Governors

Justine Hardisty
Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor

I have been a parent Governor at Temple Moor High School for over nine years and since both my children have completed Post 16 and now moved on, I have decided to continue my association with Temple Moor as a Foundation Governor. Now 20 years old, my son is currently completing the final year of a degree in Sports Coaching in Leeds and my daughter, 18 is about to study a degree in Business  Information Technology at York St John University.  After studying at Art College for four years and pursuing a career as an Interior Designer for a further twelve years, I finished work to raise my children.   Since 2002 I have been working at Templenewsam Halton Primary school where my current role is as a Cover Supervisor. As well as being Chair at Temple Moor I am also a staff representative on the Governing Body at TNHPS which I feel is beneficial with both schools belonging to the same Trust. Having lived in the Temple Newsam area my whole life, I feel very strongly about this community and my links with Temple Moor go back many years as the ‘bungalow’ was my childhood home for over 17 years when my father was the school Superintendent. I am very much looking forward to being involved in the changes planned for Temple Moor over the next year. In a very short space of time there has been an extremely positive shift in culture which is set to massively improve the quality of teaching and learning, outcomes and life chances for our young people, as ALL stakeholders of the school have a shared vision of pursuing excellence.

Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? Yes – Templenewsam Halton Primary (Staff Governor)
Related to any member of school staff? No
Able to vote? Yes
End of Term: 11 July 2020
Member of the Pay Review Committee


Matt West
PrincipalMW

I am a proud husband and father, to two boys, and have worked as a successful senior leader in schools for the past 9 years. I also have over 10 years’ experience as an executive coach and a MA in Leadership and Management. My aim is to bring these experiences to Temple Moor High School and develop all staff into “leaders in learning”; better prepared to deliver excellent learning opportunities to all students who join us at the school. Before this I was a PE teacher with a background in a variety of sports including: rugby (both codes); rowing; triathlon and athletics.

Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? No
Related to any member of school staff? No
Able to vote? Yes
End of Term: Ex-officio


David Lees JP
Co-opted Governor

David Lees

I went to school at Harrogate Grammar and I am originally from an Engineering background. I served in the Royal Air Force for 22 years before retiring and joining Temple Moor in 2006 as a Learning Manager for the Science department. I hold a Graduateship in Management and am also a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management. I hold diplomas in Electronic Communications and Learning and Development. I have been a Governor since 2007 and in this time have been Chair of the Students’ Committee and Child Protection Governor.

I currently have responsibilities for Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Pupil Premium.

I sit as a Magistrate in the Leeds adult court and in my spare time enjoy fishing, metal detecting, supporting Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos whenever my wife Sally, my daughter Lilly and son Tom allow me to.

Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? No
Related to any member of school staff? No
Able to vote? Yes
End of Term:10 February 2019


Sarah Robson
Co-opted Governor
Co Vice-Chair
Chair of Pay Review Committee

Sarah Robson

I am a married mum of two small children, originally from Northallerton. However, I moved to Whitkirk in 2009 after meeting my husband. My husband has always lived locally and attended Temple Moor.

For the last few year I have been a full time mum which I have found extremely rewarding. Prior to this, I worked as an Auditor and I am a qualified Certified Chartered Accountant.

I spent over 10 years working in Teesside and North Yorkshire where I gained experience in all areas of accountancy before specialising in audit. I was involved in the audit of a number of schools and charities during this time.

In 2006, I was ready for a new challenge and joined the Audit team at a firm of Chartered Accountants in Leeds. I left in 2010 to become a mum. I have recently returned to work with my husband running our own Insolvency Practice.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, making frequent visits back to Northallerton, going to music concerts and reading.

I believe all children should get a good education regardless of background and coupled with my experience I feel I can make a worthwhile contribution.

Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? No
Related to any member of school staff? No
Able to vote? Yes
End of Term: 10 February 2019
Member of the Pay Review Committee


Stephanie Burn
Co-opted Governor

Stephanie Burn

My name is Stephanie and I have been a Community Governor at Temple Moor for the last five years.  I have a son in year 10 and a three year old daughter.  My professional background is in Social Policy, Education and research and I hold a BA Hons in Sociology and Social Policy.  I am currently employed as a researcher for the Children’s Performance Team in Leeds Children’s Services and part of this involves helping services use performance information to improve services.

Whilst a governor at Temple Moor I have had specific responsibilities for attendance and Pupil Premium –  this is Government funding provided to schools to help improve the achievement of disadvantaged young people (see the school web for more info). I am incredibly passionate about the educational achievement of all children and young people and I want every young person to receive an excellent and enjoyable education at Temple Moor, leaving to lead successful and happy futures.  I strive to do this through both challenging and supporting the school leaders, in an aim to achieve a shared ambition to become outstanding.

Hobbies: outdoor swimming, cycling, walking and wildlife conservation

Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? No
Related to any member of school staff? No
Able to vote? Yes
End of Term: 10 February 2019


Paul Gibson
Parent Governor
Co Vice-Chair

Paul Gibson

My name is Paul Gibson, I am a Parent Governor at Temple Moor High School and have two daughters attending TMHS. I am a link governor for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) as well as Outcomes for Students.   I have a passionate belief in education.  I am the manager for the community learning programme at a local FE college ensuring people from different and challenging backgrounds get back into education and employment.  I hold a BA Hons in Teaching and Professional Development, and I’m studying for my MA in Educational Leadership.  I also enjoy keeping fit at a local exercise club at Temple Newsam Park, I’ll be the one looking dazed and confused. I also enjoy cycling with my family in the local area.

Business interest in the school? No
Governor at another school? No
Related to any member of school staff? No
Able to vote? Yes
End of Term: 9 February 2019
Member of the Pay Review Committee


Barbara Walker
Parent GovernorBarbara

I am a Parent governor with two boys at the school.

In my working life I work for the Local Authority in the Governor Support Service which provides support to school governing bodies in Leeds with recruiting and training school governors. I have over 25 years’ experience of working with school governing bodies in Leeds. I have worked for a number of years within a school environment as an Administrator and Teaching Assistant and until recently at the local Children’s Centre. I am currently clerk to the governors for a number of schools in Leeds which includes attending governing body meetings and providing advice and support to the governing bodies on their roles and responsibilities.

I became a school governor in order to use my knowledge and experience to make a difference. I feel that every child should be giving the opportunity to achieve their full potential and governors have a strategic role in this process. My particular skills include financial management and interpreting school data.  I am link governor with responsibility for safeguarding and looked after children.

When I am not attending governing body meetings and running around after my two sons, I enjoy keeping fit, walking and reading.

Business interest in the school?  No
Governor at another school?  No
Related to any member of school staff?  No
Able to vote?  Yes
End of Term:  12 November 2019


Adam Brown
Parent GovernorIMG_1992 Adam Brown

I am a parent governor and my eldest daughter has just started at Temple Moor High School. I am a registered nurse by profession, and have worked in many different clinical services in hospitals across Leeds.

I started working in healthcare regulation in 1999 and have since been responsible for the inspection and regulation of NHS trusts, independent healthcare providers, adult social care provision as well as assessing the quality of social care commissioning. I currently manage the delivery of inspections within NHS and independent healthcare providers.

Business interest in the school?  No
Governor at another school?  No
Related to any member of school staff?  No
Able to vote? Yes
End of Term: 13 July 2019


Stu Bisson
Staff Governor

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Business interest in the school?  No
Governor at another school?  No
Related to any member of school staff?  No
Able to vote? Yes
End of Term: 1 October 2021


Current Vacancies:
1 x Foundation Governor
2 x Co-opted Governor
1 x LA Governor

Recent Resignations:
Vince Biglin (resigned 12 July 2016)
Justine Hardisty (appointed Foundation Governor 12 July 2016)
Amanda Burrow (resigned 25 January 2016)
Viv Titchmarsh (resigned 13 December 2016)
Tony Sheppard (resigned 31 August 2017)
Helen Hebden (resigned 21 August 2017)
Barry Hilton (resigned 18 September2017)