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Enhance Academy Trust

Encourage - Help - Achieve - Nurture

Board Members and Trustees

 Canon Peter Townley (Member and Chair of Trustees)

Appointed: 1st January 2012

Peter was the Archdeacon of Pontefract from 2008 to 2023.  He was also a member of the Church of England, Leeds Diocesan Board of Education, and 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.


Simone Bennett: Interim Diocesan Director of Education  (Member)

Appointed: 1 January 2024

Simone has worked in education for over 25 years, including 9 years in primary headship. She is currently Interim Diocesan Director of Education for the Anglican Diocese of Leeds.

Simone has a proven track record of supporting schools through rapid improvement, developing teaching and learning and improving outcomes for pupils. She led her own schools to both Outstanding Ofsted and SIAMS outcomes and was a member of the North Yorkshire Commission for School Improvement, exploring system leadership and models of improvement. She is currently training as a SIAMS inspector and is an ordained member of the Church of England, with permission to officiate across the diocese.

Simone was Headteacher at Christ Church Primary School in Skipton (2009-2016), taking the school from its previous Ofsted judgment of ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ in the 2011 Ofsted Inspection, however this does not tell the full story. The school had been without a substantive Headteacher prior to Simone’s appointment and had been judged inadequate in the first term, so the journey to Outstanding was exceptional and resulted in the school gaining a further 40 pupils, and becoming an oversubscribed ‘school of choice’ within the community.

Prior to this, Simone was Acting Headteacher from 2007-2009 at Norton Justa Kempsey in Worcestershire, moving the school from Notice to Improve, to Good (with outstanding features) in 14 months.


John Donald (Member)

Appointed: 19 April 2023

John graduated from Bretton Hall College (University of Leeds in 2001) with a BA (Hons) QTS specialising in music. John has taught in a number of Catholic primary schools across the north west of England. John has been the deputy headteacher of two Catholic primary schools and the head teacher of a large primary and nursery school. John has completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) programme. 

During his time as a headteacher in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, John trained and served as a S48 inspector of religious education. As well as this, he acted as the secretary of the Catholic Headteacher's Association.

 For the last five years, John has served as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI) with Ofsted. 


The Revd Canon Dr Philip Hobday (Member)

Appointed: 11 May 2023

Philip Hobday is Sub-Dean of Wakefield Cathedral overseeing outreach, pastoral care, learning, and events.  He has served as a parish priest in Reading and east Kent, as well as being chaplain in two universities.

  He has a BA in Modern History, a BA, MA, and PhD in Theology, and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Philip has been a governor of four schools and has taught RE and theology in primary and secondary schools, universities, and to those training for different roles in the church.


Janet Milne (Trustee)

Appointed by Members : 21st October 2016

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

 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

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.


Claire Screeton (Trustee)

Appointed by Members: 20 May 2022

Claire is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years experience working in Yorkshire across a diverse range of private sector companies.
Having qualified as an accountant in 2001 with Ernst & Young, she then spent a number of years doing a variety of accounting roles at two financial services businesses namely GE Capital and Yorkshire based Lowell Group.
Having taken time out during 2012 and 2013 when her two sons were born, she has now spent the last 10 years doing a broad range of part time, interim and contract finance assignments providing her services as Finance Director across a varied range of local businesses.


David Selby (Trustee)

Appointed by Members: 31 March 2023

David is an experienced HR Business Partner with a training consultancy background. With more than 25 years working in the insurance and banking sector, David is an established and trusted advisor for management at all levels. Following 6 years at Liverpool Victoria, he joined RSA in 2017. His specialties include organisational design, strategic planning, talent management and executive coaching.


CHIEF EXECUTIVE - Mark Randall (Trustee/Accounting Officer)

 Appointed: 01 November 2020

Mark took up post as Chief Executive Officer in January 2021.  Previously, he held the post of Assistant Director: Education and Inclusion with Calderdale Council. He is an educational professional with a proven track record of school improvement gained through a wide range of senior leadership roles. Mark led two inner city primary schools to an Ofsted judgement of outstanding and has also worked as Executive Principal of four primary schools within a Multi Academy Trust in Leeds. Mark has significant experience working with schools as a school improvement adviser as well as leading inspections on behalf of Ofsted.


ADVISORS TO THE BOARD - 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