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

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.

New secondary school places Trinity Academy Leeds

Kat Cafferky


We ask a lot from our students but we give them a lot in return. We truly believe that being part of TAL is life changing for our young people.

The governing body at TAL is a group of highly skilled and committed individuals who are passionate about ensuring that the young people in east Leeds receive a world class education. Through regular meetings and visits to the school and training opportunities through our Governor Build programme, our governors keep abreast of all developments and progress, challenging and supporting school leaders to make the best decisions for all young people. Each of our governors has a key responsibility linked to an aspect of the school and work closely with the staff team as a critical friend and improvement partner.

Oliver Alcock


This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of this bright and ambitious school.

Having worked as part of the Trinity family in an IT role for the last 14 years, I felt it was time to get involved with our academies from a different angle. When the Leeds building was announced, I took the opportunity to put myself forward as a school governor, and hope I can use my years of experience in education and my knowledge of new school projects to have a positive impact on the lives of our staff and students. An exciting opportunity to shape the future of this bright and ambitious school, and provide a world class education in East Leeds.

John Fielding


I am very excited to be given the opportunity to be a founding governor at Trinity Academy Leeds.

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 #ReachHigher #SeeFurther #ShineBrighter.

Peter Fox


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.

Marc Hayes


I strongly believe that high expectations underpin school effectiveness.

I am delighted to be joining the governing body at this exciting time of the school's history. As a local primary assistant headteacher, I am passionate about the standards of the city's schools so that they can provide the best education possible for the children of Leeds. Since qualifying as a primary teacher nearly ten years ago, I have become even more convinced that a child's education is the gateway to achieving their dreams. I strongly believe that high expectations in all aspects of school life - from curriculum to behaviour to teaching and learning - underpin school effectiveness. I am delighted to be able to work with the brilliant team at Trinity Academy Leeds in supporting them to deliver an exceptional educational experience within the local community.

Jaymes Mackay


An absolute privilege to be a Governor for this outstanding institution.

From the moment I was introduced to the school, I was amazed by what it has managed to achieve in such a short space of time, and hugely inspired by the ambition to serve the local community and unlock so much potential. Having spent some time with Yr 7 students exploring environmental issues, it is crystal clear that the school is full on incredibly bright, caring and engaged students and I can’t wait to see the school help mould them in to successful young adults.

I currently work as the Managing Director for the Energy Strategy team at KPMG in Leeds and London. Having spent the majority of my career working on the decarbonisation agenda in the public and private sector, and more recently in consulting, I’m really keen to bring my experience to the team and support the school fulfil its incredible potential.

I come from a family of public servants in the Nort East of England, many of whom work in childcare or education be it in primary and secondary education, or the DfE. I currently live in North Yorkshire with my wife.

Maria Stead


I am very passionate about the development of the whole child to help them become active citizens.

I am a RS/PSHE teacher & Head of Training at Trinity Academy Cathedral. I am very proud to be part of our MAT and see this role as an opportunity to contribute in it's vision for education beyond TAC. I am very passionate about the development of the whole child to help them become active citizens. I am also a member of our teaching and learning board to ensure high standards and support the QA of the impact of our curriculum, and lead on professional development for ITTs and ECTs. As a new member of the Governing Body, I am excited to support our young people to 'reach higher, see further, shine brighter' and support the community in this venture.

Patrick Vis


I cannot wait to support the school as it grows from strength to strength over the coming years.

Over the past decade I have held various jobs ranging from a shop assistant to investigating offshore tax fraud for HM Revenue and Customs. The best professional decision I have made in this time has been retraining as a teacher in 2018. Since qualifying, I have worked in several schools in West Yorkshire and across the country. My experience in the education sector has taught me that an excellent school can play a significant role in shaping its students as individuals and the wider community more generally. As a local resident who is passionate about education, Trinity Academy Leeds' ethos of striving for academic excellence for all and providing incomparable extracurricular opportunities to all students inspired me to get involved by becoming a governor.

Jeremy Ward


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 and 4 children in full time education from Reception Class to University.

Mark Willis-Fox


I get a great sense of gratitude by giving back to the community, and for me, becoming a parent governor fills me with immense pleasure.

I applied to become a school governor at TAL for an array of reasons, my son becoming a proud pupil, me as a proud parent and being interested at what happens behind the scenes!

Additionally, I loved what I saw as a parent when we were choosing our secondary school. I felt a sense of warmth, collaboration and passion from all whom I spoke with. I instantly knew that this was my school of choice for Luca, especially from Mrs Cafferky, Mr Gouland and the leadership team.

Prior to my visit, I had seen pupils of Year 7 (now Year 8) out in the surrounding area, and one word that could describe them is impeccable, a word that has been repeated at the open events.

I get a great sense of gratitude by giving back to the community, and for me, becoming a parent governor fills me with immense pleasure. I look forward to working with the school in such a capacity, and hope that my contribution will make a tangible difference.

Finally, the My Own Child mantra resonated with me and continues to do so on a daily basis. I have adopted this because I am an assistant football coach!

Scheme of Delegated Authority

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Body Chair
Board of Directors Mr Tom Miskell
Chair of Members Mr Tom Miskell
Finance Committee Mr Andrew Heley
Audit Committee Ms Elaine Beaumont
White Rose Education Mr Mike Kneafsey
Trinity Academy Halifax LGB Professor David Baker
Trinity Academy Akroydon LGB Mrs Jackie Tagg
Trinity Academy Cathedral LGB Mr John Hanson
Trinity Academy Grammar LGB Ms Georgie Scully
Trinity Academy St Chad’s LGB Ms Jag Oates
Trinity Sixth Form Academy LGB Mr Andrew Tagg
Trinity Academy St Peter’s LGB Ms Sue Sutton
Trinity Academy Bradford LGB Professor David Baker
Trinity Academy Leeds LGB Mr Tim White
Trinity Academy St Edward’s LGB Mr Nigel Leeder
Whitehill Community Academy LGB Mr Dominic Furby

How to Contact a Governor

If you would like to contact a governor, please write to Trinity Academy Leeds, Torre Road, Leeds LS9 7QL, or send an email marked for their attention c/o

Become a Governor

We are looking to recruit a number of governors to support our school.

The Governors for the Academy Local Governing Body are appointed by the Trust Chief Executive Officer under delegated authority of the Board of Directors, as set out in the Trust’s Scheme of Delegated Authority.

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 by people who will contribute various skills and experience. This group will also commit to working together for the benefit of the school and the 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 consists of people who understand their role and responsibilities. These people also need to be committed to gaining knowledge about the school, and willing to ask challenging questions to scrutinise leadership, as well as decisions made 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.

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