Mountfields Lodge School

Aim High, Reach for the Sky

Mountfields Lodge School

Meet The Governors

The School Governors:



Trust Members: James Flint (Chair of Governors)

Mr Flint can be contacted via the School Office


Joanna Linton (Vice Chair of Governors)

  Yasser Eliwa (Chair of Finance)



Trustees: Governor Appointed:

Jagjit Samra (Link Governor)



Joanna Linton, (Vice Chair of Governors + Chair of Personnel)

    Liz Monk

Trustees: Member Appointed:

Yasser Eliwa (Chair of Finance)



James Flint (Chair of Governors)


Trustees: Parent Elected:

Jo Downs (SEND)

    James Leeson (Chair of Teaching and Learning)

Trustees: Staff

Helen DeRijk (SEND)

    Kelly Clark

Head teacher:

Michael Hoare, Headteacher (ex-officio)


Company Secretary:

Valerie Thorley


Clerk to Governors:

Christine Greenall


Clerk to Finance:

Cath Watson


The Governing Board of our school plays a key role in:

· Setting the strategic plan for the school.

· Setting targets for raising standards of educational achievement.

· Monitoring progress towards meeting these targets.

· Finding the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of the Headteacher and therefore the performance of his/her staff and the school as a whole.

· Deciding policy and future development plans.

· Upholding good governance and working towards the success of the school.


The role of the governing body is one of oversight and it is not involved in the day to day management of the school. The Headteacher role includes the educational performance of the school and operational responsibilities.


School Headteacher

and Staff

Governing Board

Parent Staff Association (PSA)

Manage the day to day operation of the school and education of the pupils.

Provides strategic leadership and accountability.

Supports the school with fundraising and other events.


The governing body operates a code of conduct which sets an ethos of professionalism and high expectations of governors.

The Finance Committee have the delegated authority to make financial decisions on behalf of the academy; any other committees or working groups must make representation to the Finance Committee with regards to any decisions that might have financial impact upon the school.

The Full Governing Body meets 4 times per academic year (minimum of once per term). The Governing Body establishes the overall framework for the governance of the academy and determines membership, terms of reference and procedures of committees and other groups. It receives reports from its committees for ratification. It monitors the activities of the committees through the minutes of their meetings. The Board may, from time to time, establish working groups to perform specific tasks over a limited timescale.

There are 3 committees:

· Personnel (Pupils and Staff)

· Finance (including H&S/Environment)

. Teaching and Learning (Standards and Curriculum)

The terms of reference (ToR) for each governor committee set out the expectations for that committee. The ToR are reviewed annually as a minimum expectation but may be reviewed earlier at the request of the Chair or any other governor.

Each committee has a Chairperson (annual appointment) and a Minute-taker is agreed each meeting; the Finance Committee have a dedicated Minute-taker.

Minutes from each committee meeting are shared with all governors prior to each Full Governors Meeting and each governor has the opportunity to question, challenge and request further information from committee members.

Governor Attendance at Meetings of the Full Governing Body 2019-20

Governor Attendance of Meetings of the Finance, Audit and Risk Cttee 2019-20

James Flint, Chair of Governors

I became a governor in May 2017 and have two children, one of whom currently attends the school. I am an Electronic and Electrical engineer and have been lecturing at Loughborough University since 2001. In my current role I also have an additional responsibility for learning and teaching. I have a particular interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects.

I am delighted to be part of the team that is helping to support and shape the future direction of the school.


Term started: 10/05/17.  

Joanna Linton, Vice-Chair of Governors

Joanna has been a Governor at the school for many years.  As well as being Vice-Chair of Governors, Joanna also Chairs the Personnel Committee.


Term started: 01/12/16. 


Helen deRijk

I have been a Governor at Mountfields Lodge School for 18 years, working with 3 Head Teachers. I started off as a parent Governor and am now a Staff governor. I have been a Teacher here in varying roles from 2001, with the last 6 year being in Year 2.  I have 4 children, who all came to this school, as we live in the local area. We enjoy cycling, walking and skiing as a family.


Term started: 20/09/19.  Term ends: 19/09/23.

Yasser Eliwa

I have been a parent governor for about a year. I am currently working as a Lecturer of Accounting and Financial Management at Loughborough University with a PhD in Accounting & Finance, and I have previously taught in Higher Education for ten years. At Mountfields Lodge, I focus on helping in developing the strategic plan of the school and managing the school budget. Also, I am passionate about learning and teaching, staff development, curriculum innovation, enrichment and enhancement and the promotion of careers and progression.


Term started: 10/05/17. Term ends: 09/05/21.

Jagjit Samra

I became a governor in November 1991 when Mountfields and Lodge Farm schools amalgamated to form Mountfields Lodge School. I have always been a member of the finance sub-committee and for many years was also a member on the SEN committee. I was on the committee producing the governors annual report for several years. Currently I am the Training and Development governor for the governing body.


Term started: 01/12/16. 

Jo Downs

I have two children at Mountfields Lodge and have only recently become a governor; so far I have found it very interesting. I have worked at Loughborough College in the Learner Services Department for the last 5 years, working with students with Special Educational Needs and I am part of the college’s safeguarding team. I am hoping to use this experience to enhance my role as governor and support the staff at Mountfields Lodge.


Term started: 02/05/17.  Term ends: 01/05/21.

Liz Monk

I became a governor in 2019 and am currently STEM link governor and member of L&T Committee.  I am a Professional Services Manager at Loughborough University working in Change Management, have an MA in International Higher Education and have previously working in Learning Teaching Development.   I am also a parent to two children who both attend the school.


Term started:  10/05/19, Term ends: 09/05/23



James Leeson

I became a parent governor in late 2018 and have really enjoyed my time taking part in the governance of Mountfields Lodge School. I have two children, one of them attends the school and hopefully my youngest will join in the September 2020 intake. I am currently Network Manager at the Loughborough Schools Foundation and have worked in IT for over 10 years and 8 of these are within education.


Term started: 03/12/18.  Term ends: 02/12/22.

Kelly Clark


I am currently in my 5th year of teaching at Mountfields Lodge Primary School. I started here 6 years ago as a student teacher in year 3 initially for 6 weeks… and I’m still here! I previously taught in year 1 for two years and now year 3 for three years. I enjoy running, going for walks and cycling with my partner. We also enjoy travelling when we have the opportunity, most recently we have been to Mexico but we love a city break! 


Terms started: 09/12/19.  Terms ends:  08/12/23.