Our Governing Body is made up of representatives from a variety of groups within our Community. These include parents, church representatives and staff members. The governing body has taken the decision not to have sub-committees at this time.
Chair of Governors
I’ve been a governor at Whinmoor St Paul’s for 4 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
I have been a governor at Whinmoor St. Paul’s for 21 years and I now hold the position of Vice Chair. I support school in many ways, including being the lead governor on Child Protection and Safeguarding. I am the class governor to the Year 2 children and enjoy volunteering on a weekly basis, hearing children read across all classes and attending Collective Worship most Monday mornings and Celebration Assembly most Friday mornings. I am also the Warden at St. Paul’s Church, which meets every Sunday in the school hall.
Team Vicar (2007 – 2018 retired) Parish of Seacroft, Leeds.
I was ordained Deacon in June 2004 and Priest in July 2005. I served half of a four-year curacy in the parish of St Mary The Virgin, Middleton, Leeds. This was followed in April 2007 by a move to the Seacroft Team Ministry to complete my curacy. I received Licence and Authority to serve as Team Vicar in December 2008. In 2019 the Bishop Suffragan of Kirkstall, gave me authority to officiate in the Diocese of Leeds.
During the course of my ministry in Seacroft I joined the Governing Body at Beechwood Primary School and later at Parklands Primary School. At various times I was asked to conduct whole school assemblies at both schools and in time at St Paul’s, Church of England Aided Primary School.
My work in schools connected me to families across the Parish many of which I met while out and about in Seacroft, Swarcliffe and Whinmoor.
I am very passionate about very early years education and believe this time offers children a good start, and as they continue to progress through primary school can open up many opportunities.
The importance of a good education and being actively involved in the process played an integral part in the raising of my two daughters. This level of interest is now being applied to my granddaughter, and one in which I am enthusiastically involved.
I hope my experience in the parish and as a mum and granny can prove useful as a member of the Governing Body at St Paul’s School.
Dan is currently Head of Modern Foreign Languages at an ‘Outstanding’ secondary school in Huddersfield. Originally from the Midlands, he studied both his undergraduate degree and Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Leeds and has lived in Leeds ever since.
Prior to his current post, Dan has held a variety of roles across a range of schools in Yorkshire, supporting both staff and students to share his passion for languages.
He is dedicated to ensuring all young people, regardless of their background, are able to fulfil their potential and have every opportunity available to them in the future.
Dan is excited to be working with the staff and students at Whinmoor St Paul’s, building on its successful transformation to date and to ensure the school continues to best serve the children the community and becomes a beacon of education in the city.
Outside of work, Dan enjoys travelling, music and cooking.
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.
Member of SLT
I’ve been a staff governor at Whinmoor St Paul’s for 8 years. I volunteered for the post as I am whole heartedly committed to the school and have taught here for 10 years so Whinmoor St Paul’s feels like a part of me. Being a governor is an honour as I am able to see and support Whinmoor St Paul’s in moving forwards on its continuing journey. It is a pleasure to being involved in participating in decisions to ‘shape’ the school and seeing the school grow in the arms of God.
School Business Manager
Member of SLT
I have worked at Whinmoor St Paul’s since September 2014 and previously worked at another Church of England school for 10 years. I am thoroughly committed to this school which is why I offered to become an associate governor. I am married, with two children, two dogs and one cat!
For more information about becoming a Governor or getting involved with the Governing body please click below for an information document.