Helena Phillips​
Chair of the Board

Helena Phillips has senior management local government experience, most recently as the Chief Officer Shared Services for Leeds City Council. Committed to providing excellent public services, Helena has led many organisational reviews and projects focussed on building strong teams...



Colin Booth
CEO Luminate Group

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...


Kate Pearlman-Shaw
Vice-Chair of the Board

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



Andrew Whitaker
CEO 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. 


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...


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. 



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...



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...


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...



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...



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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