Trust Board (Trustees)
Jill Donaldson Hodges
Jill has worked in education for over forty years in a variety of roles and positions. Jill was Headteacher at Norton College and other roles include Assistant Director for Education and Skills in both York and North Yorkshire as well as being the Director of Education with CfBT in Lincolnshire.
Jill has been a governor at Norton College since 2017 and a Trustee for Evolution since 2018. Since 2017, she has been a Trustee at South Bank Multi-Academy Trust in York, also undertaking the role of Vice Chair. She has chaired the Education committee at both Trusts.
Jill is delighted to be the Chair of Trustees for Evolution. She is passionate about Norton College, education and ensuring that all children and young people can have the best possible outcomes and life chances.
Karron has worked in education for over 30 years in a variety of roles and positions in the East Riding of Yorkshire and now at City of York Council. She is currently Head of the Virtual School and Inclusion Services Team.
Karron has been a governor at Norton College since 2012 and a Trustee of Evolution since 2016. She became Chair of the Local Governing Board in 2016 and has recently stepped down from this role to become Chair of the Education and Standards Committee.
Karron has three children who have all been educated at Norton College and is dedicated to her role as a Trustee to both support and challenge school leaders to continue improving the educational outcomes and life chances for all pupils.
Luke works as a Senior Manager for a local business, and as a founding employee, has helped grow the company from 5 employees to 300 today. As Head of Strategy, Luke is responsible for business development and managing the company’s strategic functions.
Luke is a former pupil of Norton College and has completed an advanced apprenticeship in accountancy.
Luke served as a councillor on Ryedale District Council from 2011 to 2019 when he represented the community of Norton. At the age of just 21, Luke was appointed to the position of Chairman of the Council - which at the time was the youngest ever for a local authority.
Craig was a student at Norton in the 1980's, before moving to Malton School sixth form, and then studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Leicester Polytechnic. After this he joined the Royal Air Force and enjoyed a full military career working initially in Communications and Electronics, and later in IT, Data Communications and Command & Control Systems.
After leaving the RAF, Craig and his family moved back to Norton, and he worked for IBM based in Farnborough. Since 2015 he has worked for an Austrian communications company, providing direct support to the MOD.
He became a governor at Norton in 2017 and has been Vice Chair of Governors/Trustees since 2018. Craig is parent appointed and provides a strong link between the College and the local community.
Sam has been a governor/trustee since 2020. He is a Chartered Tax Advisor who spent much of his career working in financial consultancy with PwC, including over 10 years spent in Sydney, Australia.
He currently runs his own consultancy based near Malton. Sam grew up near York and on his return to Yorkshire from Australia was very keen to get involved with education-based volunteer work.
Although he has no previous links to Norton College, he is delighted to be part of the governance team.
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Kelly is the founder and managing director of KD Recruitment who are an award-winning recruitment agency in Scarborough. Working in partnership with organisations across North and East Yorkshire, she supports those looking for careers within a number of industries and is passionate about changing people’s lives.
Kelly attended Norton College herself and has been a trustee since December 2020. She loves to inspire the next generation and is also on the board of directors for NYBEP, supporting students with their careers after education. She is experienced in delivering workshops, careers fairs, speaking at events and encouraging children with mock interviews.
Caitlin currently works for the Education Endowment Foundation leading their evidence mobilisation and school partnership work in Yorkshire and the North East of England.
Prior to this she worked for the Institute for Effective Education at the University of York, and for Teach for America where she led a large teacher preparation programme. Caitlin has also been a teacher and Head of English and has taught in schools with high proportions of disadvantaged pupils both in the UK and the USA. She is particularly interested in how schools use evidence to support disadvantaged and SEND students to overcome barriers to learning, and she is delighted to have the opportunity to champion these, and other groups, on the board of trustees for Norton College.
Catriona's background in education consists of a MA in English from Oxford University, and 15 years teaching in a variety of posts in state and private schools, (which included working as a coach for Oxbridge entrance exams).
Since then, for twenty-five years, she has run her own international design business, selling her own products. Fifteen years ago she moved to Norton, and since then she has worked as a professional artist, with a studio one mile away from the town.
She is honoured to have been a governor at Norton College since 2016 and is committed to her role as a Trustee. She brings an outside view, and voice, to Norton College, and is dedicated to the school and the children who go there.