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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our governors' section.

 

The Governors of St. Leonard’s Lower School play an important role and are fully involved in the life of the school, helping to set the school's vision and aims and ensuring accountability.  Our Governors are a committed group of elected and co-opted volunteers who help the school provide the best possible education for its pupils.

The Governing Body meets at least once each term.  Minutes of recent meetings of the Governors are available from the school office.

 

There are currently 14 members on the Governing Body.

 

Should you wish to contact the Governors you may write to them via the school office or email stleonards@cbc.beds.sch.uk

Alan Gomersall, Chair of Governors
Picture 1

Alan joined the governing body as a Foundation Governor in 2004 and shortly after took over as Chair. He is a Mechanical Engineer and Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London. Alan has a keen interest in the environmental subjects in the curriculum.

Category Responsibility

Committee

Membership

 Term of Office

Governance roles in

other institutions

Relationship

School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary

interests

Foundation

PCC

Vulnerable Children

Curriculum and Standards

Finance, Premises and
Personnel

reappointed until

1.11.20

None None None

Mr Simon Longstaffe, Vice Chair

Simon Longstaffe became a governor in 2013 as a Parish Council representative. He has since been co-opted onto the Governing Body. Simon has two children at the school. He is a Regional Director for Faithful+Gould, an infrastructure cost management company.

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
Co-opted Maths

 

Curriculum and Standards (chair)

 

reappointed until 2.7.2020 None None None

Rev’d Noel McGeeney (ex-officio)

 

Revd. Noel McGeeney is an ex officio member of the Governing Body as vicar of St Leonard’s Parish Church.

Noel delivers Collective Worship weekly at school; he has also participated in RE lessons and accompanied children on faith tours. As a vicar and pastor he enjoys being a resource and support to the teachers, staff and the Governing Body.

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
Ex Officio

Distinctiveness and

Effectiveness as a Church

School

Curriculum and Standards N/A None None None

Mrs Margaret Smithers

 

Margaret Smithers has been a governor for many years. She was re-appointed in 2014 by the PCC. Margaret’s three children previously attended St. Leonard’s Lower. She originally worked in a large financial company as a personnel manager. She re-trained when her children were young and is now the Pre-School Manager at Heath Barn Pre School.

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests

Foundation

PCC

Early years

Finance, Premises and Personnel

reappointed until 19.3.18

 None

None

Manager Barn

Preschool

Mrs Sally Buttery

Sally Buttery was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2016 by the PCC of St Leonard's Church and is a regular and active member of St Leonard’s congregation. Sally is an independent business consultant and is a volunteer business consultant for Cranfield University Trust,  supporting charities in Bedfordshire to set out strategies and policies for growth.

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests

Foundation

PCC

More Able Children Finance, Premises and Personnel until 01.11.20 None None None
Mr Robert Lamont
Robert was appointed as a foundation governor in February 2018. He originally worked at an international music company and has served as a leader and pastor of local churches.
All four grandchildren have attended the school.

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests

Foundation

DBE

Collective Worship Curriculum and Standards until 24.02.22 None

Daughter is an employee of the school.

Related to Dean Clarke

None

Mrs Charlotte Boyce

 

Charlotte Boyce joined the Governing Body in September 2014. Her family regularly attend St Leonard’s Church as she was appointed by the Parish Church Council. She has two children at St. Leonard’s. After graduating from university Charlotte worked as an account manager. Since having children she has worked closer to home in an administrative role within the NHS.

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Govenrance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests

Foundation

PCC

Religious Education

 

Curriculum and Standards

Finance Premises and Personnel

until 01.09.18 None None None

Mrs Caroline Versallion

Caroline Versallion is an LA representative on the Governing body. She was re-elected in 2017. Caroline has four boys, who have all attended St Leonard's. Caroline has a degree in fashion, she previously ran her own couture wedding dress business.

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
LA SEND Curriculum and Standards until 31.08.2020

None

None

Husband is a Councillor

for Central Bedfordshire

Mr Steve Barrett

Steve Barrett became a governor in 2016.  He has two daughters at the school.  Steve is a qualified accountant and he set up his own accountancy business three years ago, which is based in Leighton Buzzard. 
Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
Parent   

Governor Training

 School Sports

Health and Safety

Finance, Premises and Personnel (chair) until 01.09.20 None None None

Mrs Danielle Lambert

Danielle Lambert was elected as a parent governor in 2015. She has one child at St Leonard's. Danielle is a secondary school teacher of French and Spanish. She previously worked in account management in the finance sector.

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
Parent

Literacy

Safeguarding

Curriculum and Standards until 24.9.19 None None None
Mr Dean Clarke
Dean joined as a Foundation Governor in February 2018 and has 2 children currently attending the school. He has served previously within church leadership and actively participated in running a church youth group. Dean manages a business unit within Microsoft that supports their enterprise customers within both the public and private sector.
Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests

Foundation

DBE

Computing Finance, premises and Personnel until 24.2.22 None

Wife is an employee of the school

Related to Robert Lamont

Works for Microsoft
Mrs Siobhan Ryan 
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Siobhan has been a teacher at St Leonard's for 15 years. She is also the senior teacher at school and part of the school leadership team. Siobhan is proud to be serving on the governing body as a staff representative. She is also a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Siobhan joined the governing body in September 2017. 
Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
Staff   Curriculum and Standards until 01.09.21 None Employee of the school None
Mrs Sarah Bowley

Sarah Bowley has been Headteacher of the school since 2010. She is proud of the successes that the school has seen during her time as head. Sarah attends all governors meetings and is a member of all committees. Sarah is a Central Bedfordshire Leader in

Education and has supported other Central Bedfordshire Lower Schools. 

 

 

 

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests
ex officio   All committees N/A None employee of the school None
Br. Bede Christopher Falconer.
 
Bede is a professed Benedictine brother of the Community of Solitude, an international monastic community. He is a Churchwarden of St Leonard's Parish Church and a trained Spiritual Director in the diocese. He joined the governing body in February 2018.
Category Responsibility

Committee

Membership

 Term of Office

 Goverance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests

Foundation

PCC

Science/Eco Schools

Curriculum and Standards

appointed until

24.02.22

None None None

Governor's Attendance at Meetings 2016-17

 

Governor

Total possible number of committee meetings

Total committee meetings attended

% attended

Total possible FGB

Total attended

% attended

Total possible number of meetings

Attended

Percentage attended

Alan Gomersall

7

5

71%

5

4

80%

12

9

75%

Simon Longstaffe

3

3

100%

5

5

100%

8

8

100%

Sarah Bowley

7

7

100%

5

5

100%

12

12

100%

Laura James

3

2

67%

5

4

80%

8

6

75%

Caroline Versallion

3

3

100%

5

5

100%

8

8

100%

Charlotte Boyce

3

2

67%

5

3

60%

8

5

63%

Danielle Lambert

3

3

100%

5

3

60%

8

6

75%

Sally Buttery

4

4

100%

5

4

80%

9

8

89%

Steve Barrett

4

3

75%

5

5

100%

9

8

89%

Margaret Smithers

4

3

75%

5

5

100%

9

8

89%

Rev’d Noel McGeeney

3

0

0%

5

1

20%

8

1

12.5%