Mr S Carey, Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor

Committees:  Achievement & Teaching; Pupil Behaviour & Safety

Governors work together with leaders at all levels in the school to ensure the best possible outcomes for pupils. We are uncompromising in our ambition for school improvement. We hold leaders to account for setting high standards and working strategically for all groups of pupils so that they make rapid and sustained progress, whatever their backgrounds or starting points. We are proud of our school and work systematically to ensure that all our pupils benefit from high quality Catholic education.

I have lived in North Leeds since relocating from Manchester in 2000. Both my children were born in North Leeds and have benefited significantly from a Catholic education firstly at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Primary School and then here at Cardinal Heenan.

I am now retired but worked in the Welfare & Benefits field of local government for most of my working life, firstly in Manchester, then Liverpool and now Leeds. My role as Chief Officer required the development and delivery of strategies to help address poverty and financial hardship in Leeds. It also involved working with Government agencies and representing the Local Government Association on welfare issues. I see education and academic achievement as a cornerstone of addressing poverty and hardship issues.

I believe strongly in the value of lifelong learning and have recently started a Maths degree course at the Open University. All governors share the belief that we have a duty to provide the best platform possible for our children.

Mr M Gardner, Vice Chair of Governors - 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.

Mr C Clement - Parent Governor

I have always respected Cardinal Heenan and it has certainly delivered a very good education to my children.  I feel very happy to be able to support the school in the role of parent governor from September 2017.  I have two children - one just leaving the school this year and one in Year 8.  I am chartered accountant, having been a finance director within plc and private equity environments in both the construction and technology sectors over the last 10 years.  I have a wide array of experience relating to good governance practice and business management.  My career now consists of a variety of part-time roles, creating flexibility for me to commit time to support the school.  I look forward to learning and understanding more about the school and helping it deal with the inevitable challenges that lie ahead.

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.           

 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.


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.


Mr M Sanderson - Foundation Governor


I was a pupil at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School from 2000-2005 and have always been grateful for the spiritual, intellectual and human formation I received whilst at CHCHS. Upon graduating with a History degree from the University of York, I commenced priestly formation for the Diocese of Leeds and studied in Valladolid and Rome. After discerning my vocation lay elsewhere I worked for CAFOD in London for 3 years undertaking a variety of roles, including developing a young adults' strategy and latterly as Executive Assistant to the Director. Whilst on a visit to a CAFOD project in El Salvador my desire to teach was rekindled and I am now teaching in a secondary school in Bradford. I am a parishioner of St John Mary Vianney Parish, where I recently got married. I am relishing the opportunity to be a part of the school community once again and to contribute to the governance of my alma mater.


V. Rev Canon 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. Bishop Marcus appointed me to the Cathedral Chapter in November 2016. I am a Director of St Gregory the Great Academy Trust, 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 Josh Hilton, 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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