The Board of The GORSE Academies Trust is made up of eight members and is chaired by David Morgan who has been involved in governance within the trust for over a decade. The Board is highly strategic in its operation and is particularly concerned with evaluating the impact of our work on pupil and student outcomes. It also has key responsibility for challenging trust leaders and academy Principals on safeguarding and safety. Critically, the Board is also heavily involved in the assessment of risk, particularly with regard to new initiatives and the potential sponsorship of schools new to the trust. Finally, it is the Board’s job to ensure that in all aspects of its work the trust provides excellent value for money and that all aspects of its funding are used in a manner which brings about exceptional results and outcomes for children.

Board Membership:

Terry Elliott

Chair

Terry is a former Deputy Headteacher of Roundhay School, was a magistrate for 39 years and served some 5 years of Chair of The West Yorkshire Magistrates ...Read More

Terry Elliott

Chair

Terry is a former Deputy Headteacher of Roundhay School, was a magistrate for 39 years and served some 5 years of Chair of The West Yorkshire Magistrates Courts Committee. He was also one of the first graduates of the Open University.

Terry joined the Morley High School Governing Body in 2005, becoming Chair soon afterwards and remained as Chair until 2013. This was a period of time during which the school benefited from a total transformation of performance with Morley High School and The Morley Academy being judged as Outstanding in 2009 and 2013. In both inspections governance was judged as Outstanding.

In 2013 Terry was elected Executive Governor of The GORSE Academies Trust. He has also been Vice Chair of the Board of The GORSE Academies Trust since its inception.

Terry was one of the first group of Chairs of Governors to be made a National Leader of Governance, and in that capacity has worked across all establishments within the Trust.

He was appointed OBE in 2005, in recognition of his contribution to the administration of justice and the community of West Yorkshire.

Peter Gruen

Vice Chair

Peter has been a governor at several primary, high and special schools over the course of more than 30 years, often acting as chair of a range ...Read More

Peter Gruen

Vice Chair

Peter has been a governor at several primary, high and special schools over the course of more than 30 years, often acting as chair of a range of committees and full governing bodies. Peter also held the position of Lead Member for Education as the LA entered the new millennium and was directly involved in the building and expansion of a number of schools across the city.

Currently Peter is the Chair of the Governing Body at Hillcrest Academy in Chapeltown which is now emerging as a strong academy with visionary and decisive leadership which is making a valuable contribution to the overall aims of the Trust.

Peter is a Labour Councillor and represents the people of Cross Gates and Whinmoor in East Leeds at the Civic Hall. He has been Executive Member for Housing, Planning and Communities and at the moment chairs the Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Board.

Sir John Townsley

Executive Principal

Sir John joined Morley High School as its Headteacher in 2003. Prior to that he was Deputy Headteacher at The King’s School, Pontefract and Prince Henry’s Grammar ...Read More

Sir John Townsley

Executive Principal

Sir John joined Morley High School as its Headteacher in 2003. Prior to that he was Deputy Headteacher at The King’s School, Pontefract and Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley. Whilst at The King’s School he led a team of teachers who spent a year developing and writing Positive Discipline which is now the dominant behaviour framework across schools in England.

Under his leadership Morley High School was judged as Outstanding in 2009, and then again as The Morley Academy in 2013. In 2007 he led a critical intervention at Rodillian High School which was successful in forming the foundation stone upon which the school has continued to thrive and build. Under the excellent leadership of its now Headteacher, Rodillian Academy is now a Good school with leadership and behaviour rated as Outstanding. In 2009 Sir John was asked to intervene at Farnley Park High School which was at that point in crisis. Under his leadership the school was transformed and it is recognised nationally as the most rapidly improved secondary school in Ofsted terms regarding its movement from Inadequate in 2010 to Outstanding in 2013.

A Lead Ofsted Inspector and a National Leader of Education Sir John is credited with supporting the turn around in performance at Bridlington School, Headlands School and Todmorden High School. Sir John was also a founding member of the Ofqual board and was the chair of the National Headteacher Steering Group for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.

Sir John was honoured for his services to education in the New Year’s Honours list of 2015.

Sue Slee

Board Member

Sue Slee joined The GORSE Academies Trust Board in October 2015. Prior to that she had a long career in Human Resources and Change Management predominately with ...Read More

Sue Slee

Board Member

Sue Slee joined The GORSE Academies Trust Board in October 2015. Prior to that she had a long career in Human Resources and Change Management predominately with Yorkshire Television based in Leeds and then ITV based in London. Sue retired from ITV in January 2010 from the position of Human Resources Director continuing in a part time consultancy position and as a trustee on the ITV pension scheme.

Under her leadership she re-engineered the ITV group wide HR function into divisional business partnerships and centralised HR administration and service delivery into a centre of excellence based in Manchester.

Following a number of mergers and acquisitions over several years she led the working group that communicated and implemented the harmonisation of all management and staff terms and conditions and the outsourcing of a number of non-media related functions.

Sue was the lead employee relations director who successfully consulted and negotiated with employee and national union representatives on several projects.

Richard West

Board Member

A career public servant, Richard joined the then Department of Social Security in the late 1980s and held a number of operational and corporate roles across central ...Read More

Richard West

Board Member

A career public servant, Richard joined the then Department of Social Security in the late 1980s and held a number of operational and corporate roles across central government until 2005 when he took on the role of Head of Strategy and Planning for the Disability and Carers Service. In the DCS he successfully led a comprehensive spending review planning round and oversaw a merger with the Pension Service to create the Pension, Disability and Carers Service. In 2007 Richard joined the Senior Civil Service as a major change programme leader and during this time he created a number of new services, including a service to bereaved benefit recipients and pensioners.

In July 2013 Richard took on accountability for the Government’s benefit fraud and error operations and led the creation of a new Fraud and Error Service. Richard became Head of Disability Operations, responsible for the delivery of benefits to around 3m disabled people. Most recently, in March 2016, Richard was appointed the DWP Benefit Services Director and currently has responsibility for 22,000 colleagues, delivering working age and disability benefits to around 8 million citizens each year.

In March 2015, Richard joined the Board of The GORSE Academies Trust, having previously been Chair of Governors at a west Leeds primary school.

Tracy Latham

Board Member

Tracy joined Morley High school in 2008 as a parent governor working on various committees until 2015. As an active governor during this time she was involved ...Read More

Tracy Latham

Board Member

Tracy joined Morley High school in 2008 as a parent governor working on various committees until 2015. As an active governor during this time she was involved with many of the exciting developments at The Morley Academy, seeing the positive impacts these improvements had for both her children. In the summer of 2015 she transferred her parental governor role to the new Elliott Hudson College.

In 2012 Tracy was appointed as Director to The GORSE Academy Trust Board and is determined to support the challenge of bringing and sustaining outstanding results to all pupils in the growing multi academies trust.

Tracy is very passionate about the education of children and young people and has previously enjoyed working professionally for 23 years as a children’s nurse completing her first degree in Health Studies in 1995. More recently she has worked in range of healthcare education roles completing her Masters in Education in 2012. She currently works for Health Education England across the Yorkshire and the Humber region.

Anne McAvan

Board Member

Anne joined the TGAT Board in 2016 and is currently Chair of Governors at The Farnley Academy, one of the Trust’s earliest success stories. Following the intervention ...Read More

Anne McAvan

Board Member

Anne joined the TGAT Board in 2016 and is currently Chair of Governors at The Farnley Academy, one of the Trust’s earliest success stories. Following the intervention of Sir John Townsley and a team from Morley High School, the school made rapid improvements leading to an ‘outstanding’ judgement by Ofsted in 2013.

Anne worked in education for the whole of her career in a range of secondary schools in the Midlands and West Yorkshire. She was Deputy Head at Morley High School from 1998 – 2010 and played a leading part in the school’s intervention at Rodillian High School, Leeds.

Now retired, Anne also worked as an Additional Inspector, contributing to numerous school inspections in the Midlands and the North of England.

Professor Chris Gorse

Board Member

Chris Joined the TGAT Board in 2016, he is a Director for the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University and has been actively involved in secondary ...Read More

Professor Chris Gorse

Board Member

Chris Joined the TGAT Board in 2016, he is a Director for the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University and has been actively involved in secondary and non-compulsory education for over 20 years. He sits on a number of educational advisory boards and is a strong advocate of the importance of applied learning through industry and societal collaboration.

Chris is an accomplished author, Member of the Council of Engineering Professors, Chair of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management and works with many overseas bodies. He has successfully led projects for government and research organisations including: the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; the International Energy Agency; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and many others.

Like his late wife, Ruth Gorse, who is honoured in name by the Academy, Chris shares a passion for health, wellbeing and access to an excellent standard of education for all. He is proud to be serving on a Board that is not held back by traditional boundaries that in the past has limited educational opportunity.

Janice Boucher

Board Member

Janice has an extensive career in Finance predominantly within the service sector, and is passionate about using her commercial skills to help make a difference. She has ...Read More

Janice Boucher

Board Member

Janice has an extensive career in Finance predominantly within the service sector, and is passionate about using her commercial skills to help make a difference. She has a track record directing strategies at Board level to deliver transformation underpinned by sustainable business growth and profitability whilst securing high levels of service delivery.

Janice started her career in manufacturing, where she qualified as an accountant, before joining British Gas and The Burton Group. She worked for GE in a number of senior finance roles until September 2009, when she joined the NHS, and was a key player creating a financially viable social enterprise transforming community healthcare services. As Director of Finance and Performance, she led the implementation of financial and performance improvement strategies and delivered strong financial results throughout her tenure.

In November 2015, she joined Derwent Facilities Management as Finance Director, tasked with turning around an underperforming Finance function following a period of rapid growth and high attrition.
In September 2016, Janice joined The GORSE Academies Trust Board, bringing a unique combination of private and public sector knowledge. With two teenage children, she is passionate about the education of young people and excited to be part of the team establishing a national model of excellence, enabling all students to excel.