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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Richmond Hill Academy’s Local Governing Body includes representation from parents, community and sponsor governors from The GORSE Academies Trust. The intention of this Local Governing Body is to ensure Richmond Hill Academy provides an exceptional education for all pupils.

Become a Governor

Becoming a governor is a rewarding way to help your local community and have a positive influence on the quality of young children’s education. Richmond Hill Academy’s Local Governing Body includes people from all walks of life with each person adding their unique experience and skills to the work of running an academy.

If you would like to become a governor to please contact us for further information.

Get in Touch

Chair of Governors
Richmond Hill Academy
Clark Lane
West Yorkshire

Our Governors

Name Category End of Term of Office Area of responsibility Voting Rights Business Interests Other establishments at which they govern Any relations within the academy 2018/19 Attendance 2019/20 Attendance 2020/21 Attendance
Peter Gruen
TGAT 31/12/2022 Yes Business Interests with Leeds Playhouse (Enterprises) Ltd TGAT Board, Post-16 None 4/4 5/5
Iqbal Camalodeen community 02/03/2024 Yes TBC None None 3/3
Lidia Holea Parent 31/08/2022 Yes None None None 2/4 3/5
Lisa Attenborough TGAT 11/03/2023 Yes None None None 1/1 3/5
Sam Done Principal n/a No None CHTP None
Sharifah Syed-Hamzah Parent 11/03/2023 Yes None None None 2/2 5/5
Simon McCarthy Executive Principal: Primary Education n/a Yes None MNA/RA, TMA/TSLA None
Sir John Townsley Chief Executive Officer n/a Yes None BA/TFA, BSA/TRGA, MNA/RA, HA/RHA, SCITT, TGAT Board None
Tracy Witney Community 11/03/2023 Yes None None None 1/3 4/5
Anna Mackenzie Principal n/a No None None None
Paul Forbes OBE TGAT 31/08/2022 Yes None TGAT Board None 4/4 4/5
Charlotte Perkins Community 31/12/2022 Yes In Harmony Manager, Opera North None None 4/4 3/5
Darren Percival Community 31/08/2022 Yes None None None 2/4 4/5
Pavithra Purushotham Parent 16/07/2023 Yes None None None 1/1 3/5
Chloe Street Staff 21/09/2024 Yes None None None
Georgina Bake Staff 21/09/2024 Yes  None None None

*Principal’s Performance Committee
TGAT Clerk: Christine Stopford

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