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Our Governing Body

Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.


Our clerk to governors can be contacted by emailing

You can find out more about the role of Trustees and other background information on the Lincolnshire County Council website.


Mike Farley - Member of Academy Trust


Hi, my name is Mike Farley and I am a Member of the Academy Trust, having stepped back from the governing body after a number of years of service.

My background is in Primary Education, be it a full time teacher or a consultant drama specialist. 

I am a Community Pastor of Bridge Church in Lincoln, serving across many aspects of community life in Lincoln, especially the Southern side.


Pat Coates - Member of Academy Trust

I was born and grew up in Lincoln. After training as a teacher I returned to teach in North Hykeham for over 35 years.

Now retired, I am the administrator of a charitable trust, have set up a local women’s group and have, for several years, run an online book selling business.

I have three grandchildren aged 18, 21 and 26 and so after several years as a governor of Manor Leas Junior Academy I am still very interested in education.


Zoe Walters- Member of Academy Trust


I have been a Parent Governor since April 2021 and the Safeguarding Link Governor since November 2021 as well as Chair of Governors from September 22 to November 23. During my career I have worked as a Probation Officer for 13 years which also included roles in staff training, development and quality assurance activities. For a period of three years between 2019-2022 I was employed by the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership as an Audit and Policy Officer. My current role is within the Local Authority as a Community Safety Strategy Coordinator. 


I am passionate about promoting the wellbeing of children, assisting them to strive to reach their full potential and ensuring that they have a rewarding and enjoyable learning experience. Through the Governing Body working closely with the Senior Leadership Team we can achieve of Manor Leas Junior Academy’s Vision and have a positive culture. 


Anthony Tomlinson - Trustee


I was born in Lincoln and have lived in North Hykeham for over 20 years. Parent of two former pupils at the school. I am now retired but worked in public sector finance in Lincolnshire for over 35 years.


Robert Pitman - (Interim) Chair of Trustees


Annie Richardson - Vice Chair of Trustees


I have recently retired as a Senior Lecturer from the University of Lincoln and have spent some 30 years working in Higher Education, Adult Education and Museum Education. In addition to teaching, I have experience in curriculum development leadership, and educational quality assurance. I am currently undertaking volunteer teaching support in primary schools in Lincoln, including Manor Leas Junior, and am planning to qualify in Teaching and Learning Support for Primary Education. I love what I have seen so far of the friendliness, dedication and creativity of the teaching and leadership teams at Manor Leas. I am enthusiastic about supporting them and being an ambassador for the school. I mainly divide my time on historical research, political and social campaigning, and aqua aerobics. Having 3 grandchildren, of primary school age and younger ( and especially getting involved with their online learning during lockdown), has given me insights into what enthuses them and how they learn.



Jo Denny - Staff Trustee


I was born and brought up in Lincoln and went to Manor Leas Infant School as a child. My training was at Bishop Grosseteste College to become a Primary Teacher and I have been a teacher for over 20 years.  I have worked at MLJA for eight years but before that have taught for most of my career in Bristol and Bath.  In addition to teaching, I am a Mum to two children, a wife and a dog owner.  I love spending any spare time in the garden, playing the piano or baking.


Anthony Tomlinson - Chair of Finance Committee


I was born in Lincoln and have lived in North Hykeham for over 20 years. Parent of two former pupils at the school. I am now retired but worked in public sector finance in Lincolnshire for over 35 years.


Hannah Watson - Staff Trustee


I was born in Lincoln and left to study Geography and English at Oxford Brookes University. I then returned to lovely Lincoln for my teacher training year at Bishop Grosseteste. I have worked at Manor Leas for seven years in Year 3, 4 ,5 and 6.   In my spare time I enjoy travelling, horse riding and climbing.



Beverley Dummett - Clerk to Governors


Beverley can be contacted on


Governor Information

Below is information on Governors, including responsibilities and outside interests.


Current Governors/Members of Academy Trust


Area of responsibility

Appointed by

Date commenced

Term of office

Register of interests

Chelsea Sandbrook

Headteacher, Accounting Officer, 
Pay Committee,
Finance, Resources & Audit Committee,
Standards Committee

Governing Body



None declared

Mike Farley

Member of Academy Trust, Pay Committee

Governing Body


Ongoing (Member)

None declared

Pat Coates

Member of Academy Trust, Pay Committee


Governing Body


Ongoing (member)

None declared

Anthony Tomlinson

Member of Academy Trust, Chair of Finance, Resources & Audit Committee, Joint Site Committee, Link Governor School Improvement Team

Members of Trust


4 yrs

None Declared

Jo Denny

Standards  Committee

Staff Governor


(2nd Term of Office)

4 yrs

None declared

Annie RichardsonVice Chair of Governors, Standards CommitteeCo-opted by governing body10/20224 yrsNone Declared

Hannah Watson

Finance Resources and Audit Committee

Staff Governor


4 yrs

None Declared

Zoe WaltersMember of Academy TrustCo-opted by Governing body15/9/20224 yrs None Declared
Nick FieldingInterim vice chair- Finance CommitteeCo-opted by Governing body16/06/20234 yrsNone declared
Sarah McCannFinance, Resources and Audit committeeCo-opted by Governing body11/20224 yrsNone declared
Jonny Bell Co-opted by Governing body16/11/20234 yrsNone declared
Robert PitmanInterim Chair of GovernorsCo-opted by Governing body16/11/20234 yrsChair of Governors at another local school
Leavers in current year-Type of governor Start dateLeave date



Alice KinlochStandards Committee Community Representative


(2nd Term of Office)

30/01/2023None Declared
James GreenwoodHeadteacher, Accounting Officer, 
Pay Committee,
Finance, Resources & Audit Committee,
Standards Committee
Governing  Body01/04/200931/12/22Amanda Greenwood (wife) owns Unique Yoga 
Emma WrightStandards Parent Governor 16/11/2023None


2022/23 Governors attendance data

Full Governing Body


NameTitleMeetings AttendedOut of a possible
Chelsea SandbrookHeadteacher33
Zoe WaltersChair44
Annie RichardsonVice Chair44
Antony Tomlinson 44
Jo Denny 44
Alice Kinloch 22
Sarah McCann 24
Stuart Brown  11
Hannah Watson  44
Nick Fielding  22


               Standards Committee



NameTitleMeetings attendedOut of a possible
Chelsea Sandbrook Headteacher33
Zoe WaltersChair33
Jo Denny  33
Emma Wright resigned13
Alice Kinlochresigned01
Annie Richardson 33


               Finance & Resources


NameTitleMeetings attendedOut of a possible
Chelsea SandbrookHeadteacher33
Antony TomlinsonChair33
Zoe Walters 33
Hannah Watson  33
Stuart Brownresigned 01


Additional Governors in previous 12 month period 2021/22




NameArea of ResponsibilityAppointed ByDate CommencedDate Stepped DownTerm of OfficeRegister of Interests Yearly Attendance
Susan EdgeChair of GovernorsGoverning Body04/202115/09/20223 years

Lay Representative Health Education England - East Midlands

PPI Panel member: National Institute for Health Research

Co-Chair East Midlands Academic Health Science Network Patient and Public Involvement Senate

Lay member East Midlands Clinical Senate Assembly

Lay member: Professionalism and Academic Competency Committee, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham

Lay member: Education, Training and Practice Committee, UK Council for Psychotherapy


Stuart BrownChair of Finance CommitteeGoverning Body03/201911/20223 yearsHead of Technical & Compliance at Duncan and Topliss Ltd