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G. Governing Committee

Each Academy has its own Headteacher who is a member of the Trust’s Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for the day to day provision of education at the Academy. There is an Academy Governing Committee for each Academy and the individuals on this committee are known as Governors. The AGCs are advisory committees to the Trust – as established in the Trust’s Scheme of Delegated Authority.


The Governors of the Academy Governing Committees are responsible to the Trust for supporting the day-to-day running of the Academy. The Academy Governing Committee is not independent of the Trust. The Chair of the Academy Governing Committee is a Trust nominee and the Head of the Academy is an ex-officio member of the Governing Committee.

Each Academy Governing Committee has a small number of governing sub committees that must include the Finance and General Purpose Committee and a Disciplinary and Appeals Committee (constituted as required).

Furthermore, each governor is linked to a member of the SLT both as ‘critical friend’ and as a Link Governor. Each Link (Governor/SLT) is responsible for one or more elements of the self-evaluation record (SEF). The governors challenge the SLT members to provide secure evidence for the SEF and support the SLT member in reaching the judgements for the SEF.

Training of the governing body in the development of self-evaluation is the focus of governor CPD on an annual basis.

The membership structure of The Priory City of Lincoln Academy Governing Committee:

Simon Richardson - Chairman
Simon was born in Lincoln and attended the City School between 1985 to 1992. He went through the sixth form, studied A levels and graduated from the Institute of Design with a 1st Class BA(Hons) Degree. He also holds an MBA in Strategic Marketing and is a registered Chartered Marketer. After a  short spell working as a Business Development Manager, Operations Director and then as Managing Consultant, he started his own business. The company which is part of QSP, has developed into a range of companies involved in Aviation, Healthcare, Construction, Leisure and Asset Management. The business operates internationally and has a base in Africa employing over 400 staff. Simon is currently our Trust Nominee and is Chair of the Lincoln Academy Governing Committee. He is a qualified pilot and has many family members living and working in Lincoln.

Dr Jonathan Owens
Jonathan is a proud Welshman and a registered Chartered Engineer. He left school at sixteen to serve a four year accredited Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship with British Steel Plc. Later he successfully won a scholarship to read Engineering at the University of Salford. Post-graduation he was employed as a Research Engineer with Celestica Limited, who are one of the key global manufacturers of printed circuit boards. His research evolved around Quality Modelling Systems for Surface Mount and Through Hole Technologies. He later returned to Salford University as part of a research team on an Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) project investigating the cost and benefits of integrating current technologies into the NPD process. He left Salford to take up a lectureship in Logistics and Operations Management at Buckinghamshire Business School, part of Brunel University. Jonathan has over twenty-five year’s experience in his field, he has published widely and holds several academic and professional qualifications, culminating with a Doctor of Philosophy and being made a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He is currently a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in the Logistics and Operations Management disciplines within the College of Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln. Jonathan is currently Vice-Chairman of The Priory City of Lincoln Academy Governing Committee.

Dr Anthony Richards
Doctor Anthony Richards was born in Lincoln and attended the school in it’s Monks Road days! After qualifying in 1960 he spent most of his working life in General Practice in Boultham Health Centre. Living in the area for many years, he was co-opted on to the Board as a Community Governor. Dr Richards maintains an interest in all aspects of academy life, but particularly the relationship between the academy and the community.

Mandy Malt
Mandy has lived in Lincoln all her life, is married and has twin boys who are 18 years of age. She is a Customer Services Resource and Planning Team Leader for a Utility Company. She has been a Parent Governor during the whole period of her children’s school life, previously at Sir Francis Hill County Primary School and then at The Priory City of Lincoln Academy and is currently the Chair of the Finance and General Purpose Committee.

Sharon Johnston
Sharon is a single parent from Lincoln where she grew up, she has moved away but is always drawn back to Lincoln. Her daughter started at The Priory City of Lincoln Academy in September 2013, and she wanted to be more involved in academy life, where she could offer her experience.

Sharon works full time as a Staff Nurse in A&E where she is also a union representative and is currently the Chair of the North Lincolnshire branch of the Royal College of Nursing.

Tracey McKone
Tracey has been with the school for several years, she has an active interest in the school.  She is a registered childminder, as well as a level 2 swimming teacher/coach, she has helped with both costumes and props for several of the school productions.

Michael Baker
Michael is a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force, who is currently working at BAe Warton near Preston as a Typhoon Requirements Manager. He was born in Sheffield and went to school in nearby Rotherham where he sat the then 'new' GCSE qualification in 1988. After completing his 3 A-Levels at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, he went to Liverpool University to study Physics. After graduating from University, he joined the RAF in 1993 to train as a pilot. Whist serving in the RAF he has flown both the Harrier and Tornado GR4 in combat ops over Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is married to Sarah and has 2 children who both attend LSST. A keen sailor, he is currently studying for his Yachtmaster Coastal qualification."

Lynda Turton
Lynda was born in Lincoln and attended South Park Grammar School from 1964 to 1969. She has one son born in 1978, two daughters born in 1980 and 1983 and three granddaughters. On leaving school she worked for Lincolnshire County Council and then whilst raising her family became a Registered Childminder and also worked in the family building firm. On returning to full time work she became a Childminding Development Worker and currently,  is working for Lincolnshire County Council. She has been a school governor for over 20 years, initially at Sir Francis Hill School and then at Ancaster High School (Now Priory Witham Academy.) In 2010 she also joined The Priory City of Lincoln Academy Governing Committee.

Mrs Jane Hopkinson (Headteacher)

They can be contacted through the Academy via any of the means below:



Telephone: +44 (0)1522 882800
The Priory City of Lincoln Academy
Skellingthorpe Road




    The Priory Federation of Academies, Lincoln