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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 Governors 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.


Susan Edge- Chair


Susan worked in the further, adult and work-based learning sector for over 30 years in a variety of different organisations both public and voluntary.

This included various national quality initiatives and several inspectorates, and so enables her to bring experience of quality assurance and quality improvement.

In addition to being a school governor, Susan has various lay roles for the NHS organisations and is a co-chair of the East Midlands Patient and Public Involvement Senate of the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.


James Greenwood- Headteacher


I have been a head teacher for eighteen years in three different schools. I have taught for twenty eight years and I have worked in three different local authority regions. I am an international schools inspector and Advanced Reviewer for Challenge Partners. I love visiting other schools to challenge and support colleagues to be the best that they can be. I am passionate about having an impact on teaching and learning and empowering learners (both children and adults) to achieve.  I lead Manor Leas Junior Academy in the way that I would like my children’s school to be led -  with enthusiasm, dedication and a clear understanding of learning for the longer-term development of students.


In my spare time I play golf, watch football (as a Lincoln and Leeds fan!) and spend time with my family. As a family we love to go on long walks with our dog, often ending the journey with some lovely refreshments at the end! 


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.



Jo Denny

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.


Alice Kinloch


Hi my name is Alice, I have a Son at Manor Leas Junior Academy and a son at the Infant school too.

I am a self-employed drama practitioner, I work around the county and in the city too. I am based at the Drill Hall where I run several groups and events. I have been working in the community since I graduated in 2000 from Bishop Grosseteste College. 



Annie Richardson


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.


Stuart Brown - Vice Chair


I am a local Chartered Accountant with several years' experience working with academies, ranging from single to multi-school trusts. I live in Lincoln with my wife, young daughters and two dogs, Frank and Bruno.


Anthony Tomlinson - Vice Chair


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


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 six years in Year 3, 4 and 5. One of my highlights from Year 5 was directing the cast of  'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Last year I was lucky enough to go on three residentials with Year 4, 5 and 6. I particularly enjoyed the mini mudder course. I have had the pleasure of mentoring several student teachers whilst at Manor Leas. In my spare time I enjoy horse riding and climbing.


Zoe Walters


Hi, I'm Zoe Walters and my son currently attends Manor Leas Junior Academy. I have lived in Lincoln since the age of 14. I previously worked as a Probation Officer for 12 years and now work for the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership. I am excited to have the opportunity to be a parent governor.


Tracy Phillips - Clerk to Governors


Tracy 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

James Greenwood

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

Governing  Body


Ongoing (Headteacher)

Amanda Greenwood (wife) owns Unique Yoga 

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

Susan Edge

Member of Academy Trust, Chair of Governors, Chair of Standards Committee
Chair of Pay Committee,

Joint Site Committee, 

Link Governor School Improvement Team

Co-opted by governing body

04/2021 (3rd term of office)

4 yrs

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




Anthony Tomlinson

Vice Chair 0f Governors, Member of Academy Trust, Finance, Resources & Audit Committee, Joint Site Committee, Link Governor School Improvement Team

Members of Trust


4 yrs

None Declared

Alice Kinloch

Standards Committee 

Parent Representative


(2nd Term of Office)

4 yrs

None Declared

Stuart Brown

Member of the Academy Trust, Vice Chair of Governors,

Chair Finance, Resources & Audit Committee, Pay Committee

Members of Trust


4 yrs

Head of Technical & Compliance at Duncan and Topliss Ltd, 

Jo Denny

Finance, Resources & Audit Committee

Staff Governor


(2nd Term of Office)

4 yrs

None declared

Annie RichardsonStandards CommitteeCo-opted by governing body01/20224 yrsNone Declared

Hannah Watson

Standards Committee

Staff Governor


4 yrs

None Declared

Zoe WaltersStandards Committee, Safeguarding Governor, Link Governor School Improvement TeamParent Representative03/20214 yrs None Declared
Leavers in current year-Type of governor Start dateLeave date



Tracey TaylorFinance Resources & Audit CommitteeCo-opted by governing body01/201831/12/21None Declared


2020/21 Governors attendance data

Full Governing Body


NameTitleMeetings AttendedOut of a possible
James GreenwoodHeadteacher44
Susan EdgeChair44
Stuart BrownVice Chair34
Antony Tomlinson 44
Jo Denny 44
Alice Kinloch 34
Tracy Taylor 01
Mike Farley (Leaver) 33
Zoe Walters (Starter) 11
Hannah Watson (Starter) 44


               Standards Committee



NameTitleMeetings attendedOut of a possible
James GreenwoodHeadteacher33
Susan EdgeChair33
Mike Farley 33
Hannah Watson 33
Alice Kinloch 03


               Finance & Resources


NameTitleMeetings attendedOut of a possible
James GreenwoodHeadteacher33
Stuart BrownChair33
Antony Tomlinson 33
Jo Denny 33
Zoe Walters 01
Tracey Taylor 01


Additional Governors in previous 12 month period 2020/21




NameArea of ResponsibilityAppointed ByDate CommencedDate Stepped DownTerm of OfficeRegister of Interests Yearly Attendance
Mike FarleyStandards Committee, Pay Committee, Safeguarding Governor, Link Governor Humanities & PEParent Representative04/201727/04/20214 YearsNone

3/3 FGB

3/3 Committee