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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

Consilium is a Multi-Academy Trust with a family of nine schools across the North West, North East and Yorkshire.  Within each school a Local Academy Board has been established.  Local Academy Boards (LABs) 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 dependent 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.

Our Local Academy Board Members have a term of service for four years. Parent and Staff members are elected by parents and staff retrospectively. The Headteacher is ex officio and automatically holds a position due to their position within the school.

Contact our Local Academy Board Members

For any matters or queries relating to governance, please contact Consilium Academies, 5th Floor, 1 City Approach, Albert Street, Eccles, M30 0BL.

Our Local Academy Board Members are:

Name Member Type Term from Term to Appointed/Elected by
Mrs H Ryles-Dean Trust appointed 12-02-2021 11-02-2025 Trust 
Mr I Ross Headteacher 01-09-2019 n/a Ex-Officio
Mr D Aspinall Trust appointed 06-07-2023 05-07-2027 Trust
Miss N Holt Parent 14-02-2024 14-02-2029 Elected
Mr P Duffy-Woods Parent 14-02-2024 14-02-2029 Elected
Mr A Nadkarni  Trust appointed 09-11-2023 08-11-2027 Elected

LAB Attendance 2023-24

Name 08.11.23 14.02.24
Mr B Peck (Chair) Present Resigned
Mr I Ross (Headteacher) Present Present
Mr M Bird (Observer) Present Present
Mr A St John (Observer) Present Present
Mrs K Barton (Observer) Present Present
Mr B Cassidy (Observer) Present Present
Mr D McNamee (Observer) Present Present
Mr D Hewson (Observer) Present Present
Mrs H Silcock (Clerk) Present Present
Mrs H Ryles-Dean Present Present
Mrs S Hilton Apologies received and accepted Resigned
Mr D Aspinall Present Present
Miss N Holt Not elected Present - Chaired
Mr P Duffy-Woods Not elected Present
Ms Celesa Adofo (Observer) Not elected Present

LAB Attendance 2022-23

Name 03.11.22 06.07.23
Mr B Peck (Chair) Present  Present
Mr I Ross (Headteacher)
Mr M Bird (Observer)
Mrs A St John (Observer)
Apologies received and accepted
Ms S Mirza
Mrs H Ryles-Dean Present  Present
Mr P Sotiriou Present  Resigned
Mrs H Silcock (Clerk)

Mrs S Hilton

Mr D Aspinall

Not elected

Not elected 


Ms A Watson  Apologies received and accepted Resigned
Miss E Palin Apologies received and accepted Resigned

LAB Attendance 2021-22

Name 06.10.21 16.12.21 31.03.22 06.07.22
Mr B Peck Present  Present  Present Present 
Mrs A Baxendale Not-present Present Not-present Resigned 06.07.22
Ms A Watson Not yet elected  Present Present Not-present 
Miss E Palin Present  Present  Not-present  Present 
Miss S Mirza Not-present  Not-present Present  Not-present 
Mrs H Ryles-Dean Present  Present  Not-present  Not-present 
Mr P Sotiriou Present  Present  Not-present  Present 
Mr I Ross

Declarations of Interest:


Member Type

Business or Other Interests

Other Governor Roles

Mr B Peck


Director of Diddu Communications Ltd

Governor at Hayfield Primary School, Interim Board member of International Academy of Greenwich, Governor at Worksop College

Mrs H Ryles- Dean

Trust appointed


Head of School- Moorside High School

Mr I Ross





Miss L Hindley- Resigned 23rd October 2020
Mr D Watson- Resigned 21st October 2020
Mr G Clarke- Resigned 6th July 2021
Mr H Brophy- Resigned 6th October 2021
Ms A Baxendale- Resigned 6th July 2022
Ms S Mirza - Resigned January 2023
Mr P Sotiriou - Resigned February 2023
Miss E Palin - Resigned May 2023
Ms A Watson - Resigned July 2023

Mr B Peck - Resigned November 2023

Mrs S Hilton - Resigned March 2024