Mrs M O’Shea - Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor

Committees: Leadership & Management (Chair); Pay & Headteacher’s Appraisal

Responsibilities: Chair of the Governing Body

I am the Chair of the Governing Body, having been appointed to the Governing Body four years ago. I am also the parent of a pupil at this school and I work full time for the Local Authority. I sit on the Leadership and Management Committee and chair the Academies Working Group. I have previously been the Vice-Chair of the Governing Body.

I have over 25 years’ experience of working as a Solicitor, the majority of that time in local government. I am able to use my experience working in employment and education law in my Governor role, as well as previous experience as a Governor in another school. I strongly believe in communities providing the best possible education for children and young people.

As a Governor I am committed to supporting the school and its staff and students on the journey to becoming outstanding. 

Mr J Hillyard - Vice-Chair of Governors and LEA Governor

Committees: Achievement & Teaching; Leadership & Management; Pay & Headteacher’s Appraisal

Responsibilities: Vice-Chair of the Governing Body

I am the Local Authority Governor, having been appointed by Leeds City Council, and have been a Governor at Cardinal Heenan since 2009.

I currently hold the position of Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and am a member of the Achievement & Teaching; Leadership & Management; and Pay & Headteacher’s Appraisal Committees.  I have previously been the Chair of the Governing Body and a member of the Staffing, the Resources and the Admissions Committees.

I am a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience of working for one of the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms and have an Industrial Economics degree from the University of Nottingham.

I am an active member of the Governing Body and use my work experience in business, finance and risk management to help the school make effective use of its resources, secure the highest levels of achievement and raise standards.


Mr S Carey - Co-opted Governor

Committees:  Achievement & Teaching; Pupil Behaviour & Safety

I have lived in North Leeds for 16 years, having moved from Manchester in 2000. Both my children were born in North Leeds and attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Primary School before moving on to Cardinal Heenan where they are progressing really well.

I have worked in the Welfare & Benefits field of local government for most of my working life, firstly in Manchester, then Liverpool and now Leeds. As part of my role as Chief Officer for Welfare & Benefits, I am required to develop and deliver strategies to help address poverty and financial hardship in Leeds. A significant proportion of my time is spent dealing with Government agencies, principally the Department for Work and Pensions, and I represent the Local Government Association on DWP Steering Groups on Benefit issues. The nature of the work and the challenges it presents requires a range of skills from the practical aspects of turning policy and complex regulation into a service, measuring and understanding impacts and working in partnership across sectors. The service is a large service so I also have significant experience in dealing with staffing, budget, policy and corporate issues.

I have recently taken flexible retirement, which means I now work on a part time basis. As a result I have started a Maths degree course at the Open University. I’d like to contribute to the running of the school in any way possible and see education and academic achievement as a cornerstone of addressing poverty and hardship issues.

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Mr P Connell - Parent Governor

Committees: Leadership and Management; Achievement & Teaching

I am a parent of three boys, two of whom joined the school inSeptember 2015 and the youngest who will attend from 2018. I have lived in Leeds for 18 years and this part of Leeds for the majority of that time.  I work for myself and am currently working on projects that consider energy, data and technology at city scale,  which means that I am involved in a number of initiatives within the city e.g. &

I am a member of the Achievement & Teaching committee where we review the School’s plans and hold school leaders to account.

As a parent governor I see my role to represent the point of view of parents and their concerns and priorities.


Miss E Cox - Headteacher

Committees: Leadership and Management; Achievement & Teaching; Behaviour & Safety

Responsibilities: Headteacher and Governor

I have held the post of Headteacher at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School since September 2001, having moved from St Mary’s Catholic High School at Menston where I served as Deputy Headteacher for ten years.

Prior to moving to Yorkshire I worked in secondary schools in Doncaster and Hertfordshire in a variety of roles including Deputy Headteacher (at Loreto College, Hertfordshire), Curriculum Leader, initiatives co-ordinator (TVEI) and Teacher of Geography.

I graduated from the University of Leicester with an honours degree in Geography and qualified as a teacher the following year, having successfully passed my Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at King’s College, London.  I undertook further post-graduate degrees at different stages in my career namely, a Master of Arts degree in Geography from the University of London and, more recently and linked to the senior role I held in school, I have a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Bradford.

I am committed to high standards in education and securing the very best outcomes for all our pupils. As a Governor and leader of the school I work closely with members of the governing body to secure improvement and move the school to Outstanding.


Mrs R Evans - Staff Governor

Committees: Pupil Behaviour & Safety (Chair); Admissions; Achievement & Teaching

Responsibilities: Representative on Alwoodley Cluster Leadership Group

For over 20 years I worked as a nurse in the areas of Orthopaedics, Trauma and General Surgery, in both the NHS and the private sector. I transferred to education nine years ago and am currently working with the school to develop the Enrichment Programme, a key component of my role as Achievement Champion.

I have been associated with Cardinal Heenan for 15 years. When my first child joined the school I became a member of the P.T.A. In due course I joined the school staff as a member of the Learning Support and Science Departments and was later appointed as Aim Higher Co-coordinator. I commenced my post as Achievement Champion in 2011and became a School Governor in 2012. All three of my children attended Cardinal Heenan and other family members count amongst our current and former pupils. I am a member of one of our feeder Parishes, St John Mary Vianney, where my three children attended the feeder primary school, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Primary.

I believe that I bring a number of skills to my position as a governor, gained in the many and varied posts held during my working life.  I have a good knowledge of health, wellbeing and safety; experience of working with school staff as a Teaching Assistant, Higher Level Teaching Assistant and in the area of achievement.           


Mr M Gan - Foundation Governor

Committees: Achievement & Teaching (Chair); Admissions; Pay & Headteacher’s Appraisal

Responsibilities: Overseeing pupil premium attainment; Representative on Alwoodley Cluster Leadership Group

I have been a governor at the school since 2010, initially as a parent governor and as a foundation governor since October 2014. Prior to retirement I spent my career working within the National Health Service in a variety of senior roles in Leeds and South Yorkshire, primarily in the field of community health, mental health and learning disability services, including children’s services.  I gained extensive experience of operational management, strategic and service planning, multi-agency working, project management, contract and financial management.  I undertake work as an examinations invigilator at the school on a periodic basis. Since becoming a governor I have served on the Resources Committee and a number of ad-hoc working groups and appointment panels. Currently I serve on the Admissions Committee and as chair of the Leadership & Management Committee.  I am one of the governor links to the Senior Leadership Team with a subject focus on PSHCE, Art and PE.


Mr M Gardner - Foundation Governor

Committees:  Leadership and Management; Pupil Behaviour & Safety

Responsibilities: I was appointed as a Foundation Governor to Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School by the Diocese of Leeds in May 2015.

I am now retired after nine years as CEO of BOSS Federation, the Trade Association for the Office Products Industry, representing about 1500 companies in Business Supplies. I also held a directorship with the British Printing Industries Federation.

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants. During the last 30 years I have held senior management and Directors positions with some major PLCs (WH Smith and The Burton Group) and printing and manufacturing companies in the UK.

In the past I have been Chair of Governors at St Paul's Catholic Primary School. Two of my sons have been past pupils at Cardinal Heenan.

I am a practising Catholic and I hope to bring my experience in management and finance to support the Governing Body, the Headteacher, staff, pupils and parents and all stakeholders in Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School.


Hon Alderman Richard Harker - Foundation Governor

Committees: Admissions (Chair); Achievement & Teaching; Leadership & Management

I taught in Leeds schools from 1976 to 1999 and, on taking early retirement, was the Director of Sixth Form Studies at the City of Leeds School.

From 2001 to 2010 I represented Moortown Ward on Leeds City Council. I was the executive board member of Leeds City Council responsible for life long education in the city from 2004 to 2010.

I was a governor of Leeds Trinity University for nine years from 2003 and have been a Foundation Governor at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School since 2010.

Textile design has taken up a large amount of my time of late. I am currently in the process of setting up a Creative Adventures in Textiles group.

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Mr D Murray - Foundation Governor

Committees: Admissions; Leadership & Management; Achievement & Teaching

With 17 years of experience as a governor in the Diocese of Leeds, I am passionate about children’s education. I held the post of Chair of Governors at a local primary school and latterly at Cardinal Heenan, until I relinquished the role in 2013 due to work commitments. During my time in primary and secondary education I have been a member of, and chaired, a large number of committees including: Academies; Admissions; Achievement and Teaching; Leadership and Management; Pupil Behaviour; Pay and Headteacher Performance.

I live in the local area. I am married, with three children, and an active member of the Catholic community. My two daughters were educated at Cardinal Heenan and my son will start his final year in September 2016. It is fair to say they have all enjoyed a fantastic educational experience at this school.

I am the Managing Director of a project management company specialising in the utilities and financial services sector. I have a wealth of experience in commercial, financial and HR management which I draw upon in my role as a governor as we continually improve in order to move the school to Outstanding.


Mr A Nelson - Co-opted Governor

Committees: Pupil Behaviour & Safety

Responsibilities: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

I have been a governor at Cardinal Heenan for three years, initially as a staff governor, but more recently as a co-opted governor. I have served on the Pupil Behaviour and Safety committee for all of that time.

I was born in Manchester but have lived in Leeds for nearly 20 years, staying on in the city after moving here to attend university and attaining my degree in Media and Communications. Leeds is where I intend to stay and where I have started my family. It is a wonderful, vibrant and inspiring city, one that I want to repay for welcoming me, by putting back into the community in as many ways as I can. Being a governor at Cardinal Heenan is an important way of doing this: I help to support the staff and pupils of this great school in any ways I can, in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for all.

My background is varied, including marketing and sales management, running a record label and event management, but for the past decade I have worked in education. I worked within the inclusion and special educational needs department of Guiseley School, where I gained an understanding of the huge commitment which is required to ensure that those who need it most receive support to succeed and excel in education. Then I worked at Cardinal Heenan for five years as a Year Manager and Child Protection Officer, working closely with all pupils who passed through the school doors, seeing the dedication that goes into inspiring and guiding the more vulnerable young people in education. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Cardinal Heenan, but last year I left to work in a similar role within primary education in order to broaden my experiences as I pursue my goal of becoming a teacher.


Mr K Partridge - Parent Governor

Committees: Achievement & Teaching; Pupil Behaviour & Safety

Responsibilities: Overseeing Child Protection and Children who are Looked After

I live in North Leeds and I am married with two children, both of whom are progressing through the Catholic school system. I am a supporter of school and church. My children were baptized at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Leeds.

My roles in employment have seen me work in serving the public for over 30 years. I retired recently. Working across West Yorkshire and specialising in a number of areas, I gained a vast and diverse experience of life. Sharing that knowledge and experience, I worked in a number of local and national training roles, including ‘Safer Schools Leeds’. I helped schools in the education, behaviour management, safeguarding and personal development of our young people.

I have an active interest in sports and in outdoor and non-formal education. I have been involved in the Scouting movement for over 40 years. I currently manage adult volunteers and help lead large-scale local and international events, assisting young people in achieving their physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential.

I have an affinity with the school and good experience of the pastoral care and dedication it gives to children. I want to play a part in supporting the school to develop further and flourish.


Rev T Wiley - Foundation Governor

Committees: Admissions, Leadership & Management

I am the Parish Priest of Saint John Mary Vianney, which incorporates the Catholic Churches of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St Paul the Apostle.  I am also the Dean of North Leeds.  I was educated at St Nicholas Primary School before going on to St Michael’s College in Leeds. After employment in the Civil Service, I trained for the Priesthood at St Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw, in Durham and I was ordained in July 1988.  I have over 25 years of experience on school governing bodies. I am a regular visitor to Cardinal Heenan, along with our assistant priest, Fr Sean Crowley, the chaplain to the school.  I am committed to high standards in education and securing the very best outcomes for all our pupils.


Mrs A Woliter - Foundation Governor

Committees: Admissions; Pupil Behaviour & Safety

Responsibilities: Overseeing Pupil Attendance and Governor Training

As a former teacher at Cardinal Heenan for over 30 years, I have a great deal of relevant knowledge and experience to bring to my role as a Foundation Governor on the Governing Body.

I have been a member of the Admissions Committee for many years and have also undertaken Admission Appeals for the Diocese of Leeds.

My additional role as the Training Governor enables me to have an overview of the training needs and requirements of all governors, who attend a variety of courses in order to improve their knowledge and understanding of the many changing aspects of education in today's world. This commitment by governors is central to our role of ensuring that all students receive the highest standard of education through excellent teaching and thorough, rigorous monitoring of attainment and achievement.


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