Revd Phillip Brent : Chair of Governors

Revd Phillip Brent

Chair of Governors

I have been ordained into the Church of England for 26 years, 25 as a priest. In that time, I have been a Governor of a State Primary school for 2 years, and a Church of England Primary school for 16 years, 7 of which saw it Federated with another Church Primary School. For 12 years I sat on The Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education, 4 of those years I was Chair of its Governance Committee. Outside of Church and School I am an avid reader of books and encourage others to read too; I love Cinema and the Arts, and I am passionate about sport, especially football (for my sins I am a Chelsea fan). Education and the support of Young People are two particular passions of mine.



Leon Riley : Governor

Leon Riley


Having started my teaching career at John Leggott College as a Teacher of Law, I went on to become the Head of Law before moving into the role of Vice Principal at New College Pontefract. In 2015 I moved into the role of Principal Designate at New College Doncaster before returning to John Leggott College in 2016 as Principal and CEO.

I am an experienced Principal with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. I am skilled in Strategic Planning, Curriculum Development, Public Speaking, Training, and Research and also have an MBA from the University of Derby.

Outside of work I have a keen interest in Rugby and also a lifelong supporter of Liverpool Football Club.


Jane Holmes : Governor

Jane Holmes


I have been a foundation governor at the academy since 2020, when I retired from working at W H Smith after 48 and half years at the Scunthorpe Branch. I am also Churchwarden at St. Lawrence's Church and leader of the Girls Friendly Society at St. Lawrence's too. Scunthorpe Music Festival is also where I act as Secretary for the Speech and Drama and Music Sections and co-ordinator for the Residential Summer School these all run for a week during the year. I am also conductor of Reflections Ladies choir in Scunthorpe and I volunteer at St. Norberts Catholic Primary Academy in Crowle from March until May each year where I run the school choirs for Infant and Junior children to enable them to take part in the Music Festival.



Karen Regan : TSLA Staff Governor

Karen Regan

TSLA Staff Governor

I am extremely proud to be able to contribute my skills and experience to the board, having worked at the Academy for 8 years, and having over 25 years working in the education sector.  I was born and raised in Scunthorpe, so the community means a lot to me and I will work tirelessly to foster positive relationships with students, parents and guardians.

Food education is a huge passion of mine, it is a real privilege to see students engage and succeed in cooking.

I am a strong advocate for inclusive education, I am in a privileged position where I am a parent of a child with special educational needs, who attends the Academy.  This personal experience has allowed me an innate understanding of the diverse learning needs of all students and to foster a relentless commitment to ensuring that every child, regardless of their abilities or challenges, receives a quality education.

Simone Quashie-Trafford : Governor

Simone Quashie-Trafford


I have lived in Scunthorpe my whole life and I am invested in making the community a better place to live for everyone. I live with my daughter, my cat and two guinea pigs and my favourite thing to do is spend time in nature. When I was young I attended High Ridge school which is now The St Lawrence Academy, I always found school difficult and now I enjoy being able to work with students who have similar struggles and helping them to reach their full potential. I currently work at Scunthorpe C of E Primary School as a pastoral officer, I love my job and enjoy working with families to offer support when it is needed.



Dr Hilary Beverley : Governor

Dr Hilary Beverley


I have worked in education all my adult life and have taught in Secondary, Further and Higher Education. After moving to Scunthorpe in 1986 I taught English and Maths in the Adult Community Learning Service for over 25 years. My work included teaching English to speakers of other languages and working with people with special needs. My qualifications include a degree in Biblical Studies and Philosophy, a Masters degree in Education and a PhD in an area of special needs.

I am a practising member of the Church of England. I am a Director of the Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education and also help with the delivery of safeguarding training for the diocese. Having now lived in Scunthorpe for over 30 years I feel I have a good knowledge of the local area. I have also been involved in School Governance for over 30 years.

My interests include crafts, reading, watching football on television, solving various types of puzzles and walking with our dog



Siema Chowdhury : Parent Governor

Siema Chowdhury

Parent Governor

I wanted to become a School Governor to offer my insight and provide the academy with a different perspective with the aim to bridge the gap between my community and the academy as well as offer my experience as a mum of a child with Ataxia-Telangiectasia (a rare genetic condition) who attends the academy.

I attended the academy for a year, back when it was High Ridge before I went on to complete my education at a private boarding school in Bradford where I got my degree in Islamic Theology and Jurisprudence.

Upon graduation I started teaching Arabic classes to children aged 5-16+ as well as working with women and children within the BAME community in a variety of different capacities. Almost 20 years later this is still me and I love it.





If you would like to view copies of the minutes from previous governing body meetings, please contact our clerk by emailing [email protected]

Please note that some minutes are classed as confidential and therefore will not be available to view.