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Our Governors


Mrs Clare Armitage

Term of office: 16/07/2014 - 01/01/2050

Relevant business / personal interests - none declared (8/10/19)

Co-opted Representatives

Mr Tim Wright - Chair of Governing Board

Term of office: 22/09/2021 - 21/09/2025

My two boys have both attended Lowtown Primary and I became a parent governor in late 2013 before continuing as a co-opted governor. In March 2017 I was elected Chair of the Governing Body. I am a professor at the University of Leeds, working on earthquakes and volcanoes. 

Relevant business / personal interests: Interest declared (29/09/21)

Mrs Susan Wood 

Term of office: 23/09/2021 - 22/09/2025

I have been a governor at Lowtown for twenty-seven years starting when my two children were at the school and I now have two grandchildren in the school. I enjoy helping support the school and staff provide the very best education for all the children while ensuring the children are well prepared for the future both academically along with life and social skills. As a governor I am privileged to be involved in staff recruitment, monitoring the school finances and have many opportunities to visit the school to see the pupils work and perform.

Relevant business / personal interests: None declared (04/10/2021)

Miss Riah Bleasby

Term of office: 10/03/2020 - 09/03/2024

I rejoined the governing body in 2020 after 3 months solo traveling Canada and America. I have a masters in Business Law and currently work in the Civil Service progressing my legal career. As part of my governing role I also sit on the resources sub-committee.

Relevant business / personal interests - none declared (8/10/2021)

Ms Emma Chadwick

Term of office: 22/09/2021 - 21/09/2025

My name is Emma Chadwick and I've been a resident in Leeds for 6 years. I came here as a student, trained to be a teacher and now teach at Allerton Grange School but have also worked in Halifax. I'm passionate about ensuring all children, no matter what their background, receive the best education they possibly can. As I'm a Religious Studies teacher, I'm especially interested in the SMSC element of our curriculum and how we can provide an all-encompassing curricula for our children.

Relevant business / personal interests - none declared (30/09/2021)

Mrs Ffion Hughes

Term of office: 22/09/2021 - 21/09/2025

I joined the governing body in September 2017 and I also sit on the resources sub-committee.  My son has just started in year 2 and I am really enjoying the opportunity to be part of the running of the school.

As a pensions consultant there are many aspects of my job that dovetail nicely with the role of a governor, especially on the financial management side.

Relevant business / personal interests - none declared (22/09/2021)

Mr Darran Ward

Term of office: 27/06/2018 - 26/06/2022

I am a parent of two children who attend/have attended Pudsey Lowtown Primary and joined the Governing Body in 2017. I sit on the Resources sub-committee, which covers Finance, Staffing, Premises and Health & Safety. I am an Investment Manager for the West Yorkshire Pension Fund. With a financial background, my main area of responsibility as a school governor is with regards to the school’s financial planning and monitoring.

Relevant business / personal interests - none declared (29/09/21)

Mrs Sophie Gross

Term of office: 23/09/2021 - 22/09/2025

I am on my second year of being a parent governor and as well as sitting on the TALPS (Teaching and Learning / Pupil Support committee), I am the link governor for Children Looked After and Early Years.

I am a foster carer for Leeds City Council. I currently have 2 boys at school in year 5 and year 2.

Relevant business / personal interests - none declared (04/10/2021)

Mrs Sarah Tew (Deputy Headteacher)

Term of office: 23/09/2020 - 22/09/2024

Relevant business / personal interests - none declared (25/09/17)

Mr Mike Clarke

Term of office: 10/12/2019 - 09/12/2023

I was a parent governor at Lowtown Primary whilst my 3 children were students and when they moved to high school in 1980s/1990s I became a parent governor. Once I retired I became a volunteer reader at Lowtown (2 afternoons a week pre-pandemic) and was invited to become a governor in 2019.

Relevant business / personal interests - none declared (20/09/2021)

Mrs Catherine Cobbett

Term of office: 16/03/2021 - 15/03/2025

After a long career in University administration and management, this is my first appointment as a School Governor.  Higher Education to Primary is two ends of the spectrum – becoming a School Governor supports my strong belief in the value of education in developing individuals who are equipped to fulfill their own ambitions and contribute to our shared society and it all starts here. 

I am looking forward to putting my skills and the experience I have gained to the benefit of Lowtown Primary School.

Relevant business / personal interests - none declared (29/09/2021)

Mrs Jenny Martin

Term of office: 09/06/2021 - 08/06/2025

I have recently been employed as a TA at Lowtown after being a teacher in other schools for many years. I am taking a break from teaching to embark on a masters in Language and Communication Impairment in Children which may take my career in education down a different path in the future. I have previously served as a governor at Lowtown and at another Leeds school for many years. My three children have all attended Lowtown and I have strong local links to Pudsey.

 Relevant business / personal interests - interests declared (29/09/2021)

 Parent Representatives


Dr Rebecca Warburton

Term of office: 23/09/2021 - 22/09/2025

I have two children attending Lowtown Primary school in Year 3 and Reception respectively. 

I have studied and lectured in education at University for several years culminating in a PhD in Mathematics Education. This is my first time as a school governor and I look forward to putting education theories into practice. 

Relevant business / personal interests - none declared (23/09/2021)

Local Authority Representatives

 Mrs Viki Arnold

Term of office: 09/06/2021 - 08/06/2025

I have recently rejoined the governing body as a Local Authority governor,  having previously been involved as a parent governor during my children's time at Lowtown.  I have lived in the area for over 20 years and work as a Year 5 teacher in a large primary school in central Bradford. In my current role I have responsibility for Oracy and the Eco-Committee and have worked in finance in a previous career.

Relevant business / personal interests - none declared (22/09/2021)

 Staff representative

  Mr James Goodwin

Term of office: 10/03/2021 - 09/03/2025

I am currently employed by Pudsey Lowtown as a teaching assistant in Year 2 and I’m on the Board of Governors as a staff member.  Prior to joining the Lowtown team, I worked in law, where I was a solicitor for many years. I practised mainly in the areas of civil litigation and insurance law before deciding to change my career path. Outside of work I enjoy reading, theatre, music, travel and the countryside.

Relevant business / personal interests - none declared (08/10/2019)

Associate Members

Mrs Tracey Nichols (School Business Manager)

Term of office: 29/04/2019 - 28/04/2023

Relevant business / personal interests - none declared (01/10/2021)

Susan Francis (Clerk)

Term of office: 01/05/2019 - 30/04/2023