Working across the group, our Members and Trust Board have been recruited to bring the highest level of skills and experience to the table. They have detailed and strategic oversight of the Trust direction, performance and probity. Their backgrounds include education, finance, law, safeguarding, business and governance. The Board of Trustees has a clear vision and everything it does for its schools is focused on school improvement, high attainment and outstanding outcomes.
Mr Jeremy Buckley
Jeremy is a qualified Chartered Accountant and qualified Chartered Tax Adviser and is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Jeremy trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers one of the largest international accountancy firms and has a wealth of accountancy, taxation and business experience. He is a Director of his own accountancy practice looking after a number of successful local businesses advising them on strategic financial business and taxation matters. Jeremy brings this wealth of experience to the Trust as a Member.
Mr Andrew Bradley
Andrew holds CefA, PCertB qualifications and has 25 years industry experience in financial services and for the last 14 years specialising in business finance in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Mr Richard Swain
A chartered Engineer with over 20 years' experience of engineering and operational management within the Petrochemical and Oil and Gas industry, Richard brings significant business and strategic management expertise to the Board. His Engineering and Project Management background also adds technical competence to the Estates Management and Asset Development of the South Hunsley complex. Richard's business management experience includes organisational design, change management and recruitment.
Richard has extensive experience in education links, also holding a Director post at Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) which provides apprenticeship, tertiary and adult training to the region. Richard is also actively involved in local and international community projects and charities, most notably running a charity harnessing local financial support to sustain two schools in Nairobi, Kenya.
Mr Shane Nicholson
Shane is a qualified Chartered Quality Professional and is also a member of the Chartered Quality Institute with over 30 years' experience in the engineering sector. Shane is a highly experienced senior leader who brings executive management expertise gained with leading International organisations as a Head of Quality and Chief Engineer. Shane has an MBA and MSc with extensive specialist knowledge in Business Excellence, Strategic Operations Management, Quality Assurance, Critical Systems Technology & Engineering Business Management. Shane is a former pupil of South Hunsley.
Mr Lee Whiting
Lee is a Partner of Bridge McFarland Solicitors and a very experienced employment lawyer. Lee has been ranked as a 'leader in his field' by leading legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for many years. Lee obtained his law and postgraduate degrees in Leicester before moving to Hull. Lee regularly gives seminars and training sessions to clients and has been a guest speaker at numerous employment law seminars organised by bodies such as the Hull University Business School and the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development.
Board of Trustees
The Education Alliance’s Board of Trustees is made up as follows:
Mr Richard Swain
Chair of the Board - HR, Estates and Health and Safety
A chartered Engineer with over 20 years' experience of engineering and operational management within the Petrochemical and Oil and Gas industry, Richard brings significant business and strategic management expertise to the Board. Richard is actively involved with many community projects and charities and has children who attend South Hunsley.
Mr Paddy Hall
Vice Chair - Strategic Partnerships and Public Relations
Paddy was an Associate Director for CPC Ltd and he created, and formerly headed, the Learning Care and Community Practice of PPS Plc. His key skill is helping inter-disciplinary leaders and managers unravel complex agendas and develop clear priorities and direction. Paddy's experience includes work as an Additional Ofsted Inspector for post-16.
Mr Paul Ness
Paul has extensive Senior Management experience within a high-performing local business. Paul has an MBA, alongside several Health & Safety qualifications. His experience includes Business Development, Supply Chain Management and International Sales and Marketing. As well as involvement with South Hunsley, he is also a registered mentor.
Mrs Nicky Clark
Education, Performance and Curriculum
Nicky is currently the Lead Midwife for Education at The University of Hull and has recently been appointed as a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Quality Assurance Reviewer, whereby judgements are made on the quality and risk controls of those institutions offering a pre-registration Midwifery provision.
Mrs Leanne Killelay
Leadership and Policy
Prior to becoming a secondary school governor in 2013, Leanne was a parent governor at a primary school for seven years. Leanne is a qualified critical care outreach sister with a BSc Hons in Critical Care Nursing.
Mr Paul Nicholson
Risk and IT
Paul is a highly experienced senior leader with over 15 years in senior management. He has an MBA, MSC trained in Human Resource management and is certified in performance coaching. His key strengths are around strategy planning and execution, operations management and programme delivery.
Mrs Ann Barker
Ann is a retired Head of Sixth Form who has several years experience as a Chair of Governors. Ann has previously been a representative at local governor forums and governance events.
Miss Nikki Hornsby
Nikki has worked in local government for over 20 years, primarily within special educational needs. Her areas of knowledge and experience include SEN, safeguarding and education welfare. Nikki has previously worked as an Education Welfare Officer, as well as for the Young Witness Support Service as a Young Witness Supporter.
Mr Andy Steele
Andrew is a practising Chartered Accountant and Registered Auditor whose business has recruited many South Hunsley students over the years. An active member of the South Hunsley Employer Led programme, Andrew is currently mentoring one of our Sixth Form students and his firm regularly takes in interns from the school.
Mr Sam Whitaker
Sam spent 20 years working in the construction industry including a variety of programmes and Public Private Partnerships that saw him take responsibility for over 100 Schools; delivering 23 new and refurbished schools over a four-year period as the CEO of Esteem, the partnership responsible for Hull’s £400m Building Schools for the Future programme.
Sam is passionate about making a difference, especially to young people. His main focus is to get involved in the real issues that drive change and transformation in local communities. Originally from London, Sam relocated to the Humber region eight years ago and his passion and enthusiasm for the region has led to his involvement in the Humber Local Education Partnership Skills Commission. Sam holds the position of Group Director of Strategic Projects at Grimsby Institute.