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Our Governors

 Governor Information

 

Amanda Jahdi – Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at John Jamieson (East SILC) for approximately 10 years but I worked with the school for 2 years before that as their HR adviser and clerk to the Governing Body. My current roles on the GB are; child protection governor and Resources Committee. I have many years’ experience as a governor, starting at Lawnswood School, where I am currently Chair of Governors, when my son joined in 1993. Prior to that, I was a governor at a local primary school. Over time, I have been a governor in a few schools that have needed additional support and last year I became a local leader of governance.

I took early retirement from the Local Authority in December 2014 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 bodies which allows me a privileged insight into other governing bodies across the city. I have recently become a member of Schools' Forum in Leeds.

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

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

Member of North West SILC IEB. Governor at Bramley Primary School

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

12/02/2023

 

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

12/02/2023

Stuart McFarlane – Vice 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 Vice Chair on the Governing Body and sit on all 4 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 addition to acting as a governor I have another volunteering role linked to the water industry. In the rest of 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

30/06/2021

Sam Harupa – Parent/ Carer Governor

I became a parent governor in September 2018. 
As a parent of a child with complex / challenging behaviour I have experienced how hard school work at helping my son to thrive.
Now I would like to give something back.

Business interest in the school?

No

Governor at another school?

No

Related to any member of the school staff?

No

End of term

04/07/2022

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

13/02/2023

Diane Reynard

Diane is Executive Principal of the East SILC. A National Leader of Education (NLE) and member of the National Teaching Council.

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

 

Emma Sidebottom – 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

26/02/2022

 

Chris Ade – 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

TBC

 

Russell Trigg – 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

08/02/2020

 

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

TBC

Mia Pickard – 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

TBC

 

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

TBC