St John The Baptist Church of England Primary School

Loving Learning, Building Community, Growing in Faith


The Governing Body

Who's Who


David Park - Chair of the Governing Body

Co-opted Governor, appointed 6th February 2019 for a 1 year term.

Responsibilities: Chair of Governors, 

David has recently moved to Clarendon Park from Norfolk to give his time to join ‘Reach Leicester’, a Church meeting in Moat College and to support ‘Care for the Family’, a charity supporting bereaved parents. He has experience of school leadership, working as Deputy and Head of a large Secondary School in Lowestoft and serving as Chair of governors for 10 years for a Church of England Primary School in Great Yarmouth.


David is married to Jane who was part of the leadership team of a primary school and still acts as a moderator for KS2. They have a son living and working in Sheffield and a daughter studying for a PhD at Lincoln


Clare O'Donovan - Vice Chair of the Governing Body 

Foundation Governor, appointed by Leicester Diocese in November 2017 for a 4 year term.


Committee member of: Admissions, Pay Committee, Leadership and Management.


Rev. Andrew Quigley 

Foundation Governor, appointed by Leicester Diocese in November 2018 for a 4 year term.


Committee member of: 

Andrew is the vicar of St James the Greater, a former secondary school teacher, and a parent. He is also the Environment Officer for the Diocese of Leicester.


Tim Wilson

Foundation Governor, appointed by Leicester Diocese in November 2018 for a 4 year term.


Committee member of: Resources Committee

Tim is married to Sarah and has four children; two at St Johns, and two older children who are former pupils. He lives locally and works as a civil engineer in house building across the Midlands. He has led the Reception and Year 1 children’s group at his church for many years and also been involved in coaching hockey and football teams to various age groups. Tim is keen to work as a Governor supporting the school in achieving its values of helping the pupils fulfilling their potential.


Shirley Parsons

Foundation Governor, appointed by Leicester Diocese in November 2017 for a 4 year term.

Responsibilities: Standards and Achievement

Committee member of: Standards Committee

Shirley lives locally and has been a member of St John’s church for over 30 years. She is a retired secondary school leader and has experience in a variety of school leadership roles. 


Sami Lindsey

Ex officio Foundation Governor (Parish), appointed by Leicester Diocese on 01/11/2014.

Responsibilities: Christian Distinctiveness

Committee member of: Executive Group

Sami is the Vicar at St John's Church. He lives locally

with his wife and 4 daughters. Two of his daughters are pupils at

St John's School. Sami is committed to developing the church school partnership to maximise the potential of this to support the Christian

ethos of the school. Before being ordained, Sami worked for American Express for 11 years in various different capacities.


Phil Gaskell

Parent Governor, elected by parents in October 2018 for a 4 year term.


Committee member of: Resources Committee

Phil works as a manager in a control room operating the high pressure gas network. He lives locally and has 2 children at St Johns.

As a parent governor Phil is committed to improving communication between the school, governors and parents.


David Shelley

Parent Governor, elected by parents on 29/04/2016 for a 4 year term.

Responsibilities: Leadership and Management

Committee member of: Behaviour and Welfare, Admissions, Performance Management. 

David has twin boys attending St Johns. He runs a passenger transport business in Bedfordshire, and lives locally in Knighton. 


Phil Harbour

LA Governor, appointed by Leicester Diocese in October 2019 for a 4 year term.

Responsibilities: SEND

Committee member of: Standards Committee 

Phil lives locally to the school and has a child at St John's.  He is an Educational Psychologist for the City Psychology Service and is committed to supporting and improving the identification and provision for  children with SEND and complex needs across the City, and our school.


Jill Carr

Foundation Governor, appointed by Leicester Diocese in September 2019 for a 4 year term.

Responsibilities: Behaviour and attendance, Pupil Premium

Committee member of: Standards Committee

Jill is a member of St John's Church, Clarendon park. She has 3 adult children who attended St John's School and was a Parent Governor in the past. She is a secondary teacher at a Leicester School and has been involved in education for 30 years. 

Trudie Colotto

Ex Officio Head Teacher appointed 26 August 2019

Responsibilities: Head Teacher of the School 

Committee member of: Standards Committee, Leadership and Management and Performance Management.