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

Leeds City Academy LAB Members

Paul Morrissey - Chair / Board Nominee

01/03/2018 – 28/02/2021

Paul is currently working as a leadership consultant and on a part-time PhD in History at the University of Huddersfield.

Jackie Rose- Principal / Ex-officio


Jackie is Principal of Leeds City Academy.

Erica Hiorns - Vice Chair/ Board Nominee

19/05/2015 – 19/05/2018

Erica is currently a school improvement advisor for Leeds City Council. Erica previously worked as a Head of Post 16 and Head of Modern Foreign Languages.

Tracy Foy - Associate

Tracy is Senior Vice Principal at Leeds City Academy. 

Mike Gidley- Associate 

Mike is the Chief Financial Officer for the White Rose Academies Trust

Ann Nicholl - Board Nominee

01/09/2017 – 01/09/2020

Ann is a Lay Minister for the Parish of Leeds City and formerly Head of Agnes Stewart Church of England High School

Sophie Greenwood - Board Nominee

01/03/2016 – 01/03/2019

Sophie is the Programme Manager for The Ahead Partnership.

David Pedro - Teaching Staff - Elected

06/12/2016 – 06/12/2019

David is a Teacher of History at Leeds City Academy.

Helen Ward- Support Staff - Elected

09/02/2016 – 09/02/2019

Helen is the Student Receptionist and Employability Co-Ordinator at Leeds City Academy.

Idowu Ogunade - Parent Member - Elected

07/11/2017 – 07/11/2020

Idowu is an elected Parent Member of the Local Accountability Board for Leeds City Academy and is the Director of a Recruitment Company.

Jasmine Gani - Parent Member - Elected

06/12/2016- 06/12/2019

Jasmine is an elected Parent Member of the Local accountability Board for Leeds City Academy.

Sally Dexter- College Nominee

01/11/2017 – 01/11/2020

 Sally is the 14-19 Partnership Manager at Leeds City College

Steven Hope- College Nominee
19/04/2017- 19/04/2020

Steven is the Technology Enhanced Learning Manager at Leeds City College.

 LAB Attendance Register

NAME 03/10/2017 28/11/2017 06/02/2018 17/04/18 05/06/2018 10/07/2018
Mr Ken Hall X X  X      
Ms Erica Hiorns X X  X      
Ms Ann Nicholl X X  X      
Ms Sophie Greenwood X X  X      
Ms Jasmin Gani N X N/A       
Ms Helen Ward X X  X      
Mr David Pedro X X  X      
Mr Steven Hope X X N/A       
Ms Jackie Rose X X  X      
Ms Tracy Foy X X  X      
Mr Mike Gidley X X  X      
Mr Andrew Whitaker X X  X      
Ms Emma Sullivan N X  N/A      
Mr Idowu Ogunade N/a X X    


View 2016-17 register

White Rose Academies Trust of Board Directors 

Name Background
Anthony Blackwell Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Colin Booth OBE Chief Executive and Principal, Leeds City College.
Cllr. Caroline Gruen Councillor for Bramley and Stanningley Ward, Leeds City Council. Former Director of Education, Calderdale Council and Head of learning, Kirklees Council.
Andrew Witchell Biography coming soon.
Erica Hiorns (Vice Chair) School Improvements Adviser, Leeds City Council.
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 (Chair) 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.
Claire Rix (Details to follow) Co-optee.
Andrew Whitaker Executive Principal
In accordance with the company’s Articles of Association, the Directors may appoint up to 3 co-opted Directors. Click here to view the full details of the WRAT board of Directors.

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