Meet the Governors


Andy Rushby (Chair of Governors)

I have been involved with the school (as a parent of three children) since 1999. I have served as a Governor since 2009 and I became Chair of Governors in October 2015.

I am a chartered town planner and have a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) degree in Urban and Regional Planning, a Bachelor of Town Planning degree, a Master of Business Administration degree and I am a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. I am the Principal of Assent Planning Consultancy Ltd., which I established in 2011 and which operates in the private sector primarily to gain planning permission for clients. Prior to my move to the private sector, I worked for 27 years for Kirklees Council Planning Services, culminating in a role as the Assistant Head of Planning from 2006 to 2011.

My experience in both the public and private sectors enables me to help the school in various ways including budgeting, investment, and developing both its infrastructure and its people to best advantage. I aim to ensure that the Governing Body works closely with the Headteacher and the Leadership Team of the school to maintain and enhance the ethos and values of the school and to make sure that all our children are always at the very heart of everything we do. 

Fr. Paul Witts

Part of my role as parish priest of Linthwaite, Crosland Moor and Milnsbridge involves being an ex-officio Foundation Governor representing the local church.

My experience as a school governor goes back twenty years in both community and church schools. Although not many go to church these days, people and especially children, have a great interest in spirituality. I particularly enjoy encouraging this spiritual interest which can help us to live full and happy lives. Church schools have a lot to offer in helping people to develop themselves spiritually and in the Christian faith which strengthens communities and the common good.

After leaving school, I trained as a nurse at Huddersfield and Sheffield Schools of Nursing and attended the universities of Bradford, Sheffield, Manchester, Oxford and Sheffield City Polytechnic. Before ordination in 1996, I worked as a university lecturer in organizational psychology and health service management. I share a vicarage with three Jack Russell Terriers and together we explore the moors above Huddersfield on a daily basis.

Natalie Eyles (Teacher Governor)

I have been a member of the Governing Body since around October 2015 and represent the staff as  Teacher Governor.

I am also part of the Standards and Effectiveness Committee.

I have worked at Linthwaite Ardron since September 2006, when I started my teaching career as an NQT. 

I had also completed my final teaching placement at Ardron in the previous year. I trained at Bradford College, completing a four-year BA (Bachelor of Arts) degree in Primary Education with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). My specialism is English Language and Literature.

Throughout my time working at Ardron, I have taught through from Year 1 to Year 6, including some mixed-age classes; before we became a full one-form entry school.

In 2010, I became the Key Stage 2 Team Leader, taking responsibility for monitoring teaching, learning, attainment and progress in Years 3-6.

I also do lots of practical organisation around school - timetables, rotas etc!

I currently teach Year 5.

I am also the English Coordinator and Professional Mentor (to student teachers and NQTs.)