Directors

Board of Directors

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.

Trustees must:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Comply with the requirements of other legislation and other regulators (if any) which govern the activities of the charity.
  • Act with integrity, and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets.
  • Ensure that the charity is and will remain solvent.
  • Use charitable funds and assets reasonably, and only in furtherance of the charity’s objects.
  • Avoid undertaking activities that might place the charity’s endowment, funds, assets or reputation at undue risk.
  • Take special care when investing the funds of the charity, or borrowing funds for the charity to use.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Board of Directors

Steve Calvert (Chair)

Hello everyone I'm Steve.

I live with Alison my wife who is an invigilator in the trust. My daughter Matilda who is heading into sixth form and also Alisons parents Judith and William share a home with us. My son Jack is studying Maths and computer science at Lincoln. Both Jack and Matilda went to Wickersley.

I work for TJX (you may know them at as TK Maxx and Homesense where I look after the logistics team across Europe.

I love the outdoors and run and walk to keep fit but my real passion is gardening. I also love to travel.

Andy Hague

2019 year marked 50 years since I started at Ashwood Road School, and thankfully I still see some of those pals on a regular basis. Having visited the school recently, it seems it’s aged much better than all of us! So when I was asked to put something back in via the Trust I was more than happy to spend the time and hopefully give something back. There is no doubt that my early education has shaped my later life and anything I can do to help current kids gives me great satisfaction. Equally, I feel I’m learning much from the Trust, and have been very impressed by the dedication and skills of Helen and her team.

 

I graduated in Business then in later life got a Masters. I’ve worked in Logistics for over 30 years primarily in the Grocery Sector (Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury) but latterly in Retail and E-com (Asos, House of Fraser and TKMaxx). Originally from Rawmarsh, I now live in Sheffield with my wife and two dogs, which still keep me busy and active as the two kids have left home.

Peter Sadler

I am a marketing director in one of the UK's largest software businesses, Advanced. I work with organisations ranging from small manufacturers, schools and colleges, to the National Health Service. I have over twenty five years of business and leadership experience, at least half of it working exclusively in the education sector. I have three children in their early twenties and late teens and all have been fortunate to have gone to great schools. In my spare time I like to cycle and run, and whisper it very quietly, I am an Aston Villa supporter.
 
Being part of the Trust allows me to help by adding my experience and insight to the overall organisation. The goal that we should "never do any less for someone else's child than we would do for our own" is one that I completely support. Living in Derbyshire and working in central Birmingham, I hope I can also bring a perspective from outside the immediate area.
 

Laura Langley

I am a hardworking professional with 14 years experience within the HR function of South Yorkshire Police.

I have been fortunate enough to develop through the structure and work in a wide range of areas within the function, which has made me the knowledgeable People Advisor I am today. Alongside this I am also CIPD qualified.

I am very passionate about supporting and developing others and feel I can really support the Trust within this area as we work together to nurture ‘people of the future’.

I am also passionate about musical theatre and dance having been an 'on stage performer' for many years. Alongside this I also enjoy supporting local theatre groups within the areas of marketing and event organisation.

I am married and a fellow parent of a 7 year old boy Jacob. Along with our dog Peppa, we enjoy spending quality time together ‘making memories’.

Helen Tyrrell

I came into Education in my thirties having had a successful career in retail and US Banking.  I studied Drama at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, going on to gain a PGCE there too in Secondary Drama.  I have taught in inner city London, moving into Senior leadership in Buckinghamshire responsible for Inclusion, Safeguarding, SEN and Disadvantaged.  I moved to South Yorkshire in November 2017 and have continued my career within inclusion in mainstream secondary.  I am a trained SENCO and care passionately about improving the outcomes for all students. 

I live with my partner in Wath and have 2 step children (twins) who are 8.  I love cycling, swimming and yoga.  I also enjoy going to the theatre, concerts and festivals. 

David Owens

I’m Head of Education in the Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) at Sheffield Hallam University. Prior to that I taught in primary and secondary education in London and Glasgow.  I’m committed to widening participation and raising standards in education, and have supported educational projects in these two areas at local and national levels.

David Mathieson

My work on the board specialises in the Finance arena where I bring 30 experience from three different banks, having dealt with Business, Commercial and Corporate Banking as a Relationship Manager and as an Area Leader. My current role is National Performance Manager for Barclays Bank plc. I am married with two children and enjoy walking my dogs, playing golf and pottering in the garden.

 

The role of a Director is really rewarding, not only does it give me a chance to put to work skills developed over the years to good use and give something back to the local community but also an opportunity to develop myself with new skills.

David Ashmore

David is the Teaching School Business Director at Learners First Schools Partnership Ltd. Learners First was one of the original 100 Teaching Schools launched by the Government in 2011 to play an important role in a school-led system, working with others to provide high-quality training and support for school improvement in their local area.

 

David has over 35 years’ experience in the education sector and is a designated Specialist Leader of Education in School Business Management. He played a pivotal role in the formation of Wickersley Partnership Trust in January 2014 and has overseen the Trust’s governance arrangements during its growth from two schools to eleven schools over the past six years. David is a strong advocate of maintaining high standards in corporate governance and adherence to the seven principles of public life – the Nolan Principles.

 

In his spare time, David plays golf off a handicap of ten and follows the ‘red half’ of soccer in Sheffield. His bucket list of places to see is extensive and his favourite place so far on his travels is Yosemite National Park in California.

Matthew Holmes

Having initially started out as an accountant I moved into finance system consultancy deploying financial and ERP solutions to clients.  More recently I've moved into Account Management of clients who use Tier 1 ERP solutions across the world with clients in various sectors from Retail/Distribution and Manufacturing to Not for Profit and Education sites.  My most recent role involves now working with Business Process Automation where I work with Tier 1 and Tier 2 ERP vendors to provide Business Automation and Robotic Process Automation systems to their clients.
 
I've been married for over a year with 3 boys and 1 girl with the youngest at 2 and the eldest at 13.  I'm a keen motorist and attend a number of sports and supercar clubs at the weekends, golfer and like to both run and cycle locally.

Helen O’Brien (CEO)

Helen is the Chief Executive of Wickersley Partnership Trust.

Charity Commission Guidance

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.