WPT Board of Trustees/Directors

Beverly Clubley (Chair)

Beverly is an Ofsted inspector and local magistrate.

Bev’s entire career has been in education in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Bev joined the staff of Jordanthorpe Comprehensive School, Sheffield, in 1982 as a teacher of English and drama. She moved to Eckington School in Derbyshire to be head of year and subsequently to Dinnington Comprehensive School as assistant head. Bev took up a deputy head role at Thrybergh School and was appointed headteacher in 2009. In 2011 Bev was appointed executive head teacher of Dalton Foljambe Primary School which subsequently joined with Thrybergh to form the first 3-16 through school in Rotherham – Thrybergh Academy and Sports College. Bev retired from full time teaching in the summer of 2014 to work as a consultant Headteacher, Ofsted Inspector and magistrate.

Jonathan Gallie

Jonathan is Head of Human Resources at Interserve Plc, a FTSE 250 company based in Sheffield.

Jonathan leads a 13 strong HR team which includes HR Business Partners, learning and development, recruitment, shared services, payroll, recruitment and safeguarding. He is part of the senior management team and is a member of the board of directors for Interserve Learning & Employment. Jonathan has been involved in change management programmes, involving extensive restructuring and securing organisation wide efficiencies. He has designed and implemented HR management training packages, including a middle management training scheme which included upskilling managers in core competencies around change management, project management and people management, together with 1-1 coaching and psychometric profiling. He has managed a wide range of HR based projects, including a review of HR systems, company wide salary reviews as well leading the management of multiple TUPE transfers, restructures and job role alignments.

Graham Avill

Graham is the Managing Director of Portobello-RMF Engineering Ltd, a medium sized engineering company based in Sheffield.

Graham has worked in the South Yorkshire/Derbyshire area for most of his career. He has held a variety of leadership and management positions throughout his career with particular expertise in contract negotiation and management, sales and marketing. Graham became the Managing Director of Portobello-RMF in 2007, a company established in 1933 and currently employing a workforce of 50. Graham is involved in all aspects of the company’s operations including production, HR and resource management, health and safety and financial accounting. He is a
qualified Mechanical Engineer by trade.

David Mathieson

David is an Area Business Manager in the commercial banking sector with Barclays Bank Plc.

David has worked within retail, business and corporate markets with three major high street lenders, Allied Irish Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and currently Barclays Bank. During this time David’s roles have included new business development within the Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire regions and especially the SME market. As an Area Business Manager, David leads a successful team of 10 Business Managers across South Yorkshire. His responsibilities include business planning, driving performance across key result areas, coaching and mentoring, adherence to compliance standards and being a brand advocate in local markets. David holds a
range of leadership and management qualifications including customer relationship management, business and finance, coaching and leadership development, disciplinary capability and grievance procedures.

Peter Sadler

Peter is the Director of Customer and Product Marketing at Advanced, a fast growing technology company with experience in providing specialist solutions to the education sector.

Peter has a broad range experience across sales and marketing in the technology sector. His role involves leading new product launches, taking existing products into new markets, business development, and managing successful change programmes through exploiting new technologies. Prior to his current position, Peter was head of marketing responsible for ensuring that the business’s objectives and strategy were being effectively supported by its marketing and communications functions. Peter has significant experience in education software solutions having led the sales and marketing team for RM’s curriculum software division for over 8 years. Between 2010 and 2012, Peter was involved in the NCTL ‘Tomorrow’s Heads’ programme and has served as vice-chair of a primary school in Derbyshire for over 9 years. Peter is a Chartered Marketer and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Dale Thompson

Dale is a Sales Director at WRS Solutions, a provider of electronic security products for premises in the commercial, industrial and education sectors.

Dale is a mechanical engineer and has worked at WRS Solutions for the majority of his career. Having started as an Apprentice Engineer, Dale has progressed within the company, holding a variety of roles including Systems Designer and Sales Manager before taking up the role of Sales Director. His experience from these positions is wide ranging, from the technical aspects of engineering through to the commercial side of the business and financial management. A key aspect of the company is the protection of work places and the people within, with an emphasis on health and safety and safeguarding.

Vicky Whitehead

Vicky is a Locality Manager for the Early Help and Family Engagement Service, for Children and Young Peoples Services in Rotherham Borough Council.

The Early Help Service recognises the crucial role that all family members and professionals can play when families face difficulties and that this can impact a child or young person’s experiences and achievements. Vicky leads a team that provides intense, focused support when problems first emerge. The right Early Help service at the right time can reduce or prevent specific problems from getting worse or becoming deep seated or entrenched. Vicky’s role involves working with a range of partners, practitioners and agencies to assess family needs and work collaboratively to support children, young people and their families to get the support they require.

Helen O’Brien (Chief Executive Officer)

Helen is the Chief Executive of Wickersley Partnership Trust.

Helen’s entire career has been in education in Barnsley, Wakefield and Rotherham. She joined the staff of Airedale Comprehensive School, Wakefield, in 1999 as a teacher of Science and Chemistry becoming Head of Year in 2004. In 2008, Helen became an advance skills teacher supporting school improvement across Wakefield LA and providing training on teaching and learning pedagogy. She became Assistant Headteacher at Rawmarsh Community School in 2008 and then deputy in 2011. She was appointed Headteacher in 2014, having guided Rawmarsh School from Special Measures to Good in three years with the support of Wickersley School & Sports College. Helen was appointed as Chief Executive Designate in 2016, shadowing the retiring CEO and National Leader of Education for a year before becoming Chief Executive in September 2017.

Charity trustees are the people who serve on the governing body of a charity. They may be known as trustees, directors, board members, governors or committee members. Charity trustees are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of a charity.

Trustees and their responsibilities

(1) Trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.

Compliance – Trustees must:

(2) Ensure that the charity complies with charity law, and with the requirements of the Charity Commission as regulator; in particular ensure that the charity prepares reports on what it has achieved and Annual Returns and accounts as required by law.

(3) Ensure that the charity does not breach any of the requirements or rules set out in its governing document and that it remains true to the charitable purpose and objects set out there.

(4) Comply with the requirements of other legislation and other regulators (if any) which govern the activities of the charity.

(5) Act with integrity, and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets.

Duty of prudence – Trustees must:

(6) Ensure that the charity is and will remain solvent.

(7) Use charitable funds and assets reasonably, and only in furtherance of the charity’s objects.

(8) Avoid undertaking activities that might place the charity’s endowment, funds, assets or reputation at undue risk.

(9) Take special care when investing the funds of the charity, or borrowing funds for the charity to use.

Duty of care – Trustees must:

(10) Use reasonable care and skill in their work as trustees, using their personal skills and experience as needed to ensure that the charity is well-run and efficient.

(11) Consider getting external professional advice on all matters where there may be material risk to the charity, or where the trustees may be in breach of their duties.

Meetings attended by trustees for the academic year 2017/18

  • Trustee/Director
  • Bev CLUBLEY
  • Jonathan GALLIE
  • David MATHIESON
  • Graham AVILL
  • Dale THOMPSON
  • CEO – Helen O’BRIEN
  • Peter SADLER
  • Vicky WHITEHEAD
  • Meetings Attended
  • 1
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1
  • 2
  • Peter SADLER
  • Vicky WHITEHEAD
  • Out of a possible
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1
  • 2
  • 1
  • 1

Meetings attended by trustees for the academic year 2016/17

  • Trustee/Director
  • Alan RICHARDS
  • Jo CHEDGZOY
  • Bev CLUBLEY
  • Jonathan GALLIE
  • David MATHIESON
  • Graham AVILL
  • CEO – David HUDSON/Helen O’BRIEN
  • Meetings Attended
  • 1
  • 1
  • 8
  • 5
  • 3
  • 3
  • 8
  • Out of a possible
  • 1
  • 3
  • 8
  • 6
  • 3
  • 3
  • 8

Meetings attended by trustees for the academic year 2015/16

  • Trustee/Director
  • Alan RICHARDS
  • Jo CHEDGZOY
  • Bev CLUBLEY
  • CEO – David HUDSON
  • Meetings Attended
  • 5
  • 5
  • 4
  • 6
  • Out of a possible
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6