Our Governing Body consists of seven foundation Governors who are nominated by our parish priest, Canon Nunan and appointed to act by the Diocese. We have two elected parent governors who are voted for by our parents, one elected teacher governor voted for by school staff and one representative from the local political parties. The Term of Office for all Governors is 4 years. Our Governors support our school and bring their own expertise and experience to help inform the school.
All correspondence to the Governing Body should be addressed to:-
Clerk to the Governors, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Barleyfields Road, Wetherby, LS22 6PR
Meet the Governors
Louise Milivojevic – Headteacher
I am delighted to be Head Teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and we are blessed with delightful children and an extremely committed and hardworking team of staff and governors who support our children. I am dedicated to ensuring we continue to provide the very best opportunities and education for our children and am very proud of our strong Catholic ethos.
I have been at St Joseph’s for 11 years and have been a member of the governing body for 7 years. During my time at our school, I have taught in upper key stage 2 and led assessment, standards and RE before taking over as Head Teacher in September 2016.
My specialist areas have included monitoring progress and attainment, managing interventions and personalised learning, inclusion, performance management, safeguarding, health and safety and whole school development.
In my capacity as Head Teacher I am a member of the Resources, Pupil Support, Teaching and Learning and Catholic Life Committees.
Tim Hodgson – Foundation Governor
Chair of Governors
As a Foundation Governor I have so far really enjoyed my post and hope to be able to continue to contribute towards helping this great school. My day job is running a commercial and residential property company based in Harrogate and we are currently on site building a small development of houses in Farsley, Leeds. Outside of work I spend a lot of time in the gym and play football once a week. Health and fitness seems to be a big part of my time and I have just entered the Harewood 10k again at the end of Feb, which is fun but cold and muddy! I am also a season ticket holder at LUFC and have been for over 10 years… which I guess is dedication? I try and play golf regularly but finding the time is very difficult, especially with a young family. As chair of the Governing body, I sit on all of the committees and have responsibility for the PE premium grant.
Joanne Dent – Foundation Governor
Vice Chair of Governors
Chair of the Resources Committee
My name is Jo Dent and I have 9 years experience as a Governor. I am a mum of twin boys who used to attend St Joseph’s school and I work as a Business Consultant in the transport industry sector and with local SMEs. I have an MSc in Human Resource management and have spent the last 30 years working with and managing people in both transport operations and in major scheme project management for the Department for Transport, the Virgin Group and local SME’s. My company is an independent organisation which delivers a range of services across the private and public sector. My portfolio of projects are divided through 75% of time worked on transport projects, 15% on local private SME business growth, performance improvement and commercial advice and 10% in the voluntary sector (non-fee-paying work). My Role in the Governing Body Team, involves being Chair of the Resources Committee which is responsible for all aspects of the operational running of the school Including Health & Safety, finance, buildings and maintenance and all our staff. My subject area is English and in the past I have had responsibility for Special Educational Needs.
Kathleen Alderson – Parent Governor
Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee
As a new member of the Governing body I am really looking forward to supporting the great work that the school does. I am a mother of two children, who both attend St Joseph’s. I have a background in primary education and have classroom experience as well as knowledge of recruitment, safeguarding, teaching and learning, assessment and Ofsted expectations. I am a practising Catholic and have studied the CCRS to explore how faith can enhance the school curriculum. As a parent, I hope that I can work effectively between the school staff and the parents. As a governor I am responsible for safeguarding, Pupil Premium, EYFS and am chair of the Pupil Support Committee.
Eleanor Foster – Parent Governor
Chair of Pupil Support Committee
I am new to the role as parent governor having been elected in early 2019. However, I’ve been connected to the school for over 7 years since my daughter started in Foundation Stage 2, with both my children since flourishing within the environment the school provides. With this experience, I can empathise with other parents as to their hopes, expectations and concerns for their children as they progress through the school. I hope to use this experience and the skills developed from my day job as a solicitor to contribute positively to the school’s future and maximise the educational opportunities for all our children. I’m looking forward to the challenge. As a governor I have responsibility for Attendance and Emotional wellbeing and am chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee.
Rob Norton – Foundation Governor
Chair of the Catholic Life Committee
I have lived in Wetherby for 10 years and have two daughters, both of whom have flourished through the course of their time and as a result of the teaching and community at St Josephs. As a new Foundation Governor, appointed in late Summer 2019, I look forward to making a contribution to the School and to offering something in return (as cliched as that may sound). I am a practising Catholic and believe in the benefits the Catholic ethos may have for the well-being and education of children. I am a Solicitor with over 20 years’ experience, including managing projects and teams and developing individuals, as such I hope that some of the skills that I have picked up along the way will be of use to the School in my role as a Foundation Governor. As a governor I am part of the Teaching and Learning Committee and am chair of the Catholic Life Committee.
Monsignor Andrew Summersgill – Foundation Governor
I became the Parish Priest of St Joseph’s and a Foundation Governor of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in September 2022.
Conall Kelly – Foundation Governor
Jayne Ward – Teacher Governor
I am the Deputy Head Teacher and Year 6 teacher here at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. I love teaching Year 6 as it’s the children’s last year at primary school, so I work hard to ensure that it’s their best year! I am also the Teacher Governor and bring skills to the Governing Body as a current classroom practitioner and as a senior leader with a wide range of responsibilities including Teaching and Learning, Safeguarding, NQT mentoring, and performance management of teachers.
I also thoroughly enjoy working as a Specialist Leader of Education in Leadership and Management for St Anthony’s Teaching School Alliance. I have supported Year 6 teachers and senior leaders as part of school to school support in the areas of assessment, teaching and learning, writing including for greater depth, guided reading and maths. I love making a difference to teaching and learning for all the children in my class, throughout school and across schools through school to school support. I feel enormous pride when I connect with a child to motivate them to achieve their very best. I feel the same pride when I can offer support by sharing good practice with other professionals who may need help too.
Sarah Welborn – Parent Governor
As a new parent governor to the Governing body, I am really looking forward to engaging with the whole school community. As a practising teacher and with my experiences as a senior leader in a secondary school, I am very aware of the constraints and issues of working within the education sector. As a parent with children at both primary and secondary schools I also understand the impact this has on them. I am hoping with these experiences I can bring greater insight into the issues raised and help the school and our community to continue to thrive. As a governor, I am a member of the Pupil Support and Teaching and Learning Committees and have responsibilities for Special Educational Needs and Equalities.
Mandie Jackson – Foundation Governor
I very much enjoy contributing to the school in my role as foundation Governor, I support the Resources and Teaching & Learning committees. My family has been part of St Joseph’s parish for over 60 years and I attended St Joseph’s school (which feels like a lifetime ago)! Both my children have enjoyed their time at St Joseph’s, my son is now at St John Fisher and my daughter is currently in year 6. I have 25 years experience in all aspects of accountancy and 10 years experience of people management and HR. I set up my own successful accountancy practice in 2015 and work from home which has been ideal with having children. I enjoy using my skills to support the governing body and the school. In my spare time, I am my children’s taxi ferrying them to football training, matches, Acro and Dance. When we’re not in the car, we enjoy long family walks in the countryside and we are huge Leeds United fans!
Dawn Payne – Governor Local Counsellor
There are no currently no conflicts of interest in our Governing Body for the academic year 2021-2022.
Annual Governance Statements
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Record of Governors Meetings and Attendance:
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