Wold Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
Kim LawtonTrust Senior Link
Eka FallonDRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
Eka has been the member of the Wold Academy Scrutiny Committee since 8 April 2019 and has been Chairing since 17 March 2020. Eka's background is in education, UK and abroad, as a teacher and a senior leader. In her current job as an Executive Manager she provides care and education to vulnerable children and young people. She manages many different functions of the business, from policy writing and implementation, HR and dispute resolution, recruitment, contract management, GDPR implementation, insurance liability and risk reduction to all matters related to compliance to CQC, Ofsted, HSE and ICO standards. Eka joined Wold Academy to use her knowledge and experience to benefit the development of the school and contribute to its vision. She loves working with all stakeholders to drive the continued improvement needed to provide all children, regardless of their background and abilities, with the best chance of success. Eka loves visual and performing arts and she is a designated governor for Art and PSHE.
Olga Rutkowska-LisDRET Appointed Governor
Olga was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 13 July 2021. She decided to join the ASC to share her knowledge and expertise with fellow educators and support them in making the most of students' talents, and helping assure they can achieve their very best, whatever their backgrounds and/or educational journey so far. Similarly, she hopes to engage and collaborate with the teaching body to assist them in setting and achieving relevant goals and objectives that are aimed at boosting both students and staff potentials whilst embracing interdisciplinarity and creating stronger links with the local community. Olga is an EAP practitioner, a Language, Academic Communication and Study Skills expert, psycholinguist, educationist, and SEND specialist who has been working in various educational environments and settings for 20 years. Currently, she works coordinating large student cohorts and staff team for a Social Sciences strand at the University of York. Olga enjoys Art, science, reading and cooking.
Alice GowlandDRET Appointed Governor
I wanted to give something back to the community that I grew up in, and use my skills hopefully to the benefit of the staff, students, and wider community around the school. I am currently a trainee High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, working to support adults struggling with their mental health. My particular skills include a vast knowledge of mental health and the importance of everyone making this a priority in their health and wellbeing, alongside experience of the education sector through my family and training I have undertaken independently. I have a lengthy personal history in education, and I am hoping to use my experiences to the benefit of the Wold Academy community. My passions are in science and nature, I am fascinated by life and love animals, as well as finding the sciences one of the most fun subjects I have studied. I have a particular love for desserts, I enjoy playing a variety of games (card games, table-top games, and videogames namely), and I have a great appreciation and love for Japan, its culture, and its people.
Megan CooperStaff Governor
Megan was appointed a Staff Governor on 5 October 2016. She originally decided to become a governor in her second year of teaching to gain more experience and a better understanding of the role of the ASC and is still on the governing body five years later. Megan enjoys playing sport, cooking, going to the gym, socialising with friends and family.
Richard WelshParent Governor
Richard was appointed a Parent Governor on 8 January 2020. He joined the ASC as he wants to learn more about the academy his son attends. Being a parent and holding the school to account for decisions is important to Richard and for the successful development of local children. He currently works in further education with Apprentices. Richard is a keen motorcycle racer and currently holds nine National Motorcycling Championships.
Beth Hewitt has 16 years of experience as a governance professional, previously managing the Children and Young People, Health Inequalities and Economic Development Scrutiny Committees for Kirklees Council and clerking school appeal and governing body meetings. She is the former Chair of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee for NHS Kirklees and was the Lay Member for public and patient involvement throughout the pandemic. Formally a senior project manager helping start-ups and businesses to grow across nine local authorities in West and North Yorkshire, she now works part-time for Just a Sec and is the Director of her own international business membership for entrepreneurs. Beth is passionate about helping people follow their passions earlier in life, podcasting and spending time with her 18-year-old daughter and Izzy, her cat.
Samantha BellParent Governor
I decided to become a Governor at Wold Academy because I felt I had some valuable skills and knowledge to offer form my working experience.I am currently employed as Director of Operations at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. I an a qualified social worker and have worked within the mental health VCSE for the last 14 years. My passions and interest are my family, reading, arts and travelling - and 'daily wordle' without fail to keep my brain working.
Governor Assigned Responsibilities
Safeguarding - Eka Fallon
Art, PSHE and RSE - Eka Fallon
Curriculum - Megan Cooper
Attendance - Richard Welsh
Contacting a Governor
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Scheme of Delegation
Information about the David Ross Education Trust’s scheme of delegation is available here.
Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee
Should you wish to view a copy of the minutes of the ASC at this academy, please contact the Trust Governance Team, who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.
Are you interested in becoming an academy governor?
We are looking for new governors to support our academies. Our governors work closely with their academies to support the Trust’s goal of broadening the horizons of young people through a world-class education, equipping our students with the skills and experiences to become their confident, academic best, no matter what.
If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our governor application form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or review our information pack below.
What is it like being a Governor with DRET?
To understand what it is like to be a governor with us, take a look at our testimonial booklet and videos which contain insights from serving governors.