Welcome to our 'Meet the Governors’ section
Please find below details of who is in our Governing body. You may also like to see the link at the bottom of this page to how our Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.
We hope that the pictures of all of our Governors will assist you in putting a name to a face!
Our last Ofsted visit in May 2016 reported:
The governance of the school
Richard Irvine - Chair of Governors
Hello, I'm Richard Irvine and I am the Chair of Governors at St Matthew's. I have 3 children - my older boys have passed through the school and are now at Abbey Grange and my daughter still attends. This is my twelfth year as a St Matthew's parent.
I trained as an accountant and spent 10 years in practice before moving to Education Leeds and then North Yorkshire County Council taking up head of service roles, working with schools. Last year I moved into the NHS. In my own time I enjoy running and am an athletics coach leading the junior section at a local club. As a volunteer some of you may see me at Junior Parkrun in Roundhay Park. Like Mr Morton I am a Preston North End fan and do my best to get to a few matches through the season.
I have been a governor for 7 years, first as a parent governor and now as a foundation governor. This year I am delighted to take up the role of chair. Previously I have been chair of the Performance Management Committee and the Pupil Support Committee. My linked class is 5BR. Prior to being a governor I was a member of SMART and going back a bit further I worked with the school to achieve the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard.
Rod Ash- Chair of Resources Committee
Hello I’m Rod Ash and I’ve been a Governor at St Matthews since the start of the century. I’m the treasurer for the governors and chair the Resources committee. Both my sons attended St Matthews. Martin recently graduated with a masters’ degree from Loughborough University and Will has nearly completed a similar degree at Leeds University.
I work for the global Health Care company Smith & Nephew as one of their finance team. My job involves a lot of travel both in the UK and around the world. I also Chair the Leeds Schools’ Forum which provides financial support to the Council in relation to Education expenditure.
I really enjoy being a governor at St Matthews not just because it gives me an insight into all the great work and achievements of the children living around my home, but being part of a fantastically diverse and dedicated group, that the governors of St Matthews are.
Lucy Wheeler- Foundation Governor and Vice Chair
Hello, I'm Lucy Wheeler and I have been a governor at St Matthew's since 2009. Both of my teenage daughters attended St Matthew's when they were younger and are now at Abbey Grange.
I trained as a Zoologist and a teacher and since 1992 have worked for The Conservation Volunteers, establishing and now managing Skelton Grange Environment Centre in South Leeds.
I am the lead governor for Early Years and my link class is RIC. I chair the Teaching and Learning Committee and sit on the Pay and Performance Management Committee.
Reverend David Robinson
I have been Vicar of our Church for 5 years, previously being at Shipley, Keighley and Bramhope. After leaving university I was a Probation Officer in Bradford.
I am married with two grown up children. I enjoy good food, holidays in Italy and the sound of children at playtime!
I lead assemblies both in school and in church. Together with staff from school and members of the church, we welcome pupils, parents and families to be part of the church community through visits, services and other activities.
Mr Morton - Teacher Governor
My name is Mr Morton and I am a Teacher Governor and a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. I enjoy running (some of you may have seen me at Running club) and I play lots of sports. I am a keen Preston North End fan (no laughing please!) and can often be found at Old Trafford during the summer watching my beloved Lancashire Cricket Club (sorry!). Say hello to me if you see me around school.
Hashim Bashir- Local Education Authority Governor
Hello, I’m Hashim Bashir – I sit on both the resources and teaching/learning committees. I am passionate about education/empowerment and diversity/inclusion as I believe it to be a crucial ingredient for a progressive and prosperous future society. I overcame many hurdles through both primary and secondary school with low expected grades but my resilience led to me emerging from the deep end as determined as ever and if I could do it, I honestly believe anyone can!! My motto is: short term pain, long term gain!
I currently work as a credit risk analyst at Lloyds Banking Group whilst also studying Economics at the University of Leeds. As a business orientated individual I set my own market stall up at the age of 15 and have since sold anything from backscratchers and walking sticks to designer watches! I am a keen sportsman with particular interest in football and cricket; however recently I am referring to this as ‘was’ since I rarely get time to play, although in my footballing heydays I was likened to David Seaman, which was no mean feat!
Adrian Quinney- Foundation Governor
Originally from Birmingham, I moved to Chapel Allerton in 2015 with my partner Anne. Anne's grandson attends St Matthews School. My own two grown up children live in Worcestershire. Leeds has now become my new much loved home. I particularly enjoy the surrounding countryside, Dales, Moors, and the coast. I also a member of St Matthew’s Church Choir.
I now work at St James Hospital as an e-Procurement Systems Training Manager, but have served in the British Army for 23 years. In that time I qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. This took me to work for 5 years with the NHS in Worcestershire and 10 years with Birmingham City Council in a Finance role.
With over 40 years in the Public Sector I believe I have skills and experience that can be used to promote a very successful St Matthews School. I see my role as listening to all staff, parents and all interested parties in getting the best from limited resources. I believe strongly in Christian values and that pupils should be proud of the school they attend and have respect for all.
Nick Burrows- Parent Governor
My name is Nick Burrows ), I am a Board Director at TRO (The Experience Agency) and I am passionate about creating marketing campaigns that create value for brands and consumers. My role at work requires me to lead teams that deal with large amounts of money and projects with various stakeholders. I endeavour to bring those relevant experiences from work to the Governing Board and help St Matthews flourish. My daughter (Annabel, aged 7) is in her 4th year at St Matthews and my son (Noah, aged 4) will hopefully join in Autumn 2016.
Kate Abbott- Foundation Governor
Hello! I sit on the Pupil support committee and also help oversee Health and Safety at school. My link class is 3CF. This is my first Academic year as a Governor and so far I am really enjoying it.
At University I trained as a classical musician and now teach my specialist instruments; flute and harp, to students across Leeds and Bradford both in school and privately. I am also a tutor for an Arts company who specialise in teaching children who have difficulty staying in mainstream school, both primary and secondary.
In my spare time I enjoy walking my chocolate Labrador Monty, Baking and anything that involves being creative!
Johny Blanc- Foundation Governor
My link to St Matthew’s Primary School is an extension of worshiping at the church. As such, I am a Foundation Governor rather than a parent of children who attends the school. My working background is within Children’s Social Services, which goes some way to help in my roles as the Lead Governor for Child Protection, Safeguarding and Health & Safety; I also Chair the Pupil Support Committee. I have two children, live locally and am passionate that all children should have the best opportunities to reach their full potential both academically and socially.
Paul Mackreth- Vice Chair and Communication Governor
I am a one of the two elected Parent Governors. I took on this role in 2013 and have a tenure of 4 years. I was keen to work as part of the Governing Body as I have two children in school- now in years 6 and 3.
Since I took on the role there has been a lot of change in Primary Education. Being a Parent Governor gives you the insight into the school ‘behind the scenes’- I continue to be amazed by the hard work and dedication that the staff at the school put into supporting our children.
I have held a number of roles, currently I am a co-vice chair and take responsibility for Key Stage-2. I also am responsible for the Governors communication. I hope that these pages give you some information, but as ever they will not replace face to face conversations.