Alan Richards

About Me

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.” 

Phillip Marshall

About Me

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.

Steve Calvert

About Me

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.

Mark Wheeler

About Me
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.
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.

The Members of an Academy 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.

Phillip Marshall

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