Wellspring Member and Chair of the Board of Directors.
Chartered Surveyor, Senior Partner in Holroyd Miller
Hearl is a Chartered Surveyor who is Senior Partner in Holroyd Miller, a firm of Chartered Surveyors based in Wakefield and Dewsbury but who practice throughout West Yorkshire and the North of England. Educated at Silcoates School in Wakefield before joining Holroyd Sons & Pickersgill Chartered Surveyors as a Trainee in 1971 in Dewsbury, Hearl qualified as a Valuer and Auctioneer via The College of Estate Management, part of Reading University and became a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2000.
Trustee of Barnsley College and Former Managing Director
Gordon was previously Managing Director of Bespoke Precast Ltd in Sheffield, employing over 70 staff until the company was sold in 2007. Gordon is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). Educated in the local area of Penistone and at Barnsley College, Gordon has an in-depth knowledge of the local community, education system and the needs of young people.
Retired Work-related Learning Consultant
Chair of Greenacre School Governing Body
Molly spent 20 years in the teaching profession, commencing as a lecturer in Secretarial Studies and ultimately being appointed as Assistant Director of Faculty. She was also an External Assessor for the RSA’s Teacher’s Certificate in Office Studies in colleges across Yorkshire. Molly was more recently employed as a Work – Related Learning Consultant with Barnsley Local Authority. Molly represents Special schools on the School’s Forum, is a member of the Barnsley Alliance Board and a member of the Executive Committee of Barnsley Governors’ Association.
Ian Bennett Hague-Brown
Secondary School Head of Department
Chair of Littlecoates Academy Governing Body
Ian is Head of Humanities at Ormiston Maritime Academy in Grimsby. He is responsible for leading and managing the curriculum teams delivering geography, history and RE across the Academy. Prior to this role, he started his teaching career at Maritime, joining the Academy in July 2013 as a newly-qualified teacher. Ian is the Chair of the Governing Body at Littlecoates Primary Academy, which joined Wellspring Trust in July 2016. Being no stranger to governance, Ian has also served on Governing bodies of both an FE and HE institution as a student representative.
Colin Booth OBE
Chief Executive and Principal of Leeds City College
Colin became Principal of Barnsley College in October 2008. Barnsley College was rated Outstanding by OFSTED. His previous post was as Vice Principal Curriculum at Newcastle College. He has worked in the further education sector since 1984. Colin also worked for 9 years as a part time inspector for OFSTED. Colin attended the Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington before studying for a first degree in Chemistry at Norwich. Since then he has completed teacher training, a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Education, an MBA in College Management and the Principals’ Qualifying Programme.
Retired Head of School Organisation, Planning & Admissions
Chair of Joseph Norton Academy Governing Body
With an honours degree in biochemistry and a masters degree in education, Warwick worked in Kirklees 11-16 High Schools for 31 years, firstly as a science teacher followed by 15 years as a senior leader, including 10 years as a head teacher. He then worked for over 10 years (until recent retirement) as a senior education officer for Kirklees Council, with particular focus on strategic planning (including BSF), resourcing, governance and admissions. Warwick is committed to providing the most vulnerable young people with the equality of opportunities to achieve their potential.
Deputy Secretary & Registrar
Chair of the Victoria Primary Academy and Ebor Gardens Primary Academy Governing Body
Stewart Harper is Deputy Secretary and Registrar at Leeds Beckett University where he is responsible for a range of registry and student administration functions, working across the university and externally with organisations such as UCAS and SPA. He has worked in Higher Education for all but a year of his working life. He is also Chair of Victoria Primary Academy, which joined the Trust in November 2015, and looks forward to working with the Trust more widely, supporting the aim of really making a difference to all the young people involved.
Deputy Principal, Barnsley College
In April 2016 Barnsley College appointed Yiannis Koursis as Deputy Principal. Yiannis began his career in Hospitality Management in Greece and worked in several Senior Managerial roles until he became the Head of Hospitality, Travel and Tourism and Commerce at West Suffolk College in 2005. As Vice Principal at Loughborough College, Yiannis was the strategic lead on Curriculum Delivery, Business Development, Marketing and Communications, and building relationships with funding bodies. He was responsible for the 100% growth of apprenticeships and for growing the EFA contract by £2.0m.
Retired Local Authority Chief Executive
Chair of Beacon Academy Governing Body and Vice-Chair of Sevenhills and Phoenix Park Academies joint Governing Body
George qualified as a solicitor in 1972. he is a retired Local Authority Chief Executive of three Local Authorities during his career, latterly in North East Lincolnshire. George has served on several regional and national bodies and working parties and has extensive governance experience within the Public Sector, including in respect of school governing bodies.
Retired Vice Principal, Barnsley College
Dianne worked at Barnsley College from 1997, starting as a teacher and progressing into management. During her time as a manager she led and developed a variety of curriculum areas. She successfully completed a Certificate in Education, ILM and graduated as a mature student with North London University, gaining a BA in Childhood Studies. Prior to her employment at Barnsley College she worked in Primary Education for 18 years. Alongside this role she also worked for the Youth Service, starting as a volunteer and progressing to Senior Worker, where she managed a local junior and senior club for 8 years.
Vice Chair of the Wellspring Board of Directors
Chair of Governors Barnsley Primary Partnership
After graduating in statistics, Michael worked for nearly 40 years in Local Government in areas as diverse as strategic planning, grant-making, public consultation, media relations and policing. A National Leader of Governance, he has served on various governing bodies since 1985. Currently Michael chairs the governing body of the Barnsley Primary Partnership. He was instrumental in forming the Barnsley Governors Association, for whom he delivers governor training.
Head of Finance at Sheffield Hallam University
Originally form the North West, Mark moved over to Sheffield in 1993 to study a degree in Accounting, Financial Management and Business Studies at Sheffield University. After graduation, Mark trained within an accountancy practice as an auditor and qualified as a charted accountant (ACA – ICAEW) in 1999. Post qualification Mark has worked as an accountant within the public sector (education) and is currently the Head of Finance at Sheffield Hallam University, located within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
Executive Principal, Springwell Learning Community & Springwell Lincoln City Academy
Dave is a National Leader of Education. He is a member of the Executive Committees for the Yorkshire & Humber PRU & Special School Heads and is a tutor for The National College. Dave has a passion for vulnerable groups and those with special educational needs.
CEO, Accounting Officer
Mark has been CEO if Wellspring Academy Trust since 2017. He has an outstanding track record of success and innovation in schools. Mark has led schools as Headteacher and Executive Headteacher in West and South Yorkshire and in South London. He has a compelling vision for education and believes that success is possible in any context given the right management, systems and organisation.