Lincoln Minster School

Policies & Governance

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.
  • 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 the Scheme of Delegation.

Local Governing Body (LGB) Chair

The Chair of our LGB is Ms Kate Richards. To write to our Chair of Governors please use the address below:

Ms Kate Richards
Chair of Governors
c/o Lincoln Minster School
Upper Lindum Street
Lincoln
LN2 4RW

Clerk to the Governing Body
Laura Brunkner

Email: laura.brunkner@unitedlearning.org.uk

Meet the Governors 


 

Ms Kate Richards (Chair)

Ms Kate Richards (Chair)

Joined May (2022)

Founding director of Enrich Education Consultancy, Kate Richards, has extensive experience of both the state and the independent sectors in a variety of roles and, most recently, as Chief Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate, where she was responsible for the end-to-end inspection process.  Her broad remit included strategic planning for excellence and innovation, for maintaining the quality of inspection and the inspector workforce, for providing evidence-based insight to develop practice, and for representing the professional expertise of ISI at national and international level.

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Ms Kate Richards (Chair)

As Chief Inspector, school improvement advisor, associate vice principal and teacher, Kate has had a wide range of roles and experiences in leading, developing and supporting children, adults and organisations. Currently she offers bespoke consultancy, working with charitable trusts, MATs, individual schools and governing bodies.  She is on the Prince’s Trust Safeguarding Advisory Panel, is a member of the review team for the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel and is Chair of Governors for a leading independent school. 

Kate believes passionately in the right of every child and young person to an education which keeps them safe, nurtures, supports and inspires them and which enables each and every one to develop breadth and depth in their skills, knowledge and understanding as individuals and as members of diverse communities.

Anastasia Oyebanji

Anastasia Oyebanji

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Anastasia Oyebanji

Anastasia read Law at University of Lincoln before attending Law School at Nottingham Trent University. She has several years of legal experience across family, immigration, and criminal law practice. Being entrepreneurial in nature, she runs her own business in the hospitality sector and is a co-founder of a tech startup company, gratiFLY. She finds joy in her passion, which is to empower and educate children and young adults around the world. Anastasia sits, as a Trustee and Co Sec, on the board of an international charity who are pioneering wellbeing, technology awareness and all-round quality education for children and young adults. Anastasia is married with three children and enjoys travelling, shopping and entertaining people.

Ali Bottom

Ali Bottom

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Ali Bottom

As an experienced Marketing Director and parent of children attending LMS, I care passionately about its future and want to ensure best practice and excellence sit at the heart of everything we do. I have become a Governor to support the school’s new leadership team, the teachers and all the pupils, to help reach its maximum potential as a high performing, inspiring place to learn, with a thriving reputation in the local community and beyond.

Katherine Jackson

Katherine Jackson

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Katherine Jackson

Katherine is a barrister specialising in Intellectual Property. She is also a member of a global non-profit professional organisation, ChIPs, which advances and connects woman in technology, law and policy. Katherine is a parent of a child at the Prep School and has another child due to start next year. She is looking forward to being an active part of LMS life and ethos, and to contributing to the School’s governance.

Richard Thomson

Richard Thomson

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Richard Thomson

Hello! My name is Richard Thomson, a Year 10 parent at LMS. I am passionate about education and looking forward to supporting LMS in its endeavour to aim high and achieve the best in everyone. My 25 year career to date has been as a teacher and headteacher in both the state and private sectors. I own a childcare and tutoring business and work as an educational consultant.

Gareth Thomas

Gareth Thomas

Stuart Burlton

Stuart Burlton

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Stuart Burlton

Stuart is the nominated Governor for Finance at LMS. He is the Managing Director of Make An Entrance, with over 15 years of experience in manufacturing and retailing Stuart is an award-winning entrepreneur, having won the IOD Director of the Year (Midlands), FSB Family Business of the Year, Business Champions Family Business of the Year awards, as well as being awarded the Freedom of the City of London. In addition to running Make An Entrance, Stuart is involved in several other roles and activities that reflect his values and goals. A National Scrutiny Body Member at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), he oversees and supports the FSB Board of Directors and lends his expertise and time to a leading organisation that advocates for small businesses in the UK. A Welfare Ambassador at the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, a Livery company in the City of London for the furniture industry, Stuart helps those people from the industry who have fallen on hard times. 

Sarah Mckimm

Sarah Mckimm

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Sarah Mckimm

Sarah is a lawyer by profession with particular specialism in children, education, safeguarding and special educational needs and disability. She held the post of Head of Legal & Policy at the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and was also represented ISI at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Sarah is a recognised expert on the Independent School Standards about which she has authored the only textbook. Brought up in Lincoln, Sarah now lives in London but remains committed to promoting educational excellence in Lincoln.

Mike Neumann

Mike Neumann

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Mike Neumann

Mike has been involved in education and adult learning for over thirty years, the last twenty-four as Managing Director of ITS Training. He has a special interest in safeguarding, as his company trains and advises local authorities on various aspects of Education Welfare, including the investigation and enforcement of school attendance and associated safeguarding matters. 

Mike works with a broad spectrum of clients from private and charitable sectors, and central and local government, working with all levels from new recruit to Chief Executive, in all the countries of the UK. His remit within the company has given Mike a broad knowledge of business practice (and some ‘punditry’ work for television!) and he currently heads up projects around eLearning and the use of artificial intelligence. 

As Chief Executive of the National Investigation Officers’ Group, Mike is responsible for professional standards and leads on arranging national and regional conferences. 

Julia Wallace

Julia Wallace

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Julia Wallace

Julia is passionate about instilling a love for learning in all, whatever stage of life or situation. Since first qualifying as a primary teacher in 1994, she has worked across Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire as both a Primary Executive Headteacher and an educational consultant, specialising in maths and outdoor learning. She is now back in the classroom, where her heart is - teaching. However, even after just a short time as Mr Tyler's PA, her commitment to the school had grown and she is privileged to be able to continue to play her part in the LMS journey. 

Gregg Davies

Gregg Davies

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Gregg Davies

I have been involved in education for most of my life, culminating in 18 years of headship at two independent schools. I am currently an Education Director for the Bellevue group of schools and a Reporting Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Two decades ago I was an international rugby referee.

Tania Moonesinghe

Tania Moonesinghe

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Tania Moonesinghe

Tania is a self-employed education consultant with over 30 years of top class British and international educational experience. Most recently, Tania was in the founding team for Cranleigh Abu Dhabi as Head of Pre-Prep and Sherborne Qatar as Deputy Head Academic. Her interest is music, playing cornet and trumpet in local bands.

Liza Smith

Liza Smith

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Liza Smith

Having attended LMS when it was St Joseph’s Convent, I have always taken a keen interest in the development of the school. Born and bred in Lincoln, with a ten-year hiatus in Macclesfield, I also have a very keen interest in the future of the city and what we can do to help develop and evolve, something LMS pupils will be involved in. My career has been in the finance, working within manufacturing, service, and education. I currently work at the University of Lincoln, with a focus on transformation, efficiencies, and improved processes. My loves outside work are my family, cats, fish, and photography.

Sarah James

Sarah James