Governing body

Trinity Academy Halifax’s Governors support our continued development, and are passionate about helping the academy to provide an outstanding within outstanding education to our young people. To read more about each of our Governors and their backgrounds, please see the information below. To download information regarding Governor Declaration of Interests, please click here.

Baker, David

Professor David Baker – Chair of Governors

Having been involved in education all my life, I understand the difference that learning can make. A good education can help young people achieve their dreams and unlock their full potential. I passionately believe that everyone has a right to an education, irrespective of their own personal background. Higher education should be a possibility for every young person to ensure that they can progress in a career that makes best use of their talents. It is fantastic to be involved with Trinity Academy and to be able to see how it is making a difference to the north Halifax community. As a member of the church, it is wonderful to see how the academy’s Christian values not only nurture students academically but spiritually too. I strongly believe that education has a pivotal role in transforming the futures of local communities, and I look forward to working with the academy team to ensure that the facilities provide a focal point for the area.

Hanson John2John Hanson

Having worked as a teacher in a number of schools, I have first-hand experience of the difference positive and challenging learning opportunities can make to young people. I passionately believe that access to the right education sets a young person on the correct path for life. With experience of training teachers, I am particularly interested in how Trinity Academy can attract the very best staff in order to ensure the best possible education for learners. As a committed Christian I also enjoy seeing how the values of the academy are supporting young people in developing the right outlook and attitude for life.

Wayne KennyWayne Kenny

I have always lived in the local area (for over 40 years now!) and I feel very passionate about improving the limited opportunities for young people in north Halifax. I have admired the work of Trinity Academy, and when the opportunity arose for me to stand as a Parent Governor and use the opportunities I’ve developed throughout my career, it was an opportunity I couldn’t resist. I hope to be able to bring a ‘parents’ view in discussions and ensure that our children’s education is always the number one priority. It has been a pleasure to meet with academy staff and discover more about how children are at the forefront of every decision. I look forward to representing all parents.


Offori, EdwinaEdwina Offori

Born to parents of African and Caribbean descent, and my mother having trained as a teacher, I have grown up experiencing schooling in different parts of the world. I am married with two adult sons. I personally know the importance of education in helping children achieve their full potential. After qualifying as a medical doctor over thirty years ago, I currently work as a consultant anaesthetist in the NHS. I bring a different perspective to the governing board from years of professional experience in healthcare. In my spare time I do voluntary work for the Church of England in the Diocese of Leeds. I have previously served as a governor in Middleton VC Primary school in King’s Lynn and was appointed foundation governor at Trinity Academy Halifax in the summer of 2015.

Tagg, AndrewAndrew Tagg

I was born in Halifax and lived most of my life in Holmfield attending both Moorside Primary and J.H. Whitley Secondary Modern schools. Leaving school at 16, I had to work my way through 4 years of night school before I could attend Aston University in Birmingham. This has given me first-hand experience of how significantly education affects opportunity, and as such, I understand the struggles and barriers to progression young people have without a good education. I am passionate about young people having access to the best education available.  I hope that I can support the academy in working closely with those living in the north Halifax area, including through helping local community groups enjoy the fantastic sports facilities which will support their physical and mental wellbeing.

White, JohnWhite, JohnJohn White

As someone who was born, educated, has worked in both the private and public sector and still lives in Calderdale, I am delighted to be involved with an academy that is working to make such a difference to the lives of young people. I have experience of youth work, and have seen first-hand the difference that being supported and nurtured in the right environment can make to young people. Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a key area of interest for me and it is wonderful to see how the staff at Trinity Academy work to support learners with SEN and offer them an environment where they are encouraged to flourish. I am active in my local church and I am undertaking the Bishop of Wakefield’s Certificate in Pastoral Ministry. I am very much looking forward to seeing how the academy builds upon its existing strong links with the local community in order to make a difference to all those in the north Halifax area.

Clare Hallows

Clare Hallows is currently a Registrar at Bradford College, and has held a number of roles in education including Head of Recruitment and Admissions at the University of Salford and Head of Admissions at the University of Roehampton. Prior to that, Clare held a number of senior leadership positions in schools, including as Headteacher of Reading Girls School. Clare holds a range of professional qualifications, and is due to complete a DBA Doctorate in Business Administration with the University of Huddersfield in 2017.

Helen Austwick

Helen Austwick is a musician and peripatetic instrument teacher, working both privately and in Calderdale schools, as a Chorister Tutor at Bradford Cathedral and Halifax Minster and as a church organist.  Helen believes passionately in the benefits of musical training on all areas of young people’s education. Helen has previously served as a Governor for two Calderdale primary schools for 16 years.

In her spare time, Helen has various voluntary roles working with the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind, including being the Schools and Youth Ambassador for this region.

Graham Gibbon

Newly appointed Governor, biographical information to follow.

Lyndsey Murray

Newly appointed Governor, biographical information to follow.

Daniel Sutherland

Newly appointed Governor, biographical information to follow.