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Governors Who’s Who

Pen Portraits of our Governors

Anna Ladd – Chair of Governors and Welfare



Anna Ladd is a Health Service Manager with 20 years of NHS experience. She currently works with West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board, working on Primary Care Commissioning and Transformation. Anna joined the Governing Body as a co-opted member in 2017, with a special interest in Child Welfare. Anna has been Chair of the Governing Body for the last two years..


Anna has lived in Leeds since coming to university in the city 23 years ago. Anna's son attended ACE and is now in Year 9 at Allerton High, and she has a daughter in Year 4 at ACE.


Anna is also Chair of the Welfare Sub Committee and the link Governor for Child Protection and Safeguarding.


Anne Button - Vice Chair of Governors



Anne has two children who attend Allerton CE Primary School and one who attended ACE and is now at Allerton High. She works part-time for a Christian charity based in Leeds where she is an Executive Assistant Pastor – an executive operational role, with numerous pastoral elements to it. Within this role she has day to day responsibility for all of the governance, including financial management and budget setting, health & safety, risk management, HR, safeguarding, building management and is the company secretary to board of trustees. She is passionate about seeing children thrive and overcome any obstacles they may encounter and believe that ACE does just that.


Anne is also a member of the Resources, Finance and Staffing Sub Committee


Jennifer Everingham


Jenny Everingham has over 15 years of experience working as a History and Politics teacher in secondary schools in the local area. She has held management positions as well as being involved in the pastoral side of student care. She has 2 young children who attend a nearby primary school. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor pursuits and is actively involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. She loves to see young people thrive in supportive environments and achieve their goals. 

Jenny is the SEND link governor and a member of the Welfare Sub Committee. 

Alex Holt - Chair of Resources



Alex Holt is a Chartered Civil Engineer and has 2 children. Both his children have graduated from ACE. Alex Chairs the Resource, Finance and Staffing Sub Committee and uses his knowledge to ensure that our premises are safe and high quality spaces in which our children can learn. Alex said "it has been a joy to be involved in the various building projects we have undertaken over that past 5 years. We at ACE have actively invested in the school buildings, developing a cafe and art studio, a dedicated out-of-school space and a brand new library space. The project by LCC to create space for a third form of entry added further amazing spaces."


Helen Perkins



Helen Perkins has worked extensively in professional roles which have predominantly focused on project, stakeholder and relationship management over the past 20 years. More recently this has seen her working in senior positions in marketing and education. Helen currently works for Leeds Trinity University in the Employer Partnerships team and joined the Governing Body as a parent governor in April 2024.


Coming from a creative background, having studied dance full time before embarking on a Performance degree from Northumbria University, Helen is passionate about the role the creative arts plays in education and how it can provide a platform for all children to engage in learning.  


Having moved around the UK with her family when younger, coming from Yorkshire stock (her parents are both born and bred in Yorkshire) she was pleased to make her home in Leeds in 2002. Helen has a young daughter who is currently in Nursery and will be moving to Reception in 2024.


Helen is a member of the Resources Sub Committee.


Helen Stott – Headteacher



Helen has been the Headteacher of Allerton CE Primary from the start – when it was first opened in September 2007. Helen came to University in Leeds, studying English and Inter-Arts at Bretton Hall. She is in good company, with many famous actors being part of the Bretton Hall Alumni.


Helen has taught in a number of schools in Leeds and in Durham. She loves the ambition that Leeds has to be a Child Friendly City and is passionate to play a part in that.


Helen is committed to Allerton CE Primary and has overseen the growth of the school from 207 pupils to 3FE now.

Helen loves travelling, photography, yoga, singing, music, cinema and laughing and having a fantastic grown-up son.


Ann Weir - Associate



Ann Weir is a retired High School teacher. She taught Child Development, Textiles and was Head of Department for PSHE for 15 years. She has worked with 0-18 year olds at St.George’s Church, Leeds, latterly as Children’s and Families’ Pastor. Since retirement, Ann continues to support, through mentoring and supervision, several adults mainly working within a church/Christian context across the city.


Ann has lived in Alwoodley for almost 50 years and is the mother of four and grandma to nine.


Ann is now an associate member and member of the Welfare Sub Committee.


Pete Sammons



Pete Sammons has over 10 years’ experience working as a Teacher in a comprehensive secondary school in Leeds, where he overseas Key Stage 4 as well as teaching Business and Media Studies. He has two children at Allerton C of E and is passionate about seeing all children thrive in school, both academically and emotionally. He is an active member of St Barnabas Church and knows the important role that the local churches play in the running of school.


Pete is Chair of the Teaching and Learning Sub Committee.


Rev. Sharon Kay

Sharon is a member of the Teaching & Learning Sub Committee.


Fiona Cook



Fiona is a member of the Welfare Sub Committee.




Kirsty Tatam-Hall is one of the Assistant Headteachers at Allerton CE Primary School. This is her 5th year at the school and she has taught across the school starting in Year 6 and currently working in EYFS. 'I am passionate about this school and our offer for all of our children. We are an incredibly diverse, inclusive and varied community and I am passionate about celebrating and shining a light on this.'


Kirsty is a member of the Teaching & Learning Sub Committee.