Catherine Infant School, Ulverscroft Rd, Leicester, LE4 6BY

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Catherine Infant School

Governors Statements

Chair of Governors: Mr. Mike Allbut

Local Authority Governor

Appointed: 20th September 2014

Appointment reconfirmed: 20th September 2018

Appointment ceases: 19th September 2022

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.

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.

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. 

Co-opted Governor: Dr joanna badge

Appointed: 4th February 2021

Appointment ceases: 3rd February 2025

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: Also a governor at Catherine Junior School and Heatherbrook Primary Academy

Committees: Performance and Standards

My name is Jo Badge. I am the Headteacher at Catherine Junior School. The reason I became a governor at Catherine Infants is to ensure that we continue to have a close working relationship between our two schools. I am passionate about using technology in the classroom and at home as I believe these are skills that will prepare our children to have a bright future ahead of them.

Co-opted Governor: Mr Kamlesh Purohit

Associate Member

Appointed: 28th September 2016

Appointment Reconfirmed: 28th September 2020

Appointment ceases: 27th September 2024

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.

Co-opted Governor: Mark Tipple - Johnson

Appointed: 20th November 2017

Term of Office:

Appointment ceases:19th November 2021

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


I am delighted to be governor at Catherine Infants for such an exciting and
caring school.

I have been in education for 21 years having taught in schools in Woolwich,
Cornwall, Rutland and now Leicester. For the last 13 years I have been a
member of the leadership team at two schools close to Catherine Infants. In
recent years I have led a neighbouring school as Headteacher and have worked
in partnership with Mrs Harrold.

Catherine Infant school is the focal point of a strong and diverse community
and since becoming a governor I have continually been impressed by what the
school achieves in results and in life opportunities for their children.

I look forward to continuing to work with our fellow governors and staff to
achieve the vision of a happy, caring and stimulating learning environment
where all children are inspired to work hard to achieve their full potential

Parent Governor: Mr Trusharkumar Mistry

Appointed: 31st January 2019

Appointment ceases: 30th January 2023

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: None

Committees: Resource Management

 My Name is Trusharkumar Mistry, my eldest daughter has just joined the school and she has nothing but positive comments about her experience. Further hearing about Catherine Infant School and their progress, I am delighted to join the success and help maintain the excellent standards Catherine Infants embraces. I believe I can achieve this as a parent governor to ensure quality education for all.

Throughout my academic and professional career, I have developed many key skills that I believe would benefit this role along with personal attributes such as being approachable. Performing the role as a parent governor would allow me to complete roles such as actively collaborating with parents to voice their opinions to raise standards and improve outcomes for our school.

Co-Opted Governor: Mr Raj Riyat

Co-opted governor

Appointed: 25th March 2019

Appointment ceases: 24th March 2023

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 governing body as well as parents and the wider local community.

Staff Governor: Mrs. Alpa Kachhela

Appointed: 24th November 2016

Appointment Reconfirmed: 24th November 2020

Appointment ceases: 23th November 2024

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.

vice chair of Governors: Mrs Nirmal Basson

Associate Member

Appointed: 9th January 2017

Appointment Reconfirmed: 9th January 2021

Appointment ceases: 8th January 2025

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: Councillor Mrs.Manjula Sood

Associate member

Appointed: 28th September 2016

Appointment Reconfirmed: 28th September 2020

Appointment ceases: 27th September 2024

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: None

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 Leicester and in the 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: Mrs Maureen White

Appointed: 20th September 2017

Appointment ceases: 19th November 2021

Date stepped down: 19th November 2021

Declaration of business or pecuniary interests: None


My name is Maureen White and I am currently Governor at Catherine Infant School for the second time around over the past few years. I have lived in Belgrave all my life, and love the area. I have served my local community as a community worker for many years based in St Alban's Church down the road from school and my house. I am Church Warden in the Church and have been welcoming my friends and neighbours from the community into the building for many years.

I am delighted to be a Governor at Catherine Infant School as my family have had connections with the school. My grandson Jendon is looking forward to a career in teaching directly because of his experiences here as a pupil and recent work experience.

Clerk (Non Voting): Mrs Melanie Badelek

Appointed: 1st May 2019