Governance

Governance

The purpose of governance is to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. An effective governance structure will:

  • Hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its students
  • Ensure the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the Trust, making sure that money is spent well.

Our Board holds high aspirations for WPT and is committed to continuous improvement to enable the best possible outcomes.

Wickersley Partnership Trust is made up of three ‘tiers’ of governance:

  • Board of Members
  • Board of Directors
  • Local Governing Bodies

Members

The Members of Wickersley Partnership Trust are the equivalent of the shareholders in a commercial company (save that they do not receive dividends). 

As Members we need to ensure that our Directors are providing appropriate support and challenge to the leaders within the Trust. Above all else we need to be assured that the vision and values on which the Trust was originally built are being upheld.

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Alan Richards

Alan has been involved in school governance since 2001, he has been a National Leader of Governance since 2012 and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales. He is a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Society of Education and Training and is passionate about school improvement, ensuring that all children are able to achieve to their full potential.

 

As a National Leader of Governance, Alan has supported and helped to develop Leadership and Governance in Schools and Academies throughout the region. He is also a Director serving on several other Boards of Multi Academy Trusts and School Improvement Companies in South Yorkshire.

 

Alan is currently running his own Business as a Consultant Leadership and Management Trainer designing and delivering Courses for, amongst others, the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry and working with many businesses across the region. He runs training programs and seminars developing and promoting Leadership and Emotional Intelligence skills throughout the Country.

 

“I always remember learning ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’ and that has certainly been true with Governance. It’s a very rewarding feeling making a decision or supporting someone in a way that makes a difference.” 

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Phillip Marshall

Phil has a broad range of intensive educational leadership experience spanning 3 decades, having served 13 years as a secondary headteacher in Rotherham.

 
Since 2011, Phil has worked with the Department for Education as an 'Education Specialist', in addition to serving as  a Director of Learners First Schools Partnership.
 
Phil is also a Director of PM Impact Ltd, providing leadership and support to academies, multi-academy trusts and schools.

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Steve Calvert

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.

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David Mathieson

My work on the board specialises in the Finance arena where I bring 30 years of 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 Regional Managing Director for Bank North. 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.

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Mark Wheeler

Present working role:
Associate Lecturer/ Link Tutor for the University of Huddersfield, working with trainee teachers on their journey towards qualified teacher status.
Director of the Diocese of Sheffield Academies Trust.
Member of Wickersley Partnership Trust.
 
Experience
I began my career in teaching quite late after initially working at Parkgate steel works. My teaching career has been within Rotherham Primary Schools up until 2017 when I retired from headship. I enjoyed the position of Head Teacher for twenty years, the last five years as Executive Head of three primary schools. In 2013- I became a designated National Leader of Education- working with Learners First School Improvement team and Wickersley Secondary School to form a Teaching School Alliance aimed at supporting the development of educational practice across Rotherham and beyond.
 
I have a particular interest in the development of new teachers and how as a profession we can inspire our children’s learning. My interests outside of teaching are linked to family life, sport and the great outdoors, which are all often combined.
 

Directors (Trustees)

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.
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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.

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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.

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Steve Clayton

 

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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. 

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David Owen

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.

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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.
 

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George Scott

I am a legal and risk management professional with particular expertise in the financial services sector.  I was General Counsel and CRO of Pacific Life Re, a global life reinsurance business, until 2021.  I qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and previously held roles specialising in M&A and corporate finance transactions at Ashurst, Nomura International and RSA.  I now work on a freelance basis as an executive coach, Non-executive Director and risk consultant.

I also serve as a Trustee at Whitefield Academy Trust which operates schools in North London serving pupils with special educational needs. I live with my wife, Sophie and our three sons in Berkshire where I spend a lot of time out on my bike and also volunteer with Citizens Advice and the local Foodbank.

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Helen O'Brien (CEO)

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Local Governing Bodies

Our Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) are responsible for:

  • developing a vision and strategy for the school
  • holding the school leaders to account to ensure that every pupil has the best possible education
  • engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community to understand their views of the school   

Our LGBs meet six times a year and follow a set agenda to look at information and evidence around topics such as data, admissions, subject audits, policies and spending.

Chairs of LGBs

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Deborah Cooke

I currently have two children in Year 5 and Year 8.  My eldest daughter is at Nottingham Trent University.

I have worked for many years in the private sector for a variety of companies in business administration for the first part of my career, moving into accounting and finance.  I trained in business accounting and finance whilst I worked and attended university part time.   I now work for the family business and manage the accounts and a small accounts team.

I have seen through my employment how a good education gives the basis for so many opportunities. I am passionate about education and believe that every child should have access to good quality education.  I want to be involved in ensuring that all the children at Foljambe and Aston Hall are happy and flourish with the best opportunities regardless of their ability.

Aston Hall Junior & Infant School

Full governance information for Aston Hall Junior and Infant School can be found here.

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Steve Watson

Aston Lodge Primary School

Full governance information for Aston Lodge Primary School can be found here.

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Hellen Bolton

Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School

Full governance information for Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School can be found here.

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Anna Lidster

I work for the NHS as a clinical assistant for the Sheffield Learning Disability Intensive support service. The aim of the team is to keep adults with learning disabilities, complex mental health needs and challenging behaviour out of hospital and secure accommodation and to enable them to live in the community. My main role within the team is to deliver appropriate training to  staff teams, families and individuals accessing the service.

I am the licensed Lay Evangelist and Church warden at St James Church Clifton and am involved in organising and running many activities for young people within the community including a yearly Musical in a week project in the summer holidays in partnership with Jesus College Oxford.
 
I have 2 grown up children, a young Granddaughter and a dog.

Clifton Community School

Full governance information for Clifton Community School can be found here.

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Deborah Cooke

I currently have two children in Year 5 and Year 8.  My eldest daughter is at Nottingham Trent University.

I have worked for many years in the private sector for a variety of companies in business administration for the first part of my career, moving into accounting and finance.  I trained in business accounting and finance whilst I worked and attended university part time.   I now work for the family business and manage the accounts and a small accounts team.

I have seen through my employment how a good education gives the basis for so many opportunities. I am passionate about education and believe that every child should have access to good quality education.  I want to be involved in ensuring that all the children at Foljambe and Aston Hall are happy and flourish with the best opportunities regardless of their ability.

Foljambe Primary School

Full governance information for Foljambe Primary School can be found here.

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Shaun Flynn

The Gainsborough Academy

Full governance information for The Gainsborough Academy can be found here.

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Hayley Odemis

Monkwood Primary School

Full governance information for Monkwood Primary School can be found here.

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Helen Walker

I work for Sheffield Hallam University as a project manager in the South Yorkshire Futures team. This team supports various projects that aim to improve the educational health of the region and improve life chances for young people across South Yorkshire. Many of the projects that I work on involve working closely with schools and young people, and it is this combined with my passion for education that sparked my desire to become a school governor. Outside of work, I live with my partner Warren and our dog, a pug called Frank. I enjoy sports and play netball for the Maltby Wasps.

I wanted to become a governor as I felt I had something to offer, I wanted to do my part in supporting the young people of Rotherham and knew how in need of support schools across the country are. 

I am so proud to be chair of governors at Ashwood Primary School and part of the wider Wickersley Partnership Trust family. Not only is it inspiring to work with so many people who cannot do enough for every child within the trust, but I get to utilise the skills from my day job including decision making, leading and motivating a team and utilising individual strengths. These skills have been critical during a period of change at Ashwood over the past two years, however knowing that I have been able to play a part in turning the school into a place of positivity and determination to succeed is tremendously rewarding. We are an Ashwood family and that sense of togetherness provides a benefit to governance which I could never have imagined.

Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School

Full governance information for Rawmarsh Ashwood Primary School can be found here.

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Jodie Laing

I left school in 1999 before gaining an NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing. I then started training to support teenage pregnancy and teenage mums in education, using this education to support teenage parents to get them back in to work and with parenting life. I continued to build my area of expertise with mental health first aid training and counselling, working with the local authority to help safeguard and keep children safe.

I moved to Rawmarsh 10 years ago with my family. All of my children have either studied at, or will soon be studying at, Rawmarsh Community School.my son started at RCS in Year 8 and since leaving has done really well for himself, my daughter left in 2022 and my son is due to leave this year.

Watching my 2 younger children grow up with additional needs (ASD and GDD) and start their journey through education has been a real eye opener. I have gained many extra skills and an understanding of how the world can be seen in a different way. I have a qualification in behaviour that is challenging, Level 2 Safeguarding and a Diploma in Autism and SEN. I also have a qualification in speech and language, and other qualifications around children with additional needs.

I originally joined RCS as a parent governor in February 2022 and from this progressed to Chair of Governors. I am hoping to put my knowledge and skills to good use, supporting the students at Rawmarsh to be the best that they can be.

Rawmarsh Community School

Full governance information for Rawmarsh Community School can be found here.

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John Kanes

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Rawmarsh Sandhill Primary School

Full governance information for Rawmarsh Sandhill Primary School can be found here.

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Joanne McCreath

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Thrybergh Academy

Full governance information for Thrybergh Academy can be found here.

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Richard Chamberlain

Originally from Preston, I have lived in London for 10 years and currently reside in Sheffield where I have lived since 2016 with my family.

Since leaving university and following a brief career in finance, I have worked in the recruitment sector, advising professionals in Yorkshire on their careers and supporting organisations with their recruitment strategies. I am currently studying towards an MBA at Sheffield Management School.

A father to 2 young children, I became a Governor because I am passionate about supporting young children and making sure they are in the best possible environment to thrive, develop life skills and ultimately build a livelihood and a career for themselves.

I am proud to support and represent Thrybergh Primary School.

Thrybergh Primary School

Full governance information for Thrybergh Primary School can be found here.

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Anna Lidster

I work for the NHS as a clinical assistant for the Sheffield Learning Disability Intensive support service. The aim of the team is to keep adults with learning disabilities, complex mental health needs and challenging behaviour out of hospital and secure accommodation and to enable them to live in the community. My main role within the team is to deliver appropriate training to  staff teams, families and individuals accessing the service.

I am the licensed Lay Evangelist and Church warden at St James Church Clifton and am involved in organising and running many activities for young people within the community including a yearly Musical in a week project in the summer holidays in partnership with Jesus College Oxford.
 
I have 2 grown up children, a young Granddaughter and a dog.

Wickersley School and Sports College

Full governance information for Wickersley School and Sports College can be found here.

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.