Governors

Trinity Academy Leeds Governors will support our continued development, helping ensure the academy provides an outstanding education to our young people.

Scheme of Delegated Authority

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Structure

Body Chair
Board of Directors Mr. Tom Miskell
Audit Committee Ms. Elaine Beaumont
Commercial Interests Group (C.I.G.) Mr. David Baker
W.R.E.S. t/a White Rose Maths (sub-committee of C.I.G.) Mr. John Barraclough
Trinity Academy Halifax L.G.B. Mr. David Baker
Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge L.G.B. Ms. Georgie Scully
Trinity Academy Cathedral L.G.B. Mr. John Hanson
Trinity Academy Bradford L.G.B. Mr Emmerson Walgrove
Trinity Academy Leeds L.G.B. Mr Tim White
Trinity Academy St Edward’s L.G.B. Mr Nigel Leeder
Trinity Sixth Form Academy L.G.B. Mr. Brendan Evans
Trinity Academy Akroydon L.G.B. Mrs. Jackie Tagg
Trinity Academy St. Chad’s L.G.B. Ms. Jag Oates
Trinity Academy St. Peter’s L.G.B. Ms. Sue Sutton

Meet the Team

Tim White

Chair of Governors

The prospect of joining such a wonderful team with the chance of making a real difference to the lives of our pupils and the city of Leeds, was too good an opportunity to miss.

The prospect of joining such a wonderful team with the chance of making a real difference to the lives of our pupils and the city of Leeds, was too good an opportunity to miss. I have always had strong links to the city, having joined Radio Aire as a trainee, becoming the youngest ever Sports Editor, and latterly Head of News at one of the biggest radio stations in the UK. After establishing The Tim White Media Consultancy in 1999, I was able to expand my interest in, and love of, training. Here in Leeds, I lectured for over a decade for the University of Leeds on its BA Broadcast Journalism course, which at the time was the top rated course of its type in the UK. I am proud to see so many of my former students playing a prominent role in various areas of the media today.

One of my daughters was educated in the Trinity MAT group, and the unique arts provision enabled her to progress to full-time professional training. I have also trained many private clients such as Directors, Executives and politicians, while also supplying courses for public services and charities. In addition, I have developed strong links with eastern Europe since first working with the world renowned Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) in Ukraine in 2004. This has led to me becoming an expert on Ukrainian matters, frequently being quoted in Ukraine media. I’ve also produced 3 video documentaries, including the 2017 feature “Nothing But Lies – Fighting Fake News”. Almost all major media organisations in the UK have used my reporting skills at some point, including ITV, Sky News, Sky Sports, (Channel)FIVE, BBC and TalkSPORT.

Karen Cruise

Governor

I am on a mission to ensure that as many young people as possible are supported to realise their strengths and abilities so that they can excel. I feel honoured to be part of Trinity Academy Leeds and expand that mission.

I am on a mission to ensure that as many young people as possible are supported to realise their strengths and abilities so that they can excel. I feel honoured to be part of Trinity Academy Leeds and expand that mission.

I have spent 30 years in the corporate world, the last 10 of which were at a senior management level for one of Yorkshire's largest social housing organisations. Working within teams, leading large departments and contributing to the direction and vision of the company is where my main experiences were formed. I loved the mix of the social and business aspects of my role and how both intertwined.

However, I have always wanted to work with young people and 5 years ago set up my coaching company - as a qualified life coach- working with schools, colleges, and universities supporting young people to excel. In 2020 I founded our social enterprise Flourished Minds Ltd still delivering life coaching to young people but with a structure that allows us to access public funding and thus make our services more affordable to the people we want to help the most.

I became a governor with Trinity Academy as I feel this fits perfectly into my ethos of enriching children's lives; socially and emotionally as well as academically. Getting involved at the early stages of the school makes it extra exciting as we're all part of a new team, with a fresh approach working towards the same aim.

John Fielding

Governor

I have worked in the public transport sector for over 25 years, starting my career as a bus driver before being promoted to staff manager and deputy of operations manager.

I have worked in the public transport sector for over 25 years, starting my career as a bus driver before being promoted to staff manager and deputy of operations manager. In 2015 I decided to return to education and enrolled at Leeds University on a business management degree course. Initially I found the return to education challenging to say the least, however it did open my eyes and gave me renewed faith in myself and what I could achieve if I worked hard.

I have a daughter who is 11 years old, she is hoping to become one of the first students at Trinity MAT Leeds, as a family we enjoy cycling, walking the dogs and camping in Cornwall.
Another area of interest to me is health and wellbeing especially in this current climate with the pandemic, I am a keen runner, I have been running for about five years, during that time I have dipped my toe into duathlons and even a triathlon! I really enjoy multi-discipline sports; They offer different challenges but are fun to take part in, I am proof that if I can do it then anyone can. I am a licensed Leader in Running Fitness with England Athletics; I also hold qualifications in Mental Wellbeing in Sport & Physical Activity and in Safeguarding in Athletics. I run my own beginners running club based at Leeds Dock, it has been inspiring to see so many people.

I am very excited to be given the opportunity to be a founding governor at Trinity MAT Leeds, I am a little bit out of my comfort zone but really looking forward to the role ensuring that the young people at the school receive the very best support and education which inspires them to #Reach Higher #See Further #Shine Brighter.

Jeremy Ward

Governor

I’m delighted to be a part of what I’m sure is going to be an exciting and positive development for the children of East Leeds.

Trinity Academy Leeds is a fantastic opportunity to help children unlock their potential, access opportunities and make sure their talents and hard work are rewarded.
I’ve worked in a variety of financial services roles over a 25 year career and have experience of leading large teams and complex businesses. I’m currently a director in the Insurance & Wealth division of Lloyds Banking Group and an active member of a range of industry bodies. I hope to be able to put some of these skills and experiences to good use.
I know first hand, the impact that a positive school environment can have on a child and the wider role it can play in shaping young people and their communities. I share the ambition that Trinity Academy Leeds has for its pupils and the community it serves.
I live in Leeds have 4 children in full time education from Reception Class to University.

Emil McKenzie

Governor

I'm looking forward to using some of my own personal experiences and knowledge to help Trinity Academy Leeds

I’m proud and excited to join the board of governors for Trinity Academy Leeds, and see this as a great opportunity to be involved in helping the school to become one of the leading institutions in the region. I’m a strong advocate that school should be somewhere that brings enjoyment to all, and creates a positive atmosphere for the pupils to help give them the best start to their adult life.
I’ve spent the vast majority of my career working in financial services and have advised many individuals and businesses across the region on complex financial matters, helping them to plan for the long term. Over my career I’ve worked for one of the largest banks in the UK, as well as regional based accountancy and insurance firms, and to succeed in the industry requires skills such as patience, empathy, the ability to sustain long term relationships, and being able to develop trust.
I have two young children who keep me very busy outside of work, and bring lots of laughter and joy to my life. I enjoy participating in various sports, live music and DJ’ing as a hobby, which gives me time to relax from my working week. My wife has worked in the Education sector for 20 years, so I’ve had the opportunity to discuss some of the challenges schools, teaching staff and pupils face in being able to achieve the highest standards. Therefore, I’d like to build upon this to understand better the finer workings and undertakings of the school, and ensure we can support the leadership team as best as possible.
I’m looking forward to using some of my own personal experiences and knowledge to help Trinity Academy Leeds and working alongside the other governors to see the school flourish in the coming years.

Peter Fox

Governor

It is an exciting prospect to join the Governing Body at this time in order to help the school progress and develop

The new Leeds Trinity Academy came to my attention a short time ago. It is an exciting prospect to join the Governing Body at this time in order to help, in a small way, the school progress and develop.
I have lived in Leeds for most of my life and grew up on the Gipton Estate, which is less than one mile from the school. I attended Coldcotes Primary and then progressed to Foxwood Comprehensive School in Seacroft. It was here that, as well as academic studies my love of sport and outdoor activities was nurtured by fantastic staff and a great school ethos.
I left school at 16 in order to take up an apprenticeship in Building Services Engineering Design and Project Management. I worked for the same Pudsey based company for 37 years eventually becoming Chairman and owner. In addition I sat on various regional and national committees to ensure and promote excellent recruitment and training for the industry. I was also involved in working closely with our industry body on finance matters and national pay awards.
Through my sporting interests I have also volunteered with people with disabilities or who are disadvantaged and taught them to sail. These participants came from a range of schools and organisations around Leeds. I also represented the sailing Governing Body (RYA) to increase participation of sailing in Yorkshire and the North East through their Sailability Scheme.
I am looking forward to working with staff and other governors helping the school develop for students of all abilities and needs. It is important that we enable every student to reach their full potential through academia and additional experiences.

How to Contact a Governor

If you would like to contact a governor, please write to them via Trinity Academy Leeds, c/o Trinity Academy Cathedral, Thornes Road, Wakefield WF2 8QF, or send an email marked for their attention c/o contactus@leeds.trinitymat.org

Become a Governor

We are looking to recruit a number of governors to support our school when it opens in September 2021.

The role of a governor can be very rewarding, and volunteering within our schools will provide you with the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your local community and the future of our young people.

Governors will sit on our Local Governing Body and work with the senior leadership team to ensure students are receiving the best education possible and that all resources are being used effectively to support this ambition. A strong governing body is made up of a group of people who will contribute various skills and experience, and who will commit to working together for the benefit of the trust and the local communities in which we work.

Being a governor requires individuals to learn about schools and ways of working, and it is also about individuals bringing their skills and experience to contribute to an existing skillset. It is important that every governing body is made up of a group of people who have an understanding of their role and responsibilities, who are committed to gaining knowledge about the school and who will ask challenging questions to scrutinise leadership and decisions made within school. Governing bodies have key strategic responsibilities and these need to be explored within every meeting, without getting involved in the day to day operational activity within the school.

Governors play an important part in every school and we invite you to learn more about Trinity Multi-Academy Trust, our schools and the opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of our young people.

If you are interested in discussing our governor vacancies further, please complete the Expression of Interest form below and return to the email address given on the form. We will then get in touch to arrange a further conversation.