Trustees

Chair

Skills: Business Communications, Change Management, Governance and Strategic Planning

Mike is an expert in change management. He has led teams through significant change in the private sector and in education. Mike currently works for Lloyds Banking Group helping to improve customer-colleague interactions through a mix of long term strategic planning and rapid change.

Mike also has 8 years’ experience as a parent governor in the primary sector. He was chair of governors for 3 years, leading the board through a five-year change plan, including transforming the senior leadership team to support a 5-year change plan.

Skills: Risk management, Accounting and Finance, Investment

Daniel is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and additionally holds the CERA risk management qualification. He has over 10 years' experience working in the pensions and institutional investment industry mainly focusing on investment risk management for corporate schemes with assets up to £8bn.
Daniel has over 2 years previous management board experience for a small charity based in Leeds.

Skills: Education, Leadership, Governance, Trust Growth

Carol is an experienced independent education professional and Company Director at Leadership Support for Schools Ltd. She has worked in all phases of education, including special schools and provisions, as a teacher, Head Teacher, inspector, school improvement partner and also on behalf of the DfE as an external provider of commissioned services. Carol is a practising and long serving school Governor. She has previously served as a Trustee in a Single Academy Trust, currently serves as a member of the MAST Multi-Academy Trust in Kirklees and has also been Chair on two occasions in a special setting and in a primary school. Carol was a designated NLG from 2014 to 2018.

Skills: Public sector senior management, strategy and change management

Phil is a qualified social worker and has had a successful career in children and adults social care. He was Head of Wellbeing and Social Care at Calderdale Council with responsibility for a staff team of over 1,000 people and revenue budgets in excess of £60m and took the service through major changes. Since 2013 Phil has undertaken a number of interim assignments throughout England, focusing on change management and the interface between health and social care. Phil has been a Trustee at Impact since 2016 and has a strong commitment to enhancing children's wellbeing and life chances. He is helping to transform Castle Hall Academy, which joined the Trust in September 2018 and where he chairs the LGB. Phil is also a governor at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Skills: Child protection law, special educational needs law and in employment law.

Ashley is a practising Barrister in Leeds. In respect of child protection, he regularly appears in the Family Court in both private family disputes and in public law care proceedings where he deals with all aspects of proceedings, including fact finding hearings in respect of all forms of alleged abuse of children.

Prior to joining the Bar, Ashley worked for one of the Commonwealth’s largest employment law and HR consultancy companies where he advised by telephone and in writing on all things employment law and HR as well as having appeared regularly before the Employment Tribunal on behalf of clients. Ashley continues to advise and represent clients in Employment disputes in his current practice.

Skills: Governance, Safeguarding, Charity and Voluntary Sector

Liz has been involved in school governance for 10 years as co-opted and community governor on primary, secondary IEB, and Alternative Provision boards. Over the past 15 years she has worked for the North Halifax Partnership charity, which runs Sure Start Centres in Calderdale; and develops community led policy development in local authority and civil service.

Skills: Corporate treasury, corporate finance, financial accounting, taxation, project management

Adrian is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and an experienced treasury, tax and finance professional with over thirty years’ experience. He’s held senior finance positions in the financial services, utilities and airlines sectors as well as having sat on the investment sub-committee of a large local pension scheme.

Skills: Business change and development; Education (Primary) and Governance

John successfully managed in textile and manufacturing for 20 years. His managerial experience involved leading extensive business change and development into new markets.

John has been involved in school governance for over 20 years, first as a parent governor then as a community/co-opted governor and Chair of governors for 10 years. He had a leading role in the relaunch of the local governors’ association, Calderdale Governors’ Association and has been part of the following Local Authority groups: Calderdale Safeguarding Children’s Board, Calderdale Partnership School Improvement Board and The Schools’ Advisory Capital Group.

Trustee
Skills: Education and Governance

Stuart is an experienced educational leader with a wealth of experience achieved across a host of different educational landscapes. Stuart is currently the Principal of an inner-city Secondary school in Bradford, having previously served on the Senior Leadership Team at Leeds College of Bradford. He was also a founding member of the Leeds Learning Alliance. Previously he worked as a Head of English for the Rodillian Multi Academy Trust and co-ordinated both GCSE and A-Level English at Bradford Grammar School for over a decade prior to this. Stuart also has a wealth of governance experience, having previously worked as the Vice Chair of Governors at both John Smeaton Academy and also Castle Hall Academy, where he took responsibility for overseeing the quality of teaching and learning.

Skills: General Management, Governance, Strategic Planning, Business Process Improvement and Cultural Change.

Jo has been involved with Rail Transport for 24 years where she has enhanced the performance of large multi-site businesses which have multiple stakeholders. She has led many large and diverse teams through periods of change and has worked closely with government departments on matters of policy and strategy. She has managed large capital investment portfolios across the country and has gained considerable experience in risk management in a safety critical environment. New to the education sector, Jo brings her senior general management experience to Impact to provide a fresh perspective.

Skills: HR Specialist, Conflict Management, People Development, Leadership

Carol currently works part time as an Associate Resolution Consultant for TCM LTD and has previously worked at a senior capacity in a large industrialised company (Royal Mail) for over 28 years, holding roles such as Head of Industrial Relations, Head of Learning & Development and HR Director. She has a depth and breadth of HR expertise at both generalist and specialist levels and has led national programmes on organisational development, including succession planning. With particular interest in managing and resolving conflict, Carol led a national mediation team and has a strong track record of successfully managing complex industrial disputes. Experienced in individual and group development, with the use of MBTI (Myers Briggs – personality preferences) and coaching, Carol has also developed preventative strategies to conflict emerging in the workplace. Passionate about education, Carol returned to study as a mature student gaining her degree and then subsequently went on to gain a Post-Graduate and became a Fellow of the CIPD. Carol is accredited in mediation, executive coaching, and is a trained practitioner of MBTI . Carol has also successfully completed an Executive Leadership Development Programme on Strategic Leadership at Oxford Said Business School.

Trust Board Governance Advisor

Trust Board Governance Advisor

John is a former Headteacher and now a National Leader of Governance. He is also an educational consultant, in addition to being a Headship Leadership Coach and facilitator with Ambition Institute. As an independent consultant he works in a range of schools across the country. He was awarded the M.B.E. for services to education in 2018.

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