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Governing Body

The Governors of WGSF are Trustees not only of the land, buildings and monies of the Foundation, but also of a 400 year tradition of education in Wakefield.

The Governors are a group of committed, hardworking people who support the schools not only through their attendance at meetings, but through their presence at Speech Days and at social, cultural and sporting events

There is a maximum of 19 Governors on the WGSF Governing Body. The Nominated Governors are appointed by outside bodies (such as a university) while the Co-opted Governors are elected by Board members. Governors are elected for a Four Year Term of Office.


Mr John McLeod MA

Deputy Spokesman

Mr Malcolm Golightly MIMS FCIDP

Bursar and Clerk to the Governors

Mr Laurence Perry BA (Hons) ACMA

PA to the Bursar and Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Miranda Tennant

Co-opted Governors

Mr Jason Brook
BSc (Hons), MRICS

Mr Simon Chamberlain
MSc BA (Hons) ACIArb
Mrs Gemma Falconer
BSc (Hons)

Mrs Helen Harcus
BHSc (Hons)

Mr Michael Hird

Prof. David Jenkins
BSc, DPhil (York)

​Dr Mahendra Patel
PhD BPharm (Hons) MRPharmS

Mrs Penelope Plumpton
​BA (Hons) PGCE

Ms Alison Tetley
BA (Hons)

​Dr Deven Vani

Mrs Diane Watson
BA (Hons), Dip, PFS

Nominated by the Chapter of Wakefield Cathedral

Reverend Leah Vasey-Saunders