Board Members

The Trust has two levels of governance with a Board of Directors having responsibility for the strategic direction of the trust and local accountability boards (LABs) for each academy which have more responsibility for what happens in individual academies. The Trust Board has ultimate legal responsibility for all aspects of the work across the academies but will delegate much of the responsibility for education performance, student well-being and staff matters to the LAB. The LAB will always be chaired by a Director of the Trust and there will usually be at least one other Director. Leeds City College will also nominate one senior member of staff to sit on the LAB to provide a direct link between the College as sponsor and the individual academies.

 

The Board of Directors will have responsibility for matters relating to the finance and strategic direction of the Trust. They are supported by Senior Post Holders – Executive Principal and Chief Financial Officer and (part time) Clerk to the Board, who together with the Principals of each of the Academies form the Executive Management Team of the Trust.

Jane Pither

Chair of the Board

Jane was Deputy Principal Corporate Services at Leeds City College from 2010 to 2017 where she was the executive lead for the college’s IT and Physical Resources directorate as well as Keighley College. Prior to this, she was Chief Operating Officer at The Higher Education Academy and has also held positions with Connexions...

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Colin Booth
CEO Leeds City College

Prior to joining Leeds City College, Colin was Principal of Barnsley College for seven years where he steered the College to an Ofsted rating of outstanding.

He has worked in the further education sector for over thirty years; his background is as a teacher and manager in Skills for Life an...

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Prof: Darren Shickle

 

Professor of Public Health, University of Leeds.  Formerly Chair of the Standards and Curriculum Committees at both Leeds East and Leeds West Academies. Darren is Professor of Public Health at University of Leeds. He is the Chair of the Leeds East Academy Local Accountability Board and has been a Director of White Rose Academies Trust since 2014...

 

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Paul Morrisey
 

Paul was educated at a comprehensive school in County Durham and then went on to study History at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He also has a P.G.C.E from the University of Nottingham and a M.A. in History from the University of Huddersfield...

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David Strachan

David is a partner at Schofield Sweeney LLP. David has been a corporate lawyer in Leeds throughout his career, advising businesses on transactions and governance issues...

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Lydia Devenny
 

Lydia is an experienced and commercially focused senior financial professional with a track record of strategic and operational financial management in a variety of sectors...

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Andrew Whitaker
Executive Principal of the White Rose Academies Trust

Andrew Whitaker enjoyed a ten-year career in the University sector, before moving into the 3-18 education sector as a Senior Leader.

As Senior Vice Principal of the UK’s largest all-aged special school based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Andrew led all operational areas of the school including Post 16 provision. 

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Erica Hiorns

 

School Improvement Adviser, Leeds City Council

Erica Hiorns was a teacher for twenty-five years, of which eighteen were spent in schools throughout Leeds. As such, Erica is committed to the city and to the education of the children who live here...

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Craig Williams
 

Craig is currently Governance Adviser and Clerk to the Corporation at two FE Colleges (one in Leeds and one in Greater Manchester) having had had a variety of senior operational and strategic roles across the education and training sector. 

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Cllr. Caroline Gruen

 

Caroline has lived in Leeds all her adult life and initially trained to be a teacher at Leeds University, gaining firstly a BEd and then a MEd in Education. She went on to teach in five of the city's schools before gaining a deputy headship and then held several School Improvement posts in four different Local Authorities. Her most recent posts were as the Director of Education...

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Margaret Parkes

Margaret is Yorkshire born and bred, currently living near Doncaster. Margaret is a graduate firstly obtaining an Economics BA Hon degree and then going on to achieve a Banking and Finance BSc Hon degree. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Banking and is ACIB qualified...

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Kate Pearlman-Shaw
 

Kate is Leeds born and bred. She is a Clinical Psychologist who spent the  the first 18 years of her career working locally...

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