Who's who

 David Rhodes - Chair of LWCT Board / Chair of Finance & Audit Committee.

I have been a parent Governor for the last 16 years firstly at St Bernard’s School and then when we became the Lincolnshire Wolds Federation, in that time I have held the following positions; Vice Chairman and Chairman.  Since September 2015 I have been Chairman of the Lincolnshire Wolds Community Trust.

During my time as a Governor I have taken part in numerous training courses and as Chairman have been fully involved in the creating of the Federation and then the recent forming of the Academy.  My new role as Chairman of the Trust involves strategic planning, overseeing the Academies finances and the future development of the Trust.

I was born in the local area and educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Alford and have owned my own business in Louth for the last 32 years. My son has attended St Bernard’s School for the last 12 years and is now coming towards the last few years of his time at the School.

Over the years I have developed a passion for special educational needs in the local area which I hopefully have brought to the two schools during my time on the Governing Body. I have been pleased to see the schools develop over this time.

I look forward to the challenge and direction we can take the Trust in within the coming years for the benefit of all our young people.


  Lesley Thornes - Co-Chair of Standards & Achievement Committee.



Clare Stevenson - Co-Chair of Standards & Achievement Committee.

I am a 48 year old married woman and have lived in Lincolnshire for most of my life.  I am passionate about Education.
I have a:
•    Degree in English and History
•    QTS Primary Teaching Qualification
•    A specialism in English and Certification in PSHE 
•    Primary School Teacher (teaching experience Y1 to Y6). I was a leading Literacy teacher and Leading Moderation teacher for the County before joining CfBT.
•    County Primary Consultant for CfBT (specialism Moderation, English )
•    Independent Consultant – Teaching and Learning, Moderation
•    Project Manager (Sector-Led School Improvement project – Lincolnshire County Council)
I have no previous experience of being a governor before taking this role but do have experience of working in both schools as a Teaching and Learning Consultant.   Currently – I am an Academy Advocate – Vice Chair of the Lincolnshire Wolds Federation. 
I am married with three children.  My eldest daughter works as a marketing coordinator in Newcastle. My son is currently doing a Law Conversion, having just got a degree in Politics and my younger daughter is studying Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.  
I love dog walking, biking, golf, reading, travelling, gardening and crossing things off my bucket list. 


Jan Hargrave - Standards & Achievement Committee







Michelle Turner, Community Advocate

I have 19 years’ experience working within finance in the private and not for profit sectors. I am currently Head of Finance for a housing association that specialises in rural communities. I lead a small team who manage the internal business requirements of the organisation. I am in the process of qualifying as a Company Secretary and another important part of my role is securing the financing required to achieve the Association’s expansion plans.

This is my first opportunity to get involved in governance of the education sector which is a sector I am passionate about and believe that each child should be given the opportunity to achieve their potential.



Simon Clark, Community Advocate 

I am a former Headteacher of a primary school in Lincolnshire and worked closely with Lea Mason as part of a strong, collaborative network. In that time I came to value the caring, supportive ethos of the LWCT and the schools within the LWF; there is a clear sense of purpose and a determination to support not only children in the trust’s schools, but all children in the community, regardless of background. The work that the LWCT does to engage other schools across Lincolnshire and beyond is incredible and I am pleased to be part of that.

I worked in a range of Lincolnshire primary schools for 13 years before joining the Department for Education in 2018. My role there is to facilitate the department’s committee structure and ensure that the corporate governance of the organisation is working effectively. I am originally from Northumberland but have lived in Lincolnshire now for over 20 years.


Susan Shearer - Staff & Student Wellbeing - Working Party.






Kay Smith - Staff & Student Wellbeing - Working Party.






Tania James - Staff & Student Wellbeing - Working Party.






Lea Mason - Finance & Audit Committee / Standards & Achievement Committee.

Hello, my name is Leanda (or Lea for short) Mason and I had the privilege of being a Governor and Headteacher of St Bernard’s School from 2009 and then held the position of Governor and Executive Head Teacher of The Lincolnshire Wolds Federation, with St Lawrence School from September 2012. In both roles I have enjoyed the support and challenge of very active Governing bodies, as well as my husband and two children.  

Prior to my appointment at St Bernard’s, I worked as a Deputy Head in a school for young people with moderate, sever and complex needs in the south of Lincolnshire, and worked as a consultant for the specialist schools trust in supporting schools to develop provision for youngsters with Autism and complex needs, including multi-sensory impairments.

My role as Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Wolds Community Trust, sits alongside and compliments my role as Executive Head for LWF. The positions support me in my working closely with the Local Authority and the Local Community, as well as parents and other settings, to build on educational opportunities and ensuring that LWCT continues to provide outstanding education and support for all of its students, in any setting.

I have a passionate drive for ensuring all of our students are afforded the opportunities to achieve their aspirations and potential, as well as providing an environment that supports all within the LWCT community to aspire and achieve.

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