Governors

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.

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.