Our school family
Our school family
Archbishop Sentamu Academy
Aspire Academy
Baldersby St James Primary School
Barlby High School
Burton Green Primary School
Compass Academy
Forest of Galtres Primary School
George Pindar School
Graham School
Manor CE Academy
Newland St John’s Primary Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary School
Skelton Primary School
St James’ Primary Academy
Vale of York Academy

Trust Board

Our Trustees

Tony Myers | Chair of Trustees
Peter Duffield
Philippa Gowland
Jane Lewis
Karen Osborne
Fred Owen
Andrew Simpkin
Alison Smith
Ian Thomson

Tony Myers became a director of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust York in October 2016 and Chair from July 2017. For 11 years he was a governor at Copmanthorpe Primary School, being Chair for 7 years and Vice Chair for 1 year. For many years he led music in his local church (in various locations). Recently he chaired the Church Council (PCC) and the group leading on redeveloping the buildings for mission. He previously spent 3 years as trustee and treasurer of Adoption UK, and as trustee and chair of York Family Mediation. A qualified accountant, Tony retired (from paid work!) in December 2014 following 25 years at the level of deputy chief executive / vice-principal, variously in a social care charity, two further education colleges, and a professional body.

Philippa Gowland is a lawyer who has worked in the field of child protection since 1998. She studied law at Exeter University and also completed a masters degree in family law and policy at the University of East Anglia. Teaching is her family’s profession and it instilled in her a passion for good education and a desire to give every child the opportunity to achieve their potential. She has a significant knowledge of safeguarding and child development, and her work with vulnerable families gives her insight into the obstacles that can limit children’s life chances.

Karen Osborne has spent her 35 year career in the Insurance industry, starting as a Commercial Underwriter, progressing to hold various senior management and director roles in the Commercial Insurance Company sector. She is currently the Commercial Branch Director of AXA Insurance in Leeds with 50 staff. Leeds branch won AXA Commercial Branch of the year for 2016.

Karen is passionate about ensuring that employees achieve their full potential and her proudest achievements are the people she has mentored, managed and supported over the years. This passion was extended during her time working with the David Young Academy, initially with their six formers providing work placements for internships. Karen was so impressed by the enthusiasm and potential of these young people that she went on to take a more active role with the school and joined the Local Governing body. Within a short space of time she was elected Chair of the LGB and became a Trustee on the Board of the Leaf Multi Academy Trust.

Andrew Simpkin is Head of Project Delivery for the Portakabin Group Sales business. Andrew gained his B.Sc honours degree in Building (Production Management) from Nottingham Trent University. He is a Chartered Construction Manager and Fellow of the CIOB and has been employed by Portakabin Group since 1988, operating at strategic level as a member of the group’s leadership team and the divisional business unit’s senior management team.

Ian was a Trustee of the Hope Learning Trust from 2017 to 2021, during which time he chaired the Resources Committee. He brings this experience to the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust, Trust Board.

His background is in local government where, until his retirement, he was a Chief Planning Officer for unitary and metropolitan local authorities in the north of England having obtained a Diploma in Town Planning and a Law degree. He also was responsible at various times for highways, transportation, property and regeneration services and has been part of strategic decision-making groups within the public sector.

Through successfully facilitating the implementation of major regeneration schemes providing homes and employment with significant capital and revenue budgets, Ian is motivated by achieving the delivery of services and projects which make a difference in people’s lives.

Hope Sentamu Learning Trust

Hope Sentamu Learning Trust is a Church of England multi-academy trust. The Trust Board, detailed above, comprises Trustees contributing particular skills and experience.

Sitting underneath the Trust Board are Local Governing Committees (LGCs), formerly Governing Bodies, of each academy that retain most of their decision-making powers. Their details are on the individual academy websites. 

Trust Board meetings are also attended by Helen Winn, in her capacity as CEO and Accounting Officer of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust. Find out more about Helen here.

A new Trust 

Hope Sentamu Learning Trust came into being on 1 September 2021, following the merger of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust and Sentamu Academy Learning Trust. The information below shows historic information for the two Trusts.

The Trustees can be contacted via the Compliance and Executive Support Officer of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust at secretary@hslt.academy

Becoming a Trustee

If you would like to apply to become a Trustee please email secretary@hslt.academy


Members of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust 2021-22


Members who have stood down in the last 12 months:


Trustees of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust 2021-22
NameDate of appointmentTerm of officeCommittees
Tony Myers (Chair)5/10/202004/10/2024Resources
Peter Duffield01/09/202131/08/2025

Audit (Chair)

Philippa Gowland04/07/201803/07/2022
Distinctiveness and Personal Development Committee (Chair)
Jane Lewis01/09/2021

Karen Osborne05/05/202104/07/2025Standards (Chair)
Fred Owen

01/09/202131/08/2025Audit and Distinctiveness & Personal Development Committee
Andrew Simpkin01/04/201931/03/2023Resources (Chair)
H&S Representative
Alison Smith01/09/202131/08/2025

Standards and

Distinctiveness & Personal Development Committee
Ian Thomson05/05/202104/05/2025Resources and

Distinctiveness & Personal Development Committee
Trustees who have stood down from Hope Learning Trust York in the last 12 months:

Julie McGonigle
From/to: 17.05.2018 – 31.08.2021

Olivia Seymour
From/to: 04.07.2018 – 31.08.2021

Mr David Judson
From/to: 01.09.2020 (recent renewal of term of office) – 09.12.2020

Mr John Kesterton
From/to: 08.10.2019 – 31.10.2020


Trustees of Sentamu Academy Learning Trust 2020-21


Trustees who have stood down from Sentamu Academy Learning Trust in the last 12 months:

Andrew Chubb – Accounting Officer

Business and Pecuniary Interests: SALT (Employee), Archbishop Sentamu Academy (Governor – to 31.08.2018)

Retired: 31.08.2020


Audit Committee

Peter Duffield (Chair)
Fred Owen 
Plus an external accountant (TBC)

Distinctiveness and Personal Development Committee

Philippa Gowland (Chair)
Ian Thomson
Alison Smith 
Fred Owen

Resources Committee

Andrew Simpkin (Chair)
Tony Myers
Ian Thomson

Standards Committee

Karen Osborne (Chair)
Alison Smith 
Jane Lewis 

Safeguarding Representative: Fred Owen

Health and Safety Representative: Andrew Simpkin

Pupil Premium Lead: Philippa Gowland

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