Meet the Governors

Amanda Stainton
  My name is Amanda Stainton and I am delighted to join the other Governors in making sure the school continues to deliver a great experience for pupils, parents and staff. I am the Safeguarding, Child Protection and Health and Safety Governor.  My boys are now young men so it is a while since I had to consider early years education but as an HR professional working on the Board of a large European manufacturing business – Portakabin – I am passionate about the role of education and the importance of people in a successful business. I live nearby in Burley in Wharfedale and when I get spare time I enjoy keeping fit, reading, helping out on our allotment and being creative either cooking, sewing or even knitting.
Dawn Lowry

I am hoping that all of you do know me[!], but I thought that you might me be interested to hear about my role on the governing body.  An important duty of the head teacher is to sit on the governing body. My role is to provide governors with information about what is happening in school. At each governors' meeting I provide a head teacher's report which informs them about standards, progress towards the school development plan, policies written and approved, staffing, curriculum, training, pupil events and work with parents and the community.

My job is to manage the school from day to day and the governors' role is to look at the bigger picture with a more strategic perspective concerned with how the school is doing and where it is going. The governing body has a dual role. They are there to challenge and ensure that we are doing the best for the children in our care but they are also there to support our work in school.

Being part of the governing body is an interesting part of my role in school. I get to work with staff, parents and members of the local community who volunteer a significant amount of time because they have a real desire to help our children get the best experience possible.

James Horan
James Horan.JPG  

My name is James Horan and I am a new Parent Governor at Yeadon Westfield Infant School.

I decided to apply when my daughter started to attend reception in September 2019, the reason being I just wanted to give something back to the system that helped get me to this point in my life.  I live locally with my wife and daughter.

I grew up and was schooled in various parts of Leeds and spent part of my early childhood in South Africa.  At the age of 16 I went to Thomas Danby College and completed a 3 year B/tec course in Hotel management. This enabled me to achieve my main ambition at the time which was to travel and work around the globe.  Having done that I found myself back in Leeds and I am now Head Chef at Horsforth Golf Club.

I have spent the vast majority of my adult life in hospitality but have worked as a part-time wedding photographer and digital artist.  I also managed to teach a couple of photography courses at 2 Surestart centres in Leeds.

My main focus now is my family.  Having been fortunate enough to fulfil the majority of my ‘bucket list’ my aim now is to help others do the same.

Kirsty Holmes

I have been teaching at Westfield Infants since 2013. I started in Year 1, then moved to Reception and I am currently the Nursery teacher and PE Coordinator. I am also a Staff Governor. I have had this role since September 2014.  I am the governor responsible for Children Looked After.

I enjoy my role as a governor as I get to keep up to date with any changes or new plans that may be implemented in school. The responsibilities of a governor are to understand policies and data and be able to ask questions and challenge decisions made, ensuring that the interests of children, parents and staff are at the forefront of all decisions made.

Being a governor is a motivating and diverse role. I feel that it benefits me as a teacher as I have a further understanding of the way in which a school is run.

Marie Gilligan

As well as fulfilling my role as TA and HLTA, I am also a co-opted Support Staff Governor – this is a position I have held since May 2014. I enjoy the role immensely and I’m still learning lots about how the school operates behind the scenes. There are a number of duties associated with being a governor with the main focus being on ‘setting strategic direction’, ‘asking the right questions’ and ‘understanding data’. These are all discussed in our regular meetings.

Being a governor is an interesting and varied role which helps me to understand fully my responsibilities in school and what is expected.

Suzanne Akeroyd

Hello my name is Suzanne Akeroyd and I am a Local Authority governor and chair of the Governing Body.  I became a school governor when my oldest son started at Westfield Infant School because I wanted to contribute positively towards the school and local community and to be involved, for some part, in the quality of his educational experience.  I am also the lead governor for SEND. 

In addition to my governor role, I also volunteer at the school and assist in Reception one morning a week which I really enjoy. It gives me a good opportunity to be directly involved in the classroom and support children’s learning and provides some practical knowledge of how the school operates on a daily basis on behalf of the Governing Body.

I am particularly passionate about supporting children with additional needs within the school and ensuring they are provided with the best support and opportunities to learn alongside other students and achieve their full potential. I have a son with additional needs and can therefore experience both as a parent and governor how the school delivers its best for these children. I have also accompanied students on school trips and witness first hand the fantastic work the school does in delivering out of school experiences.

Whilst the responsibility of being a school governor requires commitment of time, energy and enthusiasm, it is a role I really enjoy. I am currently a full time mum having recently retired from the Police Service. In my spare time I also enjoy running, walking, cycling and camping. I have always lived in the local community therefore feel I have a really good knowledge of the local area.

Lisa Rollett

My name is Lisa Rollett and I became one of school’s governors in 2019. I have two children who both attended this school.

I have worked as a secondary school science teacher since 2004. Having been in or involved in education for most of my life I think it is fair to say that I am passionate that children are given the best possible introduction to learning throughout their early years – this is my main reason for wanting to become a governor.

Outside of work, I enjoy being outdoors - walking and enjoying nature. I am an avid reader and I enjoy visiting different countries.

I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with the school’s staff, along with the rest of the board of governors, to help each and every pupil thrive as they embark on their first exciting education journey.

James Lowham

My name is James Lowham and I have recently joined the School Governors team. With one of my two sons joining reception in 2020 I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to give back to the place who would be delivering these crucial early years of education.

 In my career heading up a technical department for Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars I have gained a passion for the development and mentoring of people, especially through working with the Princes Trust charity. I hope to use my experience in development of young people (although a little older than at Westfield) to the schools advantage at some point in the future.

 At home, my wife and two boys love nothing more than going on adventures and making memories. We always seem to gain another story to tell!

 I’m incredibly excited for my future involvement with Westfield Infants to assist any way I can at such an important time for the children’s development.

Claire Goodall

Hi, my name is Claire Goodall and I became a school governor in November 2020.

Children are our future and I firmly believe that they all deserve to feel happy and safe to be able to grow and become the very best they can be.

I worked in a Horsforth primary school office for 10 years. For the past 2 years I have focused on bringing yoga into schools to support children’s well-being. I am really looking forward to working with the school to continue to offer the very best environment it can to let children grow and prosper.

I have 3 children who are now just about grown up. My favourite room in the house is my kitchen, I enjoy sewing, reading, live music, walking and a bit of running.

Kevin Forde

My name is Kevin Forde and I am a new Foundation Governor at Yeadon Westfield Infant School.

When my children were growing up, I had wanted to join the governing body of their school but had too much on my plate. My university alumni association got in touch during the summer 2020 to ask if I was interested in volunteering to join a school governing board. I attended a workshop to find out more and was then keen to get involved. I live in Guiseley so was really happy that the first school I was offered was nearby.

I gained a BEng in Electronics and then spent a 25 year career as a systems analyst and software developer working on large-scale projects like the Oyster card system used on the London Underground. I also had a business developing bespoke software for small small businesses.

These days I have a business where I train and mentor people to start a business that is flexible and enables them to earn residual income. I now choose when I work which gives me the chance to spend at least one day a week with my twin grandchildren who were born Feb 2020.

Vicky Dibb

My name is Vicky Dibb and I have recently become one of the school’s governors. I wanted to give back to the local community and help people - helping children have the best start in life seemed a great way to do that.

I qualified as an accountant 2 years ago, I hope my qualification and career gives me the skills and knowledge to be an advantage to the school in the future.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling with my partner, reading and spending time with family.

Abbie Swales
Abbie Swales.jpeg  

My name is Abbie Swales and I am delighted to join the governors as a co-opted governor, having attended Westfield Infants School many years ago. I am a solicitor at a large commercial law firm in Leeds and am passionate about developing children’s interest in school and academics from the very beginning. I have recently had my first child but when I have spare time I enjoy watching Formula 1 and ice skating.