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Our Governing Body

Governing Body

Our Role

Millthorpe’s local governing body (LGB) consists of parents, staff and members of the local community, as well as the Headteacher. It is led by the Chair of Governors (elected annually from the membership of the governing body). The LGB is a committee of the board of the South Bank Multi Academy Trust.

The LGB takes responsibility for the success of Millthorpe School. While we are not closely involved with its day-to-day running, we ensure that it is being run effectively so that its students can be successful. We act as a “critical friend” to the Headteacher, discussing the strategic direction of the school and, with the trust, its long-term plans.

The LGB meets ten times per year to discuss and approve matters about Millthorpe. Separate working groups are set up as necessary to deal with specific issues or projects.

Copies of policies and LGB minutes are available for inspection in school.

Parents are welcome as non-voting observers at our meetings; please contact the school office if you would like to attend.

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school (see Contact Us).

Our Governors

All General governors are appointed by South Bank Academy Trust.

Parent governors are elected via a parental ballot.

Staff governors are elected via a staff ballot.

Lee Probert - Chair



Term of office

12/05/2022 – 11/05/2026


I have been Chief Executive and Principal of York College since June 2019.  Prior to this role I was Principal at City of Bristol College and held a range of senior roles at the Hull College Group until December 2015.  In addition to senior roles in further education colleges I have worked in the funding council for colleges and primary education.

Being Chief Executive and Principal of York College is a prestigious role and one which I hold with pride. York College is a hugely successful college and impacts positively on the lives of many thousands of students each year.  Our core values of Success, Ambition, Respect and Care permeate what we do and how we work.  I am fortunate to work with excellent colleagues and have the privilege of sharing in our students’ successes.

Outside of York College I am a member of the Constellation Multi-Academy Trust (East Yorkshire), Chair of Millthorpe Secondary School’s Local Governing Body, Chair of the York Skills and Employment Board, and a member of the CBI’s Employment and Skills Board.



Mr Trevor Charlton - Vice Chair



Term of office

15/03/2020 – 14/03/2024


Trevor is a recently retired Manufacturing Executive, with global experience in the international Power Generation industry. He was born in York and is an ex-pupil of Nunthorpe Grammar School, the forerunner to Millthorpe. Trevor was an active governor of Peterborough Regional College during their transition to an independent corporation in the mid-nineties. He is passionate about finding the right career fit for students.

Ms Gemma Greenhalgh

Position: Headteacher

Appointed: Ex Officio

Ms Emma Hughes



Term of office

25/03/2021 – 24/03/2025


Emma Hughes has a professional background as a Mental Health Nurse, as well as a specialism in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Over the past five years, she has been working with schools in the delivery of wellbeing and mental health agendas and services. Emma has been involved with the York school well-being service, the CAMHS inpatient unit, and as a safeguarding lead.

Ms Janet Edgar



Term of office

18/10/2023 – 17/10/2027


Janet is an experienced governance professional who has worked in education throughout her
career, mostly in management positions in Higher Education, and more recently working with
schools as a Governance Advisor for City of York Council. She has a particular interest in literacy and
is Safeguarding Champion and a reading coach with Read Easy Leeds, a charity dedicated to teaching
adults to acquire basic reading skills. Other volunteering roles include being a
befriender/companion with Age UK and Marie Curie.

VacancyStaff Governor

VacancyParent Governor

VacancyParent Governor

Stepped DownAmanda Stipetic

Position/Category: General

Stepped Down: May 2023

Stepped DownRenee Rainville - Chair

Position/Category: General

Stepped Down: July 2023

Stepped DownJanet Bennett

Position/Category: Parent

Stepped Down: February 2023

Business interests

Register of Business Interests 2023-24

Interested in becoming a governor?

If you would like to be a parent governor, please take a look at the document below or contact us.


Agendas and Minutes

Full Governing Body agendas and minutes are available below: 

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