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Catherine Hall

Richard Martin

Phil Sunter

Ian Steward

Colin Cranmer

Ann Hall

I moved to Batley, from Leeds, in 2014. My daughter attends Batley Parish School and we attend Batley Parish Church, where I am a member of the Parish Church Council. I sing with Batley Community Choir and support local groups and initiatives. I have worked in the voluntary sector for the past 19 years, with a wealth of experience in Safeguarding, Human Resources and Wellbeing to name a few. I run every morning, and find it a great way to start each day. 

Annabel Polson

I was born in Dewsbury and have lived in Batley for most of my life. I am a member of Batley Parish Church Council, and I am also a Sunday school leader at the church. My daughter currently attends the school.

Following my degree in medical microbiology I have spent almost 20 years working for a large pharmaceutical company. My current role is senior specialist account manager, and I am also colleague chair of the company colleague forum. I have developed a wide range of skills in these roles which I am looking forward to using for the benefit of the school.

In my spare time I enjoy running and volunteering at Dewsbury Parkrun and you might also see me riding my horse around the streets of Upper Batley.


Parvez Kamal

It is an honour to serve as a foundation governor for Batley Parish School. My decision to apply to become a governor at our school was driven by my passion for education and the support I can provide to the school. Having worked within the banking sector for over 20 years allows me to use my experience to support the school’s financial management and resources strategy.

Most of my spare time is spent with my children, but any free time I have allows me to follow my keen interest in motorsport.

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