Chair of the NCP Advisory Group and DirectorView Profile
For most of my career I have worked as a manager for bus and tourist companies. I have now retired after spending the last 4 years as a part-time driver for Poppletons’ Coaches in Pontefract. I am a member of the School Performance Review Board at Larks Hill and De Lacy Junior and Infants Schools which are part of the Pontefract Academies Trust. In the past I have been chairman of the Carleton High School Parent, Teacher and Friends Association and chairman of the Wakefield Association of School Governors. I am the Co-ordinator for the Highways and Rail Groups of Pontefract Civic Society. My two daughters attended New College, Pontefract and I am pleased to be given the opportunity to repay my gratitude for their education by giving my services to the College.
Vicky Marks (Ex Officio)
Principal NCPView Profile
I am the recently appointed Acting Principal at New College Pontefract and I have Trust responsibility for Data, therefore line managing the MIS manager as well as some members of the senior leadership team and Heads of School. I started my teaching career in 1993 in the independent sector, teaching Chemistry to 11-18 year-olds. In 1998 I became Head of Lower School and was responsible for transition and pastoral care for these students. In 2001 after having my second child I took on the role of SENDCo and after a couple of years we relocated the family to Yorkshire, nearer to my family, and I taught in York. From 2006 I took a break from teaching due to my third child being profoundly deaf. After keeping myself busy with a number of projects, I returned to teaching and I started at New College Pontefract in 2013 in the Chemistry department. I have been on the senior team since 2016 with responsibility for data and curriculum – a role that has kept me busy and is constantly changing. I have also line managed the SENDCo and Heads of School in Maths & Science.
Safeguarding SEND LeadView Profile
Karen is a Chartered member of the CIPD with over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources and Organisational Development; her mission is to ensure everyone has the opportunity to thrive in their workplace and believes post-16 education is key to this. She has held a number of senior Human Resources positions across the public sector including with Leeds Education Authority, the National Probation Service and is currently Executive Director HR & OD at Wakefield College.
Karen has also held a range of voluntary and elected roles including Chair of Governors at Stanley Peter’s C of E Primary School between September 2011 and September 2015 and she is currently a member of the Independent Remuneration Panel for members at WDMC.
Outside work her interests centre around her family, she enjoys walking, cycling and anything outdoors!
The majority of my experience in strategic leadership has come through the police service, where I worked closely with the senior command team throughout the comprehensive spending review. I am experienced in risk management, decision making, monitoring operational plans and working with stakeholders. As company director I now work primarily with volunteers and chair multiple meetings. My role in Change Management involved liaising closely with strategic leaders and subject matter experts and coordinating reports. I also led on our force’s response to several HMIC inspections and I now work for HMIC. Stakeholder management, diversity, conflict resolution and communication have been factors underpinning all my roles and remain a significant focus within Bylines Networks Limited and HMIC, particularly when working with volunteers and supervising staff. As both a former police sergeant (qualified to the rank of inspector) and an editor within the police and fire inspectorate I have many years’ experience of legal frameworks, statutory guidance, compliance, liabilities and responsibilities. I also worked within public protection conducting domestic homicide reviews, so have experience of evaluating practice in accordance with statutory frameworks.
I am most enthused by: development projects, resources and change management. I feel I am most valuable when 4 dimensional thinking is required. If you want 5 options then I can assist, and I am not offended when someone else’s 6th idea wins the day – I will fully support it. In the early 90’s I worked for a PLC and gained an understanding of collaborative working and the importance of gathering support for a decision. In 1997 I started my own business and enjoyed the bureaucracy free life of a small organisation. I feel I can share the benefits from both sides of the divide. For 24 years I have enjoyed supporting my children through sport and education – in that order. Our daughter Zoe gained her Masters in Marketing at Loughborough, works for an international marketing agency in London and is a tennis coach. Our son Max (who studied at NCP) is now studying sport at Loughborough is a high level tennis player and loves football. I have been a Rotarian for 19 years and love getting involved at the ideas, financing and delivery stage of a project. Later this year I become President. I am passionate about linking the College, the students and the Rotary Club. I have been a Governor at an infant school in South Kirkby for 6 years but I am no educationalist. However, I am supportive and like to help all children live a good life. I am an innovator and love to help on projects, project appraisal, PR, resources and HR. I was recently awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for the charity work I have done in the community. As I “lose” my parental responsibilities I hope to give more time and resource to charitable work. Especially Home Start. A charity my wife and I enjoy supporting in many ways.
David has been teaching since 2009 and currently work at Minsthorpe Community College as an Associate Assistant Principal – Director of Post 16. Prior to this he worked as a Head of Year taking a cohort from Year 7 through to Year 13 and so he has been lucky enough to see the development of students from when they first stepped onto the site until they left. His role allows him to look at a wealth of qualitative and quantitative data and then work closely with curriculum areas to ensure that students are supported with the aim for them to be as academically successful as possible. It is a highly rewarding role and he is most passionate about supporting students plan their next steps into either University, Apprenticeship schemes or employment.
I have over 30 years of experience of working within different strategic roles in the education sector, this extends to been a Regional Government Advisor, School Business Manager and member of Senior Leadership Teams, Specialist Leader in Education and I have delivered consultancy support for a National Support School. I have been held accountable in these roles by both central government, governors and Trustees and as a previous governor myself, I have adhered to articles of association and company law and held colleagues to account. These roles gave me a sound understanding of the education sector, governance structures and an appreciation of the importance of working in collaboration with other key partners and settings to improve outcomes. I have been very fortunate to have undertaken roles that have provided the opportunity to form effective partnerships and relationships with people from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support. One such example being leading on the submission of a Big Lottery funded bid to create play opportunities for children and young people within the district and establishing a Working Group that would drive the development of a Wakefield Play Strategy. I have also been an active contributor to the shared legislative responsibility under the Childcare Act 2006 of Local Authorities, the NHS and Jobcentre Plus to work together to improve the wellbeing of all children up to the age of 5 and reduce inequalities between them. I consider Health and Safety to be a key strength and have led on Health and Safety Compliance reviews. I graduated from University in 2001 with a degree of Master of Arts in Business and also have a School Business Management qualification. I have undertaken voluntary work for the Yorkshire Ambulance Services and was instrumental in establishing and delivering a Community First Responder service in my local area and successfully raising funding to ensure sustainability for the first two years of operation. In my spare time I enjoy walking, swimming and cycling and spending time with family and friends.
I have extensive Governorship and Trustee experience initially chair of Crofton Infants School, I was also requested to take on the position of Chair of Newlands Primary, Normanton (a school in need of help as deemed by the Local Authority). I was the lead on a programme, ‘Leader of Local Governance’, and also had a similar role at St Thomas’ in Featherstone. Crofton Infants became one of the earlier members of Waterton Academy Trust, where I took on the role of Vice Chair of Trustees. I have been Chair of the Wakefield Association of School Governors (W.A.S.G) and I have been elected on two occasions to the Wakefield Schools Forum. I have been involved with the DFE in many areas such as the consultation towards to moving to a National Funding Formula and I have presented the implications of this to other local governing associations.
After a career working in a variety of roles within the private sector, I joined the education sector in 1999 as a Marketing and Events Manager for the online learning provider Ufi/LearnDirect. I joined Dearne Valley College in 2007 and have gained extensive experience since then in curriculum delivery and quality management. Upon Dearne Valley College’s merger with the RNN Group in February 2019, I became Director of Quality and more recently Assistant Principal: Quality, Learner Experience, English & Maths. My qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Learning and Development Management and a Certificate in Education. I am passionate about improving the life chances of children and young adults and I spend a lot of my time offering my services as a volunteer for local schools, community and sporting groups.
I have a career history of public service, working within a values framework underpinned by the Nolan Principles of Public Life. Effective relationships built in honesty, trust and mutual respect lie at the heart of all my work and I always aim to do the best I am skilled to do to assist the council to deliver strategic outcomes within available resources, looking always to achieve value for money. I have developed a cycle of internal control, across Finance, HR, Governance and others, to critically evaluate systems, celebrate success, identify gaps or weakness and to seize all opportunities for improvement. Working regularly with the council’s senior leadership team and senior elected members, I provide advice, guidance and respectful but meaningful challenge where appropriate. As lead officer to the audit committee, advice and support is provided to the chair of the committee. I provide advice, guidance and training to officers at all levels within the council, communicating complex information in an accessible way (my decision-making training gets rave reviews despite quoting the Northamptonshire County Council Best Vale Inspection Report which says “there is no substitute for doing the boring really well”!) I seek to challenge the data and provide assurance in relation to the council’s governance arrangements. My eldest daughter left NCP in summer 2020 to pursue her degree in Huddersfield, my younger daughter has just started her A level courses at NCP, and my son is in Year 9. I took on the role of parent governor whilst the children were at infant school, becoming chair of the governing body until the girls moved on to junior school and I am keen to continue giving back with my skills and experience to support the vision and values, aims and objectives set out in the governance framework.