Philippa Darbandi

Director of Operations & Educational Visits

I started out studying a Degree in Events Management in Leeds. I then went to work in recruitment for a large PLC running offices in Leeds and York. After taking time to have a family I began working at Bradford Academy in 2013 as Organisation & Development Manager and then progressed to be Director of Operations and Educational Visits in 2016.

As the Director of Operations at the Academy I deal with organisation and co-ordination of day-to-day operations and events within the Academy. The role includes Academy trips and ensuring that we have extra-curricular activities and opportunities for our learners the provided further enrichment and experiences. A key part in this is ensuring they are appropriate and safe. I represent the Academy at appeals and work with my team in providing front of house reception support ensuring high levels of customer service for parents/carers, learners and commercial partners. One of the key focuses of my role is ensuring that operational support is effective and efficient to allow us to provide the best possible education and opportunities for our learners.  

My ambition for our learners is that they manage to gain experiences and key life skills that will aid them to reach their full potential, this allowing them to move forward successfully in life and with their careers on a path they choose.

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