I would like to warmly welcome you to St Nicholas Catholic Primary School.

The Governors at St Nicholas work closely with the school to fulfill their statutory role and to shape the school’s policy, curriculum, accountability and ethos. The Governors, all volunteers, from a variety of backgrounds, who contribute to the work of the Governing Body through a number of committees.

Jane Burns


I am very proud to have been a Head Teacher at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School since 2014. The school motto is ‘Love one another’ and this is felt every day within school. The children come first in all that we set out to do and this is supported by the staff, parents, parish and governors. 


Stratis Koutsoukos

Chair of Governors

I am the newly appointed Chair of Governors (2020) and have undertaken various roles as an educator over the past 20 years in the UK, Europe and seven Sub-Saharan countries. Currently, I serve as a course director for 400 pupils in one of England’s largest Business Schools, I am an external examiner for two other universities. I enjoy working with culturally diverse groups and pride myself for representing the interests of others in a constructive and effective manner.


Nicky Fox

Staff Governor

My whole career has been in Catholic education and I have been privileged to teach at St. Nicholas Catholic Primary School since 1996. My two children attend Catholic schools within the Diocese of Leeds and both have had very happy and positive experiences in their schools.  I always try as a teacher and a school governor to ensure that all the children at this school will also have this experience.  I have been Deputy Head at St. Nicholas since September 2015 and look forward to ensuring that the children in our care see their years at this school as very positive.


Father Duane

Foundation Governor

Coming soon...



Judith Putsman

Foundation Governor

I am pleased and privileged to be a member of the Governing Body of St Nicholas Catholic Primary School.  My background is in education, having been a teacher for many years, including 12 years as head-teacher of a Leeds primary school.  I have a wide range of interests, including 3 grandchildren. I also have a good sense of humour, as demonstrated by being a life-long supporter of Middlesbrough Football Club.


Jenny Stuart-Collins

Foundation Governors 

I am delighted to be a member of the Governing Body of St Nicholas Catholic Primary School.  I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Leeds Trinity University and have held that role for 13 years.  Prior to Lecturing, I taught in a number of Primary Schools across Leeds.  Having had a Catholic Education myself, I feel privileged to be a Governor in one of our Catholic Schools.  I enjoy music and am one of the organists at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Leeds.


Marie Ford

Foundation Governors

I retired a little over 2 years ago from a 35 year career in banking, all with on organisation. For the last 10 years of my career I was a manager, predominantly involved in the corporate sector and i now have the opportunity to use those skills in assisting the Board of Governors with the financial demands the school will come across throughout the year. Born in Leeds to Irish Catholic parents, my own education was a traditional Catholic one, as was my son James'. I am delighted to say he started his education at St. Nicholas and was extremely happy. As a result, I have a particular affinity to the school and know what it feels like to be involved here as a parent. I also act as treasurer to the Leeds Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann which has allowed me to continue to use my skill set since retiring. The branch has strong links with St.Nicholas and a number of pupils are actively involved, learning music every Tuesday evening. 


Dave Kagai

Parent Governor

Coming soon..


Mrs D Jones

Foundation Governor

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Dr. Ani

Foundation Governor

Coming soon..


Updated 17/03/20