Bill Clift - MBE, MEd Chair of Trustees
Invested Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen at Buckingham Palace (2009) for voluntary services to the community of Castleford and Wakefield (MBE).
Freeman of London (2013).
National Leader of School Governance (5yrs).
Chairman of Trustees Castleford Academy Trust (5yrs).
I have served as a School Governor at many local schools for over 40years as Chairman or Vice Chairman.
Held the position of Chairman of Castleford High/Academy (27yrs).
Served as a Magistrate for 28yrs in both Criminal and Family Courts.
Graduated Master of Education University of Leeds.
College Lecturer Wakefield College Electrical Engineering.
Enthusiastic Rugby League and Sports supporter.
Chairman of Castleford Town FC 30yrs.
I am totally dedicated to our community and ensuring that our students have the best education by the best team of educationalist.
If you wish to contact Mr Clift please direct mail to:
c/o Castleford Academy
Adam Fletcher - Trustee
I qualified as a solicitor in 2003 having trained with Hartley & Worstenholme at the Castleford and Pontefract offices. Specialising in Property and Practice Management I am currently the Managing Director of Ridley & Hall Legal Limited, a multi award winning law firm based in Huddersfield.
I am also a Trustee of
Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL), a charitable trust which manages 13 leisure facilities and swimming pools on behalf of Kirklees Council.
In 2014 I created
Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance (KDAA) and was honored to be appointed Chair. I am invited to speak at various events about the promotion of the Alliance and to raise awareness of those living with dementia and their carers.
I have become a keen supporter of Huddersfield University, in particular the Law Department and
Law Clinic and have been invited to assist with regular training sessions for the students and the Law Clinic concerning client care and practice management.
I became a Community Governor at Castleford Academy in July 2015 and was appointed as Trustee of Castleford Academy Trust in January 2016.
John Hughes - Member and Trustee
I am presently a Member and Trustee for Castleford Academy Trust. I am also a governor for both Castleford Academy and Castleford Park Junior Academy Governing Bodies.
I have been a governor since 1990, starting as a parent governor when my children were at school to the present day, where I am now a community governor.
I have picked up a great deal of experience and skills in that time. And seeing exam results at Castleford Academy improve over the years as well as the progress made by all pupils.
I have been retired since April 2016, before that I worked full time for Unison, representing members in schools and Children services.
In my role I got to see how schools and services evolved over the years and used this to take back lessons learnt to my own schools.
To keep updated I attend numerous training courses each year and read information sent out from DFE, NGA and other governor websites.
John Iveson - Trustee
I have been a Trustee at Castleford Multi Academy Trust since April 2016. For 15 years I was also a governor at Three Lane Ends Academy which included being Chair of Governors for the last 7 years. During that time I was part of the Standards Committee, Health & Safety Committee and Finance & Personnel Committee. As Chair of Governors I was involved in the conversion of Three Lane Ends becoming an Academy.
After 30 years' service as a firefighter and then Crew Commander, I retired from the Fire Service in 2016. In both roles I learned to deal with many and varied challenges. My experience in the Fire Service has enabled me to bring a wide and varied skill set to the role of Trustee.
I am married with two sons, both of whom attended Three Lane Ends Primary School and Castleford High School (as the Academy was then known). As a father I have a vested interest in the standard of education offered to future generations, and not just academically as I believe life and social skills are equally important as well before they take their next step into the adult world.
Sally Wright - Member
I have worked as an accountant since 2004. Currently I am the Director of Andrew Wright & Co, we are an independent firm of accountants in Wakefield that specialises in owner managed businesses.
I passed the ACCA exams in 2007 and became a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant in 2012. I gained my BA (Hons) at Durham University, before going on to complete a Masters degree in politics at Newcastle University.
I became a Member at Castleford Academy in March 2017. My career has given me a good insight into effective business management which I hope to bring this experience to Castleford Academy. I strongly believe that all children should have the best education possible so that all windows of opportunity are open to them.
Marie Hunter: NPQH; NLE - Trustee
I started my career as an English teacher and after many roles became Co-Headteacher of Wakefield City High School in September 2010.
On conversion to an academy, and formation of a trust, I also became a Senior Director of the Trust, seconded to work 2 days each week with secondary school head teachers and leadership teams to improve education across the trust.
In March 2013 I Co-led Wakefield City Academy through its third consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Inspection. (Grade 1 in all categories) and gained accreditation as a National Leader of Education.
I was a facilitator for NPQSL and NPQML and also led training and hosted events for the SSAT, Whole Education and The National Leading Edge Partnership as well as presenting locally and nationally for both organisations.
I am also a trained Pupil Premium Reviewer.
I was the Co-chair of the Wakefield Learning Community which is a collaborative group providing CPD, network meetings and school improvement conferences for the Wakefield District.
As part of my NLE work I coordinated and brokered support for 9 primary schools and 7 secondary schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Working with their school improvement team I monitored the action plans and the work of the support teams against specific budgets and timescales.
I retired in January 2017 but still have a passion for education and believe all students should have the best education possible.
I became a Trustee for Castleford Academy Trust in 2017.
John Morrison - Member
I am the Resources Director at WDH, I have responsibility for Treasury, Finance, Accounting, Legal, Procurement, Business Strategy and Performance, Risk Management, and ICT Business Systems; I am also a Director of Bridges Homes (Yorkshire) LLP, a Joint Venture with Wakefield Council.
I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA); I have a First Class Honours Degree in Management and Accounting, and a Masters Degree with Distinction in Finance and Accounting.
Prior to my twelve years in Housing with WDH, I held posts of Finance Director, Company Secretary, Pension Trustee (Chair), Financial Controller, and Management Accountant in the private sector in Mining, Engineering, Construction, and Insurance.
I am a Director and Treasurer of Castleford Heritage Trust, and I am the independent member of Wakefield Council's Audit Committee.
I am a Former President, Director and Treasurer of the White Rose Credit Union. I was a school Governor for 18 years, and Chair for eight years, at The Sacred Heart School, Hemsworth, I was also a Governor at St. Wilfrid's High School and Sixth Form College.
Jennifer McNichol: NPQH - Trustee
I worked for Wakefield Local Authority for almost 40 years as a primary school teacher, Deputy and Headteacher. Mostly working in the Castleford area I became Headteacher at Airedale Infants before my final 10 years as Headteacher at Hemsworth Grove Lea Primary.
Following retirement I worked as an Executive Headteacher supporting Leadership and Management in three primary schools. I also served as a Governor at my local primary school and am still a volunteer at my old school.
I am a former pupil of Castleford Grammar School and believe that the education and aspirations of its children are the key to Castleford's future success and prosperity.