The Board of Governors at Fulneck comprises ten people, from a variety of backgrounds, who provide experience in a range of areas including marketing, finance, legal, education, property and surveying, religion and the environment. In addition, there is a significant range of business expertise within the Governing Body. Governors are unpaid volunteers who give their time generously to support the School.

The Board of Governors meets six times a year as part of the following committees:

  1. Academic Committee
  2. Resources and Marketing Committee
  3. Remuneration Committee
  4. Finance Committee
  5. Audit Committee

Each Governor is a member of at least one of these committees. The Principal and her Senior Management Team attend the meetings of both these committees, as well as those of the Board of Governors.

Governors have a number of key roles and responsibilities. They discuss and agree the School’s vision and aims for the future, making sure that pupils receive a first-class learning experience. Governors have to ensure that the School remains financially secure and that it operates within its charitable status. They support the Principal and the Senior Management Team in building on the School’s success both in academic terms and in providing excellent pastoral care.

Governors serve for five years and they can offer themselves for re-appointment at the end of this period.

Fulneck School Governing Body

Name Committee(s) Job title/position company
Mrs Lesley Jordan Chair Twenty years experience of working within the charity sector, including close work with a number of children's charities. Lesley was a pupil at Fulneck Girls' School between 1968 and 1976.
Mr Chris Stern Vice-Chair Former owner and Managing Director of C J STERN (OILS) LTD, retailers and wholesalers of fuels and lubricants. Chris was a pupil at Fulneck from 1955 to 1962 and has been a governor since 1990.
Mr David Scott Resources Marketing; Finance (Chair) Investment manager at a Leeds based Private Wealth Management firm with 26 years’ experience as an Investment manager and stockbroker. David is a regular commentator on financial issues for local and national TV and radio and has been on the governing body since 2007.
Reverend Michael Newman Resources & Marketing Minister of the Moravian Church serving the Fulneck and Gomersal congregations, and member of the Provincial Church Service Committee and Faith and Order and Ecumenical Relations Committee. Formerly a management accountant working for the Stagecoach Group. Michael joined the governing body in 2011.
Mr Charles Smith Resources & Marketing Chartered Surveyor ,now retired with experience in undertaking surveys, valuations and estate management of propertyfor both private and financial sectors. I have been actively involved in several conservation projects within the Tong/ Cockersdale district.
Mr Basem El-Haddadeh Academic Basem’s career (over 30 years) has been entirely in Higher Education in both the public and private sectors. He has an MSc in Geophysics from Imperial College – London University that was followed by a PhD in Global Seismology from the University of Leeds. He moved into Information Technology (IT) in 1990s and taught Computer Graphics, Databases and Project Management as well as Managing IT Services. He left the University of Leeds in 2006 and became the Director of IT Services at Goldsmiths, University of London. He left Goldsmiths and joined Leeds Beckett University in June 2013 where he is currently the Director of IT Services.
Mr Alistair Kernohan Safeguarding Solicitor specialising in employment law at Capsticks LLP, acting mainly for NHS and public sector organisations. Alistair was a pupil at Fulneck from 1987 to 1997
Ms Louise Harder Marketing Louise is a branding consultant with over 30 years experience in marketing, advertising and branding. She is a graduate of the University of Wales and has a BA Hons in Art Education Studies. She was the cofounder and former managing partner of PITCH&CO an award winning top 100 UK branding and design agency.
Miss Carrie Pearson Health and Safety Qualified as a barrister in 2007 and in 2012 subsequently qualified as a solicitor. Carrie practices as a solicitor at DWF LLP, specialising in complex, unusual and fraudulent insurance matters. Carrie is also heavily involved in Scouting in Yorkshire. She was a pupil at Fulneck from 1989 to 2003 and became a Governor in 2017.
Rev Robert Hopcroft Academic Robert is originally from Staffordshire and studied in Newcastle Upon Tyne. In 1971 he went to teach in Labrador, Northern Canada and over the next six years he became School Principal and Supervisor for Special Education for 13 schools. He was ordained as a Minister in the Moravian Church in 1980 and was later elected as a member of the Provincial Board and Trustee of the Moravian Church. He served as Chairman of the Provincial Board 2006-2014 and President of the World Wide Unity Board 2012 – 2016. Since his retirement in 2018 he has lived in Pudsey.
Mr Andrew Carter Academic Councillor Andrew Carter CBE is a Leeds City Councillor and Leader of the Conservative opposition, having been Council Leader between 2004 – 2010. In his professional life, he was Managing Director of a Yorkshire manufacturing company. His interests include gardening and Rugby League. He is also involved in very many local organisations around the Pudsey area and was the youngest person elected to Pudsey Borough Council in 1971. He was also a non-executive Director of a Housing Association.
To contact the governing body

Ms Lesley Jordan (Chair of Governors), Fulneck School, Fulneck, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 8DS

Tel: 0113 257 0235


To contact the proprietor

The Provincial Board (PEC), in being elected at Synod, are elected as Trustees of Fulneck School

Tel: 0208 8833409

Address: Moravian Church House, 5 Muswell Hill, London, N10 3TJ

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