Mr Dave Westwell: Chair of Governors / Community Representative
I worked in education for 40 years, all of them in inner-city high schools. I relished the challenges presented to me and I thoroughly enjoyed my career. My three children attended state schools and all went on to university and successful careers. For the last eleven years of my career (1992-2003) I was deputy head at Cockburn and I played my part, as a member of a strong team, in the development of the school. Doing voluntary work was one of my aims on retirement and I was delighted to be invited to join the Governing Body in 2005 and be elected Chair in September of that year. I believe wholeheartedly in comprehensive state education and the opportunities it can give to ALL our young people. My mission as Chair of Governors is to work with governors, headteacher, staff, pupils and parents to make Cockburn the best school in Leeds and beyond. Team Cockburn is close to my heart and "Transformation to Excellence"is the road we are travelling.