Academy Governing Council

Our governors are responsible for the management of the academy.

Find out more about them here.

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Governance

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How to contact the Governing Body

If you would like to contact our Governing Body please bring a letter to Main Reception marked ‘Confidential for Governors’ along with your contact details.

Or post a letter marked ‘To contact the Governing Body’ to ‘FAO Chair of Governors, Co-op Academy Leeds, Stoney Rock Lane, Leeds, LS9 7HD’

This will then be passed on to the Governing Body who will get in contact with you.

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Full Name How to contact the Governing Body
Gary Dewin (CoG)

Gary has been a Governor at the Academy since 2016 and was appointed the Chair of Governors in 2019.

He lives in West Yorkshire and has two fast growing-up children, with one doing A levels and the other soon to complete her degree at Huddersfield University.

Gary has worked for the Co-op for over 15 years.  His People Director role means he has specific responsibility for Reward, Pensions, Employee Relations & Wellbeing for the Co-op’s 62,000 colleagues.  Gary passionately believes that everyone deserves to fulfil their potential and is fully committed to ensuring our Academy provides pupils with the best learning experience possible.

Full Name Gary Dewin (CoG)
Date Appointment 16/09/2016
Category of Governor Sponsor, Chair
Appointed by An employee of the Co-op appointed by the sponsor
Sub-committees Finance
Declarations of Interest Employee, Co-op
Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021: 4/4
Attendance at Sub-committee Meetings 2020-2021: Finance 2/2
Ben Lyons
Full Name Ben Lyons
Date Appointment 30/09/2021
Category of Governor Sponsor
Appointed by An employee of the Co-op appointed by the sponsor
Sub-committees None
Declarations of Interest None
Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings N/A
Attendance at Sub-committee Meetings N/A
Conor MacAdam

Conor MacAdam is the Vice Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and a link governor for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). He’s a sponsor governor from the Co-op support centre in Manchester, working as a Senior Category Manager in Procurement.

Conor has been at the Co-op for over 3 years. In that time he has supported many projects, such as turning knives into outdoor gyms through our partnership with Steel Warriors, to leading the deal to be the first ever retailer at 7 of the UK’s major festivals, including Glastonbury, in order to try and ensure the Co-op can appeal to a younger demographic.

Before the Co-op, Conor held roles at Asda and DHL and also holds a Masters in Chemistry Degree from the University of Liverpool.

Full Name Conor MacAdam
Date Appointment 13/05/2019
Category of Governor Sponsor
Appointed by An employee of the Co-op appointed by the sponsor
Sub-committees Finance
Declarations of Interest None
Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021: 4/4
Attendance at Sub-committee Meetings 2020-2021: Finance - 0/2
Ian Parrett
Full Name Ian Parrett
Date Appointment 17/09/2018
Category of Governor Community
Appointed by Academy Governing Council
Sub-committees Finance
Declarations of Interest Director, GDPR Sentry, supplier of GDPR Compliance services to Co-op Academies Trust
Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2020/2021: 4/4
Attendance at Sub-committee Meetings 2020/2021: Finance 2/2
Kim Lowe

I have worked at Hovingham Primary School, Harehills for the last 15 years – originally as a School Business Manager and now as Vice Principal.  I was a parent governor for approximately 10 years when my son was at school but he is now 21.

I’m passionate about making a difference for young people and children in the East Leeds area and have a particular interest in being a governor at Co-op Academy Leeds because many of our children join when they have left primary school.

I am experienced in many facets of school life from Finance, HR, Estates Management, Health & Safety, Leadership and Team Development and wish to use my knowledge and experience to support the academy as best I can.

Full Name Kim Lowe
Date Appointment 21/02/2018
Category of Governor Community
Appointed by Academy Governing Council
Sub-committees Finance Students, Standards and Community
Declarations of Interest Employee and Governor, Hovingham Primary School
Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021: 3/4
Attendance at Sub-committee Meetings 2020-2021: Finance - 2/2 | Students, Standards and Community - 2/2
Matthew Campbell
Full Name Matthew Campbell
Date Appointment 11/06/2020
Category of Governor Co-opted
Appointed by Governing Body
Sub-committees Students, Standards and Community
Declarations of Interest None
Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021: 3/4
Attendance at Sub-committee Meetings 2020-2021: 1/2
Natalie Jones

Natalie joined Co-op Academy Leeds as Vice Principal in September 2020, initially to lead on culture, ethos and aspiration and later on curriculum and Quality of Education.  Natalie was appointed Head of School in October 2021 and is incredibly proud to lead the academy and work with our fantastic students every day. 

As an experienced senior leader and former Head of English, Natalie has worked on a range of school to school support projects and has led action research across several teaching schools. Natalie enjoyed working as an SLE for several years, delivering coaching and training to staff in a variety of settings and contexts.

Natalie has worked in a range of challenging contexts across West Yorkshire throughout her career and is passionate about challenging underachievement and establishing world class education for students of all backgrounds. Natalie is a passionate believer in the transformational power of education and literacy and is excited to share this passion with the staff and students of Co-op Academy Leeds.

Full Name Natalie Jones
Title Principal
Date Appointment 11/10/2021
Category of Governor Ex Officio
Sub-committees Finance and Resources
Sarah Keane

Sarah Keane is a member of the Local Governing Body and is the link governor for SEND and CLA.

She works at Co-op, and is the Lead People Partner for Co-op Legal Services. Sarah has a strong HR Change and leadership background, and is also a Co-op coach.

Full Name Sarah Keane
Date Appointment 25/07/2019
Category of Governor Sponsor
Appointed by An employee of the Co-op appointed by the sponsor
Sub-committees None
Declarations of Interest None
Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021: 4/4
Attendance at Sub-committee Meetings 2020-2021: N/A
Victoria Crorken

Victoria Crorken is the Vice Chair of the Governors and link governor for Health and Safety, working at the Co-op support centre in Manchester as the Head of Risk for Compliance and Security.

Victoria has 26 years of experience as a senior leader in the Police, where she engaged with diverse communities to build strong problem-solving partnerships.

Victoria holds a Certificate in Education and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and is married with three adult children.

 

Full Name Victoria Crorken
Date Appointment 19/07/2018
Category of Governor Community
Appointed by Academy Governing Council
Sub-committees Students, Standards and Community
Declarations of Interest Police Inspector, Lancashire Constabulary from August 2018 to November 2018
Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021: 3/4
Attendance at Sub-committee Meetings 2020-2021: Students, Standards and Community - 2/2
William Trehearn

William is the the non-teaching Staff Governor. He works as a Department Support Assistant, and as such has an excellent understanding of the context of the school and uses these expertise to advise the rest of the governing board.

William’s passionate about his work as a governor and helping the school provide the best education for our students – helping them achieve their goals.

Full Name William Trehearn
Date Appointment 18/05/2018
Category of Governor Staff
Appointed by Election
Sub-committees Students, Standards and Community
Declarations of Interest None
Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021: 3/4
Attendance at Sub-committee Meetings 2020-2021: Students, Standards and Community 1/2
Asghar Khan
Full Name Asghar Khan
Date Appointment 15/09/2016
Category of Governor Local Authority
Appointed by Governing Body
Sub-committees None
Declarations of Interest None
Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2019-2020: 0/3
Date of Resignation 14/09/2020
Julian Gorton

Julian has been a Governor of the academy since it opened and is proud to be associated with the our strong inclusive ethos and its constant drive to provide an excellent education for local students.

He sits on the Standards Committee and is a link Governor for Behaviour and Safeguarding.

Julian has 30 years of teaching experience in Leeds schools and is the Headteacher of Shakespeare Primary School, which is one of the main feeder schools for the academy.

He is the parent of three teenage children who are all at different stages of their own learning journeys in Leeds.

Full Name Julian Gorton
Date Appointment 31/08/2018
Category of Governor Partnership
Appointed by Governing Body
Sub-committees Students, Standards and Community
Declarations of Interest Head and Governor, Shakespeare Primary School, from September 2018
Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2019-2020: 3/3
Attendance at Sub-committee Meetings 2019-2020: Students, Standards and Community - 1/2
Date of Resignation 09/07/2021