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Meanwood Church Of England Governing Body is made up of a strong, supportive and dedicated group of people who strive to push the school forward and maintain the school's already outstanding reputation.

 

Becky Lawrence (Chair -West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Governor and Governor with Responsibility for Child Protection)

This is my second year as a Foundation governor at Meanwood and first year as chair. My son is in Year 2, and I also have a one year old daughter. I have been working with school governing bodies in Leeds for nine years, first as a clerk to various primary and secondary school governing bodies, then as a community governor in another local primary school, where I currently chair the governing body. I was born and went to schools in Leeds and I work for Leeds City Council in a data analysis role within children's services. Much of my work involves statistical analysis about learning outcomes for children and young people in Leeds schools, and how schools, and services that work with schools, can use this intelligence to keep on making things better for all children in the city. I am a member of the teaching and learning and pupil support committee, which I very much enjoy. My outlook on education is that great schools are places where children become confident and independent learners, whose love of learning means they set high expectations for themselves, just as their teachers do. Before I became involved in school governance, I was a volunteer mentor to pupils in inner-city Leeds secondary schools; encouraging them to aspire to post-16 study. This also contributed to my belief that all children and young people have unique talents and that schools who know their pupils well, and personalise the support they offer, can make a phenomenal difference as children are growing up. In my spare time I am a club runner for Horsforth Harriers. I compete at various distances and particularly enjoy the winter cross-country leagues, so I am thrilled that even the very youngest children at Meanwood get the opportunity to participate in this sport!

 

I am proud to be the Chair of Governors in such an outstanding school and to lead a committed , energetic set of people whose common goal is to continue to seek to improve even further.

 

becky.lawrence@meanwood.leeds.sch.uk

 

Rev Canon Kingsley Dowling (Vice Chair-West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Governor )

My name is Kingsley Dowling and I am married to Janet.

 

I was born in Leeds and before ordination worked in Marketing for Yorkshire Electricity.  So, I am a Leeds lad who grew up in Leeds and interestingly I actually went to St Thomas Aquinas Grammar School (now Cardinal Heenan) which is in the parish!

 

During the past fourteen years I have been Vicar of Wortley and for the past 6 years Vicar of Wortley & Farnley.  During that time, I was School Governor at my local Primary School.  I was Area Dean for 5 years and for the past year have been Leeds Urban Parish Development Officer for Leeds Archdeaconry, although that wouldn’t all fit on my visiting card!

 

I am very excited about working here in Meanwood and being involved with the school.  I am very keen to encourage and develop a close relationship between church and school.

 

I love going to the gym and enjoy spending time with my family.

 

I am very much looking forward to being involved in our community.

 

kingsley.dowling@meanwood.leeds.sch.uk

 

Stuart Macmillan (West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Governor) 

I am a project manager/independent consultant for an ICT company. Originally born in Berkshire I have lived and worked in Leeds for the past sixteen years. My family consists of one wife and three boys! My eldest,Jay, has now left Meanwood and of the two younger children, one has just entered reception. I served as Vice Chair on the Governing Body for 5 years before taking up the position of chair in 2012, which I relinquished recently to Becky Lawrence. My most challenging task as chair was the consideration of the conversion of school to Academy status in a multi academy trust. I don't really have a lot of time for hobbies as my wife is a crazed roller derby nut and does it three times a week, leaving me with the children. If I do get 5 minutes I like to watch rugby on television or watch Jay play. My favourite food is surf and turf and I like to listen to a range of music, as long as it doesn’t include drum and bass or garage!

 

stuart.macmillan@meanwood.leeds.sch.uk

 

Shahid Nazir (LEA Governor)

I am a lawyer who currently works for Bradford City Council as Director of Commissioning and Procurement. Born in Huddersfield, I have always lived and worked in Yorkshire in Yorkshire: prior to my current post, I was a lawyer for fifteen years. I have served on the Governing Body for three years and have been Vice Chair. I have been married to my wife, who is a Doctor , for twenty years. All of my three daughters have been through school, having transferred there from GSAL when my oldest daughter was 9. She recently took her GCSEs.

For fun I race karts, am part of a karting league and compete about once per month. This year I went to SPA to watch the F1 grand prix . It is fair to say I am a speed demon! My favourite food is fish and chips and in accordance with my religion, Islam, I am tea total. When asked the question what kind of music I listen to, I would like to reply “Radio 4.” But in reality, I have to listen to Radio Aire or Heart or whatever my daughters wish to have on the radio....!

 

shahid.nazir@meanwood.leeds.sch.uk

 

Neil Webber (Elected Parent Governor)

I am the most recent addition to the school’s governing body; elected in March 2015. Originally from Leicester (the home of many great and wonderful people) I have lived in Leeds for over 20 years and currently work in the town planning department of Leeds City council.  I have two children in school; a daughter in year 6 and a son in year 3. My favourite food is roast lamb and lemon meringue pie (preferably not on the same plate) and when I get time I like brewing my own beer and wine. Music is my big passion and I enjoy going to gigs and playing the guitar. I also enjoy football and support Leicester City.

 

neil.webber@meanwood.leeds.sch.uk

 

John Duffy(Elected Parent Governor)

I was appointed Parent Governor in June 2016 and I am the father of a daughter currently in year 4. I came to study law at the University of Leeds in the early 1990s and have never moved away. For the last 16 years I have lived here in Meanwood.

 
I qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and I am a restructuring lawyer at a large international commercial law firm.
 
Away from work I am a football fan and after 7 years in the Championship I am finally celebrating Middlesbrough's return to the Premier League. I am interested in music although my singing and guitar playing are not necessarily improving with age

 

john.duffy@meanwood.leeds.sch.uk

 

Gemma Walmsley (West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Governor)

Elected to the governing body 3 years ago, I have thoroughly enjoyed becoming an active member of the school community. I have lived in Meanwood all my life and attended the school during the 80’s and 90’s. I have 2 daughters, the eldest is currently in year 2 and the other has just started in reception. I currently work for a sports company in Headingley, which organises sporting activities for children in the local area. My favourite meal is a roast dinner, especially on a Sunday with my family. I love Elvis Presley and regularly attend tribute gigs.

 

gemma.walmsley@meanwood.leeds.sch.uk

 

Andy Johnson (West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Governor)

Born in Durham in the 1970’s, I moved down to Leeds about 15 years ago and have settled in one of the nicest places in the world: Meanwood. I have 3 daughters and 1 son, all of which are at school apart from the my youngest daughter who has only just had her 1st birthday. My favourite food is curry (the spicier the better) and I like to cycle and keep fit in my spare time. I am a very keen Newcastle United fan, although I did think of changing elegancies after last season. I believe that Meanwood CofE offers the best possible education for children as it helps them to excel academically as well as socially and emotionally develop into well rounded and balanced young people.

 

andy.johnson@meanwood.leeds.sch.uk

 

Janet Turner (West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Governor)

 

I am a Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.   This is my second term of office as a Governor and I am currently a member of the Resources and Pay Committees.  I have been associated with Meanwood C of E Primary School for seventeen years.   When my daughter attended the school I was Treasurer of the Parents Association.  

 

For over twenty five years I worked in retail banking.  I transferred to education ten years ago and work as a business manager at a local high school.  I have a degree in School Business Management. 

I have lived in Meanwood for twenty five years.  I worship at Holy Trinity Church Meanwood where I have been a member of the Parochial Church Council for many years. I am the Church Endowment Treasurer. 

 

I bring a number of skills to my position as Governor and use my work experience in business, finance and risk management to help the school make effective use of its resources and raise standards.  As a Foundation Governor, I promote the Christian ethos of the school to ensure all pupils achieve their full potential through excellent teaching in a supportive, caring environment. 

 

janet.turner@meanwood.leeds.sch.uk

 

Chris Needham (West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Governor)

 

I came to Meanwood in 1973 to work at the local Hospital in the catering department.

I met my wife at the hospital, we married in 1977 and lived in Church Avenue.

We have two children both born in the 1980s and we have two grandchildren aged four and eighteen months.

Both my children attended Meanwood C of E Primary School.

I previously served ten years as a Foundation Governor at the school and returned to the role after retiring from my job as a Facilities Manager at Joseph Priestley College three years ago.

I like watching football and walking my daughters dogs which I do three times a week.

I also like to travel especially on cruises to see different parts of the world, try out new foods and see different cultures.

I believe that ever one should have a right to a good education no matter what their circumstances or where in the world they live. It is disappointing to see the children in some countries that I have visited that do not get the opportunities to attend school like we have in Meanwood. Many are forced to work or beg on the streets to help support their families instead of going to school. We should be grateful and make the most of the opportunities we are given here in Meanwood.

 

chris.needham@meanwood.leeds.sch.uk

 

 

 

Jess Jubb (West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Governor and SEN Governor)

I joined the Governing Body in Sept 2015 as a Foundation Governor appointed by Holy Trinity Meanwood where I have been a member of the PCC (Parochial Church Council) for a number of years.

 

I travelled from The New Forest to Leeds in 1996 to study at the University of Leeds and never looked back!  I have 17 years’ experience in the financial sector,  currently working in partnership management for a large UK insurer.  I have slightly less experience as a parent of two boys, whom are happily settled in Meanwood school and are growing both academically and in the own personal development.  I appreciate the opportunity to have my turn to support  the school, in maintaining  the excellent reputation and results it achieves. 

 

As a family we do still visit the New Forest, the frequency of the trips has been impacted by our love of the Yorkshire Coastline and Northumberland.

 

jess.jubb@meanwood.leeds.sch.uk

 

Mark Brown (Associate Governor)

I joined the Governing Body in 2016 as an Associate Governor. I live in Meanwood, am married to Estelle and we have three young children, one of which is at the school. I am also Church Warden at Holy Trinity and for several years have been a member of the PCC. When “needs must” I also “fill in” as reserve organist, having been involved in music from a young age, I am a very average guitar play and frankly appalling on the Trombone.

 

Raised in Sussex, I moved to Yorkshire in 1987 to study at Huddersfield graduating with a BA in Business Studies. I have spent the past 25 years or so working in Business Banking and the Asset Based Lending sector, culminating in setting up my own Corporate Finance Brokerage in 2011. I bring a strong blend of financial and business knowledge to the team.

 

Being a parent though is by far the most rewarding (and challenging role), my children love where we live, and my eldest could not be happier at the school. I welcome the opportunity to do whatever I can to support the school and its excellent staff in continuing to achieve the high standards they have set

 

mark.brown@meanwood.leeds.sch.uk

 

 

Governor Attendance

 

Governors Attendance Sheet (Full Governing Body)

Y= Governor present

N= Not in attendance

A=Apologies were accepted

NA= Apologies given but not accepted

Res= Resigned

Name

16.10.14

11.12.14

25.2.15

4.6.15

7.10.15

24.2.16

16.6.16

6.10.16

30.11.16 23.2.17

H Sanderson (Head)

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y Y

S Macmillan

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

Y (late)

N

Y

N Y

Rev James Barnett

Y

A

N

Res

 

 

 

 

   

Jamie Chapman

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y Y

Jo Ramsden

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Res

 

 

   

Naomi Robson

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y Y

Gemma Walmsley

Y

Y

A

Y

Y

A

A

Y

Y Y

Rev Chris Orme

Res

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Rev Kingley Dowling

 

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

A

Y Y

Shahid Nazir

N

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

A Y

Andy Johnson

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Y

Y A

Gary Wilson-Poe

Y

Res

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Chris Needham

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y Y

Janet Turner

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

A Y

Neil Webber (New 2.2.15)

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y Y

Becky Lawrence - Chair (New 2.12.15)

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y Y

Jess Jubb (New 7.10.15)

 

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

A Y

Mark Brown

(New 16.6.16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y Y

John Duffy (New 16.6.16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y Y

Mrs. H. Sanderson
Mr. S. Macmillan
Mr S. Nazir
Mr. N. Webber

Mr.J. Duffy

Mr M. Brown

Rev K Dowling

Mrs.J. Jubb
Mr. A. Johnson

Mrs B. Lawrence
Mrs. J. Turner
Mr. C. Needham
Mrs. G. Walmsley
Mrs. N. Robson
Mr. J. Chapman

Ex-Officio (Headteacher)

West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Board 
LEA Representative 
Parent Representative

Parent Representative

Associate Governor

West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Board (Vice-chair)

West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Board
West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Board

West Yorkshire and The Dales  Diocesan Board (Chair)
West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Board
West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Board
West Yorkshire and The Dales  Diocesan Board
Teacher Representative 
Associate Governor

 

 

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