Our Trust Board 

Antony Knight

Antony lives in the Holme Valley. He has 2 grown up autistic children. He was initially a governor at Turnshaws School, Kirkburton and latterly became a governor at Castle Hill School. He is currently employed by Kirklees Council as a Service Development Manager. He is a member of 2 employee networks, which represents working Carers and staff with Disabilites. Antony continues to support ICAT's CEO, fellow Members and Directors.

Carol White

Carol lives in Barnsley and has a grown-up son and six step-children, one of her step-children attended Castle Hill. Carol also has 3 grandchildren, Carol’s grand-daughter was born prematurely and has individual, additional medical and educational needs. Carol recently took voluntary severance from her role with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, where she worked supporting Early Years Education providers to fulfil their Statutory duties under Ofsted. She also delivered mandatory training in areas such as Safeguarding, The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and The Role of the SENDCO. Carol has a Masters in Professional Development – Early Years and Primary from the University of Huddersfield and hopes to use her knowledge and experience to support ICAT in offering the best possible opportunities to the pupils of each Academy school.

Dawn Whiteley MBE

Dawn has lived in the Holme Valley all her life, she worked, for over 25 years, helping people setting up and running their own businesses – for which she received an MBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours in 2016.  She now works locally supporting the running and management of an iconic community building in Holmfirth.  She brings this extensive business background to ICAT, with a wide range of experience in financial, HR and management issues.

Outside work Dawn is a devoted auntie to four nephews, she is a season ticket holder at Huddersfield Town Football Club and a member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Dr. Jules O'Dor

Jules initially trained as an IT specialist but has a wide ranging background spanning both public and private sectors from education and local government to military weapons and IT systems at all levels of management. He was most recently the Director of Enterprise for the Government's business support service in the Yorkshire region where he was responsible for services to around 12,000 pre-start up and young businesses. He has a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA), is a fellow of the Charted Management Institute, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has recently completed a Doctorate in Business Administration.

Jules has lectured in Strategic Management, Organisational Change, Entrepreneurship, Enterprise, and Business Culture at Sheffield Hallam and Leeds Metropolitan Universities as well as institutions outside of the UK. At Sheffield Business School Jules is the Subject Group Leader for Strategic Management, Enterprise and Organisational Change. In addition to teaching at the Business School Jules has also operated his own business consultancy, advising educational institutions on business engagement and continues to be an active non-executive director.

Tim Wilkes

Tim qualified as a chartered accountant in 1983 with local firm Revell Ward, before moving to Kirklees and becoming a financial systems specialist. He was in charge of a team carrying out many projects over a long period, introducing and improving systems and helping people use them better.


On retiring a few years ago he joined Castle Hill School as a governor and later became an employee, helping oversee the academisation of Castle Hill School, implementation of the financial system PS financials, and assisting with the formation of the trust and the academisation of High Park School. He was a director of the trust for some years, stepping back recently to become a member.


Tim is currently Treasurer of the Friends of Beaumont Park. He is married with two grown up children. In his spare time he enjoys piano playing and looking after two springer spaniels.

Dr. Sue White (Chair)

Sue’s involvement started as a parent governor and although her son has now left school her association with the Trust has continued. She feels privileged to be part of such a wonderful community.  Sue’s professional background is in information science and until her retirement in July 2019 she was Director of Computing and Library Services at the University of Huddersfield.  As such she has extensive experience of strategic planning, leadership and financial management. Sue has worked in the education sector throughout her career and believes passionately in the transformative nature of education, at all levels.  She is the recipient of a Doctorate in Business Administration, and Fellowships of the Higher Education Academy,  the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and the Chartered Management Institute.

Dr. Amanda Costello

Amanda Costello is the CEO of the Interaction and Communication Trust (ICAT) and remains the Principal of Milton School, Rotherham. Amanda is an experienced leader and has worked in both mainstream and specialist environments. Amanda is a National Leader of Education and has supported School Improvement across Yorkshire and Humber.

Linda O'Neil

In Linda’s role as a Director for ICAT, and Chair of the local governing body for High Park School, she believes strong governance is vital to ensure a child-centred curriculum is at the heart of all teaching. 

With a Financial Sector background, and having spent many years in middle and senior management roles both in the UK and Australia, she brings a variety of leadership skills to assist with strategic and critical business decision making. 

Linda currently runs a successful training business specialising in providing bespoke and
multi-agency safeguarding training within the Yorkshire area.

David Wilkinson

David recently retired as Assistant Director at Doncaster Council, where he gained over 20 years’ experience of senior management within the Local Authority sector.  David has recently been appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors of St Leger Homes Doncaster, an award winning company which provides housing services across Doncaster.  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 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 projects focussed on teacher professional development.  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. 

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. 

Airam Naseen

Airam Neesa graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2007 with a degree in Accounting and Finance and began her career working as an assistant accountant with a social enterprise company that had a contract with the Ministry of Justice to help ex-offenders get back into the world of employment. She secured her full ACCA membership in 2016 and went on to study a Level 5 CIPD course which she completed in 2018 expanding her range of qualifications into HR and People Management. Having maintained contact with Interserve via a previous role, Airam was offered the opportunity to work for the company to help set-up parts of a new college for 3000+ pupils in Saudi Arabia. After 18 months Airam moved to Bahrain as Head of Finance & Operations at an international school catering for nursery children through to 18+, developing strategic plans and implementing cost cutting programmes to improve efficiencies. Airam now works for Cognition Education. 

Airam is strongly motivated to ‘give back’ and has a range of skills in HR, Finance and Operations.

Joan Haines

Joan has a background in Education, Business and Charitable organisations including Joan Haines Coaching and Consultancy, Achievement for All, School Improvement, Ofsted Inspector, Strategic Leader SEND, Head of Sensory Services, Teacher, Coach and Trainer. She is an International NLP Trainers Association (INLPTA) Master Practitioner and Trainer and a Multi-Braining Integration Techniques Coach. Joan has an MA in Leadership and Management and National Professional Qualification for Headship. This means that she brings varied skills to the role of ICAT and Chair of Governors, Castle Hill School. Joan is a Director of Shared Inspiration providing coaching, supervision and training to leaders.

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Iain Grey

Iain is orinally from Dunfermline and for the past 16 years has lived in Walsden, Todmorden. Iain is married with two grown up boys and one grandson. Iain graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh with a BSc Hons in Civil Engineering.

He recently retired from full time employment after spending 45 years in Sales, Marketing and Operational roles. The last six years of which were spent as Vice President of Sales for a Global Logistics and Distribution Business.

Iain is looking forward to putting his many years experience to good use in helping ICAT to execute its strategy and achieve its goals and objectives.

“Giving Back” – Iain strongly believes in giving back to the community and in addition to his ICAT role he works for Lancashire Volunteer Partnership in a befriending capacity.