Address: Hazel Street, Leicester, LE2 7JN
Tel: 0116 2338411
Twitter: @HazelSchool

0116 233 8411

Hazel Community Primary School

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Meet our Governors



Lynda Callaghan, Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

My name is Lynda Callaghan and I am a local Leicester girl with a long career in Education. I taught French in Leicester Secondary schools for many years before joining the Local Authority to support School Improvement as a Behaviour and Attendance Consultant.

I have been a governor at Hazel Community Primary since taking redundancy in 2015 and am now delighted to be the current Chair of Governors. I currently work as an independent Education Consultant so am very much steeped in the local and national education agenda.

Alan Curtis, Vice-Chair of Governors, Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Co-opted Governor

My name is Alan Curtis. Although I was born in London, I’ve lived and worked in Leicester for 30 years. Many of these were spent teaching English in Secondary schools and the rest were as a Senior Project Manager for an organisation owned by Leicester City Council. 

During the latter, I worked with children and young people across the 5 -18 years age range and had a particular interest in issues relating to their emotional heath

and well-being, anti-bullying, raising achievement and pupil voice. I’ve been a Local Authority Governor for four years. Having recently retired, I look forward to spending more time doing the things I enjoy.

Jo Holland

Co-opted Governor

My name is Jo Holland and I am Business Support Officer for both Leicester Primary Partnership (LPP) and School Improvement Leicester (SIL).  I’ve been working for LPP and SIL for 2 years and prior to that I worked for Local Authorities in finance, early years and education. 

I have in-depth knowledge of LA financial systems having monitored budgets for 20 years and I have a particular interest in data. 

I have an overarching knowledge of city schools and the current issues on which schools are seeking support and can make school-to-school support links where needed.

I absolutely love working in education and am committed to using my skills and knowledge to support the governing body at Hazel Community Primary School.


Danielle Cecchini

Co-opted Governor

My name is Danielle Cecchini - my parents are Italian and I have lived in Leicester since the age of two.  My career has been in finance and accountancy and I have worked for British Gas and for the NHS since graduating from Nottingham Trent University.  My most recent role was as the Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust which is a provider of Mental Health, Community and children’s services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

I was appointed as a co-opted governor at Hazel Community Primary on 10 June 2021 since taking early retirement at the end of March 2021. I am really happy to be joining the Board of Governors at Hazel Street Community Primary School and to be able to use my experience and knowledge to support the school where I can.










Jem Coady

Co-opted Governor

My name is Jem Coady. After graduating from Oxford University in 1969 I was a teacher for 45 years, most of them in Leicester, before retiring in 2015. 


As an English teacher, and as a parent and grandparent, I've always known how important it is for children to love reading. I also feel passionately that all children, especially those who live in the city, should have the opportunity to experience the natural world. I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed walking, mountaineering and sailing for many years myself, and am keen to promote novelty and challenge of outdoor exploration and adventure for children.








Julie Chapaneri 

Co-opted Governor

My name is Julie Chapaneri and I work as a Safeguarding in Education Officer for the Local Authority.  I have worked directly with Hazel Primary School for a few years now supporting them with policies and procedures within their school and have now taken the decision to be part of the their Governance Team.


My past experience includes working within the Education Sector across Schools and Colleges in Leicester and Leicestershire, Voluntary Sector, Adult Social Care and Children's Social Care.


I have worked on a number of projects delivering Antibullying Work in Schools, Peer Mediation, and most recently Safeguarding where I hope my skills will be utilised for Hazel Primary School.


Outside working hours, I spend my time with family, being outdoors, I love to read in-between looking after my 3 year old and daughter and working, cooking and learning new skills.  My most recent being balloon art and balloon displays!!!


Sarah Thomson, Chair of Finance Committee

Co-opted Governor

My name is Sarah Thomson and I am the Director of Social Impact and Engagement at De Montfort University in Leicester. I have been in Leicester for 15 years and I really enjoy living and working here. In my role at the university I oversee a Directorate of circa 100 staff and a budget of several million pounds which gives me skills that I bring to my role as Governor at Hazel Community Primary School. 

As I work in Higher Education I bring a view point to the Governing Body of how important a good primary education is for young people which I see if they choose to come to university. I have been a Governor at Hazel Community Primary School since 2015 and I am committed to supporting the school and its vision to be a learning community where everyone can achieve.

Eileen Marlowe

Co-opted Governor

My name is Eileen Marlowe and I am pleased to become a governor at Hazel Primary School. As a retired teacher with 30 years' experience of working in schools, colleges and universities I hope my experience will enable me to assist the Governing Body. As a headteacher for 10 years I have a good understanding of school management. I will also bring understanding of Ofsted as I undertook Ofsted inspections whilst in post as a headteacher. I am looking forward to meeting all members of the school community and assisting in any way I can.

 Cindy Gunn

Local Authority Governor

I work as a HR Director for UK-wide recruitment agency, Encore Personnel Services. This is a busy and challenging role, not only covering the 200+ internal staff around almost 30 UK locations, but also the 4000+ temporary workers who are employed by Encore and contracted out to Encore’s clients on a weekly basis.

I made a decision to get involved in school governance as I knew other HR professionals who did this and found it really rewarding.  It’s a great way to give something back, get involved in the local community and make a difference to the lives of young people who have their whole futures ahead of them.

 In my spare time, I am usually to be found outside, either gardening, tending to my chickens, managing my vegetable patch or out walking my cocker spaniel Jet, over the fields of Leicestershire.  I am also an avid reader and get through a novel most weeks; most people who know me also know that once I have my nose in a book I am oblivious to everything else!


Karen Bishop

Staff Governor

My name is Karen Bishop and I am currently a Year 2 teacher at Hazel Community Primary School.

I am originally from Nottinghamshire, but have worked in a number of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire schools over the years. I have worked across the primary age range, but since 2014 I have worked in Key Stage 1 at Hazel.

I look forward to working with staff, governors, parents and the wider community to ensure that our children receive a high quality education in a safe and caring environment.



There are no relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.