Our Governing Body


Our Chair of Governors, Richard Briscoe, can be contacted c/o Rufford Park Primary School, Rufford Avenue, Yeadon, Leeds, LS19 7QR.

Richard Briscoe

• Chair of Governors
• Resources sub-committee (Chair)
• Teaching & Learning sub-committee
• Governor with responsibility for the teaching of Mathematics
• Governor with responsibility for complaints

I have been a Parent Governor since 2010 and Chair of Governors since 2015. I have three sons, two of whom are currently studying at school and one who has gone through Rufford Park and on to Benton Park High School.  I am chair of the Resources sub-committee, which monitors our school’s finances, premises and staff, and a member of the Teaching & Learning sub-committee, which monitors the academic progress of our children.  I am also the Governor with responsibility for receiving and considering any complaints, together with having responsibility and oversight for the teaching of mathematics in school.

In my day to day life, I am a Chartered Tax Adviser, working for a large regional accountancy practice in the centre of Leeds.  I am proud to be part of a happy, inclusive and successful school and I believe that our school is an excellent learning environment for our children.

I can be contacted via the school office, should you have any matters that you wish to discuss.    

Alison Anslow

• Headteacher
• Resources sub-committee
• Teaching & Learning sub-committee
• Pupil Support sub-committee

I have had the privilege of being the Headteacher of Rufford Park Primary since the school opened in 2004 - and have seen many changes in education in that time.  I am extremely proud of all our children in school, together with the incredibly hard-working staff.

I began my teaching career in Scotland and worked in Germany, in one of the schools for the British Forces children, and Wakefield before coming to Leeds.


Jenny Rivas Perez

  • • Vice Chair of Governors
    • Pupil Support sub-committee (Chair)
    • Resources sub-committee
    • Governor with responsibility for the teaching of Science
    • Governor with responsibility for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
    • Governor with responsibility for child protection

    I have been a Governor at Rufford Park Primary for a number of years. Two of my children attended the school and my eldest child attended Southview Juniors, the previous school on the site.  For several years I served as Chair of Governors and I am currently Deputy Chair of Governors and Chair of the Pupil Support sub-committee. I also have responsibility for oversight of the Science part of the curriculum and also Special Educational Needs. I am a former Research Scientist and I now work as a Researcher Developer in the Organisational Development and Professional Learning team at the University of Leeds.

    Richard Lewis-Ogden

    • Teaching & Learning sub-committee (Chair)
    • Resources sub-committee
    • Governor with responsibility for the use of Pupil Premium funding

    I’ve been a Co-opted Governor at Rufford Park Primary School for a number of years and have previously been a parent representative at Farsley Westroyd and Farsley Springbank schools where my two daughters were pupils. I’ve been closely involved with the education sector all my working life, having started in the Leeds City Council Education Personnel office 30+ years ago following my graduation from Manchester University. I’m a Chartered Secretary and currently work as Employment Services Manager and also as a Clerk to Governing Body for a number of Leeds schools.

    Councillor Ryk Downes

    • Resources sub-committee

    I was a Governor at nearby South View Infant School before Rufford Park Primary School was built and so when Rufford Park opened, I transferred across as one of the initial Governors. I am a Leeds City Councillor representing the Otley and Yeadon ward since 2004 that includes Rufford Park, thus I am able to help with council matters. I am also my party’s spokesperson for Education and young people, so keep up to date with matters concerning pupils and their well-being.

    My main hobby is ultra-distance running and I often take part in races more than 60 miles in distance. I also organise ultra-marathons locally.

    Simon Wilkes

    • Pupil Support sub-committee
    • Governor with responsibility for the teaching of English
    • Governor with responsibility for the use of Sports Premium funding

    In July 2015 I became a parent governor at Rufford Park Primary School, where my wife and I have two sons in Key Stage 2.  

I enjoy reading and writing and have done author workshops in lots of primary schools, showing children the journey of how a book is created and then published. I have written and published two children's books - and like to visit Rufford Park as much as possible to read stories to the Reception children.

I'm a sports journalist and have previously worked for Sky Sports, travelling the world to cover all sports including football, cricket and tennis since 1997.

In my current role as head of publishing for the Planet Sport network, I run a Leeds newsroom and also manage some staff in our Cape Town office.

I work closely with the main Leeds universities and organise work placements for sports journalism students, while I am also an ambassador for HEART, which encourages businesses to recruit graduates.
I like to keep fit and play squash and badminton every week, and also love running - having completed the Leeds 10k twice for charity.

Rachel Glynn

• Resources sub-committee
• Governor with responsibility for equalities

I am a Parent Governor. I have two children in the school; one in Key Stage 2 and my youngest has just started at the school's new nursery. I was also a student at South View prior to the school becoming Rufford Park.

Michelle Sellors

• Pupil Support sub-committee
• Governor for the Arts, attendance and Health and Safety

I was delighted to join the Rufford Park governors team in 2015, taking an active role in the school that my daughter attends. My son has already moved through the school and now goes to Benton Park.

I work as a part-time travel medicine specialist nurse and am currently studying for a Masters degree at Leeds University. Before becoming a nurse I completed an Ecology degree and hope I can pass on my love of nature to my children. As a family, we spend as much time as possible at our caravan in the Lake District, enjoying the countryside and walking our Labrador.

As a Governor I've enjoyed visiting school to read and take part in some of the wonderful activities the teachers arrange such as the talent show and theatre visits. It has been a pleasure to be linked to the Arts and drama, something I think the school has a real enthusiasm and talent for.

Vic Clarke-Dunn

• Teaching & Learning sub-committee

I have been a Parent Governor since February 2013 and became a Co-opted Governor in February 2017.  I am a member of the Teaching and Learning sub-committee and I’m the Link Governor for History & Geography and for Year 5.

I am married and we have two children, a daughter who has gone through Rufford Park and is now at Benton Park, and a son who is in Key Stage 2.

I have worked for Leeds City Council for the last 12 years. Between 2004 and 2012 I was the Commissioning Manager overseeing the development, budget and performance of drug treatment services for Leeds. In 2012 I moved to Adult Social Care to become a Project Manager working on the Health & Social Care transformation programme.

I am also a trustee for Basis Yorkshire and chair of their Quality and Performance working group.

Marie Bellwood

• Pupil Support sub-committee

I work at Rufford Park Primary as a teaching assistant, currently working in Year 2 (Key Stage 1).

As well as this role I am also the leader of the school’s before and after school club. I have three boys and my youngest attended the school. I love working with children, watching them grow in confidence and mature as they develop their learning.

I have been lucky enough to have a role with the school Governors since 2008, which also helps my role on the Pupil Support sub-committee.

Outside of my teaching life I am also high up with the Girl Guides after being involved with them since the age of 10.

After becoming a leader at the age of 18 I will be honoured to receive my 30 years’ service in June 2017. Having had a child in Amateur Dramatics I have grown a love for helping out, including costumes, chaperoning and even a little drop of tea making.

Paul Douglass

    • Teaching & Learning sub-committee

I am the Assistant Headteacher and Science Leader at Rufford Park and am currently teaching the hard-working pupils of Year 3/4. 

Before taking up post at the school in 2014, I taught in London for seven years, then in Keighley for the following three years.

I am happily married and love to spend quality time with my two young sons.

I am a fanatical supporter of both Liverpool FC and Leeds Rhinos RLFC and you can count the many grey hairs on my head as a result of watching them play!


Beth Kroon
  • Parent Governor
  • Pupil Support sub committee
I am a new Parent Governor at Rufford Park Primary. I have two children currently attending the school.
I am a primary school teacher myself at Farsley Farfield Primary School and so have a good knowledge and understanding of the sector.  I have been a primary school teacher for 14 years and taught many different year groups.
I am excited to become a Governor at Rufford Park and am looking forward to working with the rest of the team. I hope to help the school and its pupils achieve their potential in the future.

Ian Brocklebank

• Teaching & Learning sub-committee

Governors' Attendance 2016-17

Declaration of Interests 2016-17