Meet Our Governors

Honor Byford (Chair)

Honor Byford has spent 40 years working in education, initially teaching English and Drama in Humberside. For the majority of her career she worked in West Yorkshire and was Headteacher of Ryburn Valley High School, a large 11-18 comprehensive school near Halifax.

Latterly Honor has served as a Chair of Governors and sat on the North Yorkshire Secondary Improvement Board. She is now looking forward to working with everyone in the Bishop Young community to ensure all students achieve their very best.

In her spare time Honor enjoys keeping fit and watching live music.

Andrew Knight (Vice Chair)

Andrew is a Headteacher of a Primary Academy in Bradford. His school is a Church of England school and part of the Leeds Diocese. He has been in the teaching profession for over 15 years.  Andrew works closely with head teachers in his school's Multi Academy Trust, including working with other academies as part of the school improvement work.  He currently lives in Rothwell with his husband and son.

Darren Foulke (Ex officio)

I joined Holy Trinity in May 2014 as Principal and have steered the school through a rapid improvement journey. I work in close collaboration with governors to  ensure that the Academy continues to improve and meet the needs of its learners and the community we serve.

I have extensive leadership experience serving as SENDCo, Assitstant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher in other settings prior to becoming Principal at Holy Trinity. This has brought a wealth of experience in working with a range of governing bodies. I have always believed that credibility is a basis for strong leadership.

During my 20 year career I have taught across the primary age range undertaking a full range of leadership responsibilities underpinned by academic research. I have an MA in Education specialising in assessment, literacy and SEND and completed NPQH prior to headship. I believe that school leadership has to have moral purpose.

As a father of three primary age children I know the need for school to be a place of love where children are excited by learning, serve their community and are challenged to be the best they can be. We do this as part of the Abbey Trust which works in partnership with the school to educate, nurture and empower pupils staff and governors.

Jan Maughan (Foundation Governor)

I have lived in Rothwell for 28 years with my husband and two children. Both children now graduated and Pursuing their own careers.
I am an active member of the choir at Holy Trinity Church Rothwell.

I have worked in education for 22 years, supporting individuals and working closely with the more vulnerable proving guidance, understanding and reassurance.

A previous role of parent governor at Royds high school enabled me to experience an educational journey supporting students to achieve their potential.

A journey I see within my role here at Holy Trinity CE. Learning together we can challenge our own potential (whatever that may be) and share our love for one another.

I pray I am able to make a positive contribution to the life of the school.

Helen Owen - Staff Governor

Peter Sewards

Peter has spent the last 18 years in the finance industry, work for Lloyds Banking Group. He is an experienced manager in the fields of finance, planning and risk. He has worked in many different countries, such as Germany, France, Ireland and his highlight, Turkey. Peter has a strong interest in religious history and his one year spent working in Istanbul allowed him to get to understand such a diverse and historically important city.

Peter has two children, Katie, who works in the pharmaceutical industry and Matthew who works in Marketing. In his spare time, Peter is the secretary of his local cricket club, where the main aim is to encourage as many young boys and girls to play cricket as possible.

Mark Wilkinson

Mark was born and has lived in Rothwell all his life. He has a long association with Holy Trinity CofE Academy and is part of the alumni of the school. He has never lost touch with its roots, knowing many of its past pupils and teachers. Mark worked locally for many years before changing career direction and training as a Registered Nurse. He is now a Charge Nurse at Pinderfields General Hospital in Wakefield.

Mark graduated from the University of Bradford with a first class BSc Hons degree in Nursing Studies. He is highly in involved in nurse education training, mentoring student nurses and occasional lecturing in the Skills Lab at the University of Huddersfield. He has also interviewed potential students starting degree courses. Mark’s work provides a vast amount of transferrable skills in planning and implementation of the strategic planning at governor level.

Mark is married and has two sons both of whom attend Holy Trinity CofE Academy. As a Parent Governor Mark understands the issues facing parents and their children. He wants fair access to the best in primary education and a firm foundation to carry on study at secondary level and beyond. Something he has benefitted from during his time at the school.

Mark’s interests are varied, in the past he has worked, voluntarily, at Pinderfields for twelve years. He is an active member of Holy Trinity Church Rothwell, singing in the choir for numerous years. He was also Churchwarden for seven years.

Holy Trinity Rothwell C of E Academy

LS26 0NB

Tel: 0113 859 1842

Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA
Registered Company Number: 07705552