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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 13 members on the Governing Body. We currently have a vacancy for a foundation governor.

 

 

Should you wish to contact the Chair of Governors you may write to them via the school office.

Alan Gomersall, Chair of Governors
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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

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

Safeguarding

Finance, Premises and Personnel

reappointed until 19.3.21

 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
Mrs Corinna Washbrook
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Corinna was elected to the governing body by St Leonard's Church Parish Council in January 2019. 

Corinna has a BA (Hons) in sculpture, MA in Museum & Gallery Management, and is completing a BSc in Biological Sciences.  During her career she has worked in various museums and commercial art galleries, many of which were scientific. Corinna then worked in the Queen Square Brain Bank as a lab assistant, before having children. Since then she has acted as the Chair of Heath Barn Preschool and is currently the Parish Administrator for St Leonards Church. Corinna has her own bouncy castle micro business, and has just taken on the role of Hockliffe Parish and Cemetery Clerk.

 

Corinna lives in Heath and Reach with her partner Mark Thomas, who is a Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at UCL. She has two daughters who currently attend St Leonard's Lower.  

 

 

Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests

Foundation

PCC

STEM subjects Curriculum and Standards until 01.01.23 Chair of Heath Barn Pre School committee

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 who have attended 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   

 

School Sports

Health and Safety

Finance, Premises and Personnel (chair) until 01.09.20 None None None
Mr Dean Clarke
Dean joined as a Foundation Governor in February 2018 and has 2 children who have attended 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

Governor Training Computing Finance, premises and Personnel until 24.2.22 None

Wife is an employee of the school

 

Works for Microsoft
Mrs Kim Anwyl
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Kim was appointed to the governing body by St Leonard's Church PCC in January 2019.  She has been an active member of St Leonard’s church since January 2018. Kim retired from her Nursing  career of 35 years in 2014. Since then she has enjoyed focusing more time on her family, including her lovely Grandchildren. Kim is pleased to be supporting the local church school as a governor. 
Category Responsibility Committee Membership Term of Office

Governance roles in other institutions

Relationship School/Staff

Business/Pecuniary interests

Foundation

PCC

RE and Collective Worship Curriculum and Standards until 01.01.23 None None None
Mr James Newens
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James Newens currently has 2 daughters attending St Leonards School and one currently at Heath Barn Pre School.  James has been a Quantity Surveyor working for a main contractor in the Construction Industry for over 20 years, and has previous experience in School refurbishment projects. James lives in Heath and Reach with his wife Joanne, who is a Teaching assistant at the School.
Category Responsibility Committee membership Term of office Governance roles in other institutions Relationship school/staff Business/Pecuniary interests
Parent Governor   Finance, Premises and Personnel until 12th September 2023  None wife employed at school James works for  large construction and property services company as a surveyor. He has been involved with a variety of school refurbishment projects. 

 

 
 
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

Attendance at Governors Meetings 2018-19

Name of Governor Total number of committee meetings possible Committee meetings attended Total number of Full Governing Body meetings possible Full Governing Body meetings attended
Alan Gomersall 7 5 5 4
Simon Longstaffe 3 3 5 4
Sarah Bowley 7 7 5 5
Siobhan Ryan 3 2 5 5
Margaret Smithers 4 2 5 5
Caroline Versallion 3 3 5 5
Sally Buttery 4 3 5 5
Steve Barrett 4 4 5 5
Charlotte Boyce 0 0 1 1
Bede Falconer 1 0 2 0
Dean Clarke 4 3 5 3
Robert Lamont 3 1 4 3
Noel McGeeney 3 2 5 3
Danielle Lambert 1 0 1 1
Corinna Washbrook 2 1 3 2
Kim Anwyl     3 3