Governance and Finance
The Local Governing Body
The Governing Body, has responsibility for the school’s overall strategic direction.
The current Local Governing Body (LGB) is comprised of volunteers from the local school community.Governing Body meetings are held at several points throughout the school year. LGB meetings outline key issues that are required to be discussed and reviewed as necessary. Examples of these agenda items are, but not limited to; Attendance, Admissions, Achievements & Standards, Behaviour & Safety (Safeguarding), Finance, Leadership & Management and Quality of Teaching & Learning.
Attendance at these meetings is monitored by Trust staff from the TLC.
- Make sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs,
- Formulate the aims and policies of the school in collaboration with the TLC Trust,
- Ensure that the National Curriculum is taught,
- Support Interviews and appoint key members of staff.
- Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare Committee
- General Purpose Committee
- Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
The Lime Tree Primary Academy Local Governing Body consists of the follow members:
Mrs Julia Babiak - Chair of Governors
Mr Asim Syed - Vice Chair
Mrs Julia Turner
Mrs Gillian Greenlees
Mrs Sue Thorne
Mr Jimmy Carroll
Ms Antonia Ryan
Mrs Catherine Stormonth - Trustee
Mrs Sarah Vince - Staff Governor
Ms Clare Lewis - Interim Head of School
Governors (ID 1281)
Julia BabiakChair of Governors - Local Governing Body
In a long career, I have been headteacher of three schools including Thornhill and Tithe Farm. I have taught on the headteacher's qualification and other leadership programmes, at University College, London. I worked as a school improvement adviser to schools in the London Borough of Brent, and led on many aspects of pupil assessment for the Borough. I have a long-standing commitment to Houghton Regis particularly in getting the new secondary school (Houstone) for the town.
I am proud to be the Chair of Governors at Limetree and am delighted to see the many improvements that are taking place.
- Chair of Local Governing Board
- Chair of Curriculum Committee
- Link Governor for Pupil Premium
- Link Governor for Early Years
Asim SyedVice-Chair of Governors
I have 15+ years’ experience leading technology strategy, global platforms, digital roadmap and high impact digital transformations for diverse technology-driven companies, including PEOPLESAFE (24/7 all workers protection devices), ONEOCEAN (global navigation solutions) and LONDON LUTON AIRPORT (large-scale business critical technology operations). Deploying a digital first / innovation mindset to bring next generation capability and solutions.
I am delighted to be Vice-Chair of Lime Tree Academy, my own two children currently attend the school. I am keen to see the school move forwards and help drive improvement.
Julia TurnerSafeguarding Governor
I have lived in Houghton Regis for many years and have a long-standing connection with the newly named Lime Tree Primary Academy.
I am the Safeguarding Governor and Send Governor on the Local Governing Board.
I am keen for Lime Tree to be involved as much as possible with the Community and for the children to enjoy all that it has to offer in order to enrich their education and life experiences, so as to help them fulfil their potential.
My working life was spent in the NHS and also in the hospitality sector.
I am a long term resident of Houghton Regis and I know the area in detail. I contribute to many local events and I serve the community as a Town Councillor for the Parkside ward and I am currently the Town Mayor.
My working life was in the NHS in the hospital and as ambulance crew.
I am a keen member of the Houghton Regis Heritage Society and have a vast knowledge of the history of the town which I am keen to share.
I have a strong commitment to serving the local community and am glad to support Lime Tree as a governor.
As a proud former pupil of this school, I am honoured to serve as a governor, bringing my deep-rooted links and a wealth of experience. With eight years as a Central Bedfordshire Councillor, I have a longstanding commitment to education.
During my tenure on the Children Services Committee, I championed continuous improvement in education standards, ensuring that no child would be left behind. A notable achievement of mine was the transformative work on Special Education Needs, spearheading a cultural change and significant investment in this crucial area.
I am excited about the journey ahead, working collaboratively to usher in numerous improvements, making Limetree a shining light for education within the community.
I have a strong interest in children as a mother and grandmother. I have led Beavers and Cub Scouts and I lead Mother and Toddler sessions at the Salvation Army HQ in Dunstable.
I undertake other works for the Salvation Army helping people of all kinds who have need of their services.
I am a trustee of the local branch of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
Until recently I was a Town Councillor for one of the Houghton Regis wards.
I am keen to use my experience to support the children at Lime Tree Academy and their families
Gillian GreenleasParent Governor
I am a parent governor at Limetree Academy , my son attends the school. I am keen to support the school and ensure that pupils get the best start through education.
I have worked for eleven years in the Care industry looking after vulnerable adults and looking out for their best interests. I have management experience as well as being hands on.
I volunteer for St John’s Ambulance helping people of all ages.
I am in the school every day, I attend many school events as a parent and am on the receiving end of the school’s systems and communications all of which supports my knowledge of the school and informs my contribution as a governor.
Trust Governance and Finance
At the Tennyson Learning Community, the Trust board works in a similar way to the LGB, but cover the finances and strategic decisions for all the Trust schools.
Through clear lines of communication, the Trust board delegates authority of roles and responsibilites as set out in the Trust scheme of Responsibility (SOR) this helps the Trust board to keep on top of the issues impacting schools, whilst ensuring that those involved closely in school are making the decisions they are best placed to make.
Working as a Trustee or Committee member, either at Trust level or school level, is a rewarding commitment to drive both the school and trust aims and objectives through great governance.
If you are interested in a governance role at any level, please contact: email@example.com
As an academy, our accounts and other relevant information is held and reported by the Multi Academy Trust, all information can be found here: