The Governing Body of Manston St James Academy is made up of individuals who are representative of different sections of the academy and the local community. Some are elected by parents and staff while the rest are appointed by the LEAF Academy Trust Board of Directors, and their term of office lasts for 4 years, after which they will need to be re-appointed if they wish to continue being a Governor.
Neil Morrisroe – Chair of Governors
Neil has worked in the Social Care sector for over 25 years and currently holds the position of Operations Director at a Leeds based Social Enterprise whom provide care and support services to people with a learning disability. His work means that he is well practiced in strategic planning and risk management as well as having specialist knowledge on the needs of individuals who may require involvement from Health and Social Care services.
Jane Kent - Principal
Alice Swinburn – Parent Governor
After studying Chemistry at university Alice moved into the Information Technology sector and has more than 20 years of experience in various roles. Working as an IT Project Manager for over ten years Alice has delivered IT projects in a wide range of industry sectors including education and health. She particularly enjoys the challenge of translating between technical and business experts to try and make the most out of the opportunities presented by new technology.
Originally from Bedford Alice has lived in Leeds for 20 years, has 2 children at the academy and also plays an active role the events run by the school PTFA
Heather has worked as a maths teacher for 36 years. Her last 7 years before retirement in 2014 were spent as head of the Mathematics/ICT faculty at Abbey Grange C of E Academy, although since then she has been back at Abbey Grange on a part time temporary basis, and done some private tutoring.
Heather graduated with a first class honours degree from London University in 1977 and has also been Brownie leader since that time, firstly at St Marys, Whitkirk and more recently at St James the Great, Manston. She has also held other Guiding roles such as County Brownie holiday advisor. She is a practising Christian who sings in the church choir and music group at St James the Great and is a strong believer in volunteering and creating community links.
Retirement from full time teaching has meant she is able to concentrate on her hobbies; singing and travelling with choirs, (most recently to Belgium and New York) singing in folk clubs, reading and gardening (although she still finds time to do Mathematics).
Helen taught music in a Leeds Primary School for 12 years until she left to start her family. She became a Governor at Manston St James in 2010. She runs the school choir and also plays the piano for all the schools musical events.
Helen has attended Manston St James church all her life and is fully involved in the church life. She sings in the church choir, plays the piano for various services, helps lead the children’s events and has served on the Parochial Church Council.
Married with 2 children, in her spare time Helen conducts an adult choir based in Tadcaster.