University Academy Keighley
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”Relationships between pupils, and between pupils and adults, are very positive.” Ofsted June 2016
”Pupils say they feel safe, and they are safe.” Ofsted June 2016
”Rates of attendance are above average.” Ofsted June 2016

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University Academy Keighley

UAK Governors

Joanne Marshall – Chair of Governors

Joanne Marshall was appointed as Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at the University of Bradford in December 2013.

She oversees the University’s Human Resources, Organisational Development and Health, Safety and Wellbeing Services and is passionate about people. Her aim is to provide first class, supportive and innovative professional leadership, expertise and services to help drive delivery of the University’s mission, objectives and business plan.

Joanne has worked in Human Resources within both the private and public sectors, for over 18 years and is originally from a nursing background, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to support Bradford in its transformation agenda. In 2009, Joanne was awarded NHS HR Director of the year and in 2015 she was awarded European HRD of the year (not for profit) by her peers in HRO Today Magazine.

Joanne joined the Board of Governor’s for University Academy Keighley (UAK) in 2016 and followed on to become Chair of Governors in June 2017. Joanne believes that by working together we (University and Academy) can create a high achieving partnership, that places UAK’s welfare, resilience and preparation for future life at the heart of a shared purpose.

She is also currently the Vice president for HPMA, has been a local school governor for over 6 years and is the Director of a local drama group for children aged 8 – 18. Joanne is married and lives on a working farm with her husband and two children.

Gail Khan – Vice Chair of Governors

Gail is Company Director of her own management consultancy which primarily focuses on the education sector.  Her career started in marketing and communications nearly twenty years ago, and she has managed national 14-19 programmes as well as implemented major construction programmes at schools across the North of England.

Gail is married with a teenage son and two dogs who all keep her very busy!  She also follows Speedway (a motorsport where riders race at 80mph with no brakes), and like socialising with friends and cooking new dishes.

Gail became a Governor in order to give something back to the community the Academy serves.  Her husband is from Keighley,  he and family members came to school here and it is important for Gail to try and share knowledge and skills to help benefit the young people and families of Keighley.

Shirley Congdon

Shirley Congdon is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Bradford. Her portfolio carries responsibility for the strategic development and oversight of the Academic strategy, the standard and quality of learning and teaching and the student experience.  Shirley is passionate about the student experience and committed to creating excellence in learning, teaching and research. She believes that the cultivation of an environment in which students and staff are supported to be creative and outstanding and requires the development of a culture that values and actively promotes diversity.

Having pursued a successful career in Nursing Shirley has worked within the field of higher education for 24 years.  During this time she has held senior roles in several Higher Education Institutes including Director of Academic Development, Dean of Faculty of Health Studies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) and more recently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).  Her professional and academic expertise lies within the area of health and social care service modernisation & cultural change, research methods and evidence-based practice. Shirley’s expertise in Health Care modernisation led her to a two year consultancy post in the Department of Health.

Shirley is a stakeholder Governor at Bradford District Care Trust, a Governor of Leeds College of Art, a Trustee of Keighley Academy and a member of the Governing Body of Bradford Grammar School. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Margo Kane

Margo is Deputy Human Resources Director (acting) at the University of Bradford.

As an experienced HR/OD senior manager working for over 25 years in the public sector she is passionate about developing staff to deliver improved outcomes for service users.  Margo has expertise in defining, shaping and delivering significant change strategies across the public sector. And experience in building strong partnerships nationally, regionally and locally with the aim of modeling the values and behaviours of collaboration and partnership working.

Margo is an experienced school governor and has been nominated as a governor for UAK by the University of Bradford. She is very much looking forward to supporting UAK.


Naz Kazmi

Naz is currently Manager of the Keighley Association for Women and Children Centre based in Central Ward of  Keighley

Naz has over 30 years  experience of  working with the South Asian community. She has worked closely with communities, statutory and voluntary organisations designing, developing and delivering innovative programmes and research projects . Some of the projects have focused on addressing social inequalities ,which overlap with health, environment and education.

Naz has lived in Keighley most of her life with her family and a former pupil of  Greenhead Grammar School. Naz is  a nominated Governor from the University of Bradford and has always been passionate, interested and dedicated to children, their education and welbeing.

Claire Kirwin

Over a career in education spanning 38 years, I gained significant experience of, and expertise in, every aspect of school life, finishing my career in the teaching profession as a Senior Leader for the final 15 years.  Although now having recently retired from the profession, I believe I can still ‘make a difference’ to the lives of young people. So, having recently moved to the area from London, I am looking forward to serving as a Governor and supporting the school’s endeavours in any way I can.





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Carole Nicholson

Carole is a mum to two boys, Callum who is 17 and Lewis who is 8 and married to Patrick. As a family they enjoy time at their caravan in Cumbria to relax, have fun and spend quality time together. In her spare time Carole loves to cook and entertain friends and family she also I enjoys going to zumba classes and volunteering at  Lewis’s cub group. Carole is just in the process of setting up and running a liturgy session at her church for children during mass on Saturdays.

Most of Carole’s career has been spent working as a support and cover supervisor with children in primary schools. In March 2017 she decided to take a big jump and made the move to UAK where she shares the role of BSU manager.  this role has allowed Carole to build many bonds and relationships with children, guiding and supporting them on their educational journey; always trying to make a difference for each student she works with.

Carole has been a parent governor for nearly three years at St Joseph’s Primary School, and has learnt much about the responsibility of managing a school compared to just working in one.  Skills that she is hopes to bring to her role on the governing body at UAK.

Aziz Rafiq

Aziz has been a member of the school since January 2002, starting as the receptionist and working her way up to her current role of Pastoral Manager.  Aziz has been in this role since 2006, helping support the Pastoral Team and leading on attendance, the academy’s attendance is better than the national average. Prior to working at the academy, Aziz worked at North Street Surgery.

Aziz was born and raised in Keighley, she is a pillar of the community and very well known.  Aziz has become a Governor for the academy because she is passionate about giving back to the local community and the academy.

Aziz’s hobbies include travelling, shopping and dining out.


Kate Walters

Now Director of Northern Lights SCITT and TSA, Kate has also been a Physics teacher, Head of Science, AHT, science consultant and an SLE.  She delivers training and consultancy for STEM Learning.  She has experience in school improvement; teaching and learning and curriculum planning an delivery.






Steve Wiggins

Steve has worked at the University of Bradford for over ten years within the Health and Safety team, he was appointed as Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing nearly two years ago and prior to this he was the Deputy Head of Department. Before working at the University of Bradford Steve’s career path has seen him involved in several safety orientated roles since the late 70’s, his knowledge and experience cover a number of specialist areas including fire safety.

Steve is new to the School Governor role but believes his life experiences will help him in this capacity, he is very much looking forward to working with the Academy as a Sponsor Governor.





Governance 2016-17

Declaration of Business Interests – 2017 – 18

If you would like to contact our Governors please do so via the academy.

C/O University Academy Keighley
Green Head Road
Utley, Keighley
BD20 6EB

N.B. Members of the Governing body are also Trustees of the Academy.