The Members

Mr Phil Wheeliker – Chair-designate – 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.

Mrs Diane Chapman 

Diane brings to the board a wide ranging experience of working voluntarily in the local community, having chaired two boards of trustees in the homeless and sexual abuse sectors. She presently volunteers as a senior mediator for a large not for profit organization and as an independent visitor for Kirklees Child services. She has been the Chair of Governors at Moor End Academy. She is responsible for the Kirklees Registration service and front facing customer service, having worked at a senior manager level within local government for 15 years.

Mrs Rehna Khan

Rehna is a consultant ophthalmologist at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust. She brings to the board expertise from the NHS, where she leads the diabetic retinopathy service, and Chairs the Diabetic Project Board. She is also involved in postgraduate medical education as an educational supervisor to junior doctors and as an honorary lecturer at Bradford University. In addition she now undertakes a voluntary role with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. She is dedicated to Moor End Academy as a former student who discovered her passion for education in the Class of 1997.

Mr Richard Gilliland

Appointed to the Trust in June 2015, Richard is an ex-Moor End High School student, 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 directorship role within Scania, a national but family-owned company based in Manchester.  He is committed to bringing his knowledge, experience and expertise to the South Pennine Academies team.

Prof. Tim Thornton

Professor Tim Thornton, is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield. He has been a member of staff at Huddersfield since 1994. He began his career at the University as a lecturer in history and rapidly rose through the ranks to become Professor.  In 2006 he became Dean of the School of Music, Humanities and Media. He was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning in 2008.  Since then he has led major improvements in retention, student achievement and student satisfaction and was instrumental in setting and leading the strategic objective of all academic staff becoming Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.