Dear Parents/Carers

From 1 September 2020 we are changing the way our academies and college are governed. Please see the letter below for details of the new arrangements and the members of the new Local Governing Body.

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The Elliott Hudson College Local Governing Body includes representation from parents, community, as well as our sponsor governors from The GORSE Academies Trust. Staff and Student Governors will be elected to the Local Governing Body in the Autumn Term. The intention of this Local Governing Body is to ensure the college provides an exceptional education for all its students.

Our Governors

Name Category End of Term of Office Area of responsibility Voting Rights Business Interests Other establishments they govern Any relations within the College 2018/19 Attendance 2019/20 Attendance 2020/21 Attendance
Maurice Miller (Chair) Community 31/08/2022 Yes None None None 4/5 4/5
Claire Pryke Community 31/12/2022 Yes University of Bradford Associate Director (recruitment operations) – student recruitment None None 5/5 3/5
David Holtham Principal N/A No None BSA/TRGA None
Lucy Pritchard Parent 31/08/2022 Yes None None None 4/4 5/5
Marian Hinds Community 31/12/2022 Yes None None None 4/5 5/5
Miriam Olutayo Staff 08/12/2023 Yes TBC None TBC 4/4
Sir John Townsley Executive Principal N/A Yes None BA/TFA, BSA/TRGA, MNA/RA, HA/RHA, SCITT, TGAT Board None
Joseph Bell Community 31/08/2022 Yes None None TBC 4/4 3/4
Peter Gruen TGAT 31/08/2022 Yes Business Interests with Leeds Playhouse (Enterprises) Ltd HA/RHA, TGAT Board None
Sue Hawkshaw (Vice Chair) TGAT 31/08/2022 Yes Leeds Governance for Growth Director/Governance Improvement Officer Chair of Governors at Whitecote Primary Office Administrator at Ryecroft Academy Exam invigilator at The Stephen Longfellow Academy None None
Rhian Jones Parent 26/11/2023 Yes None None None
Amanda Thomson Community 03/07/2023 Yes None None None
Tony Wildgoose Community 31/08/2022 Yes BSA/TRGA None

TGAT Clerk: Christine Stopford

Governors term of office dates are as follows:

TGAT and Staff 31st December 2019
Parent and Community 31st December 2018
Student 1 year appointment

Become a Governor

Being a governor can be very rewarding and a good way of helping your local community, as well as having a positive influence on the quality of young people’s education. The Elliott Hudson College Local Governing Body welcomes people from all walks of life as each person brings their unique experience and talents to the work of running an academy. If you feel that you could play a role in becoming a governor, please contact [email protected] for further information.

The Chair of Governors can be contacted by writing to the following address:

Chair of Governors
Elliott Hudson College
c/o The GORSE Academies Trust
Fountain Street
LS27 0PD

Company Documentation

All company documentation relating to The GORSE Academies Trust can be found on our Trust website at