Cardinal Heenan

Cardinal Heenan

Catholic High School


The Governing Body is drawn from the local community and they freely give their time and expertise to support the work of Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School. The Governors act as ‘critical friends’ to the school working closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team, playing a strategic role in running the school. This includes maintaining the ethos of Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School as a Catholic school under the direction of the Bishop, setting aims and objectives, adopting policies and setting targets. 

There are several categories of Governor: 

  • Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese 
  • Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority 
  • Parent Governors are appointed by self-nomination and parent vote where necessary 
  • Staff Governors are appointed by self-nomination and staff vote where necessary 

There are five main committees who meet throughout the year: 

  • Leadership & Management: Chairperson, Michael Gardner  
  • Outcomes for Students: Chairperson, Shaun Vickers  
  • Admissions: Chairperson, Rosie Evans 
  • Pay: Chairperson, to be appointed 
  • Appeals: Chairperson, to be appointed 
 Declaration of interest list 2021-22 Final.pdfDownload
 Governing Body Committees 2021 - 22.pdfDownload
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Mr M Gardner, Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor

Committees: Chair Leadership and Management, Outcomes for Students, Pay Committee and HT Appraisal.

Responsibilities: Finance, Health & Safety, Training, PFI

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 S Vickers – Vice Chair of Governor - Foundation Governor

Committees: Leadership & Management

Responsibilities: GDPR Compliance

A native of Leeds, I attended the Holy Family Catholic Primary school and Corpus Christ Catholic Secondary school while being a member of the Holy Family parish in West Leeds.

We moved to North Leeds in 1998, looking for schools for our two children, both of primary school age, and chose St. Paul’s in Alwoodley becoming members of St. Paul’s parish, which is now part of St. John Mary Vianney parish. I have been a foundation governor at St. Paul’s since 2003 and Chair at St. Paul’s for four years. I joined the Governing Body of Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School in 2018. 

I worked in software development having managed software delivery teams producing both ‘back office’ applications and ‘point of sale’ mobile applications in the electrical wholesale and financial sectors. Currently I am refreshing my skills in application coding with the aim of producing software myself, something I missed when my principle role was to manage the production of software.

Having experienced governance in a primary school, I look forward to understanding the challenges that high school staff experience as they seek to provide the spiritual, emotional, physical and academic awareness and development, that will enable each young member of this community to confidently step into their future.


Mr G. Alegue – Foundation Governor
Committees: Leadership & Management
Responsibilities: Website review

I currently work as a management consultant in Finance and Technology, having worked in the past as an IT Director and Director of Internal Audit within both financial services and telecommunications sectors. My career which spans more than 20 years has given me the opportunity to work in a variety of roles, from managing business and technology operations to financial management and audit in a variety of industries across several continents (Africa, Asia, Europe and North America). I have acquired a variety of skills which I hope to bring to this role to help me provide effective support to the school community.

My family and I are practicing Catholics and we are part of the St John Mary Vianney parish. I have great respect for Cardinal Heenan where my two sons are currently studying in year 7. I am honoured and pleased to be able to work with a strong leadership team to shape a great future for the school


Mr P McQuillen-Strong – Foundation Governor

Committees: Outcomes for Students

For over 20 years I worked as a teacher and now Headteacher in Leeds. After studying at TASC I began my teaching career at St Andrew’s CPS (Now Immaculate Heart of Mary CPS) before moving to work at St Augustine’s CPS. I am Currently Headteacher at Holy Family CPS in Armley and I have also served as Headteacher at St Paul’s CPS and St Philip’s CPS.

I live in North Leeds with my wife and three daughters and we are part of the St John Mary Vianney parish. My daughters have all attended St Paul’s CPS and two are now part of the Cardinal Heenan community. When I was asked to consider being a foundation governor for Cardinal Heenan I jumped at the chance. I am passionate about improving education for children and working as a governor of the high school means I gain a new perspective.

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 in schools.  I have a good knowledge of teaching and learning, finance, child protection, HR and pupil engagement. I am passionate about delivering a curriculum and environment that allows pupils to be happy and achieve what they desire.

As a keen sportsman I have always strived to engage pupils in physical activity and team sports as I believe they help to develop the whole child and give pupils skills and experiences that other areas of school are not able to do.


Mrs D O’Connor – Foundation Governor

Committees – Admissions and Outcomes for Students


I was delighted to be appointed as a Foundation Governor to Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School by the Diocese of Leeds in 2020.

I currently hold the role of Student Support Manager at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College, where I have worked since 1989. I like to think that these 30 plus years working in Catholic education, have enabled me to acquire both the knowledge and skills to support, steer and guide young people in their educational and life journey. I hope to utilise these skills to help me support the school community.

I am from a nursing background which naturally steered me in the direction of pastoral support. Within my role I have responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection and am the deputy DSL for the College. I work closely with Children That Are Looked After and those students who find themselves living independently. I manage Student Discretionary and Bursary funding for our student body, and I also work alongside the Assistant Principal in Admissions and Enrolment.

During both my work and personal life, I have had links with Cardinal Heenan High School as my daughter was a pupil at the school 20 years ago. My family and I are practicing Catholics and we are part of the St John Mary Vianney parish. I look forward to being able to be part of the school community and will do all I can to support it moving forward.





Mrs R Evans – Foundation Governor

Committees: Outcomes for Students, Admissions


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 twelve years ago and am currently working with the school to develop the Enrichment Programme, a key component of my role in school.

I have been associated with Cardinal Heenan for 19 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 J O’Hara – Parent Governor

Committees: Leadership & Management, Outcomes for Students

I have been a teacher for over 20 years and am currently working as an assistant Headteacher in a large comprehensive secondary school. In my last two roles I have had responsibility for post 16 studies and this is still part of my focus in my current role. I specialise in teaching business and economics and have also taught A level law and some PE in my previous schools. I believe that I bring a number of skills to my position as a governor, gained in the many and varied post I have held during my working life in schools and in the private sector before I became a teacher. I am married and have 3 children who all attend Cardinal Heenan school.

I believe that a good school is one that raises aspirations through an ethos that promotes a thirst for learning and an endless belief in providing the best possible education for all students. All schools should aim to ensure their students have the opportunity to leave school with the intellectual currency to enable them to become fully engaged active citizens, capable of fulfilling their potential. I hope as a governor I can help Cardinal Heenan to continue to achieve this. 


Mrs M Mooney – Parent Governor

I have three daughters who currently attend Cardinal Heenan and Holy Name and I am a member of the Parish of Our Lady of Kirkstall. As well as being a parent at Cardinal Heenan I am also a past pupil, as are many members of my family. I am therefore committed to and invested in the success of the school and ensuring great outcomes for the children. I understand the importance of academic goals, but my main priority is that children are happy, kind, enjoy school and are encouraged to fulfil their potential. As a Parent Governor I strive to ensure that Cardinal Heenan continues to be a place that brings out the best in every student, whilst recognising and celebrating their differences and achievements.

I am a Qualified Solicitor and Manager at Citizens Advice Leeds, responsible for fulfilling contracts that ensure the needs of our community are met. I also lead on research and campaigns with a focus on making a difference to the most vulnerable members of our community. I am willing to learn and to help others to do so. I regularly write funding bids and present reports to stakeholders. I am used to analysing data and looking for solutions, as well as presenting information in a clear, concise and understandable format. I manage multi-disciplinary teams, have experience in supervising volunteers and paid staff and am the Safeguarding Lead. I hope that my experience, alongside my commitment to the children, the school and the community, makes me a valuable Parent Governor.



 Miss L Burns - Staff Governor 


I joined the governing body in 2021 as staff governor. I have worked at the school since 2014 as the library co-ordinator and teacher of English, PSHCE and Study Skills, having previously worked in primary schools in the UK, Spain and South America. I have taken on various roles in school, particularly around staff and student wellbeing. I was a member of the staff committee which looked at the school's response to the Covid-19 pandemic and have organised and been involved in a range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities for students at Cardinal Heenan and our partner schools, including author visits, Duke of Edinburgh Award and debating/public speaking. I have also accompanied pupils on international trips to France with the PE department and Belgium with the History department. I am committed to ensuring that pupils access a wide range of experiences throughout their time in school and that they are equipped with the skills they need to become well-rounded, life-long learners when they leave Cardinal Heenan.

I believe that I bring a range of skills to my role as a governor. I have a good understanding of school life from a range of different perspectives and a good understanding of pupil and staff wellbeing, pastoral care as well as experience of working with staff in many departments across the school.