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Governors' Profiles

Mark Dunkley 

LLB (Hons), TEP
Chair of Discipline Committee, Member of Finance and Estates Committee

Mark is a Solicitor and Partner, in the Private Client Team and in the Private Capital Group, at Shakespeare Martineau. Mark is also a past Chairman of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) – East Midlands Branch and is an experienced Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax planner and is an expert in Charities Law.

Mark has practised in the Private Client work area, including charities, for more than 30 years. He joined Harvey Ingram LLP in 1982 and, apart from a short absence, has worked for the same firm through various mergers ever since.

Mark is the Clerk to the Trustees and is a Trustee of a number of local charities and he is also a Trustee of the Red Arrows Trust and is a past Treasurer of the Society of Conservative Lawyers. Mark is also a Past President of Leicestershire Law Society. Mark is a law graduate of the University of Sheffield and passed his Law Society Final Examinations at the College of Law at Guildford. Mark spends his leisure hours watching and following Leicester Tigers, reading, enjoying foreign travel and horse riding.

John Allen

Chair of Appeals Committee, Member of Finance and Estates Committee, Member of Remuneration Committee

Born in Leicester, John has always lived close to or within the City of Leicester. Educated at Lutterworth Grammar School, he achieved the required 3 A Levels.

Articled at Leicester Office of Thornton Baker (now Grant Thornton), John passed exams with prizes to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. He continued his career with the firm and was a Partner for 27 years until his retirement.

John's spare time is mostly devoted to Rugby with Leicester Tigers, as a player for 15 years and a further 22 years as Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Secretary and as Non-Executive Director. John was Treasurer of Leicestershire Rugby Union for 16 years. He served with Rugby Football Union on various committees, including 14 years on the International Ticketing Committee and 9 years on the Audit Committee.

John is currently Director of Leicestershire County Cricket Club and Chair of Finance Group. He is presently Governor of Maplewell Hall School, a special needs school at Woodhouse Eaves. John is currently Chair of the Finance Committee at LHS.

Jane Carroll

BA (Hons), PgCert
Member of Finance and Estates Committee, Member of Remuneration Committee

Jane Carroll was Membership Director for the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA), the professional association for the Heads of a diverse range of girls’ schools (day and boarding) in the UK, before retiring from the post in December 2021.  She is Chair of Board for the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel. 

Jane has gained over 30 years’ experience in educational administration and leadership. This has involved working with headteachers, staff and governors of primary and secondary schools, managing the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate courses of study, admissions and examinations in several Universities and organising the adult education and governor training programmes for the Workers’ Educational Association.   She is delighted to serve on the Board of Governors for Leicester High School for Girls.

Tim Leah

Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Education Committee, Governor responsible for Safeguarding, Chair of Governor Appointments Committee

Tim has been the Head Teacher of Fleckney Church of England Primary School since August 2013. Before that he was head of a small village primary school in Northamptonshire for 11 years.

He has also worked in primary schools in Peterborough and South Lincolnshire coordinating PE and managing KS2 respectively. Tim is married with two children. He enjoys playing tennis and supporting Norwich City Football Club.

Mary Neilson

Member of Education Committee, Member of Remuneration Committee, Member of Governor Appointments Committee, Governor with responsibility for EYFS

Mary has nearly 30 years teaching experience. After graduating from University of London, she taught Mathematics in local secondary schools until moving to Leicester in 1982. Mary has taught for 16 years in primary schools in Leicester, holding the post of Mathematics and KS2 Coordinator.

She has written various educational publications in conjunction with BBC and QCA. Mary is married with two adult sons and enjoys walking, gardening and is a keen reader.

Claudette Salmon 

BA (Hons)
Member of Education Committee

Claudette has had a varied career in education, nationally and internationally; in Higher Education as an initial teacher trainer, a Training and Development Officer, Education Consultant for Local Authorities and education charities.

She is passionate about promoting and embedding technology skills and equipment across school systems and inclusion strategies in education and the wider society.

Claudette currently leads a preparatory school in the East Midlands. Claudette is also an executive council member for the Independent Schools Association (ISA).

Susan Siesage (nee Webb)

Member of Education Committee

Sue was Headteacher at South Wigston High School until her retirement in December 2021. She held senior leadership roles for nineteen years including Senior Deputy Head at Caludon Castle School in Coventry and Assistant Head at the Lancaster School, Leicester.

Sue came to Leicester in the 1980s, met her husband at the University and stayed! She has two children: David, who is an Associate in Litigation with Allen and Overy, and Hope, a former student at the High School, who works as the Chaplaincy Projects Officer for Methodist Homes (MHA) and is also currently studying for an MSc in Gerontology at the University of Southampton.

Sue is passionate about all young people fulfilling their potential regardless of background. She has led a project called ‘Africa Inspires’, which works with poor schools in Kampala, Uganda, to provide learning resources, sports equipment and mosquito nets. She is currently working to provide puberty lessons, sanitary protection and washing facilities in two of the schools in the project so that girls continue to attend school during their menstrual cycle and their learning isn’t disrupted.



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