Our Governing Body


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

Alison Anslow
Resources committee
Teaching & Learning committee
Pupil Support 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.

Richard Briscoe
Chair of Governors
Resources committee (Chair)
Teaching & Learning 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, one of whom is currently studying at school and two who have gone through Rufford Park and on to Benton Park High School.

I am chair of the Resources committee, which monitors our school’s finances, premises and staff, and a member of the Teaching & Learning 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.    
Vic Clarke-Dunn
Vice Chair of Governors
Resources committee
Link Governor for Science
Link Governor for Year 6

I became a Parent Governor in February 2013 and then a Co-opted Governor in February 2017.

I am married and have two children who have gone through Rufford Park and are now at Benton Park.

I work for Leeds City Council. Between 2004 and 2012 I was the Commissioning Manager overseeing the development, budget and performance of drug treatment services for Leeds. In 2012 I became a Project Manager working in the Adults & Health Directorate. I am also Chair of Leeds City Council’s Women’s staff network – Women’s Voice.

I am trustee for Basis Yorkshire and Chair of their Quality and Performance working group.

I also play rounders for a local women’s team.

I am passionate about ensuring all children have the best environment for learning and specifically around encouraging girls to access STEM subjects.

Jenny Rivas Perez
Pupil Support committee
Resources committee
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 also Deputy Chair of Governors. I also have responsibility for oversight of Child Protection 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 committee (Chair)

I’m a chartered governance professional and currently work as Data Protection Officer, personnel and staffing specialist and Clerk to Governing Board for a number of Leeds schools.

Additionally, I act as Company Secretary for the Aireborough Learning Partnership.

Councillor Ryk Downes
Resources 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 committee (Chair)
Governor with responsibility for the teaching of English
Governor with responsibility for the use of Sports Premium funding
I became a parent governor at Rufford Park Primary School in July 2015 and am now the Chair of the Pupil Support committee.  

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, having published two children's books myself called Robbie and the Red Robots and Good Bird & Bad Bird.

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 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.
Michelle Sellors
Pupil Support 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 - but 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.

Marie Bellwood
Pupil Support 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 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 was 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 Primary School.

Before taking up post at Rufford Park 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!

Ian Brocklebank
Teaching & Learning committee

I began as a Local Authority Governor 2009 when my daughter was in Year 5, and now hold a position of Governor representing the trust.

I own and run a cycle delivery company in Leeds, and in the past have delivered Bikeability training in Primary Schools across Leeds.

I am a local scout leader, and also run a family friendly board game club, at Trinity Church, where I am also a member.

Beth Kroon
Pupil Support committee
Governor with responsibility for ICT

I am a parent governor at Rufford Park Primary and have two children 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 Primary School sector. I have been a Primary School teacher for 14 years and taught many different year groups.

I have a keen interest in sport and exercise. I also lead maths at my own school. I hope to share ideas that will help Rufford Park and its pupils achieve their potential in the future.

Anna Bradbury
Teaching and Learning sub-committee

I joined the Governing body in October 2017 and am on the Resources committee, which monitors our school’s finances, premises and staff. I am also a named Governor for Early Years.

I think that Rufford Park is an excellent school, and I am pleased to be able to be involved in such a caring and high-achieving school, which really does want the best for every pupil.

I have three children; my eldest two children attended Rufford Park before continuing their education at Benton Park in Rawdon. My youngest child is now in Key Stage 2 at Rufford Park.

I work as a teacher in a primary school that is in the same cluster as Rufford Park. My husband and I have also worked as Foster Carers for Leeds Social Services.

Governors' Attendance 2016-17

Declaration of Interests 2016-17