Leeds City Academy




~ To be an exceptional and responsive academy sponsor providing life changing education, skills and experiences for individuals in our academies and in their communities.


~ We believe that education can transform lives
~ We respect the individual, relishing the contribution that diversity brings
~ We strive to be the best we can be, actively and with pride
~ We look after our environment to keep it safe, healthy and inclusive
~ We lead by example and work as a team 
~ We take responsibility for our own actions and are active in finding solutions to any problems
~ We respond flexibly to the needs of our students and take advantage of opportunities in the City of Leeds and the wider world








Ken Hall

Former headteacher at Priesthorpe School in West Leeds. Currently teaching on the NPQH (National Professional Qulaification for Headteachers) at Leeds Beckett University and a mentor for Teaching Leaders.

College Nominee

Emma Sullivan (Gemma Simmons appointed to replace Emma Sullivan as College Nominee wef 1 September 2016 for the period of Emma's Maternity leave.)

Director of 14-19, Leeds City College

Board Nominee

Erica Hiorns

School improvement Adviser, Leeds City Council

Board Nominee

Ann Nicholl

Lay Minister - Parish of Leeds City. Formerly Head of Agnes Stewart Church of England High School

Board Nominee

Sophie Greenwood

Programme Manager, The Ahead Partnership


Jasmin Gani

Parent Governor

Support Staff

Helen Ward

Student Receptionist and Employability Co-Ordinator

Teaching Staff

David Pedro

Teacher of History

Executive Principal

 Andrew Whitiaker


Jackie Rose


Attendance Register

NAME 13.09.16 11.10.16 06.12.16 07.02.17 25.04.17 16/05/2017
Mr Ken Hall X X X X X  
Ms Gemma Simmons X X N X X  
Ms Erica Hiorns X X X X X  
Ms Ann Nicholl N N X X N  
Ms Sophie Greenwood X X X X X  
Ms Jasmin Gani     X X N  
Ms Helen Ward X X X X X  
Mr David Pedro     X X X  
Mr Steven Hope            
Ms Jackie Rose X X X X X  
Ms Tracy Foy   X X X X  
Mr Mike Gidley N N X X X  
Mr Andrew Whitaker X X N X N  
Ms Emma Sullivan Mat Leave          




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Directors appointed by the Members / Sponsor

(Leeds City College)


Colin Booth OBE

Chief Executive and Principal, Leeds City College

 Anthony Blackwell

Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

 Cllr. Caroline Gruen

Councillor for Bramley and Stanningley Ward, Leeds City Council.  Former Director of Education, Calderdale Council and Head of Learning, Kirklees Council.

 Ken Hall

Former headteacher at Priesthorpe School in West Leeds. Currently teaching on the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headteachers) at Leeds Beckett University and a mentor for Teaching Leaders. 

Erica Hiorns (Vice Chair)

School Improvement Adviser, Leeds City Council

Prof. Ray Lloyd (Chair)

Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic, Leeds Trinity University.

Jane Pither

Deputy Principal Corporate Services and Resource Management, Leeds City College

Prof. Darren Shickle

Professor of Public Health, University of Leeds. Formerly Chair of the Standards and Curriculum Committees at both Leeds East and Leeds West Academies.

Christine Smith

A commercial general manager with extensive cross functional experience, combining financial and commercial skills. Formerly a Category Director at Morrisons, now with Intertek Testing Services Ltd. A current governor of Leeds City College


In accordance with the company’s Articles of Association, the Directors may appoint up to 3 co-opted Directors 

 CEO (ex-offcio)

 In accordance with the company's Articles of Association, the CEO (if any) shall be a Director for as long s/he remains in office as such.