Governing Body

Our governors come from a range of backgrounds, and bring different areas of expertise to the college. Governors contribute to ensuring high standards are achieved for all young people at the college and that a high level of educational quality is maintained. The Maltings College is part of the Trinity Multi-Academy Trust. If you would like to view the trust’s Scheme of Delegated Authority (SoDA) and further information about trust governance, please click here.

Our current Governing Body comprises of:

John Barraclough

As an engineer by profession, John worked exclusively in the mechanical power transmission industry throughout his career before his retirement in December 2014. For over 30 years this was predominantly in global export markets working for both UK and US companies in various roles including Export Manager, Sales Director and, most recently, General Manager, within the engineering division of a large multi-national distribution company.


Andrew Tagg

I was born in Halifax and lived most of my life in Holmfield attending both Moorside Primary and J.H. Whitley Secondary Modern schools. Leaving school at 16, I had to work my way through 4 years of night school before I could attend Aston University in Birmingham. This has given me first-hand experience of how significantly education affects opportunity, and as such, I understand the struggles and barriers to progression young people have without a good education. I am passionate about young people having access to the best education available.  I hope that I can support the academy in working closely with those living in the north Halifax area, including through helping local community groups enjoy the fantastic sports facilities which will support their physical and mental wellbeing.


Professor Brendan Evans

Brendan has long been involved in education and was Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Huddersfield. He chaired the Governing Body of Trinity Academy Halifax and promoted an increased participation in Higher Education for young people in north Halifax. Brendan also represents the University of Huddersfield on the Calderdale Partnership which relates to his research on urban affairs. In the past year he has appeared on BBC News, BBC News 24, Radio 5 and many local and regional radio stations.


John Hanson

Having worked as a teacher in a number of schools, I have first-hand experience of the difference positive and challenging learning opportunities can make to young people. I passionately believe that access to the right education sets a young person on the correct path for life. With experience of training teachers, I am particularly interested in how Trinity Academy can attract the very best staff in order to ensure the best possible education for learners. As a committed Christian I also enjoy seeing how the values of the academy are supporting young people in developing the right outlook and attitude for life.

Allen Sluggett
Allen is Head of Corporate Information Systems at The University of Huddersfield, Computing and Library Services. He is responsible for managing and developing the provision of quality information systems for the university. He manages the corporate information systems team and is a member of the IT management team with cross-departmental responsibilities. With expertise in business analysis, project management, organisational change, testing and procurement, Allen offers a wide range of skills and expertise to the Governing Body. Naturally, Allen takes a particular interest in the IT sector at the college.
Jackie Tagg
Jackie Tagg grew up as a young carer, and benefitted from a supportive school and teachers who encouraged her to realise her potential. As a mother of four, Jackie has worked for the Together Housing association for the past 16 years. As a Neighbourhood and Income Manager, she has met a wide variety of people, not always with the best opportunities available to them, and these experiences have inspired Jackie’s passion for ensuring that young people are able to achieve their potential and are given the opportunity, skills and confidence to face life’s challenges. Jackie is passionate about supporting The Maltings College to ensure that young people have access to the right support, education and guidance.

Philip Cooper

Philip is a lecturer at the college and sector lead for Light Vehicle Maintenance. He has extensive industry based experience and has worked for brands including Motorsport Italia as a Ferrari Engineer. He has also worked as an RAC Team Leader and holds a wide range of industry based experience, offering students a unique classroom experience. In his spare time Philip enjoys scuba diving and is a Black Belt in Ju-Jitsu.


Please click here for our  Governor declaration of interests and meeting attendance report