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Meet the Governors

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

  • Governors know the school well. They have an accurate view of the school’s performance and undertake their statutory duties with diligence and commitment.
  • The establishment of the joint review group has helped to focus the work of governors. It has successfully strengthened governors’ role in monitoring and driving through whole-school improvements. This is evidenced by the improved outcomes since the school was last inspected.
  • Governors are reflective of their own practice and evaluate the range of skills they can offer the school. They ensure that any new appointments to the governing body have the skills required to strengthen their work further.
  • They ensure that pupils are kept safe by a raft of policies and procedures that are evaluated regularly by the designated health and safety governor. They ensure essential safeguarding training and procedures are in place.
  • Minutes of the governing body reflect the level of support and challenge offered to leaders at the school and demonstrate governors’ commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Governors know the amount of additional funding the school receives both for disadvantaged pupils and for improving physical education and sport. They know precisely how it is spent and the impact it has had.
  • Governors have ensured the school has procedures to manage the performance of staff




Nick BurrowsChair of Governors

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.  



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 - Foundation Governor

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.



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.



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.


Kristel Graham - Foundation Governor

My name is Kristel Graham and I have been a foundation governor at St Matthews since 2018 and I also sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee.

Originally from Lancashire, I moved to Yorkshire for University and settled in Leeds fifteen years ago. I love living in this part of Leeds and being part of such a great community and member of the congregation at St Matthews church. 

Through my career as a solicitor I’ve built up a number of skills which are useful to me as a governor and I currently work as Senior In House Counsel for an IT company. 

I have two children and my oldest child attends St Matthews. One of the reasons we chose St Matthews was due to its sense of community and nurturing environment where children can really thrive and develop all of their abilities and I’m keen to use my role as a governor to support the school to enable it to be the best that it can be.

In my spare time I love spending time with my family, eating out and then counteracting this by exercising; in particular I enjoy swimming, pilates and weight training. I also love exploring different countries and cultures by travelling whenever possible.


Feel free to come and say hello if you see me in the playground.

Anna Hawksley- Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor with two children at St Matthews. I work at NHS Digital as a programme manager which is a varied role including leadership, stakeholder engagement, budget management and project management.

I am so pleased to be a Parent Governor supporting the school to continue to provide a safe welcoming environment for our children.


Colin Powell - Foundation Governor

I serve on the resources committee. I hope to bring my long and diverse experiences in education to this school to help to make it a wonderful place for local children to learn and grow securely within.

I am a retired teacher having taught at a very large school in Wakefield for 25 years. I have also been a Governor there for fifteen years. Prior to my teaching career, I was a Civil Servant for 15 years. I am originally from Portsmouth but have lived in Leeds since 1989 where I gained an MA in art and design at Leeds University.

I live locally with my wife and we enjoy helping to look after our grandchildren. I enjoy being part of the congregation at St. Matthew’s Church where I am a Deputy Church Warden. My interests include history, football, photography, art, and chess.


Darren Greenwood - Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor and a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. I have specific responsibility for the Key Stage 2 curriculum and am currently the Link Governor for a Year 3 class. I have two children at St Matthew’s, but my work as a university lecturer gives me a perspective on education from the other end of the age range too. I am part of a local church and share the school’s Christian values as it serves the wider community in an environment where children from all backgrounds are valued.



Claire Dodd - Local Authority Governor

I joined the Governing Body in March 2018 as a Local Authority Governor and I am a member of the Resources Committee. I have two children, one of which is currently in Year 6 and my other one has since left the school to move on to high school.

I remember attending St Matthew’s as a child and feel the school has continued to be a warm, welcoming and friendly place for children and I am delighted that my own children have had the very same experience. I currently work for Leeds City Council in the Education Safeguarding Team, supporting schools with their safeguarding arrangements, but when not at work I enjoy cycling, running and attending the Park Run on a Saturday morning.

Please feel free to talk to me when you are in and around school.


Claire Vandevelde - Parent Governor

I have completed almost a year as a Parent Governor and I’m involved with the Teaching and Learning Committee. My linked class is 1HA.

Originally from Lancashire (sorry!), I have lived in Leeds for 11 years and have a son at St. Matthew’s.

I work part-time as an NHS hospital consultant and the challenges and joys of working in this role has given me skills that I am keen to use to support both the governing body and the school as a whole.  In my free time I like to do triathlons and grow veg on my allotment.

Please come and chat if you see me in the playground before or after school!


Mary Barnes - Foundation Governor

Having recently become a mum and being part of the church I was keen to be a foundation governor. I am a business and sales professional in the NHS and I hope my enthusiastic positive personality and analytical business skills will be of use. I am married to a maths teacher and live in Chapel Allerton. For fun I do Zumba on Tuesdays and enjoy a nice meal on a Friday night!