Governing Board

Our Governors support our continued development, and are passionate about helping us to achieve our vision of an outstanding education to young people. They provide a wealth of skills to help us develop and growth To read more about each of our Governors and their backgrounds, please see the information below. Please click here for a list of our committee’s. Our Foundation Members are Rev’d J Lawson, J Hanson and S Wing. To download information regarding Governor Declaration of Interests and attendance at meetings, please click here

Reverend June Lawson (Chair of Governors, Director of Trinity MAT)

Following a career in education (Secondary and FE level) teaching subjects including History, English, Sociology and Religious Studies, in 2000 I was accepted to train as a priest in the Church of England.  During my training for ordination, I studied for a master’s degree in Theology and Religious studies. I was ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 2003, and left teaching to take up a curacy in a parish in Huddersfield. For the past 12 years I have worked as Director of the Mirfield Centre, alongside serving as Priest-Vicar at Wakefield Cathedral and working as Dean of Women’s Ministry in the former Wakefield Diocese and now in the new Wakefield episcopal area which is part of the Anglican diocese of Leeds.

I have had a long-standing relationship with Cathedral Academy, having been a Foundation Governor since 2007. I have also chaired the Curriculum and Standards committee, am a member of the Foundation Governor’s Committee, the Finance and Personnel committee and Students, Families and Community committee.  I also have a special responsibility for the performance management of the Principal along with 2 other governors. In 2015 I became Chair of Governors.

It is a great privilege to be involved and work with the Principal, staff and governors to ensure that all our students get the very best and most rounded educational experience that we can provide for them as students learning in a Church of England academy with a Christian ethos.

John A. Hanson  JP, MEd., MSB, CBiol. (Vice Chair of Governors)

Having worked as a teacher in a number of schools and as an Advisory Teacher for Wakefield authority, I have first-hand experience of the difference positive and challenging learning opportunities can make to young people. Although I retired from full-time teaching in 2004, I still work part-time for Wakefield supporting their graduate teacher training scheme. 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 Cathedral 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.

My interest and passion for education is reflected in my Governance roles in a variety of schools. I am also Chair of Governors for St. Thomas’ CE © Junior school, Featherstone and on the governors of Trinity Academy Halifax, and All Saints CE (A) J&I, North Featherstone.

Adam Sheard (Staff Governor)

I have worked at Cathedral for the past eight years and was initially employed at Cathedral Academy in the role of technician before gaining QTS through the Wakefield GTP programme.  Since then I have progressed from Key Stage 4 Production teacher, to Head of Production. Over the years I have thoroughly enjoyed working with a wide range of students with different skills, abilities and needs.  I believe this has given me a good insight into the needs of our students. I also believe that my journey from an associate support staff member to middle manager has given me a broad insight and understanding of the successes, needs and challenges at Cathedral Academy. I have been part of many exciting changes and developments, and enjoy being part of a team determined to raise achievement.

Lou O’Brien (Parent Governor)

As parent and education professional, I bring the views of both parties to the group. I have been in teaching since 1979, and my roles have included senior leadership, headteacher, Local Authority mathematics consultant adviser and school improvement adviser.  I now run my own education consultancy business.

Although all my experience has been in primary education, I have two older step-children and a teenage son so know some of the challenges that secondary education faces for both staff and youngsters alike! I am determined to offer my experiences as a parent and from the education sector to ensure that Cathedral Academy can provide the very best experience for all students.

richard-foxRichard Fox

With an Army background, I developed a passion for teaching and supporting troops. When my 20 year Army career came to an end, I decided to look into teaching and also tutoring.

I currently manage a Skill Centre that specialises in military preparation and uniformed services courses. With my background it’s very suitable for me and also very rewarding to help young people achieve their dreams of being in the military or uniformed services sector. The governing role for me is another way I can help ensure children get the education they deserve.

Alison Dean

I was born in Wakefield, and returned to live here in 1995, and I am part of the Cathedral congregation and play an active role in life there, including as a Churchwarden and part of the various bodies there. My interest in education is also personal – I am married to a teacher and both of my grown up children work in education. My professional expertise is financial, I started as a tax inspector, and have moved to leadership and management roles, leading projects and managing (both team and business) change at local and national level.

shelagh-wingShelagh Wing

My background is in Education, Art and Enterprise in particular, having taught Art in the South Yorkshire area for many years. Currently I am a senior GCSE examiner for one of the examination boards, training teachers how to mark their students work, overseeing a team of moderators and visiting a number of schools of my own each June to moderate their GCSE Art work all helping to keep me up to date with secondary education. I am also an active member of the congregation at Wakefield Cathedral, and have been part of this for over 20 years. I am currently a member of the Cathedral Chapter, a role I find especially rewarding during our exciting times of change in the cathedral as we undertake Project 2015 having recently completed Project 2013. Outside of work and other interests, I am a ‘paper sculptor’, creating figures from white cartridge paper in sizes ranging from 30cms up to life size. I also lead workshops.

Sarah Trout (Staff Governor)

I am the Transition Mentor at Cathedral Academy and I have been involved with the governing body for six years.  I decided to become a staff governor because I wanted to become actively involved in improving the academy l and helping with its development. I ran my own business before I came to work at the school and I am actively involved with the running of a local rugby club.

Claire Young

Claire Young was made famous by her role as the highly driven runner up of series four of ‘The Apprentice’, and has strong links with Wakefield having been brought up in the area and living here today. Claire started out in roles at Colgate Palmolive, L’Oreal and Superdrug. She studied Equine Science at the University of Bristol University and remains a keen rider. Claire runs her own business, ‘School Speakers’ and has co-founded ‘Girls Out Loud’. She also works within the media as a journalist / radio presenter in addition to working with the government on projects helping young people onto the career ladder and more women into business. In 2013 Claire gave birth to daughter, Eva.

Rev’d Tim Stevens

I am a Curate at Wakefield Cathedral, continuing a life of training as a Church of England Priest. My past life has been one of retail experience, working as a Store Manager for two major Supermarket chains, and in later days as a Project Manager in the Head Office of Asda.  I have experience of financial control, personnel management and business change, both in management and in planning and execution. My family and I moved to Wakefield from Leeds in the Summer of 2016 to take up my position at the Cathedral, and are keen that we are integrated into the life of the city.  My son attends Wakefield Methodist School, one of Cathedral Academy’s feeder schools, which gives me another interest in the future of Cathedral Academy. I also work with the Chaplain at Cathedral Academy, supporting the well-being and pastoral care of the students and staff.