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Governors' Profiles

Margaret Bowler

BA (Hons) JP
Chair of Governors
Chair of Remuneration Committee, Member of Finance and Estates Committee, Member of Education Committee, AGBIS representative

Margaret stepped down from being Chairman of the Loughborough, Melton, Belvoir and Rutland Magistrates on December 31st 2013. She took up the position on January 1st 2011, having been Deputy Chair for the previous 3 years, and has now been on the Bench for 24 years.

She also sits at the Crown Court with a Crown Court Judge hearing Appeals from Magistrates’ Courts around the County. Margaret also chaired the Loughborough Licensing and Betting and Gaming Committee before this aspect of work was transferred to the Local Authority. She is also an Adult and Youth Court Chairman. She finds youth work a challenging but immensely rewarding area of work. Margaret has also held the position of Youth Chairman and Deputy Chairman on the Leicestershire and Rutland Bench. From January 2017 she has been elected Chairman of the Branch Executive of the Magistrates Association (Leicestershire and Rutland).

In April 2018 Margaret was appointed to the Midlands Circuit Judicial Business Group to represent the Magistrates’ Association. For 6 years to 2008, Margaret led Board of 15 members with a budget of £22 million as Chair of the Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Board (LRPB), one of 42 Boards in the Country responsible to The Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice. LRPB was consistently the leading performer of the 42 Boards and she successfully led the Board to achieve First Wave Trust status before standing down at the end of the statutory period of 6 years. During her time with Probation she was a Trustee and Board member of the Registered Charity – Leicestershire Cares.

Margaret has previously been a Governor and Head of Careers at the De Lisle Catholic College in Loughborough. Margaret was recognised in 2012 and 2013 by the Leicester Mercury as being one of the top influential people in the voluntary sector in the City and County. A Trustee and now Chairman of Markfield Community Library - a Registered Charity and elected to Markfield Parish Council in 2015. Margaret has recently qualified as an ISI Compliance Inspector.

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.

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.

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 teenage children. He enjoys playing tennis and supporting Norwich City Football Club.

Kay Mayes

BSc (Hons), FCA
Chair of Finance & Estates Committee, Member of Remuneration Committee

Kay is a chartered accountant and was educated at Longslade College in Birstall, Leicester before attending the University of East Anglia where she obtained a degree in Accountancy. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

She qualified as a chartered accountant with Grant Thornton and worked for them for over 30 years as a senior audit manager and business adviser working with a range of companies. She now works for a local property investment group where she is responsible for management and financial accounting.

Kay is married with a teenage son and enjoys walking, pottery and following local sports teams being a season ticket holder at Leicester 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.

Susan Siesage (nee Webb)

Member of Education Committee

Sue has been Headteacher at South Wigston High School since August 2015. Previously she was Senior Deputy Head at Caludon Castle School in Coventry and before that 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 a trainee solicitor with Allen and Overy, and Hope, a former student at the High School, who is studying Sociology at the University of Kent and the Free University of Amsterdam.

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. 

Jeremy Tomlinson

FCA MA (Hons)
Member of Finance & Estates Committee

Jeremy is a Chartered Accountant with extensive board level experience in the NHS, the legal sector and the independent school sector where he was Bursar at Oakham School from 1998 to 2008.

Born in Leicester and educated at Loughborough Grammar School, Jeremy knows the area extremely well, and says it was a real honour to have the opportunity of providing an interim bursar role at Leicester High School in 2012, during which time he developed a real affection for the school and all it stands for.

Since leaving Oakham School, Jeremy has developed a fast-growing freelance business as a business consultant, specialising in the independent school sector, and as a career coach. He particularly enjoys developing visionary and strategic thinking, and identifying creative solutions.

Harnessing his finance, business, people and creative skills, Jeremy is delighted to play a role in the Education Committee where he aims to provide a dynamic link between the charitable, business and educational success of the school. Jeremy continues to live locally (in Uppingham), and has two grown up boys. He supports Leicester City FC and Leicester Tigers, loves local heritage, and is partial to red wine and a good curry!

Mike Joannou

BSc (Hons), PGCE, Med
Member of the Education Committee, Governor with the responsibility for Health and Safety

Since graduating from the University of Salford, Mike has had a life time career in secondary education. He has held a variety of posts including Market Bosworth High School, Spencefield Secondary School, Wyggeston Boys Grammar School, Mary Linwood Comprehensive School (Head of Mathematics) before joining Leicester High School as Head of Mathematics in 1988.

Whilst at LHS he also held the positions of Acting Deputy Head, Director of Studies, Examinations Officer and Senior Master. He retired in 2012 having served 24 years at the School.

In his spare time he has been a keen sportsman, playing hockey for Leicester University 1 stXI, Loughborough Town 1stXI and Leicestershire. Besides playing, he has coached boys’ and girls’ hockey at each of his appointments. In addition he has undertaken voluntary youth work as a youth leader and as a scout leader.

Mike now enjoys a full family life with his wife and three grown up children and their growing families. He likes walking, gardening and going to the gym several times a week.



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