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Ken Morton - Chair of the Board
Ken worked for 33 years with Leeds City Council. His senior level roles included Education Finance, School Improvement and his final 3 years were as Head of Service: Young People and Skills covering IAG, Connexions, Youth Service, Arts and Music Service plus overview of the city Learning Improvement budget.
Ken has chaired 2 Interim Executive Boards (1 High School and 1 Special) as they converted to academy status during the last 18 months. Also Chair of Kippax Ash Tree. Also a trustee at YAMSEN a small charity supporting musical opportunities for people with disabilities and a trustee at GIPSIL, a housing support charity in East Leeds.
Rachael Bajulaiye - Chair of Audit & Risk Committee
Rachael is a Director at Harriet Medical Services and a Solicitor (non-practising). She is also a graduate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Rachel has particular interest in compliance, governance and child protection. She has worked as a Legal Advisor and a Company Secretarial Assistant and has previously been a trustee for a charity. She is a governor at Lady Elizabeth Hastings C of E Primary School, Ledston.
Neil Clephan - Audit & Risk Committee
Neil has twenty years’ experience as Headteacher at Roundhay School, a large 4 to 18 school serving diverse communities. H
Simon Hilton - Chair of Progress & Standards Committee
Simon has 7 years’ experience as Headteacher of a two-form entry primary school in East Leeds, graded Outstanding by Ofsted in April 2015. He has worked as consultant Headteacher and provided support to schools requiring improvement. Simon has worked as an advisory teacher for the Local Authority with a specialism in English. He is committed to and has an active involvement in collaborative school partnerships to improve the outcomes and achievements for all pupils.
Nick Mitchell - Progress & Standards Committee
Nick Mitchell is the Partnership Development Manager at Leeds Beckett University School of Education and Childhood. After ten years as a secondary school Science teacher, he became a senior research fellow studying teacher development at Nottingham University before joining Leeds Beckett in 2009. Since then he has worked in teacher training and on developing domestic and international education partnerships. Nick has many years’ experience as a school governor and Chair.
Bob Stott - Finance and Resources Committee
Bob joined the Board as a Director in November 2017. He has ten years' experience as a secondary headteacher in Leeds. He also worked closely with the City Council in realigning the inclusion provision across the City. For the past eight years Bob has worked for Lancashire County Council, initially as the Director with responsibility for education provision, and then as the Director of Children's Services. Bob retired from local government service in May 2017. Bob brings his educational knowledge and experience to the board along with his strategic understanding of the wider agenda of Children's Services.
Fiona is an experienced chartered librarian with over 30 years’ experience in North Yorkshire and Leeds. She has been Children’s Services Manager for Leeds Libraries for four years which has included managing and leading the School Library Service. Fiona chairs the Success Portfolio for the Libraries Services, developing rigorous performance data to show how members of the public are using libraries, mobiles and e-services. She is Training and Literacy Governor at Swillington Primary School and has made a significant contribution to the school in that role.
Recently Resigned Directors
Dr Philip Curtis - Resigned September 2017
Mr Andrew Birch - Resigned February 2018