The Governing Body

From 26/03/2021 Sheffield City Council and the Diocese of Sheffield decided that a change of Board of Governors was best for the school and in it's place a new Interim Executive Board came into effect and will continue for the rest of the year.


The Governing Body


Professor Rob Coleman - Chair of Govenors since 01/02/2021

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Appointed by Church Council/Diocese on 01/10/2020

Term of Office 4 Years - End of Term of Office 31/01/2025

I’m Rob Coleman, a member at All Saints Ecclesall and am the newest member of the Governing body, having been appointed on 1 October 2020. On 1 February 2021 I replaced Roger Watkin as Chair of the Governing Body. I have recently retired from my position as a hospital consultant and professor within the University of Sheffield. I am married with three grown up children and have five grandchildren within the primary school sector in Sheffield. I hope to bring my expertise from education within a university setting, as well as experience as a trustee on several local charities, to help in the running and development of Clifford. I enjoy travel, being out in our beautiful countryside, golf and gardening.

No Pecuniary Interests

Has voting rights.


Interim Executive Board


Dr Janet Goepel - Appointed 11/05/2021

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Janet Goepel currently works as a Senior Lecturer in the Teacher Education Department of Sheffield Hallam University where she teaches undergraduate and post graduate trainee teachers as well as Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) on the mandatory postgraduate training course. She has been a teacher and SENCO herself and has a Masters and Doctorate in Education. She has co-authored two books on inclusion and the SEND code of practice. Three of Janet’s grandchildren currently attend Clifford All Saints while two others are past pupils.

No Pecuniary Interests

Has voting rights.



Mr Casey Strine - Appointed 20/09/2022


I am Senior Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern History and Literature at the University of Sheffield. I was ordained Deacon in 2018 and Priest in 2019 here in the Diocese of Sheffield. I served my curacy at St Thomas Crookes, with placements at All Saints Ecclesall and St Gabriel’s Greystones. I am now Minor Canon Theologian at the Sheffield Cathedral. I also serve as Bishop’s Advisor for Inter-Faith Affairs, supporting Bishop Pete in his engagement with other faith communities and political leaders in the region. I am currently in my second term on the Diocesan Board of Education. Most important, I am the father of 2 boys—one who attended Clifford All Saints (2014-17) and one who is now in Year 1.

No Pecuniary Interests

Has voting rights.



Lynsey Hunter - Appointed 20/09/2022

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Lynsey Hunter is a Senior Lecturer in Early Years and Primary Education at Sheffield Hallam University. Prior to this, she was a teacher and headteacher in several Primary schools, and has also been a governor, Local Authority School Improvement Adviser and Ofsted Inspector.  She has a passion for Primary education and a particular interest in pupil and parent voice, inclusion, children’s experiences of writing and school leadership.

No Pecuniary Interests

Has voting rights.



Mrs Zoe Dobbins - Temporary Clerk to the Governing Body 


The role of the Governing Body

The governing body has three main functions:

Establish the strategic direction, by:
Setting and ensuring clarity of vision, values, and objectives for the school
Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
Meeting statutory duties

Ensure accountability, by:
Appointing the headteacher
Monitoring the educational performance of the school and progress towards agreed targets
Performance managing the headteacher
Engaging with stakeholders
Contributing to school self-evaluation

Oversee financial performance, by:
Setting the budget
Monitoring spending against the budget
Ensuring money is well spent and value for money is obtained
Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed


Contact the governors

If you want to contact the governors please use the email address:
This email inbox is monitored by the clerk to the governors and she will ensure that it gets to the right




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