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The Venerable Peter Townley (Member and Chair of Trustees)

Appointed: 1st January 2012

No. of Board Meetings Attended 2018 / 2019   :   7/9

Peter has been the Archdeacon of Pontefract since 2008.  He is a member of the Church of England, Leeds' Diocesan Board of Education, and was formerly the Chair of the Wakefield Diocesan Board of Education.  Before that, for 28 years, he was a Parish Priest in Greater Manchester and Suffolk where he worked with a number of Church and state schools.




The Rev Canon Ian Wildey (Member)

Appointed: 1st January 2012

Ian served as the Diocesan Director of Education for the former Wakefield Diocese from 2007-1014, supporting some 100 Church of England Schools VC/VA/Academies.  Following the Diocesan restructure in 2014 Ian now works as a schools Adviser, Governance and Admissions, for the Church of England Diocese of Leeds.




John McLeod (Member and Trustee)

Appointed: 1st January 2012

No. of Board Meetings Attended 2018 / 2019  :    8/9

John received his secondary education at De Aston Grammar School. It was a good school with an inspirational Headmaster who was good at spotting potential. John was encouraged to continue in education and gained a place at The Queeen's College, Oxford.

After University, John began a career in Education Administration. He subsequently became Assistant Secretary for the Association of Metropolis Authorities and later appointed as the Deputy Chief Education Officer with Wakefield LA. He was Chief Education Officer for ten years and led a major overhaul and reorganisation of the pattern of provision of education in Wakefield.

He was a Governor of the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation for 12 years and its Chairman for 5. He is now retired, but retains a close interest in education matters, and is delighted to be part of Enhance Academy Trust. 




Chris Schofield (Trustee)

Appointed by Members : 21st October 2016

No. of Board Meetings Attended 2018 / 2019   :   7/9

Chris is a Solicitor and is the Senior Partner of Schofield Sweeney LLP.

Chris is a specialist in Company Law and Corporate Governance, with a particular interest in Academies.

Chris holds a number of non-executive director positions including JBA Group Limited and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Chris is a Trustee of a number of charities including Leeds Caves and St Gemma's Hospice.

Chris is also a part-time lecturer in Law at Huddersfield University.





John Brady (Trustee)

Appointed by Members : 21st October 2016

No. of Board Meetings Attended 2018 / 2019   :   6/9

A local business leader and entrepreneur with a strong risk management background, John has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years.  He is the founding Director and currently Managing Director of Sovereign Risk Management Limited, trading as Schools Advisory Service Ltd., offering sickness absence insurance and other support services to over 4,000 schools.





Janet Milne (Trustee)

Appointed by Members : 21st October 2016

No. of Board Meetings Attended 2018 / 2019   :   9/9

Having graduated from Leeds University Janet has been a teacher for 30+ years, retiring in 2013 as a teacher and Head of Art at Airedale Academy.  Janet currently provides support to the community of Wakefield in her role as Chair of Governors at a local primary school; a member of the PCC; and a Director and Trustee of the Eastmoor Community Project.





Linda Maskill (Trustee)

Appointed by Members : 21st October 2016

No. of Board Meetings Attended 2018 / 2019   :   9/9

Linda has a wide ranging experience in education. She has worked as an Ofsted team inspector, consultant headteacher supporting colleagues for Wakefield LA, and has served as a member of the Wakefield Regional Partnership for Initial Teacher Training Board. 

A National Leader of Education, she recently retired from her headteacher post in an 'Outstanding' primary/teaching school.

She continues to support schools and colleagues in an advisory capacity.

"I was pleased to join the Enhance Board because whilst offering support and challenge to our schools the Trust recognises the importance of allowing leaders to maintain the individual character of their schools so that they can best serve their local community" 


Kathy Smith (Trustee)

Appointed by Members:  9th December 2016

No. of Board Meetings Attended 2018 / 2019   :   5/9

Kathy is the Company Secretary for Yorkshire Water and has responsibility for GDPR and insurance at Yorkshire Water as part of her role.

Kathy qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in Leeds in 1998 and then went on to work for KCOM Group PLC in 2005 as the Head of Internal Audit and Risk. She took on the role of company secretary for KCOM in 2010 and qualified as a Chartered Secretary in 2012. She remained in this role for eight years before moving to Yorkshire Water in August 2018.







Kevin Jones (Trustee/Accountable Officer)

Appointed: 20th June 2012

No. of Board Meetings Attended 2018 / 2019   :   9/9

Kevin was appointed as the Assistant Chief Education Officer for Wakefield Council in 1994.  Upon leaving this post in 2006 he set up his own education support services company working with local authorities, schools and the Schools Advisory Service until he joined the Trust in 2012.  Kevin has been involved in supporting schools and setting up academies across the country bringing a wealth of expertise and knowledge to Enhance Academy Trust.







Schofield Sweeney Corporate (Legal Advisor & Company Secretary)

Appointed: January 2012

Schofield Sweeney has advised on over 180 academy conversions, including academy to academy transfers, multi-academy trust conversions, primary, secondary and faith schools, sponsored academies, special needs schools, alternative provision academies, PFI/BSF schools and free schools