achieved. 

    I believe that happy children can also learn better.

  • Venus

    Rebecca Venus

    Elected Teacher Governor

    Head of Performing Arts at Brighouse High School which is role that combines Music, Drama and Dance throughout the school and the wider community.  I continue to be activity involved in music outside of school.

    I have worked at Brighouse High School for 6 years and joined as a teacher governor because I believe in the ethos of the school and feel I am well placed to represent the staff at this thriving school.

    I relish new challenges and I enjoy my work with both staff and students.

    My spare-time is also occupied by working as a Sergeant within the Army Reserves.

  • Sue Thompson

    Sue Thompson

    Appointed Governor

    Retired Teacher

    During my 30 years of teaching at Brighouse High School, I have filled a variety of roles – Sixth Form Enrichment Co-ordinator, Assistant Head of Year and Second in the Mathematics
    Department. I am currently a Senior Examiner for AQA.

    I am interested in helping all pupils to achieve their maximum potential through their experiences in the classroom and in participation in extra-curricular activities.

  • John Thompson

    John Thompson

    Elected Parent Governor

    I have twenty years management experience having worked in the probation service, youth offending teams and social care. I have worked in Calderdale as an Independent Reviewing Officer and currently work in family support in Kirklees. I have a proven track record in managing budgets, practise and performance and have a good knowledge of safeguarding. 

    It is important to me that  pupils, parents and staff are listened to, that  pupils  are given every chance to achieve academically and  are  provided with opportunities to develop and thrive socially so  alongside  continued high standards of academic achievement  the school can also evidence how they encourage and support  pupils to develop their life and  social skills.

  • kevin

    Kevin Jones

    Vice Chair of the Governing Body/Appointed Governor

    My partner and I have 3 children at Brighouse High.

    I spent the first part of my career in Senior Management with a large international Investment Company.  Ten years ago I took the opportunity to set up and run my own locally based business.  I was fortunate to sell my business in 2015 and retire at an unusually young age.

    I hope to use the experiences and knowledge gained in my previous employment and also as a Governor and Chair of Governors for a local primary school, for the benefit of all at Brighouse High.

    I am involved with a number of local charities and youth music groups.

  • Di Kirby

    Di Kirby

    Elected Associate Staff Governor


    I have been a member of Brighouse High School since 1991, after attending Brighouse Girls’ Grammar school as a student, and have always thoroughly enjoyed the variety of roles (Assistant Catering Manager, Pastoral Administrator, PE Technician, temporary Attendance Officer, PE support assistant and Cover Manager) that I have undertaken. 


    I have also experienced the school from a parental point of view, albeit a few years ago now.  


    I feel that I have gained a broad and varied perspective of life in this successful High School and I have fully embraced this, joining the school choir and attending many visits, day and residential, and social evenings. I use this experience as an associate member of staff to help me contribute to the governing body effectively.

  • Fiona Roberts

    Fiona Roberts

    Elected Parent Governor

    I currently work in a West Yorkshire School as a Senior Science Technician. I am involved with local Girlguiding, Halifax Swimming Club and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.


    I am an elected Parent Governor with 2 children currently at Brighouse High School and 1 who has just finished at Brighouse High 6th Form.


    I am interested in all aspects of school life to make it a positive experience for pupils, but I have a particular interest in STEM and SEN.


  • Rebecca Pyrah Governor

    Rebecca Pyrah

    Elected Parent Governor

    I started out my career as an analytical chemist in the chemical industry, and then just over ten years ago I decided to change careers in order to join the teaching profession. I am currently a Chemistry teacher at a local grammar school and teach students in years 7-13. I am passionate about education and believe that all students should be encouraged to achieve their potential.

    I am an elected parent governor and my son is currently in year 9 at the school.

    My areas of interest are: gifted & talented and curriculum.

  • Lynne Gabbitas

    Lynne Gabbitass

    Retired Child Protection Manager and Psychotherapist/Cognitive Behaviour in mental health.


    Committed to supporting the welfare and education of all young people in the school. Also ensuring that we work towards the best possible outcomes for both students and staff