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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 and Safeguarding)

This is my second year  chair. My son is in key stage 2, and I also have a  daughter. I have been working with school governing bodies in Leeds for eleven 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.


Stuart Macmillan (Associate 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 my two younger children are currently attending school. 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!


Neil Webber (LEA 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 one child in school; a son in key stage 2. 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.


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,my eldest is at Abbey Grange and my other 3 children attend the school. . 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 elegencies 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.


Sanjay Patel (Elected Parent Governor)

Starting from September 2018, this is my first term as a member of the school governing body. Both my son (10) and daughter (7) already attend Meanwood CofE and both love the positive atmosphere and supportive environment that it has.

Born in London, I moved to Leeds when I was small and so definitely identify as a true Yorkshire man! We still have close roots in the Big Smoke though, travelling back regularly to see family and friends.

20 years working in the IT industry, specifically within the service and contract management sector, has led me to my current role as a Service Delivery Manager for a global Cyber Security company. Hopefully my vast experience in this area will be invaluable to my parent governor role.

Much of my free time (if I manage to get some!) is spent with my two children, mostly chauffeuring them to their various after school and weekend activities. If I get any other time outside of that I love to go camping, keep fit at the gym, and spend time out with friends and family. I’m a keen Liverpool FC supporter and hopefully, with all the practice he gets in the under 11s team, my son will be good enough to play for them in the future!

I’m really excited about this opportunity to work with the school, children of Meanwood C of E and their families and help shape a brilliant future within the community for our young people.


Rev John Rogers (Parish Priest )


Jess Jubb (West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Governor, Vice Chair 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.


Liz Canning (West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Governor)

This is my first year as a foundation governor, and I am really thrilled to be working with such a fantastic school and its hard working children and staff. Originally from North Wales, I moved to Meanwood in 1997 and haven’t looked back! My daughter has just started in reception and has experienced a very warm welcome from all children and staff at the school.

Currently, I am a 0-19 school improvement consultant for Leeds City Council. One of my roles is strategically leading and managing a secondary system led professional development programme for school subject leaders across the city and wider region. I am also a qualified mathematics teacher and have been previously been a National Strategies mathematics consultant.

In my spare time I like to swim, and be creative. I have been known to decorate celebration cakes once or twice, with the most complex one being a replica of the Old Trafford football stadium. It took nearly 22 hours to complete!

I believe that every child is entitled to the best possible education, which results in a love of learning whilst also preparing them for later life. Meanwood C of E is a very special place in which all children flourish and I am privileged to be able to support both children and staff on the journey.


Sarah Chamings (West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Governor)

I moved to Meanwood 12 years ago and I don’t think we will ever leave; the sense of community makes it a very special place. I became part of this community during my time working at Carr Manor Community School, as an advanced skills teacher and then assistant principal. I am a mathematician by trade but my passion is just teaching, seeing children learn is an absolute privilege. I am currently employed by Leeds City council as a Learning Improvement consultant and I am on the senior team of a secondary school in Keighley. My role is very varied and allows me to spend time in settings across the city, delivering training and support that hopefully impacts pupil outcomes. I believe that great schools know and work ‘with’ their pupils, delivering a rich curriculum that inspires children to become lifelong learners, I am delighted that my role as a foundation governor allows me to be part of a great school.

Outside of work I have 2 children (Mary and Harry) who keep me very busy but I manage to find time for the gym, I love cooking and long walks with my little dog (in Meanwood park of course!). I also lead sessions for ‘Kidzchurch’ regularly, you will often find me in the church hall blowing up balloons or gluing and sticking!


Verity Stewart (West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Governor)

I have lived in Meanwood for 8 years, having moved here to be with my husband who has lived here for most of his life (he attended Meanwood Primary school as child in the 1980s). I was born and raised in Sussex and we now enjoy visits as often as possible to the beautiful south coast to see family with our two young sons. I am an employment law solicitor and I currently work for central government. I have previously worked in private practice and for East Sussex County Council where I was also the education law solicitor.

There is little spare time with a young family but I enjoy dancing, Pilates and going to the theatre when I can. I also love to travel whenever I get the opportunity.


Luke Smith (Staff Governor)


Charis Charles (Parent Governor)



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



14.6.18  26.9.18 29.11.18 4.2.19 13.6.19 25.9.19 5.12.19 5.2.20 23.09.20 3.12.20 10.2.21

H Sanderson (Head)


S Macmillan


Jamie Chapman


Andy Johnson


Neil Webber 


Becky Lawrence: Chair


Jess Jubb: Vice Chair


Mark Brown


Y N Y Y N N N End of term      

John Duffy

Y Y Y Y Y Y Y End of term      
Sanjay Patel (New 26.9.18)   A Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Will Butterworth (New 26.9.18)   Y Y N A Y Res        
Liz Canning (New 26.9.18)   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Verity Stewart (New 26.9.18)   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Amanda Johnson (New 26.9.18)   Y Y Y Y Mat Leave Mat leave Mat leave N N N
Luke Smith (New 25.9.19)           Y Y Y Y Y Y
Sarah Chamings (New 26.9.18)   Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Rev John Rogers (New 25.9.19           Y Y Y A Y Y
Charis Charles (New 3.12.20)                   Y Y


Mrs Helen Eagles

Rev John Rogers
Mr Stuart Macmillan

Mr Jamie Chapman

Mrs Verity Stewart

Mr Sanjay Patel

Ms Charis Charles

Mr Neil Webber

Mrs Sarah Chamings

Mrs Jess Jubb

Mr Andy Johnson

Mrs Becky Lawrence

Mrs Liz Canning

Luke Smith


Ex-Officio (Headteacher)

West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Board

Associate Governor

Associate Governor

West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Board

Parent Representative

Parent Representative

LEA Representative

West Yorkshire and The Dales Diocesan Board

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

Teacher Representative