Leigh North Street


Primary School

We learn together through Questioning, Perseverance and a Growth Mindset.

Meet the Governors












Chair of Governors Mr Tony Cole

Responsibilities: Finance, School Development Plan C2. Managing Change


Although not born and bred in Leigh on Sea, I have lived here for 23 years during which time both my daughters attended Leigh North Street Primary School followed a generation on by my granddaughter who currently attends school. I have worked in the education system for 35 years during which time I have developed experience across all phases and sectors of the education system. I have focussed my work on meeting the needs of young people who found the demands of mainstream education a challenge. More recently I have welcomed a return to academia and am currently working part time in partnership with UCL Centre for Holocaust education. In my leisure time, I am an active coach and sportsman. I am currently senior club coach at Chelmsford Hockey Club. 



Vice Chair of Governors Mr Ralph Tait

Responsibilities: Health and Safety, School Development Plan C2. Managing Change 


I’m a parent governor with 4 children - 2 at the school (years 3 and 5 as of 2021 / 2022) with the other 2 having left over the last few years. I'm from the area, although I need to confess, I went to Chalkwell Hall. I spent 15 years of my career working for an education company called Pearson, who provide educational products and services to learners around the world. My expertise is in strategy, organisational design, development and change management - broadly speaking it was about making the organisations more effective - and I'm hoping I'll be able to help the school in the same way. I'm really excited about being able to provide a parent's perspective and feel very privileged to be serving on The Governing Board. 



Governor Mrs Linda Wells

Responsibilities: EYFS, Safeguarding, School Development Plan TL3. EYFS - Year 1 Curriculum Transition (Ofsted 2022) 


I worked for over thirty years as a teacher in the local area, retiring ten years ago as head teacher at a local primary school. From 1990-1995 I was deputy head teacher at Leigh Infant School. I remember my time at the school with great pleasure due to the enthusiasm of the children and the support of the parents who valued the high standards and appreciated the wide and varied curriculum provided. I have been a governor at schools that have had highly successful Ofsted judgements but also those that have needed support. I am delighted that I have been able to continue my work with the schools by becoming a member of the Primary School Governing Board. I believe that governors should know a school and its community well in order to be both supportive and challenging. I will be visiting the school frequently and. I look forward to meeting the children and staff and I hope to have the opportunity to meet and hear from parents.



Governor Mrs Katie Cohen 

Responsibilities: School Development Plan TL2. Assessment of Foundation Subjects (Ofsted 2022) 


I am delighted to be serving as a Governor at Leigh North Street Primary School. I have been a resident in our vibrant town for the past eight years and very much enjoy contributing to the community as an active volunteer in various roles. I have two children currently at Leigh North Street Primary School who are thriving here. My professional background is in international higher education where I have led operations and developed student services for a number of American Universities in the UK 

Across all my endeavours I bring a passion for widening opportunity and a strong belief in transformative potential at all stages of life. I look forward to contributing my skills and enthusiasm to this role in support of our wonderful school.



Governor Mrs Karina Sullivan 

Responsibilities: School Development Plan TL4. Science  


  I joined The Governing Board of Leigh North Street Primary School in May 2021 as a Local Authority Governor, having served at both a Primary and Secondary school previously in the Southend area. I've spent the last 12 years or so working for Olympus as a Project Manager where I am responsible for all UK and Ireland projects, and act as Local Project Lead for all European projects. My background is in IT and business process improvements and I hope this experience will assist in the strategic direction for Leigh North Street Primary School.  




Governor Miss Helen Player 

Responsibilities: Website, School Development Plan TL1. Learning Behaviours 


I am a staff Governor and it is a privilege to have worked at Leigh North Street Primary School for the past 11 years.  My role within school is First Aid Medical Lead which includes caring for our pupils and training staff. I am also a member of the pastoral team. 

Having lived in leigh all my life I have a good understanding of our community. I am a mother of three and all my children attended LNSPS.  





Headteacher Mr Ant Hautler


I have the honour of being the Headteacher at Leigh North Street Primary School - working strategically alongside a dynamic team of staff and governors. I have been Headteacher at LNSPS since 2016 and continue to enjoy being a member of this family. We all work hard to ensure varied, engaging and exciting learning experiences for our pupils and a positive workplace for our staff. It is my role to ensure our learners receive a fair deal and attain to the best of their ability.  









Governor Mr Guy Rickard 

Responsibilities: Finance 



Having lived in and around Leigh-on-Sea for virtually all my life, and having seen my two grandchildren thrive at Leigh North Street Primary School, taking on the role of Finance Governor gives me an opportunity to “put something back” into the area.

Now retired since 2016, I worked in the banking sector for over forty years, undertaking roles including those in branch management, risk control functions and, latterly, ten years in fraud prevention.

For recreation, I enjoy golf, DIY, progressive rock music and love to fix things rather than just throw them out. Also, as a follower of sport in general, it is wonderful to see the number of achievements of the school's pupils in this area.





Governor Nomination Form

Declaration of interest summary

Governor Newsletter January 2017