Governor Information

David Hennessy (

I’ve been a parent governor for over 8 years and I am currently chairman of the governing body.  I have two daughters in secondary school who spent all their primary years at Rook’s Nest from preschool and they have had a very happy and successful early education here.  I am the foster parent of a child in year 3.  I am passionate about giving children the best possible start in life and I strive to bring this passion to my role as a Governor.

Esther Amis-Hughes

I have been a parent governor since September 2015. I have two children who attend Rooks Nest Academy so I see the enormous part that school plays in their lives and development. I wanted to become a governor to support and challenge the school to be the best it can for all the children who attend.

I work in museum education, providing cultural experiences for children and young people. I bring to the governor role my experiences of managing projects and programmes, and providing education outside a formal setting.

I am the Early Years Foundation Stage link governor, and sit on the Personnel and Resources committee.

Joe Yates

I have been a governor at the school since January 2017. I have two children at the academy who I enjoy seeing grow and develop through the dedication and commitment of the Rooks Nest team.

I am a Chartered Management Accountant by trade and aim to bring financial insight and control to the wider governing body. My work as Finance Director of a creative communications agency over the last 14 years has given me first hand experience of budgetary planning and cost management.

I am the Sports Link governor and have recently been appointed the Chair of the Personnel and Resources Committee.

Caroline Johnson

My name is Caroline Johnson and I am currently the Head Teacher of an ‘Outstanding’ Primary School in Leeds. I have taught for 21 years and prior to Headship, I was the Deputy Head of an ‘Outstanding School’ for 12 years. I am an Advanced Skills Teacher and a Specialist Leader in Education; both positions have involved supporting teachers, senior leadership teams and head teachers with many aspects of school improvement. Rook’s Nest Academy is a wonderful school where children are encouraged, supported and challenged to achieve their very best. The school works hard with all stakeholders to promote the highest possible outcomes for every pupil.
As an outstanding school, the challenge is to keep moving forward and to be shaping the future of education, rather than following on behind. As a Governor, I want to Rook’s Nest Academy to continue the journey beyond outstanding, ensuring the children have an exciting, engaging curriculum which ensures they leave us as confident, independent young people who are determined to achieve their full potential.

Veronica Saville

I was appointed staff Governor in May 2017. I am lead Governor for Safeguarding and form part of the Standards and Pupils Committee.

I have worked at Rook’s Nest Academy for the past 20 years, in a variety of roles. My journey began as a volunteer when my four year old son started at the school. I then worked as a dinner lady, a Support Worker for children with special needs, a Classroom Assistant and a Playworker. In 2007 I played a part in setting up Rook’s Nest Early birds Breakfast and Afterschool Club and ultimately became the Manager in charge of the day to day running of Rook’s Nest Academy Childcare.

I am passionate about the education and welfare of all young people and will strive in my role as Governor to ensure that the children at Rook’s Nest receive the best possible education and opportunities to support their learning & development.

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