Lincoln Minster School is part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook 2019 identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in our Scheme of Delegation which can be seen on the United Learning website.

LGB Chair

The Chair of our LGB is Linda Heaver. To write to our Chair of Governors please use the address below:

Mrs Linda Heaver
Chair of Governors
c/o Lincoln Minster School
Upper Lindum Street

Meet the Governors

Linda Heaver (Chair)

Joined May 2010
Curriculum – Welfare and Safeguarding – Finance and Facilities – Marketing

Linda was a primary school teacher for 30 years and is a retired head teacher of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Grantham. She is married with two children and one grandchild. 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.

Dr Barry Devonald

Joined January 2014
Health & Safety – Finance and Facilities

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, Briony, was a pupil at St Joseph’s.

Robin Wright (Vice Chair)

Joined April 2016
Health & Safety – Safeguarding – Welfare

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 on the following Boards; Magna Vitae, Lindum Sports Association, and 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 & Vice Chair of the Regional Volunteer Sector and a Founder member of the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership.

Professor Matthew Cragoe

Joined September 2017
Curriculum (Senior)

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 expansion in post-war Britain. Matthew has previously held positions at the University of Sussex, University of Hertfordshire and has served as Director of Communications on the Council of the RHS.

Mrs Sharon Stone

Joined September 2017
Curriculum (Prep) – Safeguarding and Welfare

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.

Mrs Lydia Rusling

Joined September 2017

Lydia Rusling 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 she 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

Joined September 2017
Curriculum (Senior)

Dr Elinor Vettraino heads up the business and enterprise area at Bishop Grosseteste University where she is also currently Head Coach of the BA (Hons) 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.

Mr Alexander Thompson

Joined September 2017
Marketing – Safeguarding and Welfare

Alexander Thompson 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 between the Prep and Pre-Prep school and enjoys skiing, shooting and sailing when time permits.

Mr Steve Gelder MBE

Joined September 2017
Finance – Facilities

Steve Gelder left school at 16 with 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 6 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, No 1 in Lincolnshire. Gelder Group continued to expand throughout the recession, 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, aged 40, Steve was awarded an MBE “For Services to Business and the community in Lincolnshire”. Steve puts his success down to his upbringing, his company’s commitment to training, particularly apprentices and his belief that ultimately we all become our environment. Steve is a national apprentice ambassador and the 2013 recipient of the City & Guilds Prince Philip Medal and more recently has been awarded The Companionship Bearings by Lincoln College and a lifetime achievement award from Lincolnshire Media and accepted a position on City & Guilds National Council.

Mr John Latham

Joined February 2019
Finance – Estates

John works for the University of Lincoln where he is Director of DCV Projects within the Vice-Chancellor’s office and is also a self-employed Leadership Coach. Prior to joining the University, John worked for the City Council for 25 years, leaving as Director of Development in 2016. John represents the University on a number of external Boards including the Brayford Trust, Investors in Lincoln and Lincoln BIG and is a Trustee of the YMCA. He has previously served as Chair of Governors of Scampton CofE School and is a Parish Councillor.

Mr Chris Jackson

Joined June 2019

Chris describes himself as a ‘merchant adventurer’ and left school at 16 moving straight into an apprenticeship with what is now BT. After five years, he left to start his first business at the age of 21.

Since then he has started several different successful ventures and pursued different ideas and dreams. A qualified communications engineer, he has filled many roles including Systems Network Designer, Master Locksmith, Managing Director and Ship’s Master, working in the fields of communications, security, leisure and tourism, scientific marine survey and latterly, future learning.

After living and working on the West Coast of Scotland, Chris relocated to Lincolnshire in 2014 and now works as a Senior Lecturer and Team Coach at Bishop Grosseteste University. He also runs his own private practice as Jarra CIC with an aim of encouraging learning and development in external organisations based on the Finnish Team Academy model. He has an extensive network of contacts and frequently travels internationally, most recently presenting at the Academic Adventures conference in Tampere, Finland.

Professionally, Chris holds Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship from Durham University Business School, which was awarded in 2001. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship (IoEE).

Favourite saying: “If you know the enemy and you know yourself, in a thousand battles you need never fear the result”.

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