Our Governing Body is made up of representatives from a variety of groups within our Community. These include parents, church representatives and staff members.
Chair of Governors
Phonics and Early Reading
Health and Safety
Headteacher Performance Management
I’ve been a governor at Whinmoor St Paul’s for many years. I volunteered for the post on retiring from being a headteacher. I had the most amazing hard working governors in my last school and felt I wanted to return the favour and help out – if I could. I’m originally from the ‘wrong’ side of the Pennines and have lived all over the place. I have now happily settled in sunny Leeds with hubby and mad border collie. I’m now a granny – a fabulous job, I recommend it to anyone. Being a governor is quite an honour as you are helping shape the school lives our most important people. I love coming in to school and working with the children, seeing our decisions and policies put into practice.
Head Teacher Performance Management
Safeguarding and Child Protection
I have been a governor at Whinmoor St. Paul’s for many years and hold the position of Vice Chair. I support school in many ways, including being lead governor for Child Protection and Safeguarding. I enjoy volunteering on a weekly basis, hearing children read across all classes and attending Collective Worship on Friday mornings. I enjoy supporting all school events, attending meetings and being part of the interview panels. I am always ready to be a ‘listening ear’, providing support as and when it is needed.
My name is Tina Obbard, a married mother of two adult sons living in Seacroft Leeds with my husband, Neil.
I was born and grew up in Shropshire. Continuing education at Birmingham College of Food where I received HND in Hotel Catering and Institutional Management. I began my working career in the Holiday Inn hotel chain.
Marrying Neil in my twenties began a journey as an Army Wife, living in the UK, Northern Ireland, and Germany. It was here my career path changed from hospitality industry to Early Years Education and I ran my own OFSTED Outstanding grading Childminding business for several years.
On returning to the UK, at the end of our Military journey, I sought employment in an early years nursery finding an interesting and rewarding position in an outdoor setting, gaining extensive experience in ‘Nature Based Practise’ and ‘Forest School’ style education. When the opportunity came for Neil to work with Leeds Centre of Mission in Leeds we moved again, and I now have employment at a Montessori nursery as a nursery teacher working with two-year olds.
As an active Christian I am involved with a number of charities works; Mothers Union, where I volunteer on the ‘Away From It All’ family holiday and Compassion UK where I sponsor a child. I am also passionate to support my husband in his work with the young people of Leeds.
Chair of Teaching and Learning/ Pupil Support Committee
Government grant funding
As a parent governor at Whinmoor St Pauls Primary School I have been privileged to see first-hand the important role that school plays in supporting children and families. I am married and have two children who attend Whinmoor, and both enjoy their time in school.
I have worked in Leeds for 15 years supporting multi-agency strategic partnerships for vulnerable people. I work as a Commissioning Manager within the Children and Families Service at Leeds City Council and I also chair the Women’s Voice Staff Network
I am confident in asking questions and challenging where appropriate. I have experience working with different stakeholders and holding them accountable for performance and decisions made. I use these skills as a parent governor to support the school in monitoring and evaluating progress toward its priorities and targets.
In my spare time, I enjoy helping out in the children’s groups and clubs at the church that I am a member of and spending time with my family and friends.
I joined the governing body in the Spring of 2023, having moved to Whinmoor to serve my curacy (apprentice vicar training) in the Parish of Seacroft, Whinmoor and Swarcliffe in June 2022.
Prior to training to become a parish priest in the Church of England, I worked for a charity in Bradford, a church in London and for eleven years I was a primary school teacher in Birmingham and Dhaka, Bangladesh.
One of the great joys of my curacy has been developing a wonderful relationship with the staff and children at Whinmoor St. Paul’s. It is always a great joy and pleasure working alongside the staff and children of St. Paul’s.
I have been privileged to teach at Whinmoor St Paul’s Church of England Primary School for the past two years and I am honoured to be part of our governing body. I am whole heartedly committed to the school and to our community. I look forward to being part of Whinmoor St Paul’s journey as we move forward and see the school grow in the arms of God.
For more information about becoming a Governor or getting involved with the Governing body please click below for an information document.