Leeds West Academy


Gillian Knutsson

Board Nominee

Term of Office: 15/01/2018 – 15/01/2021

Own Interests: Directors at G Knutsson Education Ltd. (Education Consultancy),Governor at Cobden Primary School, Member of Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL).

Interests of Family Members: None

Gill initially trained as a teacher in Leeds before moving to live and work in Sweden for ten years. Returning to Leeds with her family in the 1980s she went on to develop a long and successful career in teaching and senior leadership, including as interim Headteacher and Principal in schools in the west of Leeds. 

She has experience in all aspects of strategic school leadership including teaching and learning; pupil support; resources and school improvement. She understands the challenges of improving outcomes for all children and young people and wants to use her experience to support Leeds West Academy in meeting the challenge.

Since retiring in 2016 Gill has provided leadership consultancy in both primary and secondary schools. She is currently serving as a governor in a primary school in the west of Leeds, a role she has found to be hugely fulfilling. She believes that volunteering as a governor is an opportunity to contribute to the development of the very best provision and outcomes for all children at Leeds West Academy.

Gill is passionate about the role of education in improving life chances for all children and believes that governors and senior leaders have a key role to play in the future and well-being of all our children.