Governors

The school, its staff, the Governing Body Directors and Members are accountable to parents, the wider local community and to the Department for Education.

Our Governing Body has a maximum of 15 members, including two elected parent governors, four community governors, one staff governor and the Executive Principal. The other seven governors are members of Leeds Jewish Free School Limited (the Trust set up to run LJFS).

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that the school has a proper Child Protection policy and procedures in place and works closely with the Executive Principal on the school’s strategy.

Our Governors

Cllr. Dan Cohen (Chair)

Dan is a Director of Brodetsky Schools Limited and Leeds Jewish Free School Limited, as well as holding a governor position at both schools. He is also a governor at two other local schools. He has over 16 years experience of working with schools and school governance.

Dan was the Managing Director of a Leeds based marketing and distribution SME for over 20 years, in addition, he is a practising solicitor with over 15 years of experience in employment and education law.

Dan is a father to four young children, and is fully committed to ensuring that the young people of the Jewish community in Leeds have access to high quality local Jewish education.

In 2001 Dan was elected as the Leeds City Councillor for Alwoodley, the ward in which LJFS is located. He is the Shadow Cabinet Member for Children and Families.

Dan is the governor responsible for performance management, inclusion and attendance, race equality, he also sits on the teaching and learning committee.

Alex Abrams (Vice Chair)

Alex is a member of Leeds Jewish Free School Limited and is currently Vice Chair of the Governing Body.

He is also the Operations Director at Madison Hosiery Ltd , and previously was Director of Youth Services at BHH Synagogue, and a leader of a local Beaver troop.

Originally from Birmingham, Alex has lived in Leeds for the past 18 years. Alex has been married for 18 years to Louise and has two children Zack & Georgia, both at LJFS in year 10 and 7.

Alex is the Governor responsible for SEND for LJFS and is also linked to Arts and PE.

Henry Cohen

Henry is a director of LJFS as well as being a governor of Brodetsky Primary school. He has been involved in many major community projects over the years. He is a life patron of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, a patron of Brodetsky and an honorary life vice president of the Zone.

Now enjoying retirement, Henry is the director of resource for both LJFS and Brodetsky, as well as being the director responsible for day to day running of the campus.

Rabbi Jason Kleiman

Rabbi Kleiman is currently a Foundation Governor and Chaplain at Brodetsky Primary School, as well as a member of Leeds Jewish Free School Limited.

Rabbi Kleiman has served congregations in Reading, Catford, and Ilford and was the Headteacher of the Hebrew Schools in these communities. He is currently the Minister of the Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue in Leeds.

Rabbi Reuven Cohen

Rabbi Cohen is a member of Leeds Jewish Free School Limited, a community Rabbi and the Director of the Lubavitch Youth Organisation since 1980. He has over 30 years’ experience in the delivery of informal and formal Jewish education and pastoral care within the Leeds community.

Rabbi Cohen is the Governor responsible for Limmud Kodesh.

Spencer Weiner

Spencer is a member of Leeds Jewish Free School Limited and also the Commercial Director of Madison Hosiery Ltd. Spencer is on the Marketing committee and is the governor responsible for the health and Safety provision on campus.

Spencer has 2 children, one of which is currently at LJFS and his other is currently attending King David in Manchester.

Spencer is a trustee and treasurer of LJOY (Leeds Jewish Orthodox Youth) which provides both social and informal religious learning for years up to 6th form. He is also chair of the Alwoodley Conservative Association and acts as agent for all candidates for North East Leeds.

Alan Dunwell

Alan is a member of Leeds Jewish Free School Limited and is a Governor at Brodetsky Primary School. Alan has over 25 years’ experience in advising privately owned and public sector organisations. He currently acts as an external auditor/adviser to fifteen academies, including primary and secondary schools.

Alan is the governor with responsibility for audit.

Dr Jason Broch

As well as a Governor and member at LJFS, Jason is a partner in a busy GP practice, which covers a wide range of patients from all sections of the community. He Chairs the board of an NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. He has additional strategic roles in the public sector in Leeds. Jason is also Chair of the Brodetsky Primary School Governing Body.

In LJFS, Jason is the governor responsible for child protection and safeguarding.

Lee Lipman

Lee is a member of Leeds Jewish Free School. He is a Buying Director for a local firm and has 2 children who both attend LJFS. Lee is the current Chair of the marketing committee & also serves on the Teaching and Learning committee and as a parent governor.