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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.

Local Academy Board

Local Academy Board (LAB) Members lead schools, they don’t manage them. They are there to give a long-term strategic direction to how the school is run; to be critical friends to the school; and to ensure the school is accountable for its actions. Members discuss and have input on:

  • School policies, such as discipline, dress, sport, bullying and homework
  • Long term plans and the future of the school
  • How the school will try to reach performance targets
  • Appointment and dismissal of staff
  • Complaints from pupils, staff and parents
  • Repair and maintenance of school buildings
  • Use of school premises outside school hours

Role of the Local Academy Board

Consilium is a Multi-Academy Trust with a family of eight schools across the North West, North East and Yorkshire.  Within each school a Local Academy Board has been established.  Local Academy Boards (LAB’s) may also be known at other Trusts as ‘Academy Committees’, ‘Local Governing Boards’ or ‘Local Advisory Committees.

Each LAB is composed of different members, usually two Parent places are within the Board.  Parent members are elected through a process which is defined in a key document called the ‘Articles of Association.’

Parent Trustees and Parent LAB members play an important role within the board.  The role is to support the Trust itself and provide insight on behalf of other parents of students who attend the school.  A key function of the LAB is to engage meaningfully with all parents and carers as a whole.  

The Trust Board determines the level of delegation or responsibility which is to be passed to the Local Academy Boards.  This is subject to review on a yearly basis and responsibilities can be added or removed dependant on how well the Trust Board feel that the LAB is managing.  Local Academy Boards are a formal and important part of the governance of Consilium Academies and the contributions of members are very much valued by the Trust Board.  Some of the typical areas which are covered at local level may be;

  • Support of the efficient and effective operation of the Trust and its policies
  • Support and challenge (where appropriate) to the school leaders
  • Share issues and risks with the Trust Board if necessary
  • Scrutiny of reports which may be supplied by school leaders or members themselves
  • Provide a meaningful link with the community, parents and the students of the school, sharing feedback with the Board, regarding challenges but also to celebrate successes
  • Provide feedback to the Trust Board in relation to policies and practices which are personal to the school, (policies which are delegated to the LAB are identified in a document called the Scheme of Delegation.

Contact our Local Academy Board Members

For any matter related to Heworth Grange Local Academy Board you may contact the Chair, Mrs Yvonne Baker, at

For any matters or queries relating to governance please contact Mrs Wendy Gardner, Head of Governance for Consilium Academies, please do so by writing to Mrs Wendy Gardner, 5th Floor, 1 City Approach, Albert Street, Eccles, M30 0BL

Our school LAB members are:

Mrs Yvonne Baker OBE

  • Role: Chair
  • Trust Board Appointment
  • Term: 01/09/20-31/08/24

Mrs Denise Nicholson

  • Role: Vice Chair
  • Trust Board Appointment
  • Term: 01/09/20-31/08/24

Mrs Victoria Fenwick

  • Role: Staff Governor
  • Staff Elected
  • Term dates: 01/10/2018-30/09/22

Ms Allie Denholm

  • Role: Headteacher
  • Ex-Officio
  • Term commenced 01/09/20
  • Register of Pecuniary Interests

Prof. John Timmis

  • Role: Member
  • Trust Board Appointment
  • Term: 31/01/21-30/12/24

Dr Sunil Bhopal

  • Role: Member
  • Trust Board Appointment
  • Term: 19/03/21-18/02/25

Mrs Joanne Grewcock

  • Role: Member
  • Parent elected
  • Term: 10/06/21-09/06/25

Mr Iain Stephenson

  • Role: Member
  • Parent elected
  • Term: 10/06/21-09/06/25


LAB Attendance 2021 – 2022

Name 07/10/21 02/12/21 17/02/22 21/03/2022 26/05/22 13/07/22
Yvonne Baker            
Denise Nicholson            
Victoria Fenwick            
Allie Denholm            
Jonathan Timmis            
Sunil Bhopal            
Joanne Grewcock            
Iain Stephenson            


LAB Attendance 2020 – 2021  

Name 06/10/20 08/12/20 09/02/21 01/04/21 19/05/21 14/07/21
Yvonne Baker Present Present Present Present Present Present
Sunil Bhopal - - - Present - Present
Victoria Carter Present - Present Present - Present
Allie Denholm Present Present Present Present Present Present
Marc Doyle - Present - - - -
Victoria Fenwick Present Present Present Present Present Present
Liam Gates - - Present Present Present Present
Joanne Grewcock - - - - - Present
Shirley Headlam - - - - Present -
Jason Holt - Present Present - - -
Kelly Hope Present - Apologies Sent Apologies Sent - -
Shirley McConnell Present - - - - -
Jackie Mitchell - Present - - - Present
Deinise Nicholson Present Apologies Sent Present Present Present Present
Judith Russell Present Apologies Sent - - - -
Martyn Searles - Present - - - -
Iain Stephenson - - - - - Present
Jonathan Timmis - - Present Present Apologies Sent Apologies Sent

Declarations of Interest 2021-2022

Name Role Business or Other Interests Other Governor Roles
Yvonne Baker Chair Chief Executive, STEM Learning Royal Society’s Education Committee member Co-Chair of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Education and Skills Panel Trustee of the 5% Club
Denise Nicholson Vice Chair None None
Victoria Fenwick Staff Governor None None
Allie Denholm Headteacher None None
Jonathan Timmis Appointed Member  Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sunderland. Close relatives: Director, Learning North East Ltd, Director, University of Sunderland Enterprises Ltd Director, Learning World Ltd, Director, Sunderland Intern Factory Ltd, Director, Simomics Ltd Trustee, UTC South Durham
Sunil Bhopal Appointed Member Clinical Lecturer, Newcastle University & Great North Children’s Hospital None
Joanne Grewcock Parent Member Employed by Gateshead Local Authority None
Iain Stephenson Parent Member Works in the Education Sector None

Judith Russell 18/02/21

Kelly Hope 19/05/21

Meet our Chair

Yvonne Baker:

Yvonne is a Chemical Engineer by background, who now leads STEM Learning an organisation supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. She has been a school governor for over 20 years in a range of places and settings and sits on the Royal Society’s Education Committee. Yvonne is Co-Chair of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Education and Skills Panel as well as a Trustee of the 5% Club, which encourages employers to offer meaningful ‘earn and learn’ opportunities including apprenticeships. However, her interests extend far beyond STEM thanks to her inspirational music teacher, Yvonne has always been a keen amateur musician and singer (even now being part of a Sea Shanty Group) and over the last few years, she has become a pilot gig rower.

Yvonne believes that a great education is the right of every child and young person, whatever their background. Education opens doors and gives choice and, to this day, Yvonne remains grateful for those teachers, her parents, and others who supported her throughout her education from pre-school to the world of work. She looks forward to working with the staff team, governors, students, parent/s/carers, and wider community at Heworth to ensure that all our young people have this opportunity and choice.