Governor Information

Governor Code of Conduct 2020-23

Amanda Townson Staff (HT) LA
Dawn Leader Staff 16/09/15


Zita Branton Parent 25/11/15


Paul Robinson Parent 13/03/18


Matthew Charlesworth  Parent  
Lesley Slater Foundation 31/08/14


Steven Withy Co opted 11/05/15


Kate Steele    
Katherine Seymour    

Instrument of Government

BL Policy Schedule 2020-21

Governor Visits to School Policy 2019-2022

Meet the Governors


Matthew Charlesworth

He has worked in financial services for most of his career and moved to North Yorkshire 7 years ago. He became a Governor in 2018 and is committed to supporting the School in becoming the best it can be.




Steven Withy

I have been on the governing body for the last seven years and with my wife Louise have an eldest daughter that has recently left for secondary and a son that has over 2 years left at the school.

I got involved with the school when it was necessary to provide support for health, safety and resources. Since then I have seen the school go from strength to strength and it truly is a fantastic place to be involved with.

During the week I work as a Chartered Surveyor for a construction company where I have been involved in building new facilities for many primary schools and further education premises.

In my spare time I love to go mountain biking, road biking and regularly visit the Scottish and Welsh mountain ranges to get some excellent fresh air!

Zita Branton

Hi, I’m Zita. Married to Jonathan and Mum to 3 boys. Geordan (15) and Daragh (13) are now at secondary school and my youngest, Lorcan (9), is here at our lovely village school.
I started my career as a secondary school teacher before moving into the corporate world of purchasing. Initially as a buyer I then moved into consultancy, training other buyers and helping develop purchasing departments.
Taking time out to be a stay-at-home Mum, when we moved 6 times with my husband’s job, I took on PTA roles in six different schools and got involved in two children’s charities, Make-A-Wish and Young Minds.
I suppose you could say schools, children and education have always been of interest to me and I was delighted to take on the role as parent governor here at Burton Leonard school. Now retraining as a social media manager I run an on-line campaign encouraging people to
take on activities so as to unwind and distress and improve mental well-being. As part of this I also advocate the importance of well-being and mental health education in schools and at home. Where appropriate, I apply my previous experience and knowledge to my roles on the School Improvement and Finance Committees and to the role of ‘growth mindset’ governor. Please feel free to contact me if you are thinking about joining our school or if you are an existing parent, I would love to hear your views and feedback.

Paul Robinson

I have lived in Burton Leonard since 2014. One of my children, Sebastian, started at the school in 2017, and Toby will start in 2018.

I am proud of our school and the central role it plays in our local community, and was thrilled to take on the role of Parent Governor in March 2018 as it means I can take an active role in its continued progression. I am keen to ensure the school continues to provide the best environment for our children to become confident, well rounded individuals.

I have a background in accountancy and finance, mainly within the Banking sector where I have worked for over 10 years and I hope to be able to apply the knowledge and skills I have developed over this time in my role as governor

Lesley Slater

I have lived in Burton Leonard for 40 years and am involved in many village activities – Library Grannie, PCC member, ex Church Warden, President of the WI and I love coming into school.

My four children all attended Burton Leonard School and I now have eight grandchildren.

I qualified as a primary school teacher (many years ago now!) and worked in special needs education for 14 years.

I like to keep active and my hobbies include keep fit, zumba, gardening and many activities with the grandchildren.

I am a Foundation Governor and I am proud of our links with the church in our community.


Lucy Mullender

My daughter is in Year 2 at Burton Leonard and loves school! I can’t think of a better place for her to be: she is cared for yet is academically challenged. She is flourishing!

I have been a teacher for nearly 20 years; focusing for the last 15 in special educational needs. I currently hold the position of Director of Learning Support at Ashville College; responsible for the management of pupils with additional needs from 3-18 years old. A busy department, we currently work with about a quarter of the school.

As a dyslexia specialist, I am an ambassador for young people who may not yet have found their voice. I  support teachers and school staff through training and equip pupils with strategies they can employ at school and later on in life.

Dyslexia and other special educational needs should not be seen as a learning difficulty but more a learning difference and in the various educational establishments I have worked for, I have strived for this way of thinking to be accepted .

One of the greatest privileges of my role is seeing young people develop as well as grow in confidence and self-awareness. I think I will always feel humbled by their strength and achievements.

I am really excited about becoming a school governor at Burton Leonard. To be able to work alongside an outstanding team with a shared passion for education within my local community feels like a real honour.

Kate Steele

I am excited to be joining the Governor team at our wonderful school. Both my children are currently attending the school, and it really is like having a second family. The community spirit as well as the staff’s enthusiasm and passion for the school is infectious.

I’m looking forward to assisting the team at Burton Leonard Primary school to continue delivering a high-level standard of education, and ensuring that our children enjoy a wide range of fun activities along the way.

I have been working in finance for over 10 years, and I hope that I can bring new insights and ideas to help the school achieve all its targets.



Katherine Seymour

I moved to the village in 2020 with my husband Matt, daughter Isla (Year 1), son Thomas (Reception) and youngest son Jack (aged 2).  My professional background is in the field of Human Resources where I have worked for the past 15 years. I am currently HR Director for a large consumer goods company. My educational background is in psychology where I specialised in child development and I have always taken an active interest in how children learn and grow. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family exploring our local surroundings and travelling.

I feel very lucky to live in such a wonderful village and for my children to go to the local school where they are thriving. I am hugely passionate about seeing our amazing school continue to go from strength to strength and feel privileged to work as one of the governors.