THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Jonathan Wainwright (Chair)
Gill Robinson OBE (Chief Executive Officer)
Dawn Whiteley MBE
Dr. Emily Perry
Dr. Sue White
Please see the websites of the Academies for details of the Local Governing Bodies.
Dr. Jonathan Wainwright – Jonathan has spent a number of years working with Gill Robinson on a Special School Leadership programme which was originally sponsored by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Jonathan has been the Chair of two schools within the Trust. He is now the chair of Directors at ICAT. A science teacher by background, and via a teaching role in the management school at Lancaster University, he is now head of post graduate programmes within the Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University. Jonathan is able to provide the Trust with direction and guidance around Teaching and Learning and Leadership and Management.
Gill Robinson OBE - Gill was a headteacher for over 25 years and became an Natlional Leader of Education (NLE) and a Teaching School Head in Cohort 3. As a headteacher Gill has had four consecutive Outstanding Ofsted judgements. She is currently a tutor working with Emerging Leaders in Special Schools and PRUs across the region. She is in her eighth year of being involved in this successful course. Gill is a School Improvement Partner for many schools and a Pupil Premium Reviewer. Gill is the CEO of the Interaction and Communication Academy Trust.
Gill was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year 's Honours in January 2016.
David Wilkinson – Assistant Director at Doncaster Council, David has over 20 years’ experience of senior management within the Local Authority sector. Currently leads a team of over 1300 staff with budget responsibility of over £44m per year. David has over 30 years’ experience as a school governor and previously chaired the governing bodies of a large Primary school and small Junior school. David is currently Chair of Governors at Milton School, judged Excellent at its last Ofsted inspection. David is looking forward to working with fellow Directors to ensure the Trust’s pupils are provided with the
best possible education
Dawn Whiteley MBE – Dawn is an experienced and dedicated leader, passionate about start-up and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) development. She has developed a vast experience of the needs of start-up and small businesses following twenty five years working in the enterprise support sector, together with personal experience of running a small family business. Before becoming the Chief Executive of National Enterprise Network in 2011, Dawn also worked for Business Link Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency. She is the Chair of Governors at a local federated infant and junior school; was a Director of Customer First UK until 2016 and was Deputy Chair of the Action Halifax Partnership until its closure in 2010. Dawn was awarded an MBE for services to business support and enterprise in the Queen¹s 90th Birthday Honours in June 2016, she is a Fellow of the RSA and a Member of the IoD.
Dr. Emily Perry - Emily works at Sheffield Hallam University, as Deputy Head of the Centre for Development and Research in Education. She leads externally funded projects which use the expertise of university staff to improve educational outcomes through teacher professional development, curriculum development and consultancy. As well as working on these projects, Emily teaches post-graduate and undergraduate students in Education, including supervising MA Education students and PhD students to carry out research in education. She also carries out research of her own, focussing in particular on teaching science and on teacher professional development. Before joining Sheffield Hallam, Emily was a science teacher, working in secondary schools in the UK and overseas, including living for a time in Sao Paulo and in Hong Kong. Emily has a PhD in Chemistry and an MA in Education. She is a governor of a secondary academy in Sheffield and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Dr. Sue White – Sue’s involvement started as a parent governor and although her son has now left school her association with the the Trust has continued. She feels privileged to be part of such a wonderful community. Sue’s professional background is in information science and her current role is Director of Computing and Library Services at the University of Huddersfield. As such she has extensive experience of strategic planning, financial management and staff management. She has worked in the education sector throughout her career and believes passionately in the transformative nature of education, at all levels. Sue is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
Joan has experience as Head of The Sensory Service for Deaf and Visually Impaired children and young people (Leeds) and regional Coordinator Yorkshire and Humber ‘SEN Hubs of Effective Practice’. She was an experienced Ofsted Inspector (Early Years). Currently Joan is working with Achievement for All across the North of England in Special schools, Early Years settings, Primary and Secondary schools to implement a School Improvement Framework. She is a skilled and experienced Coach and Consultant and works with schools and senior leadership teams. Joan is a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), has an MA in Leadership and Management and National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).
John Gledhill – John is a retired newspaper journalist, having worked at the Huddersfield Daily Examiner for over 40 years, the last 26 of them as head of sport, until his retirement in January 2006. He is a life member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). He is currently a senior executive in Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons; and Chairman of its Activities Board of Directors and a member of its Charity Liaison Committee.
Jules O’Dor – Course Leader at Sheffield Business School. Jules initially trained as an IT specialist, has a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA), is a Fellow of the Charted Management Institute and is currently studying towards a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA). He was most recently Director of Enterprise for the Governments business support service in Yorkshire. Jules has lectured in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, Organisational Change and Business Culture at both Sheffield Hallam and Leeds Metropolitan Universities. In addition to teaching at Sheffield Hallam, Jules currently operates his own business consultancy, advises educational institutions on business engagement, teaches Enterprise both in the UK and abroad and is an active non-executive director.
Linda O'Neil - Linda has many years’ experience in middle and senior management within the banking industry both in the UK and Australia, Linda regularly had to make strategic and critical business decisions involving staff and budgets. Linda feels that her knowledge and expertise will allow her to make a significant contribution to the Governing Board at High Park and ICAT
Mark Prior MSc – Mark has worked for Cummins Turbo Technologies in Huddersfield since 2008. Mark joined us and offers strong leadership skills to the ICAT team. Mark has worked in a variety of settings with diverse groups of people and is extremely well informed about health and safety issues and financial arrangements. Mark is also very knowledgeable about personnel issues and all aspects of Human Resources. He is also very involved in developing system leadership at Cummins.
Tim Wilkes MA – Tim qualified as a chartered accountant in 1983. During his time he worked on accounts preparation, tax and audit for numerous local companies and small businesses. Following qualification he moved to Kirklees council, working for the Finance department. He was there for almost 30 years, mostly running a small team which oversaw the corporate financial systems. This included training, finding the best ways for accountants and others to use them efficiently (such as automating reports from corporate systems with Microsoft Excel and Access), and running projects to replace systems when the time came.