The Trustees

Mr Phil Wheeliker - Chair of the Board – Academy Ambassador

A former RAF Logistics Officer with active service experience, Phil is something of a polymath, being qualified in logistics, business psychology, human resource management, management development, financial accountancy and programme management. On leaving the RAF he spent many years in industry gaining senior operational experience in general management, learning and development and business rescue and transformation. More recently, combining his business psychology expertise with clinical psychotherapy, he is running a thriving international business specialising in corporate and individual performance management and stress management, currently coaching senior executives of the Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation to cope better with mounting work pressures.

Mr Richard Gilliland – Vice Chair of the Board

Appointed to the Trust in June 2015, Richard is an ex-Moor End High School pupil, attending in the mid-1980s. Having extensive experience at senior level within the heavy vehicle and logistic support arena with both worldwide and local organisations, Richard was appointed for his expertise in both corporate and strategic planning, along with his understanding and experience in financial management, senior-level communications and detailed Health and Safety knowledge. Richard currently holds a Trusteeship role within a national but family-owned company based in Manchester. He is committed to bringing his knowledge, experience and expertise to the South Pennine Academies.

Mr Darren Smith

Darren left school at 16 (1986) and started out his working life with completeing an apprenticeship in sheet metal fabrication wth a Slaithwaite based company.

He moved into banking in 1995 working in a customer services call centre for Girobank (then part of Alliance & Leicester, now part of Santander); before eventually moving into an operational role. He moved into the commercial Bank in 2001 and has worked with many sizes of businesses / organisations from owner managed to large national corporates and the public sector. He spent 5 years specialising in the banks healthcare, education and communities team before moving into the banks new agricultural team in 2013.

Following redundancy in 2017 he moved to work as part of Yorkshire banks agricultural team. Here he is responsible for looking after and growing the portfolio of farming clients in the Yorkshire region, helping them develop viable business plans for their farms alongside managing the bank’s lending exposures.

He is passionate about education and helping others achieve their full potential as well as most things rural and outdoors activities. He has been a volunteer with the Friends of Beaumont Park woodland maintenance group for 10+ years and until 2017 was also a charity trustee with the Friends.

Mr Richard Fraser – Academy Ambassador

Richard was appointed to the Board in October 2017, he has been recruited via the Academy Ambassadors programme. He has a long history of working in the financial sector. His skills include Operational Compliance, investigations, business planning, coaching, performance management, team building, strategic and tactical marketing, recruitment.

Mr Peter Greenhalgh – Academy Ambassador

Peter was appointed to the Board in October 2017, he has been recruited via the Academy Ambassadors programme. He has worked as a Quantity Surveyor and project manager. His skills include business management, cost analysis, risk management, project management, procurement and IT.

Dr Alison Iredale

Alison was appointed to the Board October 2017, she has been recruited via links with a Higher Education Institute. She is a Course Director at the Carnegie School of Education and is an experienced teacher and strategic professional in the field of education. Her skills include strategic planning, problem solving, leadership, data analysis and inclusion.

Mr Steve Lees

Steve was appointed to the Board October 2017, he has been recruited via the Academy Ambassadors programme. He has a 15 year track record in driving performance and service excellence within the legal, property services and insurance sectors. His skills include operations management, performance management, change management, risk management and facilities management.

Ms Jane Acklam OBE – Chief Executive Officer / Chief Accounting Officer

Jane is CEO. She has considerable experience as a highly successful Head teacher and Principal.  She has been a National Leader of Education since 2009, and effectively supported and built capacity in a wide range of schools, locally and regionally.  As the Principal of Moor End Academy, she has led them through numerous Ofsted inspections achieving outstanding in 2009 and again in 2012.  Jane has won national awards for her commitment to excellence in the professional development of teachers, and has been awarded a Teaching Award, as Head teacher of the Year. She has a wealth of experience working for the DfE on the Head teacher Board for West Yorkshire and Lancashire and as a Teaching and Leadership Adviser for NCTL.  Jane was awarded an OBE for services to Education in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.