Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of Governors, Springwell Leaning Community and 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 bodies of the Trust’s Springwell Learning Community and the Barnsley Primary Partnership. He was instrumental in forming the Barnsley Governors Association, for whom he delivers governor training.
Clerk to the Board and Company Secretary
Karen has an extensive background in corporate governance, gained primarily within the Co-operative movement. She has substantial experience of change management and of developing multi-stakeholder relationships, as well as community engagement. Karen works closely with Academy Governing Clerk’s and Chairs, continually enhancing the quality of support provided to Governing Bodies by the Trust.
Cluster Co-ordinator, Barnsley
Sam brings to the Trust her experience of governance within the NHS, having held the position of Risk and Governance Facilitator for Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to joining the NHS Trust she worked as a Teaching Assistant in a Primary School. She is currently undertaking a Diploma in Business and Administration with the Open University. Sam provides governance support and helps support cluster working.
Cluster Co-ordinator, NE Lincs
Kate has worked in Education since 2001 and has worked in a Multi-Academy Trust since 2007. Kate has had wide-ranging roles, including PA and Clerk to three Academy Governing Bodies. Kate has extensive governance skills and experience. Kate possesses the Level 3 Chartered Institute of Personnel Devlopment (CIPD) qualification and brings HR skills to the Trust.
Clerk to Governing Bodies – Traded Service
Nigel has a part-time role with the Trust, which will primarily relate to the provision of Governance Support Services to schools/academies which are independent of Wellspring Trust. In addition, Nigel will be supporting the Governance Team with specific projects, primarily relating to further developing Governing Body effectiveness within the Trust. With over 35 years working for the Civil Service, Nigel brings with him experience of large scale change and performance management at a senior level, supported by an Open University MBA. His most recent role include Planning and Capability Building at National level, including Governance and Risk Management. He has been a Chair of Governors in North Yorkshire and is currently a School Governor in Barnsley.
Chief Operating Officer
Josh was a Business Management consultant in South Yorkshire before relocating to the North East as a Business Manager. Josh was Business Director and Chief Financial Officer in a large, Special Academy Trust. Josh is a Specialist Leader of Education, holds the Advanced Diploma in School Business Management and is a PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner. Josh leads an Operations and Business Development team.
Geoff worked formerly at Horizon Community College as Operations Manager. Geoff has held many diverse management roles within the Education and Trust Leisure sectors. He is IOSH Health and Safety qualified, holds the Advanced Diploma in Management Studies and the Certificate in School Business Management.
Adam joined Wellspring Academy Trust in September 2016 as a Project Officer. After completing a degree Adam gained employment with Local Government as a GIS & Intelligence Officer. Adam worked within Business Development and supported transformation projects such as implementing new systems for children and young people with Special Educational Needs. With a strong technical background in data analysis and mapping, Adam has managed projects alongside partners including Schools and Colleges.
Head of Extended Services
Michelle has joined Wellspring on a 1 year secondment as Head of Extended Services from Springwell Learning Community . Michelle has spent over 16 years teaching, leading and managing at Barnsley College. Michelle created the 4: Thought Team supporting young people and parents of mainstream secondary schools across Barnsley providing early intervention mental health services. She has a genuine passion supporting vulnerable groups.
Chief Administration Officer
Natalie joined Wellspring Academy Trust in March 2014 with 6 year’s experience in education management. She provides administration and office support, helping to ensure accuracy of data to support effective decision-making and compliance. Natalie works closely with the Trust’s Academies. She is extremely organised and driven and is a huge asset to the Trust.
Hannah joined Wellspring Academy Trust in September 2015 as an Administration Assistant. Hannah completed apprenticeships in both public and private sectors and was the winner of Learner Achiever of the Year from her training provider in South Yorkshire. With 6 years’ experience in an office environment and qualifications in Business Administration, IT and Team Leading, she provides administration support to the Senior Administrator and Trust Chief Executive.
Chelsie provides wide-ranging administrative support at the Wellspring Support Centre, working closely with the Central Support Team and Academies. She has a strong background in quality assurance and monitoring standards. Chelsie also has valuable experience in safeguarding.
Communications & Marketing Officer
Scott graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Business and Enterprise Management. Since graduating Scott’s main role has been working as a support consultant; promoting learning services, resources and qualifications to Secondary Schools for the worlds largest learning organisation. Scott’s key qualities include communication, developing relationships and the ability to use his initiative. Scott has a passion for design & innovation.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark worked for Barnsley Council for 28 years before joining Greenacre Academy as Business Director in 2016 and subsequently being appointed to the CFO role at Wellspring in 2017. A qualified accountant since 1998, he provided strategic financial management for many years to all Local Authority maintained schools, as well as supporting Adult Social Care and Community Services.
Senior Academy Finance Officer
Rebecca is a qualified Accounting Technician with extensive experience in the Education sector. Coming from a large Academy Trust she has worked with both Primary and Secondary Academies. Along with supporting the Academies in all aspects of finance, she has also held seminars in budgeting and the preparation of management accounts. Rebecca has managerial experience from her time as a Finance and Admin manager at an FE College and has also worked for HMRC & the NHS.
Joanna graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in Accounting and Financial Management and Business Studies. Joanna became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) in 2009. Whilst in practice Joanna specialised in Audit and not-for-profit organisations. Joanna oversees the reporting and compliance requirements of the Trust.
Vicky graduated with a degree in Business and Finance. Vicky is working towards becoming a qualified Management Accountant with CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). Vicky manages Central Office Financial Transactions and provides support to School Business Managers and Finance Teams.
Kerry is a qualified Accounting Technician and has extensive experience within Transactional Accounting roles, previously working within Industry and Commerce. Kerry provides central office support to School Business Managers and Finance Teams.
Chief HR Officer
Trudy is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has an MSc in Strategic Personnel and Development and has a wealth of HR experience gained both in the private sector in Sheffield where she brings a commercial understanding of HR and in Local Government where she was instrumental in driving change and establishing the traded arm of HR for Barnsley Council. Trudy managed a team delivering pro-active and expert advice to 56 Schools and Academies in Barnsley, running the traded service as a viable and profitable business.
Regional and Traded HR Business Partner
Claire graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Business, before specialising in Human Resource management. Claire is a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and worked in the private sector, specialising in employee relations and TUPE before becoming HR Business partner for Schools, Academies and small businesses. Claire supports the Academies in all HR matters within the Trust.
Regional HR Business Partner
Dominika graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in Business Management and holds ILM Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring. Dominika previously worked as an HR Business Partner for Schools and Academies at the Local Authority. Dominika has extensive experience of managing employee relations and organisational change and development. Dominika is passionate about staff development and cultural change and has a coaching approach to dealing with clients.
Regional HR Business Partner
Anna has extensive experience of providing HR advice to Schools and Academies after working for the local authority, an Advanced Learning Centre, and more recently a Multi Academy Trust. She has a sound knowledge of teaching and support staff terms and conditions of employment as well as significant experience of TUPE and the management of HR casework.