A Governing Body is in place at Lincoln Minster School which reviews local issues and meets with the Principal and other staff as necessary. The Chair, Mrs Linda Heaver, may be contacted via the School Office.
Mrs Linda Heaver (Chair of Governors)
Linda was a primary school teacher for 30 years and is a retired Headteacher of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Grantham. She is married with two children and three grandchildren. Her daughter, Bronya, was a pupil at Lincoln Minster School from 1992 – 2000 and her husband, Paul, was a Governor during this time. He was instrumental in forming Lincoln Minster School, having been Finance Governor at St Joseph’s. Linda’s experience in education is a powerful guiding resource for the LGB and she is committed to working with everyone to drive the school forward to a bright future.
Responsibilities: Curriculum, Finance and Estates, Marketing, Safeguarding and Welfare
Mr Robin Wright (Vice Chair of Governors)
Robin retired as Director of Sport at the University of Lincoln and was a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Robin is currently a Consultant with the University’s Estates Department and represents the University on the Brayford Trust Board. He is also on the Boards for Magna Vitae and the Lindum Sports Association and is County Commissioner for Lincolnshire Scouts, as well as Vice President of Lincolnshire Cricket Board. In the past, Robin has been a member on Sport England’s Research Group, National Sports and Games Committee and Chair and Vice Chair of the Regional Volunteer Sector and a Founder member of the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership.
Responsibilities: Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Welfare
Dr Barry Devonald
Barry is a Dentist and was in general practice in Lincoln for over 30 years. He has served on many local and national health organisations and is currently involved in teaching dentistry in East Africa. His wife, Beth, is a Doctor and she worked in general medical practice and at Lincoln County Hospital. They have two children. Their daughter, Bryony, was a pupil at St Joseph’s.
Responsibilities: Finance and Estates, Health and Safety
Mr Terry O’Halloran
Terry retired from his financial planning business in July 2014 after 44 years ‘at the helm’. Both of his children attended St Mary’s Preparatory School and Terry, together with his wife Linda, were positive supporters of the school development committee for 13 years. Terry served 34 years on the Board of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, including 2 years as its President. He is a Chartered Financial Planner and holds a BSc in Business Administration. As a writer, speaker and author on how to simplify and understand technical subjects, Terry is well known in financial circles. His background will prove useful to the governance of the school.
Responsibilities: Finance and Estates, Marketing
Mrs Cordelia McCartney
Cordelia is a Garden Designer and has two children, both of whom have been educated at Lincoln Minster School. She has been a Marks and Spencer Commercial Manager, run her own retail business and held a number of administrative positions for different organisations. She has previously been a Governor at another Primary School for a number of years. Cordelia enjoys gardening and is a rugby coach at Lincoln Rugby Club.
Responsibilities: Curriculum (Prep)
Professor Matthew Cragoe
Matthew is Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts at the University of Lincoln. He is a scholar of modern British History and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS) and his research interests include historic landscapes and rural history, 19th century parliamentary politics and the history of the Conservative party, and the expansion of Higher Education in post-war Britain. Matthew has previously held positions at the University of Sussex and the University of Hertfordshire and has served as Director of Communications on the Council of the RHS.
Responsibilities: Curriculum (Senior)
Mrs Sharon Stone
Sharon has worked for the Lincoln Business Improvement Group (Lincoln BIG) for the past 6 years supporting the Chief Executive and managing many of the group’s significant projects including the Baron’s Trail in 2015 and most recently the Lincoln Knights Trail in 2017. The 36 knight art sculptures across the city were sponsored by local businesses and also incorporated an Education Trail run by the Education Business Partnership. She works closely with many local businesses, managing the support from Lincoln BIG to the different collectives across the city, and assisting with the promotion of the city to residents, students, businesses and visitors. Sharon’s daughter is a current pupil at Lincoln Minster School and is also a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral. Sharon’s experience as a chorister parent with her knowledge and expertise of the business community in Lincoln ensures her commitment to working collaboratively to support the school.
Responsibilities: Curriculum (Prep), Safeguarding and Welfare
Mrs Lydia Rusling
Lydia is Head of the Visit Lincoln Partnership, which aims to raise the profile of Lincoln as a place to live, visit, work and invest through three key areas of activity: Tourism, Talent and Trade. Lydia has 13 years experience working across Lincolnshire’s tourism industry and has played a central role in many of the county’s prominent tourism projects. Lydia helped lead the award winning Lincoln Castle Revealed project and wrote the marketing strategy which formed part of the Heritage Lottery bid. She also project managed the local food initiative Tastes of Lincolnshire and handled its brand change over to Select Lincolnshire. During this time, Lydia was also Deputy Editor for the popular Good Taste Magazine. At the beginning of 2016, Lydia moved into the private sector as Head of Communications and Marketing for Lincoln Minster School, before joining the team at Visit Lincoln one year later. She currently sits on the Local Enterprise Partnership Visitor Economy Board, the Lincoln Business Improvement Group and England’s Historic Cities.
Dr Elinor Vettraino
Elinor heads up the Business and Enterprise area at Bishop Grosseteste University where she is also currently Head Coach of the BA Business (Team Entrepreneurship) programme based on the Tiimiakatemia model from Finland. An experienced and creative leader and manager, Elinor has worked extensively in the broad field of training and development for over twenty years. She is founder and Director of Active Imagining, a consultancy focusing on leadership and developing change agency using coaching and creative arts.
Responsibilities: Curriculum (Senior)
Mr Alexander Thompson
Alex is a military officer with over 17 years’ service in the Royal Air Force. His career has included several operational tours as a pilot flying Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft from RAF Waddington; an instructional tour as a flying instructor teaching new pilots at Elementary Flying Training, and a short stint recruiting, selecting and developing University Air Cadets at RAF Church Fenton in Yorkshire. He is currently delivering courses for all aircrew – pilots and mission crew – at RAF Waddington. He has three lively children at Lincoln Minster School, between the Preparatory and Pre Preparatory Schools. Alex enjoys skiing, shooting and sailing when time permits.
Responsibilities: Boarding, Safeguarding and Welfare
Mr Steve Gelder MBE
Steve Gelder left school at 16 which no qualifications but two ambitions; to become a professional footballer and to own a big home with a tennis court and an S Class Mercedes on the drive. After labouring on a building site for six months, Steve earned himself an apprenticeship in bricklaying. At the age of 22, he set up Gelder Group which today has an annual turnover of over £40m and has just been named the East Midlands’ 21st fastest growing company (number 1 in Lincolnshire). Gelder Group continued to expand throughout the recession. They are winners of the National Training Awards, a Top 100 Apprentice Employer and was the first building company in the UK to hold both Investors in People Gold and Investors in People Champion status. In 2007, Steve was awarded an MBE for Services to Business and the Community in Lincolnshire, aged 40. Steve puts his success down to his upbringing, his company’s commitment to training and his belief that we all become our environment. Steve is a national Apprentice Ambassador and in 2013 he received the City and Guilds Prince Phillip medal. More recently, he has been awarded the Championship Bearings by Lincoln College and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Lincolnshire Media. He sits on the City and Guilds National Council.
Responsibilities: Finance and Estates