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.

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.

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.

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. 

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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.

John Gledhill

John enjoyed working life as a sports journalist, serving The Huddersfield Examiner for 45 years until  retirement in 2006.  Head of sport for 26 years. A life member of the National Union of Journalists and a past chairman of the Huddersfield branch of the NUJ. John was a qualified referee at both Soccer and Rugby League in my younger days, he was a former playing member of the Meltham and Outlane Golf Clubs and was for many years a member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Currently John is a Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust governor and long time director and chairman of a Freemasons charitable organisation.

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.

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