Dr Samantha Pugh (Safeguarding Lead)
Samantha is currently a Governor at Archbishop Holgate’s School where she chairs the Pastoral Committee, is a member of the Curriculum Committee and the Foundation Governors Committee, and is the Safeguarding Expert Governor. She has a deep understanding of the priorities and challenges within secondary education, both locally and nationally. She also understands the importance of an organisation’s values in successfully achieving its mission.
She was previously a governor at Wilberfoss CE Primary School for seven years. During this time, she established and chaired the Curriculum and Standards Committee and also had the roles of SEN Governor, Training Link Governor and Science Link Governor. She has a deep understanding of the challenges that primary schools face and the decision-making regarding their priorities. As a MAT Trustee, Samantha is looking forward to supporting and challenging the MAT, to improve educational outcomes and opportunities for students across the City of York.
Samantha is a Lecturer in STEM Education at the University of Leeds and a National Teaching Fellow. She has over 15 years’ experience of teaching and curriculum development, particularly focusing on professional development and business collaboration. She has broad and deep understanding of education, and also of governance structures associated with such organisations. She has been a member of the Taught Student Education Board for 5 years, whose role is to set the University’s strategy, cascade those decisions down to faculties and schools, and then act upon feedback whilst balancing external stakeholders and government policy. This ‘helicopter view’ of an educational establishment will be valuable as a MAT Trustee. She is also a director of Project Dexterity Ltd; providing consultancy services and training in all aspects of project management.
On a more personal note, Samantha is married to Simon and they have three children at secondary school. She enjoys cycling, dancing, running, and loves live music and musical theatre.