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Our governors

Margaret Hamlet

Co-opted Governor/Chair of Governors

I joined Lawnswood School’s Governing Body in December 2010.  During my time as a governor I have worked closely with the leadership team and been involved in Ofsted inspections, monitoring visits and linked with LA representatives.  

Before becoming a governor, I was Headteacher in a multicultural secondary school.  Since leaving that position, I have worked as an educational consultant, working in schools across the country in a support and challenge role. This work also involved me in the recruitment and selection of headteachers and senior leadership.

For a number of years, I delivered national training programmes to prospective headteachers and middle leaders across Yorkshire and Humberside.  

In addition to my work in schools, I have also been an Interim Deputy Director of Children’s Services as well as working as a Project Manager within education. This involved me working closely with the Department for Education, Local Authorities and Councillors.  I am currently also a local leader of Governance.  

I decided to become a governor because I wanted to remain actively involved in education. I am very committed to improving the life chances of young people and feel that my background and experiences within education have given me the skills and expertise to support schools.

Sylvia Lunn

Co-opted Governor

I am happily retired after a thirty eight year career in education and joined the governing body in January 2019.   During my career, I worked variously as a teacher, with roles in school management, then as a school adviser, Ofsted inspector, School Improvement Partner and National Challenge Adviser.  These roles were rewarding, challenging and stimulating and all had a clear focus on improving the life chances of children.

My three children all happily attended their local state primary and secondary schools.

I will work hard to support the leaders of Lawnswood School to become the best that it can be for the benefit of all local children.

Mr Jeremy Willis

Coopted Governor

I first became a governor at Lawnswood School as a parent governor in February 2016 and am currently a coopted governor.

Just like every other parent and carer involved with the school, I really want all the children to get the best possible education; be happy and confident in their environment; and for the school to continue improving.

I have been a governor at a local primary school for many years and have been on regular governor training over that period, recently receiving my certificate from the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

As a governor, I’m not afraid to ask the ‘silly question’ and I definitely don’t know it all, but I do try to bring ideas and commitment!

Having been a musician and writer of music as well as running my own music based companies for the last 30 years, I have considerable experience in business, marketing, management, negotiation and, above all, working with a huge variety of different people.

I have lived in this community all my working life and would like to contribute to its continual improvement and development.

There are a lot of challenges facing education and I want to do my best to support the school and community to get the best possible outcomes for all students.

Mrs Maggie Beech

Staff Governor

I entered the teaching profession relatively late in my working career and joined Lawnswood School to teach maths in 2010.  Nowadays, I work throughout school covering absent teachers, which gives me great opportunities to work in different departments with a variety of colleagues and to see how students react and behave in different subject areas.  Before teaching, I worked in scientific research at University of London, University of Washington and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals.

Our school has a wonderful community, where all members of staff work together to provide a safe, nurturing environment and to give every student an equal chance to achieve their potential. 

I feel passionate about comprehensive education and have a strong commitment to Lawnswood School.   I am keen to help our school maintain its high standards; meet future challenges; and continue to serve its diverse community of students.

Mrs Jo Bell

Staff governor - Headteacher

As Headteacher, I am automatically a member of the governing body.  However, my experience of governance started many years ago when I first went into teaching.I was one of the staff governors of both secondary schools in which I worked in Birmingham.I found it extremely useful professional development and it certainly helped me in my role as a senior leader when I left Birmingham to work in London.My connection with Lawnswood School’s governing body began when I joined the school as Deputy Headteacher in September 2012, as I asked to become an associate member to further my knowledge and understanding of governance.Once appointed to Headteacher in November 2014, I became a fully-fledged member.

My role on the governing body is slightly different to my fellow governors as, whilst I join in the strategic vision setting and have a voting right, I am also responsible for carrying out the day to day running of the school and am accountable to the governing body.

Mr Matt Garman

Coopted governor

I became a member of Lawnswood School governing body in 2012, as a parent governor and now as a coopted governor.  I currently have two children studying at Lawnswood School in Years 9 and 11..

My professional background and experience comes from working with children and young people in a variety of settings, within Leeds City Council.

I wanted to join the governing body to make a positive contribution to Lawnswood School and I look forward to being able to contribute to the school’s continued success.

Mrs Cathy Cammegh

Parent governor

I was elected as a governor after a ballot of parents and carers in January 2017.

Having been one of the few from my school to get to university, I understand the challenge of achieving potential and the huge impact that teachers can have on student outcomes. I also understand the importance of parental engagement and support for education.

Professionally, I have been practising as a corporate/commercial solicitor in private practice and in industry for over 20 years.  In addition to legal expertise, my work has given me experience and skills in many relevant areas, including negotiation, business management, public relations and marketing.

I have three children currently at Lawnswood School and a son who is now at Liverpool University and who also attended Lawnswood.  I've lived in and around Headingley since I moved to Leeds as a student over 30 years ago and I am keen to contribute positively to our school and our local community.

Mrs Kathy Page

Coopted Governor

I have recently retired from working as the Health & Saftey Officer for Lawnswood School.  Prior to my 7 years in the school, I worked within Leeds City Council for 10 years and, prior to that, in banking and financial services.I feel hugely supportive of the school and its students and am pleased to be able to offer a positive contribution and the benefit of my transferable skills to being a governor.

Mr Angelo Basu

Co-opted Governor

I became a co-opted Governor in November 2019. I was previously a governor at Spring Bank Primary School and currently have a son at Lawnswood. I am a strong supporter of non-selective State education and was keen to join the governing body at Lawnswood to help contribute to it continuing to provide a high quality, broad education to children in the area. I'm professionally qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor and have worked as a commercial lawyer in the public and private sectors for over 25 years, specialising in EU and UK regulatory law and governance.

Ms Cathy Gurney

Parent Governor

I am a parent governor, the parent of twin boys, currently in year 9. I also have 2 adult daughters, who attended the old Lawnswood School in the 1990s. I was a chair of governors at a Leeds primary school for 10 years, a role I thoroughly enjoyed.
I was a social worker in Leeds for over 40 years; my last role being one of support for looked after children. I am particularly looking forward to the chance to become involved in the everyday life of the school and the opportunity to support the school team to ensure that every young person is given the support they need to succeed and achieve through their education.

Mr Joe Allen

Co-opted Governor

I joined the Lawnswood governing body initially as an associate member, before becoming a co-opted governor in May 2019. I wanted to join the governing body to make an active contribution to the continuing development of a local school and I very much enjoy hearing about the exciting work that goes on to ensure all pupils get the best out of their time at Lawnswood.

I currently work at the University of Leeds in a marketing role to support student recruitment. I have previously worked in outreach and widening participation within universities, working with secondary schools to raise pupil aspirations and  to support progression through various projects. I am currently the link governor for KS5 which suits my skillset and I am looking forward to working closely with the Sixth Form team to ensure its continued success.

Josh Adams

Co-opted Governor

I joined the Lawnswood School governing body as a co-opted governor in March 2021. In my professional experience as a civil servant, I have previously worked on advocating for better education policy around the world, with a focus on improving learning outcomes and addressing inequality. In a voluntary capacity, I have also worked with various organisations on youth development, careers and coaching disadvantaged pupils.

As a former Lawnswood pupil, it is fantastic to see the improvement that the school has made in the last decade and I hope to contribute towards further progress in my role as governor. I look forward to supporting the school in broadening opportunities for every pupil.