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EAST SPECIALIST INCLUSIVE LEARNING CENTRE

Our Governors

Governor Information

Stuart McFarlane – Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at John Jamieson since the autumn term in 2016 and prior to that I was a community governor for 10 years at Lawnswood School which is local to where I live.

I am currently Chair on the Governing Body and sit on 2 committees. I also have responsibility amongst the governors for data protection and health and safety.

In my working life I was a qualified solicitor and after 7 years in private practice I joined the in-house legal team at Yorkshire Water. After 25 years with the company, where I became Head of Legal and Company Secretary, I retired in December 2014.

 In  my spare time I try and keep fit and healthy and pursue various leisure activities usually involving holidays, reading, cinema going and music.

 

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

30/06/2025

 

Russell Trigg – Vice Chair  Co-Opted Governor

I have been a Governor at the East SILC since 2015. I sit on the Curriculum and Welfare, the Resources and the Health & Safety and Premises Committees. I am also the school's Mental Health Governor.

I was a professional dancer before working in Education, in the Higher and Further Education sectors; working as a Teacher, Lecturer and Senior Manager. This has included co-ordinating and apprenticeship scheme for dancers, facilitating their entry to the professional world. 

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

07/02/2024

 

Louise Quinn - Executive Principal

Louise is Executive Principal of the East SILC. 

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

Ex-Officio

Jack Clark - Co-Opted Governor

I retired from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1996 after a long career in education. During this time I was a parent governor at a middle school where my family attended. I became a governor at John Jamieson in 1985 and remained a governor and Vice Chair of the Governing Body until the present time.

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

12/02/2027

Lisa Dunn – Staff Governor

I am the Finance Manager at the East SILC and I've worked here since 2006. I became staff governor in February 2019 because I feel I can contribute greatly to the East SILC and put staff views forward to the Governors.

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

13/02/2027

Emma Sidebottom – Co-Opted Governor

I became a Co-Opted governor at the East SILC in February 2018. My term of office was renewed for a further 4 years from 2022.

I work in the Paediatric Surgical Department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Many of my patients attend the East SILC schools or similar schools throughout Yorkshire so I learn a lot from my role as a governor but also insights from my work can be valuable to the Governor’s and committee meetings I attend.

I am the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding.

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

26/02/2026

Caroline Foster – Co-Opted Governor

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

05/02/2024

Louisa Smedley– Parent/ Carer Governor

I am a parent governor, and my son attends the John Jamieson site. I used to be a mainstream primary school teacher for over 15 years, but I now run my own online shop selling educational handmade wooden toys. I have been a governor before in mainstream schools but now I want to be able to learn more about the SILC. I feel passionate in supporting the East SILC to be the best that it can be.

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

29/06/2026

 

Cllr Sharon Hamilton – Local Authority Representative Governor

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

16/03/2024

 

Yvonne Winteler – Parent/ Carer Governor 

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

29/06/2026

 

Gwyneth Stephen - MNTS Governor

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

29/06/2026

 

Joshua Gardner  – Co-Opted Governor

Hello, my name is Joshua Gardner, I have been a school governor at East SILC since September 2023. At the age of nine I had a spinal injury and became a full-time wheelchair user at this point in my life I started going to hospital school within the LGI hospital covered by the East SILC. Once discharged I went back to my primary school St Theresas, in East Leeds, and went on to Corpus Christi high school for a short time before moving to Brigshaw High School where accessibility and education for people with physical conditions like mine could thrive.

 Since leaving school and moving into my working life I have worked as a BBC presenter, communications leader for the NSPCC and health research communications leader within the NHS, before moving to NHS England where I have worked since 2020. Since the start of 2023 I have been in the role at NHS England focusing on improving the standard of employment conditions for colleagues from protected groups under the equality act throughout the organisation. My main area of expertise is the employment of people with a disability and how to make sure a colleague disability can thrive throughout their working life.

 Outside of work I am the chairman of SPIDER-Y, the disability sport charity in Leeds that enables people with disabilities to take part in wheelchair basketball. I also deliver talks with students across Leeds with additional needs each year about the transition from secondary school/further education into higher education and the workplace.

 I hope my experience of being a disabled student from primary, secondary to further education will be a great addition to the East SILC, alongside my expertise of helping people with disabilities thrive in the workplace can help students throughout the East SILC.

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

31/08/2027

Colin Douro – Co-Opted Governor

 Colin Douro has a lifelong love of the Arts and music. After 'trying' to play the drums in a band he decided that he would be best suited to use his love of Art and education to inspire others After graduating from Sheffield University with a degree in the History of Ari Design and Film, he went on to embark on a career in teaching.

Having been a foster brother for many years, he wanted to work in schools with social deprivation. Starting his journey in Wakefield, he then moved to London where he became Head of Faculty for Arts and Media.

Colin realised he had a passion for working in the pastoral areas of school. He went on to lead very successful year groups in a wakefield school, before moving onto senior leadership. Here he was mainly responsible for behaviour and attendance. After leading this in schools in Leeds and Wakefield he went on to a different challenge, moving into the areas of Special, Alternative Provision and Pupil Referral Unit

Colin has successfully led schools in Kirklees, Bradford and most recently Wakefield. Here he has had a focus on ensuring that every child can succeed and breaking down the barriers to learning. Colin is excited to be part of an outstanding team and is looking forward to being part of Dixons Allerton Academy being a world class education provider.

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

31/08/2027

Gavin Hosford  – Associate Governor

Served as an interim and permanent Head/Principal/Director, overseeing all aspects of school and FE college management and operations. Demonstrable skills in turning around underperforming organisations, leading to significant academic progress and positive cultural change.

 Adept at team building, fostering people and culture change, and managing organisational transformations. Implemented a wide range of strategies and practices for team building, resulting in high-performing and motivated staff members across a wide range of provisions. Led successful initiatives in building positive cultures, fostering a safe and supportive learning community.

 Highly skilled in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Inclusion, Safeguarding, Behaviour and Culture. Passionate about fostering inclusive education and achieving outstanding outcomes for the most marginalised and disenfranchised students.

 Recognised as a Fellow of the RSA, a distinction highlighting exceptional contributions to societal progress.

 Utilised 30 years of experience and extensive expertise to mentor and develop colleagues, empowering them to excel in their roles. Facilitated professional development workshops as a key-note speaker, promoting positive mental health and well-being, and wider (educational) leadership.

 Visiting Fellow for Ambition Institute and Teach First, delivering the National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC).

 Special School representative on the DfE / OFSTED Headteacher Reference Group for Yorkshire & Humberside.

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

31/08/2027

Amanda Jahdi – Associate Governor

I was a governor at John Jamieson (East SILC) for approximately 16 years. I also have many years’ experience as a governor in a high school and a number of primary schools across the city, in some cases providing additional support at the request of the Local Authority.

I took early retirement from the Local Authority six years ago after 25 years working variously as a senior HR advisor, in pupil place planning, and as a project manager in the Built Environment Team primarily involved in building new high schools across Leeds. I currently work part time as an office co-ordinator and as a clerk to governing boards which allows me a privileged insight into other governing boards across the city.

In my spare time? Well I don't have much of that but I am trying to wind down. I enjoy the theatre, walking and looking after my granddaughter and my daughter's two dogs.

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

12/02/2027