Address: Hazel Street, Leicester, LE2 7JN
Tel: 0116 2338411
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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.

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.