University Academy Keighley
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”Pupils say they feel safe, and they are safe.” 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




John Dennis

I am a geologist and engineer running my own business for a wide variety of projects. Have travelled extensively working on oil rigs. I have also been involved on a variety of construction and development projects i.e. Leigh Sports Village and Stadium in Manchester, Cardiff International Sports Village and the proposed Newmarket Stadium in Wakefield. I also lecture at both the Universities of Bradford and Leeds.

My interests include cycling, supporting Chelsea FC and being a keen member of Bradford Athletics Network and England Athletics national Club’s Steering Group. I have another full time job bringing up two teenage sons!

I have worked very closely to upgrade the athletics track and facilities that formed part of former GHS. The aim is to now make UAK the best location for sport, leisure and education in the country. You will find me at UAK most Tuesday and Thursday evenings – don’t hesitate to say hello!

Phil Hunter









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




Chris Malish









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.

Steve Wiggins










Governance 2015-16

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.