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.

Mrs R. Davies (Foundation Governor)

Chair of Governors
Health and Safety

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.


Mrs H. Kitching (Foundation Governor)

Vice Chair
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.


Mrs Christine Bandawe (Foundation Governor)


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.


Mr Dan Evans (Local Authority Governor)

Pupil Premium

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.


Mrs Tina Obbard (Foundation Governor)


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.


Mrs Sandra Williams (Parent Governor)


I have been associated with Whinmoor St Pauls Primary School for many years, with both my children and grandchildren attending as pupils.

After leaving school in Harrogate, I trained in Book keeping and Finance before working for the Civil Service. On marrying, I moved to Leeds and became Company Secretary and Finance Director of our own business.
Now retired, I am very involved in, and a Trustee  of the Local Community Centre, a registered charity. Whilst I have held various positions for the Association including Chair, Secretary and Lead Safeguarding Officer, my main involvement was, and still is, with the Junior Showgroup and I have had the privilege, over the years, to meet and get to know hundreds of children and their families.
The Church Ethos of the School is very important to me especially as I am an active member of St Paul’s Church. Through the Church, I have become one of a small band of volunteers who spend every Tuesday helping to run a local Food Bank and Parish Larder from St Richard’s Church, part of Seacroft Parish.
Hopefully my knowledge of the School and the local community, will assist me in becoming a useful member of the Governing Body.

Mrs Lydia Anchen (Parent Governor) 

I have two children at Whinmoor St Paul’s and both love the school and the teachers. They have had a great start to school life thanks to the care and commitment of the staff.  As a parent governor I would like to support the school in providing the best education for our children.

I work for Leeds Safeguarding Children’s Partnership and my role is about making sure that anyone working with children safeguards and promotes their welfare. I work at a strategic level to help services improve outcomes for children and young people.

I have a good understanding of safeguarding and the important role that school’s play in supporting children and families. I am confident in asking questions and challenging where appropriate. I have experience of working with different stakeholders and holding them to account for performance and decisions made. I am able to look at different types of data and analyse this to pick out key themes and trends. I am able to use these skills to support the school in monitoring and evaluating progress towards the schools priorities and targets


Staff Governors

Mrs L. Vaughan (Staff Governor)

SEND Co-ordinator
Deputy Headteacher

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.


If you wish to contact one of the Governing Body please contact the school office for details.

For more information about becoming a Governor or getting involved with the Governing body please click below for an information document.

Governor Documents