Our Governors are fully involved in the life of the school and they all have voting rights.  


We are incredibly lucky to have such long standing and hard working Governors.


Mel Stubbs - Chair Of Governors

Foundation Governor

Hi, I am Mel Stubbs, Chair of BHJI Governing Board, a role which I have undertaken since 2013. 


I have lived in Brinsworth since 1989 and became a school governor when my own children were grown up so that I could give something back to the Brinsworth Community. My “day job” background is in Financial Services specialising in Risk and Compliance. 


I bring various skills to the GB, not least of which is the ability to apply a “business overview” when involved in making decisions along with my fellow governors. The biggest decision we made recently (apart from COVID-19 matters) involved joining James Montgomery Academy Trust (JMAT) in December 2019, where Mrs Crawford is now the Deputy CEO for the trust, a fabulous achievement both personally for Mrs Crawford and school.


I really enjoy my role, and love to visit school and see how much the children enjoy attending BHJI. The children and staff at BHJI are wonderful, I cannot praise them enough!

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Maxine Crawford

Head teacher


Hi, my name is Maxine Crawford.


I have been the Headteacher at Brinsworth Howarth Primary School for 11 years and am an active part of the schools Local Governing Board.


Since September 2019 I have taken on two new roles. I am now the Deputy CEO with James Montgomery Trust (JMAT) and an Associate Head championing the Arts & Culture for Rotherham School Improvement Service. (RoSIS).

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Joanne Cook 

Staff Governor

My name is Jo Cook and I first joined Brinsworth Howarth in 2001. I have numerous roles in school, including Head of School, SENCO and EYFS Leader and I also teach in F2 for two days per week. We have a fabulous team here at Brinsworth Howarth and wonderful children, and I feel privileged to be a part of the school. When I am not at school I love spending time with my daughter and my crazy Cockerpoo, both of whom keep me very busy!


Sarah Powell - Vice Chair 

Parent Governor

I've lived locally all my life and currently reside in Brinsworth with my husband and 2 children. I've worked for a Rotherham engineering company for the last 19 years - for the last 16 years as a Buyer. My spare time is mainly dedicated to my family, whether that be taxiing to swimming lessons or days out. I also enjoy singing with Sheffield Rock Choir and spending time with friends. My daughter moved up from Howarth to Brinsworth Academy in 2019 and my son continues to enjoy his education at Howarth.


I was asked if I'd be interested in joining our Governing Board after a chat with Mrs Crawford and subsequently took up the role in September 2015. I was re-elected to the position in 2019. I wanted to join the Governors as I have a keen personal interest in education. I believe it's our role as parents/carers, educators and the broader local community to ensure each child fulfils their own individual potential and has access to the best possible opportunities whilst growing into responsible and caring young people. I hope to be representative of our Parents whilst providing support and challenge to the school. I'm an active member of the Friends of Howarth Group who help arrange Christmas and Summer Fairs plus other fundraising activities where the monies are invested back into our school.  What I love about Howarth is our Community Feel and that our children’s education is about the whole child - their emotional and spiritual well-being is just as important as their results in Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.


Joanne Hanley

Co-opted Governor

As a child I lived on the Howarth estate and attended Brinsworth Howarth I & J school from 1976 – 1982. I currently live in Whiston with my partner Paul and my youngest daughter Katherine. For sixteen years I lived overseas in Auckland, New Zealand with my two daughters, we enjoyed an amazing lifestyle and I returned to my hometown in 2016 for my daughter to fulfil her wish to attend an English university.


Whilst in New Zealand I trained and worked as a primary school teacher and continued to do so for three years when I returned to the U.K. Last year I decided to take a break from the classroom and started a role as a carer, working with vulnerable children in residential social care – an experience that has provided a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by children who are removed from the family home. It is my desire to return to teaching once I have gained my Level 3 diploma in Social Care, which I hope to incorporate into a leadership role, supporting LAC children and their families/carers.


In my spare time I enjoy growing produce on my allotment located in Brinsworth, I am proud to be the first female to be nominated onto the Allotment committee. I love travel and each year I return to visit my second home (New Zealand) to catch up with my eldest daughter Jenny. I also now have a new appreciation of the beauty of Yorkshire and love to explore places of interest within my local countryside.


I was asked if I'd be interested in attending a Govenors meeting by a friend and fellow govenor, Sarah Powell. As I am an educator, I saw the position as an opportunity to return to Brinsworth Howarth, a school I loved as a child and the place that inspired my desire to become a teacher so many years ago. Whilst I am not working within a school as a teacher I appreciated the opportunity to experience education from a different perspective and continue to ensure that students are provided with opportunities to achieve their academic potential in a nurturing and supportive school environment. I agreed to take up the role after attending my first meeting in the Autumn of 2019 and commenced governor training shortly afterwards.


It is an honour to drive up to Brinsworth Howarth school as a governor and recall the fond memories I had when I walked over the school bridge and footpath as a child.