Governors Who’s Who

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.

Mr Rob Dyal – Vice Chair of Governors

Rob Dyal is a Human Resources Manager with over 20 years experience in the private sector. Rob is a first time governor, having 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.

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.


Anna Ladd

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.

Ms Jo Linsley


Miss Linsley Deputy Head

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.

Dr. Najeeb Rahman

Dr Rahman is a parent to two ex pupils and one current pupil.

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.


Mr. Paul Smith


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. 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.

Helen is committed to Allerton CE Primary and has overseen the growth of the school from 207 pupils to 3FE. She is proud to have a hard working 19 year old, who started University this Autumn; 2019.


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.

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.