Our Governors

Details of all governors are set out below.

  • Tim Craven is Product Development Manager , TransUnion UK, (Chair of Governors) You can contact Tim at: UTC Leeds, 2 Sayner Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1LA
  • Mark Goldstone, Head of Business Representation & Policy, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Simon Nadin is Managing Director, Siemens Flender
  • Graham Cooper, Site Manager, AGFA Graphics – Leeds
  • Hannah Wilson, Principal, UTC Leeds
  • John Robinson – Partner at Schofield Sweeney
  • Victoria Hopkins, Hopkins Catering
  • Mitch Scott is Head of Engineering & Automotive Technologies Leeds City College
  • Ken Hall, Education Consultant
  • Deborah Watson is Audit Associate Director Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Associate Professor Lisa-Dionne Morris, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Darren Oakley – Parent

Academy Trust Board

The Members of the UTC Leeds Academy Trust are as defined in article 12 in the articles of association :-

  • Mr Philip Ball – Chair of Academy Trust appointed 09.10.2014
  • Mr Graham Cooper – Also Governor of UTC Leeds appointed 09.10.2014
  • Mr Simon Nadin  – Also Governor of UTC Leeds appointed 09.10.2014
  • Mr Mark Goldstone – Also Governor of UTC appointed 13.04.2016
  • Andy Tuscher – Regional Director EEF appointed 01.09.2017
  • Professor Peter Jimack, Dean – Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds appointed 01.09.2017

The Clerk to the Governing Body is Miss Pamela Wallis.

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

To contact our Board Members or Governors please email enquiries@utcleeds.com or phone 0113 353 01340

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 2019
The Governing Body of UTC Leeds.
The Clerk to the Governing Body is Miss Pamela Wallis.


NameDesignationDate of appointmentCommittee MembershipDeclaration of InterestsAdditional ResponsibilityTraining UndertakenCategoryTerm (Years)
Hannah WilsonHead Teacher01/09/18Standards and


Engineering UTC Northern LincolnshireSafer Recruitment TrainingPrincipal1
Miss Pamela WallisClerk01/02/18ClerkNone DeclaredClerk4
Mr Philip BallMember09/10/14n/aNone Declared
Prof Peter JimackMember01/09/17n/aNone Declared
Mr Simon NadinMember01/9/2015FinanceNone DeclaredMarketing, Recruitment & Stakeholder FeedbackMember20
Mr John RobinsonMember01/09/17n/aNone Declared4
Mr Andy TuscherMember01/09/17n/aNone Declared
Ms Lisa-Dionne MorrisGovernor24/09/20194
Mr Mark GoldstoneGovernor01/04/16FinanceThe Medical Museum Trading Company LtdSafer Recruitment TrainingTrustees appointed by Members4
Mr Graham CooperGovernor01/9/2015FinanceAGFA Graphics Ltd,

WNY Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Health & SafetyMember20
Deborah WatsonVice Chair of Governors25/04/18FinanceNone DeclaredFinance & AdmissionsTrustees appointed by Members4
Mr Ken HallGovernor01/09/16StandardsNone DeclaredCurriculum, Teaching & Learning plus DataTrustees appointed by Members4
Ms Victoria HopkinsGovernor16/05/17StandardsNone DeclaredBehaviour, Careers, Attendance & ExclusionsTrustees appointed by Members4
Mitch ScottGovernor25/09/18StandardsLeeds City CollegeCareers, Destinations, Employer & University EngagementTrustees appointed by Members4
Mr Tim CravenChair of Governors24/01/17Chair of Finance

Chair of Governors

None DeclaredIT Systems, security and GDPRTrustees appointed by Members4
Mr Darren OakleyParent Governor17/12/2019
TBCParent Governor

The Board of Trustees has formally met 7 times during the year. Attendance during the year at meetings of the Board of Trustees was as follows:


TrusteeMeetings attendedOut of a possible
M Goldstone67
G P Cooper77
F Best (resigned 31July 2019)67
R Amos (resigned October 2018)11
K Hall57
E Martin15
S Nadin47
T Craven (Chair)67
V Hopkins37
A Burnham (start 3/9/2018 end 31/12/2019)77
I Barclay (resigned 31 Aug 2018)77
V Slater (resigned 31 Aug 2018)27
D Watson57
M Scott (start 25/9/2018)56


The Finance and Resources 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 6 times during the year. Attendance during the year at meetings of the Board of Trustees was as follows:



TrusteeMeetings attendedOut of a possible
M Goldstone36
T Craven66
S Nadin56
H Teasdale11
G Glendinning (resigned 30 Jun 2018)35
V Slater (resigned 31 Aug 2018)15
D Watson (appointed 1 Apr 2018)66
A Burnham (resigned 31/12/2019)66
G Cooper66


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 3 times during the year. Attendance during the year at meetings of the Board of Trustees was as follows:


TrusteeMeetings attendedOut of a possible
M Scott33
K Hall33
V Hopkins33
F Best23
A Burnham (resigned 31/1/2019)13
E Martin12

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