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Our Governors


My name is Antonia and I am Chair of the Governing Body at Shire Oak.


I have two children who attend the school and since becoming a School Governor in 2017 I have gained a fascinating insight to all the work that goes on behind the scenes to make Shire Oak what it is. I am so proud of our staff team who work hard to provide a safe, caring and supportive learning environment for all our children whilst ensuring that we offer a broad teaching and learning provision, maintaining high standards of attainment and behaviour alongside supporting children to develop positive life values.


In my spare time I run a HR Consultancy supporting SME’s and local enterprises, and I am a qualified business coach. As well as Chairing the full Governing Body I Chair the Resources Committee and lead on Governor training and development.


Hi, my name is Dick Killington. I was co-opted as a Governor in 2015 and am Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Since retiring four years ago I have worked in two primary schools as a volunteer (two of them in Shire Oak) helping with group and one-to-one activities in the areas of reading, phonics, maths and some science. Before retiring I was Professor of Virology, Pro-Dean for Learning and Teaching, and Head of School at the University of Leeds. For 31 years I was the Warden of a very large block of undergraduate student flats, with responsibility for discipline and pastoral care. I am married with three children and four granddaughters, all of whom are at primary school.

I have come to love Shire Oak and will do my best to help the School and to enhance the experience of both its staff and its pupils.

Hi, I am Sally Dyster. I have been a school Governor since my youngest was in Year 1 at St Michael’s and he is now doing his GCSEs. It has been so interesting and rewarding seeing Shire Oak grow from the initial idea of it happening  to the current wonderful school that it is – it certainly has come a very long way. As well as being on the full Governing Body, I also sit on the Resources committee and previously chaired it.


By training I am an industrial chemist and worked in various industries, primarily printing but also de-inking and paper manufacturing. Latterly I have worked as a consultant in the IT industry on a large Government Program. I am currently enjoying semi/early retirement!



Hello, my name is Ann Dudzinski. I am a Governor who represents our local church, St Michael’s. I joined the governing body here a long time ago – my son was in year 3 at that time, and he is now 23 years old!


Being a governor is very interesting indeed. It is wonderful to watch Shire Oak School grow and develop, and it is very satisfying to play a part in that development, as a governor.


Because Shire Oak School is a church school, it is very important that we have good links with our local church. Part of my role as a governor is to help those links to develop and grow.  It’s lovely to see the pupils and staff and parents from Shire Oak when they come over to St Michael’s church for the Christmas carol service each year, and also for the service in July which marks the end of the school year. I try to come to along to at least one assembly at school each term, and always enjoy seeing and hearing about the achievements of all the pupils.


One of the most important jobs that governors do is to be part of the appointment process for new members of staff. This is very challenging - we want to find the best possible teachers and staff for our school. It is very rewarding to work with such an excellent team of staff as we have here, and it is a privilege to be part of that team, as a governor



Hi. My name is Jan Kramer and I am a church governor. I am a licensed lay minister at St. Michaels Church and really enjoy helping people find out about spiritual ideas and how they can help each other to built a better future for their community.


I work in a primary school as a TA but previously I worked in a high school teaching children who have English as a second language and also children with special needs. During my teaching career I taught for 5 years in Khartoum and 5years in Istanbul.


In my spare time I love trying to get fit. I do a lot of weightlifting and strength training. I love walking and setting myself personal fitness challenges. My hobbies include reading, gardening and travelling to my favourite destination - Cairo and the River Nile. 

Hello! I am Rev. Angela Birkin, I work at St Michael and All Angels Church in Headingley and I became a Foundation Governor in 2021.

I joined St Michael’s in 2017 when I was ordained in the Church of England, but I already knew Headingley well from working as a GP for 27 years in the local area. I have two grown up children and a new grandson!

I hugely enjoy welcoming Shire Oak pupils and staff to St Michael’s and love to visit the school!

I look forward to supporting Shire Oak School in any way I can.

My name is Anna Swinburn and I have been a Parent Governor since 2015. I have two children at Shire Oak: Lia who is in Year 6, and Sam who is in Year 4. They are particularly fond of the opportunities for outdoor learning and the caring atmosphere created by the school.


I am a secondary school teacher at a school in Bradford and I have many years of experience teaching children from a broad range of backgrounds, albeit a little older. My subject is Design and Technology, which is essentially about problem solving and creativity; I hope to be able to bring these two skills to the role in helping the school to develop and move forward. 


I look forward to being more involved in a school which seems to have found the balance between nurturing a love of learning and caring for the whole child with academic achievement, the former of which can all too easily get sacrificed at the expense of the latter.

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Hi, I’m Kate Wright a parent Governor.  I currently have 3 children in Shire Oak, another has left for high school and 1 is due to start in 2021.  My career so far has been split into two areas as was my degree.  Having studied Business Management and Media, my early career was in the Media thread as a Production Buyer in Television and Film.  Once I had my children I followed the Business thread working in Financial services as a manager for the direct sales channel managing marketing, communications to members, the website and product development.  In order to spend more time at home I have recently had a portfolio career of many smaller jobs that I can work around my main priority of my family.  I am so happy to be on the Board of Governors, as someone who is experiencing the outcomes of the schools hard work I feel I can give them some of the support they require to flourish.

Hi, my name is Amy. I am a parent governor and I have been part of the Shire Oak community since 2014. My son is now at secondary school and my daughter is in year 5. I am delighted to be a member of the governing body, contributing to the school that has given so much to my children.


I had a 24 year career in the NHS and voluntary sector as a nurse, educator, service improvement facilitator and latterly as a senior leader and executive coach. The last 12 years of my career have focused on practice and professional development with lots of innovation and improvement thrown in for good measure! I am now self-employed as a coach, consultant and facilitator with a focus on compassionate communication and leadership development. I am interested in well-being and organisational cultures that enable all to thrive and flourish.

My name is Charlie Stobbart and I am a Parent Governor. I have two children at Shire Oak, in years 4 and 6. 

I have worked in secondary schools and specialist provisions for many years with young people experiencing difficulties in accessing their education for a variety of reasons. I am passionate about ensuring all young people have the opportunity to access a broad and varied curriculum in a supportive environment which meets their needs. Shire Oak provides this to all it's children and I am really pleased to be able to offer my support to the team at Shire Oak as part of the Governing Board.



My name is Bianca Woodruff, I am the Staff Governor at Shire Oak Primary School. With more than 10 years’ experience in education including a governor for 4 years, I joined the Shire Oak team in 2017. I am very much looking forward to developing my skills as a Staff governor and in supporting Shire Oak Primary to continue its success in providing a happy, healthy learning environment for its staff and children.

 I have 2 children aged  8 and 10 and understand  what a pivotal role school plays in educating children, developing their communication,  emotional wellbeing and equipping them with skills for their future.


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