Whitehill Community Academy Governors support our continued development, helping ensure the academy provides an outstanding education to our young people.

Meet the Team

Dom Furby MBE

Chair of Governors - Health and Safety link governor

Jon Boyle - Headteacher

Jon Boyle

Ex-officio by virtue of office as Interim Principal

Helen Bell

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I enjoy working with the school and my governor colleagues to improve outcomes for all pupils in our care.

I have over 30 years' experience in education working in Calderdale schools as a Business Manager (dealing with finance and HR). I have also served as a Governor for other schools in the local authority for the past twenty years. In addition to this, I sit on appeal and exclusion panels for the Diocese. I have a strong commitment to the education of the young people in the local area and firmly believe that all children should be given every opportunity to flourish and achieve their full potential. In my spare time, I enjoy riding and judging at horse shows across the country and spending time with my family and new grandchildren.

Jenny Firth


Jessie Hamer

SEND Governor

I committed to supporting parents and colleagues to improve all aspects of SEND support.

My name is Jessie Hamer. I live in Calderdale and have taught History for 12 years in a range of secondary schools across Calderdale and Kirklees. I am also a qualified SENDCo having undertaken this role for 5 years, helping to improve provision for vulnerable learners locally. I am passionate about inclusion and supporting young people to achieve their potential.

Adam Helliwell

Safeguarding Governor

Gemma Sharp

Curriculum link Governor

My name is Gemma Sharp and I have been a member of the governing board since September 2023. I currently hold the post of Curriculum link governor and my two children attend Whitehill.

I have worked in education for the last 15 years as a primary teacher and am currently an Assistant Headteacher at a three form primary school in Bradford. I am committed to the success of Whitehill and supporting the senior leadership to offer a high quality curriculum for all; ensuring all children achieve their full potential.

Jessica Swaine

SEND link Governor

Scheme of Delegated Authority (SoDA)

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Body Chair
Board of Directors Mr Tom Miskell
Chair of Members Mr Tom Miskell
Finance Committee Mr Andrew Heley
Audit Committee Ms Elaine Beaumont
White Rose Education Mr Mike Kneafsey
Trinity Academy Halifax LGB Professor David Baker
Trinity Academy Akroydon LGB Mrs Jackie Tagg
Trinity Academy Cathedral LGB Mr John Hanson
Trinity Academy Grammar LGB Ms Georgie Scully
Trinity Academy St Chad’s LGB Ms Jag Oates
Trinity Sixth Form Academy LGB Mr Andrew Tagg
Trinity Academy St Peter’s LGB Ms Sue Sutton
Trinity Academy Bradford LGB Professor David Baker
Trinity Academy Leeds LGB Mr Tim White
Trinity Academy St Edward’s LGB Mr Nigel Leeder
Whitehill Community Academy LGB Mr Dominic Furby

How to Contact a Governor

If you would like to contact a Governor, please write to Whitehill Community Academy, Occupation Lane, Illingworth, Halifax, HX2 9RL, or send an email marked for their attention c/o

Become a Governor

We are looking to recruit a number of Governors to support our school.

The Governors for the Academy Local Governing Body are appointed by the trust Chief Executive Officer under delegated authority of the Board of Directors, as set out in the trust’s Scheme of Delegated Authority.

The role of a Governor can be very rewarding, and volunteering within our schools will provide you with the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your local community and the future of our young people.

Governors will sit on our Local Governing Body and work with the senior leadership team to ensure students are receiving the best education possible and that all resources are being used effectively to support this ambition. A strong governing body is made up of people who will contribute various skills and experience. This group will also commit to working together for the benefit of the school and the communities in which we work. Being a Governor requires individuals to learn about schools and ways of working, and it is also about individuals bringing their skills and experience to contribute to an existing skillset. It is important that every governing body consists of people who understand their role and responsibilities. These people also need to be committed to gaining knowledge about the school, and willing to ask challenging questions to scrutinise leadership, as well as decisions made within the school.

Governors play an important part in every school and we invite you to learn more about Trinity Multi-Academy Trust, our schools and the opportunity to really make a difference to the lives of our young people.

If you are interested in discussing our Governor vacancies further, please complete the Expression of Interest form below and return to the email address given on the form. We will then get in touch to arrange a further conversation.

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