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Catherine Hall

Richard Martin

Rev Martin Naylor

Phil Sunter

Ian Steward

Colin Cranmar

Phill Hamlett

I qualified as a teacher in 2005 and have worked in different schools in the Batley and Dewsbury area. I have held a number of leadership roles within schools including Assistant and Deputy Headteacher. I have also led subjects such as English, Maths, ICT and history. During the past eight years, I have been fortunate enough to sit on the Governing Body at two different schools. I am proud to be a member of staff at Batley Parish and I enjoy supporting the school in the capacity of Staff Governor.

Robin Sykes

As a former Batley Parish pupil and father of two current pupils, I have seen Batley Parish go through many changes over a number of years. I decided to put myself forward as a parent governor in order to help ensure that any future changes were for the benefit of all children at the school. As a Chartered Engineer and project manager I have many skills that will add value to the board of governors such as financial governance, understanding of Health and Safety legislation, construction and staff recruitment. I have recently accepted the role of Chair of the Resources Committee as well as the role as Maths Governor.

Much of my spare time (if there is such a thing as a parent??) is taken up by ferrying my children from one sports club to another but if there is anytime left I enjoy watching Rugby League, playing 5-a-side football and being a keen DIY'er.


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.


Hashim Raza

I completed my MSc in computer science from Leeds Beckett University in 2007 and moved to this end of the country in 2010. I have held various technical and managerial positions in the technology sector.

Having two daughters who attend Batley Parish School lead to a natural interest in the school’s attainment and wellbeing. Knowing the importance of quality education, I wanted to be a governor to use my experience and skills for the greater good of the community and the future of all children. 


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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