Building a Brighter Future Together

Building a Brighter Future Together

Meet Our Governors


Below you’ll find a little more about each of our current governors:-


Louise Coffey (Parent Governor)

Louise has three children who attend New Mill Infant School and Wooldale Junior School and she has lived in the local area for the past twenty years.

Louise began her teaching career at Honley High School as a sociology and psychology teacher and has worked in schools in Leicester and Oldham. She currently works as a Vice Principal at a large 11-18 School (which is part of a Multi-Academy Trust) in Leeds. Responsibilities currently include Teaching and Learning, SEND, Careers, and staff training. Louise is involved in research projects within the Education sector. Last year this included research into Growth Mindset, Spaced Learning and effective feedback. This year research is being carried out into independent learners, Oracy and SEND.

In her spare time Louise enjoys Zumba and Tae Bo classes and spending time with family.

(Updated November 2021)


Sarah Mann (Co-opted Community Governor)

Sarah Mann became a Community governor in 2021 and is also a parent with a child at each of the schools. Her youngest child has SEND needs.

Sarah has worked in education for over 20 years and has extensive experience as a class teacher and school leader.  She currently works for the SEN outreach service providing support to mainstream schools, specifically to pupils with complex communication needs.

Sarah recently moved to the area and is keen to be involved in the school community as much as possible.

(Updated November 2021)


Colin Somers (Co-opted Community Governor)


Colin was co-opted the board of Governors in 2022, Colin has lived in the Holme Valley for most of his adult life he is currently living in Holmbridge. 


Colin worked in the engineering industry all his working life latterly in Human Resource Management, his senior level position covered all aspects of HR and included environment, health and safety management in this role he spent time working in many countries across the world. 


Colin is now retired from this role and has recently relinquished his non executive board memberships in apprentice training and as a pension trustee and director, he still helps out at a local food bank as a volunteer. 


Colin believes in the power of education for the benefit of all in the community and feels privileged to serve on the governing board of New Mills schools. 


Colin is a keen supporter of Huddersfield Town and the Huddersfield Giants and enjoys his attempts at playing golf. 


(Updated June 2022)



Dawn Whiteley MBE (Co-opted Community Governor)

Dawn is the Chair of Governors, a role she previously undertook for Kirkroyds Infant and Wooldale Junior Schools since January 2012.  

Dawn has lived in and around the Holme Valley all her life and now lives in Thongsbridge.  Dawn worked in the enterprise support sector for over 25 years, helping people setting up and running their own businesses – work for which she received an MBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours in 2016.  She now works locally supporting the running and management of an iconic community building in Holmfirth.  It is this extensive business background which she brings to the Governing body, with a wide range of experience in financial, HR and management issues.

Outside of work Dawn is a devoted auntie to four nephews and has interests in a variety of sports, most notably as a season ticket holder at Huddersfield Town Football Club and a member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

(Updated October 2021)


Mark Wilcox (Parent Governor)

Mark was elected as a parent governor late in 2020, his son Alex was at the time in year 5.  He first got involved with the school as a cycling coach and starting the after school cycling club.

Mark is originally from Wooldale and having lived and worked across the UK then returned to the Holme Valley.   His work experience in education ranged from industrial training through to University Lecturer, so he has seen the benefits of education and training first hand, from apprentices through to graduates.

In his career Mark has specialised in quality management and hopes to bring that critical eye to the role of governor.  Governors have a unique role to play as a critical friend to the hardworking teachers and support staff, and Mark wants to try to be a sympathetic listener.

Mark believes education benefits us all, and that we have a duty to make sure our children get the best start in life.  Being a governor is an important part of ensuring that the next generation maximises their potential.

(Updated October 2021)





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