Governor Statements


Chair of Governors: Mr. Mike Allbut

Local Authority Governor

Appointed: 20th September 2014

Appointment ceases: 19th September 2018

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: None

Committees: Resource Management (Chair)



My name is Mike Allbut.

I am currently Chair of Governors.

I have spent my many years working in the local community as a teacher, community worker, and presenter on BBC Radio Leicester and the BBC Asian Network.

I am delighted to remain part of working towards a bright future for children in the Belgrave area in our simply fabulous school.




Vice Chair of Governors: Mr Raj Riyat

Co-opted governor

Appointed: 25th March 2015

Appointment ceases: 24th March 2019

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: Mr Riyat’s wife is a Nursery Nurse in the reception classes

Committees: Performance and Standards



My name is Raj Riyat. I have been a governor and vice chair at Catherine Infants for over 18 years. My children attended this school and since then I have tried to play an active part in the governor setup as well as parents and the wider local community.



Head teacher and Governor: Mrs. Jill Harrold

Appointed: 24th August 2016

Appointment ceases:

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: Mrs Harrold is a Governor at Catherine Junior School and a director of The Outlook Creative Group.  



My name is Jill Harrold. I have been Head teacher and a governor of Catherine Infant School since September 2016. My aim is to help every child to develop and reach their full potential whilst they are a pupil at our school. I want all our children to be excited and challenged by their every day learning and for learning to be fun for pupils, teachers and parents alike. I am also pleased to be a governor at Catherine Junior School enabling the two schools to work together even more effectively by further cementing the links that already exist. 



Staff Governor: Mrs. Alpa Kachhela

Appointed: 24th November 2016

Appointment ceases: 23th November 2020

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: None

Committees: Performance and Standards, Resource management



Hi my name is Alpa Kachhela.

I am currently the teacher governor at Catherine Infant school. 

As the Assistant Head for the Foundation Stage and the Early Years coordinator I thoroughly enjoy working as part of team and making a positive impact of the children's lives. In my role as a governor I want to strengthen our community links to ensure we are enabling the children to reach their full potential.




Co-opted Governor: Ms. Izabela Lis

Appointed: 10th July 2015

Appointment ceases: 9th July 2019

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: None

Committees: Resources Management



I work for Leicester City Council teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I am very happy to be a governor, as I have helped to translate for some of the Polish pupils in the school. As a new mother I believe it is very important to dedicate your time to education and helping your community.




Co-opted Governor: Mrs Nirmal Basson

Associate Member

Appointed: 28th September 2016

Appointment ceases: 27th September 2020

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: None

Committees: Performance and Standards, Resource Management



I have been the Head teacher of Catherine Infant School for the last 14 years and took retirement in September 2016. I was honoured to be asked to be a member of the Governing Body to continue to support them and the school.

I have had the privilege of working with many governors over the last few years who have dedicated their time and commitment to support the school in maintaining high standards and now look forward to continue working with them to achieve the school vision.

The achievements and progress made by all pupils has been my particularly interest, with a focus on the needs of the more able pupils. So I would welcome the opportunity to work with and monitor the progress of this group of pupils to see if they have reached their potential by the time they leave the school. 

Most of all, I would like to work with and support all the staff in school, to reach their full potential, so that they are able to ensure all around development and outstanding education for every pupil.




Co-opted Governor: Mr Paul Stapleford

Appointed: 9th January 2017

Appointment ceases: 8th January 2021

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: None

Committees: Performance and Standards


My name is Paul Stapleford. I am an assistant Head teacher at Catherine Junior School. I have been a teacher for 17 years and have worked with challenging pupils within Leicester City prior to working at Catherine Juniors. I am currently the Science Lead for the school and have a BSc (Hons) in Science. I am very much looking forward to being a governor at Catherine Infants and hope I can help to move the school further forwards in the future.



Co-opted Governor: Councillor Mrs. Manjula Sood

Associate member

Appointed: 28th September 2016

Appointment ceases: 27th September 2020

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: Governor at Abbey Primary School, Leicester

Committees: Performance and Standards


“I am very passionate about the education of our children and as a mother and a former Primary school teacher I understand the importance of children being taught in a safe and inspiring environment.  I am very proud to be a Governor of Catherine Infant school which serves the diverse communities and children are being taught by skilled teachers, which will help them to achieve their future goals.”


First Asian female, Lord Mayor of UK

Local ward Councillor

Assistant Mayor, Community and Equalities

High Bailiff

Chair of Leicester Council of Faith

Member of Bishop’s Faith Forum

Member of Police & Crime Commissioners panel

Member of Police Gold Community Group

Patron for clasp and fibromyalgia



Co-opted Governor: Mr Kamlesh Purohit

Associate Member

Appointed: 28th September 2016

Appointment ceases: 27th September 2020

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: None



Kamlesh Purohit is Deputy Managing Editor at BBC Radio Leicester, a role he took up around 3 years ago. He is a highly experienced senior broadcaster, with experience in national and regional Radio and Television outputs. He was a key member of the management team that developed BBC Asian Network from a local service to a national Radio station. His previous roles have included Planning News Editor in the BBC’s multi-media Newsgathering operation at New Broadcasting House; TV Newsreader on BBC East Midlands Today; Broadcast Journalist at Radio Five Live; and Cricket Commentator with BBC Sport. Kamlesh moved to Leicester from Kenya in the 1970s, as a young child with his family.

He went to school in the city, and studied BSc.(HONS) Electronic Engineering at De Montfort University, and after graduation began work locally as a Systems Engineer with GEC plc. before switching careers to enter the world of broadcasting.



Parent Governor: Vacant 


Appointment ceases: 

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: 

Committees: Resource Management




Clerk to the Governors: Ms. Lynn Wyeth



My name is Lynn Wyeth. I am currently Clerk to the Governors and I minute meetings and give advice to governors on their role. I clerk for several schools in the city. I am also a school governor myself at a primary school in Beaumont Leys. I used to be a primary school teacher but am now a senior manager at Leicester City Council where I am in charge of Data Protection and Freedom of Information



Co-opted Governor: Mark Tipple - Johnson

Appointed: 20.11.17

Term of Office: 

Appointment ceases:19.11.2021

Declaration of Business and Pecuniary Interests: Mark is Headteacher and a Governor of Merrydale Infant School.