Pen Portraits of our Governors
Dr. Phillip Chambers – Chair of Governors
Philip has been a research scientist at the University of Leeds for a very long time and a school governor for a slightly shorter time. He firmly believes that education and learning are essential if people are to achieve their potential and live happy and successful lives.
Philip is originally from Belfast but has lived in Leeds for the last 30 years. He has two children, who were both educated at Allerton CE Primary School.
Philip is a member of the Resources, Finance, Staffing Sub Committee and the Headteacher Performance Management Sub Committee.
Mr Rob Dyal – Vice Chair of Governors
Rob Dyal is a Human Resources Manager with over 20 years experience in the private sector. Rob joined the Governing Body as a co-opted member in 2016.
Rob has lived in Leeds for 17 years. He has two children that attend Allerton C of E Primary School.
Rob is a member of the Teaching and Learning Sub Committee.
Mr Alex Holt
Alex Holt is a Civil Engineer and has two children that attend Allerton CE Primary. He is involved with a local church within Leeds and uses his professional knowledge and expertise to support with the building expansion of the last few years.
Alex is Chair of the Resources, Finance and Staffing Sub Committee.
Anna Ladd is a Health Service Manager with 15 years of NHS experience. She currently works with NHS England across Yorkshire and the Humber. Anna is a first time governor, having joined the governing body as a co-opted member in 2017, with a special interest in Child Welfare.
Anna has lived in Leeds since coming to university in the city 18 years ago. She has two children, both of whom attend Allerton C of E Primary School.
Anna is Chair of the Welfare Sub Committee.
Ms Jo Linsley
Miss Linsley has been part of Allerton CE Primary since it opened in 2007, with her role as Deputy Head starting soon after. Her role as Inclusion lead and SENCO is vital to the school and one that she is passionate about.
Miss Linsley has two grown up children and many cats! She loves music and can be seen at various festivals and concerts.
Miss Linsley is a member of the Teaching and Learning and Welfare Sub Committees.
Dr. Najeeb Rahman
Dr Rahman is a parent to two ex pupils and one current pupil.
He is the Governor strategic lead on the Vision.
Dr Rahman is a member of the Teaching and Learning Sub Committee.
Mr. John Sherbourne
John Sherbourne is a former staff photographer with The Daily Mail. Now in retirement, John is Chair of Trustees at The Leeds and Moortown Furniture Store, a Management Board member with The Duke of York’s Community Initiative and an active member of Moortown Baptist Church. John and his wife Gwynneth have two grown up children, three grandchildren and have lived locally for over forty years.
John has been a volunteer reader with Year 6 for a number of years, playing a key role in links with the Governors and UKS2.
John is a member of the Welfare Sub Committee and is the Complaints Governor.
Mr. Paul Smith
Paul is a co-opted member of the Governing Body, with vast experience in the banking sector.
Mrs Helen Stott – Headteacher
Helen has been the Headteacher of Allerton CE Primary from the start – when it was first opened in September 2007. Helen came to University in Leeds, studying English and Inter-Arts at Bretton Hall. She is in good company, with many famous actors being part of the Bretton Hall Alumni.
Helen has taught in a number of schools in Leeds and in Durham. She loves the ambition that Leeds has to be a Child Friendly City and is passionate to play a part in that.
Helen is committed to Allerton CE Primary and has overseen the growth of the school from 207 pupils to 3FE now.
She is proud to have a hard working 19 year old, who started University this Autumn; 2019, loves travelling, photography, yoga, singing, music, cinema and laughing!
Mrs Ann Weir
Ann Weir is a retired High School teacher. She taught Child Development, Textiles and was Head of Deptartment for PSHE for 15 years. She has worked with 0-18 year olds at St.George’s Church, Leeds, latterly as Children’s and Families’ Pastor. Since retirement, Ann continues to support, through mentoring and supervision, several adults mainly working within a church/Christian context across the city.
Ann has lived in Alwoodley for almost 50 years and is the mother of four and grandma to nine.
Ann is our Early Years link Governor and member of the Welfare Sub Committee.
Rev. Jude Smith
Jude Smith is an Anglican priest, and serves as the Team Rector of the Moor Allerton and Shadwell Team. She is a qualified secondary history teacher and has worked in school, youth and community work for a number of years.
Jude is a regular visitor to school, leading regular Collective Worship.
Jude is Chair of the Teaching and Learning Sub Committee.
Mrs Ann Button
Ann has two children who attend Allerton CE Primary School, with another due to start nursery in September 2021. She works part-time for a Christian charity based in Leeds where she is an Executive Assistant Pastor – an executive operational role, with numerous pastoral elements to it. Within this role she has day to day responsibility for all of the governance, including financial management and budget setting, health & safety, risk management, HR, safeguarding, building management and is the company secretary to board of trustees.
Ann has been in her current role, in some form for the last 15 years, so her skills have been developed and diversified over that time. She is passionate about seeing children thrive and overcome any obstacles they may encounter and believe that ACE does just that.
Being a Governor will enable Ann to use her skills and gifting to encourage and support, challenge where necessary and remain committed to doing what she can to make ACE a place where children really do flourish, learn to love and love to learn.
Ann is a member of the Resources, Finance and Staffing Sub Committee.
Mr Pete Sammons
Pete Sammons has over 10 years’ experience working as a Teacher in a comprehensive secondary school in Leeds, understanding of the systems that govern our schools and as a pastoral leader have firsthand experience in the integral role schools play not just in educating young people but also in ensuring they become rounded individuals. Pete is keen to support the education not only of his own children but of all in the local community. In his workplace Pete teaches both Media and Business Studies and have oversight of years 10 and 11. He is therefore used to liaising and communicating with a wide range of stakeholders within a school setting and coming up with solutions that benefit the needs of the majority of children involved. Pete serves on the staff council where he influences policy and acts as a sounding board for key strategic decisions made across the school.
His Christian faith is at the centre of all he does and therefore the schools current working mission statement that we flourish as we love to learn and learn to love, is one he commits to not just professionally but also in his personal life. He is an active member of St Barnabas Church and knows the important role that the local churches play in the running of school. Previously he served as a Trustee of a local charity, ‘The Vine’ who work to support families in need across the city of Leeds. This experience has given Pete further insight into the governance of not for profit organisations with a strong people focus.
As a parent governor, his skills and experience will contribute widely to the school, the children and parents. He offers commitment and enthusiasm to make a real difference, striving for excellence to help the school have a greater impact on every student in its care. Key to this are ensuring any decisions that he is part of, have the welfare and education of the children of Allerton CE to the forefront.
Pete is a member of the Teaching and Learning Sub Committee.