Governance - UTC Leeds

Our Governance

Details of our Trustees (Governors) are set out below.

  • Tim Craven – Chair of Trust. Tim is a Product Development Manager, at TransUnion UK. You can contact Tim C/o UTC Leeds, Sayner Road, Leeds LS10 1LA.
  • Mark Goldstone. Mark is Head of Business Representation & Policy, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.
  • Simon Nadin. Simon is Managing Director of Siemens Flender.
  • Graham Cooper. Graham is Site Manager at AGFA Graphics, Leeds.
  • Victoria Hopkins. Victoria founded Hopkins Catering.
  • Mitch Scott. Mitch is Head of Engineering & Automotive Technologies at Leeds City College.
  • Ken Hall. Ken is an Education consultant.
  • Deborah Watson. Deborah is Audit Director at Grant Thornton UK LLP.
  • Lisa-Dionne Morris. Lisa-Dionne is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds.
  • Darren Oakley. Darren is a Parent Governor. He is Managing Director of Total Plant Analysis Ltd.
  • Carol Stagg. Carol is retired, her previous roles included Head of Service: Learning Communities, Education Leeds.
  • Hannah Wilson. Hannah is Principal at UTC Leeds.
  • Roz Wyatt-Millington. Senior Lecturer in Electronic Engineering Leeds Beckett University.
  • Megan Holmes. European Marketing Manager , Farnell.
  • Chloe Turner. Senior Education Worker , IntoUniversity.

Members of the UTC Leeds Trust are defined in article 12 in the article of association:

  • Mr. Philip Ball – appointed 09/10/14
  • Mr. Graham Cooper – appointed 09/10/14
  • Mr. Simon Nadin – appointed 09/10/14
  • Mr. Tim Craven – appointed 01/09/19
  • Professor Peter Jimack – appointed 01/09/17

The Clerk to the Trust Board is Elizabeth Thornton.

Members of the Trust have an overview of the governance of the UTC and can appoint and remove Members and Governors.

Our Trustees (Governors) or Members can be contacted by e-mailing: or telephoning: 0113 353 0140.

Welcome from Our Chair

Welcome to UTC Leeds, as chair of governors it is my very great privilege to lead the board of trustees and ensure that we collectively:

  • Provide clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for UTC Leeds
  • Hold to account the executive leadership team for the delivery of educational performance
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school

UTC Leeds is unlike other schools in that it has employer and university engagement at its core, ensuring that young people who choose to attend the school will gain exposure to cutting edge technologies, develop skills to be “ready for work” and study with like-minded individuals who are interested in the opportunities Engineering brings .

Our dedicated board of governors combines individuals from national and international engineering companies, individuals from leading Finance, Legal and Technology businesses along with extensive support from the UK’s best engineering faculty at the University of Leeds. It is essential we maintain and develop strong community and education links so we are proud to have both representatives from Leeds City College and the Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce on our board also.

As an institution we are committed to ensuring all young people who attend UTC Leeds develop the academic and life skills needed to succeed in the world of engineering and beyond.

Tim Craven

Chair of Governors

Governing Body Role and Responsibilities

The role of the Governing Body at UTC Leeds is to help the establishment fulfil its main aim: which is to provide the best possible education for all of its students.

There are many things which governors are expected to do.  The following provides a brief outline:

  • Governors have responsibility with the Principal for setting, reviewing and monitoring many of the policies, plans and procedures within which the college operates
  • The governors’ role is strategic.
  • The governors’ set the aims, objectives and targets for the college
  • The Principal’s role is both strategic and operational
  • Governors make decisions democratically, by consensus. Governors do not have individual powers to act alone
  • Governors have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice at all times
  • Governors share the responsibility of appointing staff with the college and must act in the same way as any good employee
  • Governors should encourage openness in all of their work for the college and should welcome enquiries from parents and the general public
  • The governors’ monitor and evaluate the progress the college is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives.

UTC Trust Board and Governing Body Membership and Declaration of Interests

UTC Leeds Governing Body Membership
The Governing Body of UTC Leeds
The Clerk to the Governing Body is Elizabeth Thornton


NameDesignationDate of AppointmentCommittee MembershipDeclaration of InterestsTerm (Years)
Hannah WilsonPrincipal01/01/20Standards and ResourcesGingermo Ltdn/a
Megan HolmesTrustee14/07/20ResourcesNone Declared4
Philip BallMember09/10/14n/aNone Declaredn/a
Peter JimackMember01/09/17n/aNone Declaredn/a
Simon NadinMember01/09/15ResourcesFlender Ltdn/a
Carol StaggTrustee17/03/20StandardsNone Declared4
Chloe TurnerTrustee14/07/20StandardsNone Declared4
Lisa-Dionne MorrisVice Chair of Governors10/09/19StandardsBradford Girls Grammar School4
Rosemary Wyatt-MillingtonTrustee14/07/20StandardsNone Declared4
Mark GoldstoneTrustee01/04/16StandardsThe Medical Museum Trading Company LtdAppris Management LtdAppris Charity Ltd2
Graham CooperMember01/09/15ResourcesAGFA Graphics Ltdn/a
Deborah WatsonTrustee25/04/18ResourcesNone Declared4
Ken HallTrustee01/09/16StandardsNorth West Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre4
Victoria HopkinsTrustee16/05/17ResourcesHopkins (Leeds) Ltd

Hopkins Management Ltd

Wabi Sabi Decor LtdEBB Technology LtdFry Cutter Pro Ltd4
Mitch ScottTrustee25/09/18StandardsNone Declared4
Tim CravenChair of Governors24/01/17Standards and ResourcesNone Declared2
Darren OakleyTrustee07/01/20StandardsTotal Plant Analysis LtdFlat Glass Solutions LtdCooltemper UK & Ireland LtdBenton Park School4
Craig BeechTrustee15/12/20ResourcesNone Declaired4

The Board of Trustees has formally met 5 times during the 2019/20 academic year. Attendance during the year at meetings of the Board of Trustees was as follows:



TrusteeMeetings attendedOut of a possible
M Goldstone45
G P Cooper45
M Holmes11
LD Morris35
K Hall55
D Oakley22
S Nadin45
T Craven (Chair)55
V Hopkins55
A Burnham23
J Robinson23
C Stagg22
D Watson25
M Scott45
C Turner11
R Wyatt-Millington11
H Wilson22


The Resources, Audit and Risk Committee is a sub-committee of the main board of trustees and its purpose is to ensure effective and robust financial management of the UTC as required by DfE, ESFA, OFSTED and the Audit Commission. The Finance and Resources Committee also oversees the management of the UTC’s finances within the framework established by the Academies Financial Handbook. As well as the core focus on financial management the committee has oversight on audit (both internal and external ) plus risk management.

Areas dealt with by the committee during the year have included preparation for the OFSTED inspection, the monthly monitoring of financial performance against budget, cost reduction actions driven through some key contract renewals , challenge to the 3 year financial plan, challenge to the Health and Safety plans, internal audit actions and support to the School Resource Management Advisor (SRMA) engagement.


The sub-committee has formally met 5 times during the year. Attendance during the year at meetings was as follows:



TrusteeMeetings attendedOut of a possible
H Wilson33
T Craven (Chair)55
S Nadin55
J Robinson02
V Hopkins45
D Watson55
A Burnham22
G Cooper45


The Standards, Achievement and Progress Committee is a sub-committee of the main board of trustees and its purpose is to monitor and evaluate the progress the UTC is making towards achievement of its educational objectives both from a student and staff perspective.

Areas dealt with by the committee during the year have included preparation for the OFSTED inspection, review of attendance measures, review of the teaching and learning process outcomes, understanding the student forecast and academic results data including planned interventions throughout the year and the approval of the updated behaviour policy.

The sub-committee has formally met twice during the year. Attendance during the year at meetings was as follows:



TrusteeMeetings attendedOut of a possible
M Scott22
K Hall (Chair)12
T Craven11
M Goldstone22
A Burnham01
LD Morris12
D Oakley11
H Wilson11

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